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Ohio school bus driver admits driving drunk
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio school bus driver who authorities say was driving her route with an open bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/19yJrxv ) reports that 51-year-old Tia Denton pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and endangering children.

A charge of having an open container was dropped. Denton declined to comment after the hearing in Columbus. Her attorney said she would enter an alcohol treatment program.

She could face up to six months in prison when she's sentenced Feb. 4.

Denton worked for a transportation company contracted by the Columbus school district. She was stopped while driving erratically with two elementary school students aboard in November. Her blood alcohol content was 0.216 percent — more than twice the legal.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Michigan bill designed to protect late-night clerks
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:45

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislator on Monday announced a bill to require gas stations and convenience stores that stay open between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to have two employees working or to install security cameras.

The bill unveiled in western Michigan comes after the April disappearance of a 26-year-old woman from her job at a Norton Shores gas station. Jessica Heeringa's mother and local law enforcement attended the news conference, according to the Muskegon Chronicle.

"I believe these measures go a long way to preventing the kind of anguish endured by her family," said the bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague.

Heeringa disappeared before she was set to close the station, where she was working alone. Police say there was no indication of a robbery.

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Dozens of fires, 15 arrests in East Lansing
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:42

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

The police department's weekend report says 12 people arrested were students and one was an alumnus. East Lansing police say there were at least 57 fires, especially in a neighborhood of apartments just off campus.

Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions.

The Lansing State Journal posted video online (http://on.lsj.com/1iQcJRG ) showing thousands of revelers cheering as a couch was tossed on a fire. The street scenes early Sunday occurred after the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes and earned a Rose Bowl bid.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says he's disgusted and disappointed by what happened.


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Fans donate to fix car damaged by unruly MSU crowds
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:44

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student has raised more than $3,000 to help pay for damage done to a stranger's car by rowdy Spartan fans after the school's football team stunned Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.

WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1cx8BAN ) reports that senior Karen Wood started a fundraising page after a Facebook feed showed the car flipped on its roof in East Lansing.

More than 300 people helped Wood exceed her goal. The money will be used to help replace the car which was totaled.

Police say a dozen Michigan State students were among at least 15 people arrested following Saturday night's game.

At least 57 fires were set. Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions.

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Information from: WXYZ-TV, http://www.wxyztv.com


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Ohio state school board member who lobbied resigns
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A member of Ohio's state school board resigned Monday after questions arose over his work as a lobbyist. He cited an ethics opinion suggesting the arrangement was illegal.

Bryan Williams, a former Republican state lawmaker from the Akron area, said in an email to board President Debe Terhar that recent media reports drew his attention to an Ohio Ethics Commission opinion saying elected members of state boards shouldn't be registered lobbyists.

"Adherence to Ohio ethics laws and advisory opinions of the commission charged with interpreting state ethics laws is of the utmost importance to me," he wrote.

Williams was one of four members of the 19-member panel identified in a November report by the Akron Beacon Journal as having ties to businesses with a stake in education funding. One other member, C. Todd Jones, is a registered lobbyist. The others are the spouse of a lobbyist and a college president.

A message seeking comment from Williams was not immediately returned.

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