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Law Takes Effect Today Scrapping Cap on Alcohol Content for Beer


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers.

 

A new state law takes effect Wednesday, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer.

 

Ohio is following the lead of other states in getting rid of its 12 percent cap that has been on the books since just after Prohibition.

 

Craft brewers have flinched at anything restricting their ability to be creative and make stronger ales.

 

Legislators say the law levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries looking to locate to the state.

 

Craft beer is a $22 billion industry in the U.S., and sales were up last year nearly 13 percent over the previous year.

 

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Ohio Court Rules that 'Good Samaritan' Law Covers Non-Medical Help


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court says the state's good Samaritan law applies to individuals trying to provide non-medical help in emergencies.

 

The court ruled 4-3 Tuesday in favor of a man sued after his unsuccessful efforts to free another man whose leg was pinned between a truck and a loading dock in Fairfield.

 

Dennis Carter lost his leg after Larry Reese, the man trying to help him, inadvertently caused the truck to roll back and crush Carter's leg.

 

Attorneys for Reese said he shouldn't be held liable for the accident because Ohio's good Samaritan law protects people trying to help in such circumstances.

 

Justice Terrence O'Donnell, writing for the majority, says the law applies to anyone providing emergency care or treatment, not just health care professionals.

 

 

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'Believeland' Ohio Corn Mazes Celebrate Cleveland Cavaliers


BRUNSWICK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio farm is honoring the Cleveland Cavaliers with corn mazes designed in the shape of their championship trophy, LeBron James' head and the words "Homegrown Hero" and "Believeland."

 

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Cleveland.com reports that some visitors were to get a preview of the mazes on Friday at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, about 25 miles southwest of Cleveland.

 

The farm's owner says his three sons suggested the designs for the mazes, which have different degrees of difficulty.

 

The "Believeland" maze is geared toward children and their parents. Others are more advanced.

 

The mazes are set to open to the general public on Sept. 10 as part of Mapleside's fall festival.

 

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Headstone of Civil War Soldier in Ohio To Be Fixed After 154 Years


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some mistakes are never too late to fix.

 

A Civil War soldier misidentified when he was buried at an Ohio cemetery more than 150 years ago is to get a new headstone.

 

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Confederate soldier Augustus Beckmann was fatally wounded in the Battle of Shiloh on April 7, 1862. But he was buried at the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Columbus under the wrong name, A. Bergman, and wrong company.

 

Beckmann's brother's great-great-grandson, Greg Beckman, discovered the error when he visited Camp Chase last Memorial Day. He put together the necessary documentation, asked the National Cemetery Administration to fix the headstone, and recently learned his request was approved.

 

An administration spokeswoman says approved stones are typically in place within 60 days.

 

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Ohio Agency Proposes Reform to Unemployment Benefits System


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee of state lawmakers has held its first of five meetings aimed at determining whether Ohio's jobless benefits system for workers is sustainable and whether any solvency issues need to be addressed.

 

The Columbus Dispatch reports the state Department of Job and Family Services warned the panel on Thursday that even a small recession would "render us insolvent."

 

The agency says the state could increase employer taxes, levy a surcharge on businesses or suspend or lower benefit amounts.

 

Other possible changes include lengthening benefit wait periods or shortening the amount of time benefits can be received.

 

The committee of six appointed Republicans and two appointed Democrats was recently created after a bill aimed at resolving the system's challenges stalled.

 

 

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FDA: Listeria Found in Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Kitchen


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is battling listeria again, a problem that disrupted the company's business last year.

 

The Columbus Dispatch reports  the FDA says in a letter to the company's CEO that the agency found listeria in a production kitchen after two out of 75 swabs taken in January and February came back positive.

 

The FDA says the positive swabs came from prep-room and wash room floors and no listeria was found in the Columbus-based company's products.

 

Jeni's says in a blog post that its products remain free of listeria.

 

Jeni's shut down twice last year after listeria was found in a pint of ice cream in Nebraska and in Jeni's kitchen. A second finding on a kitchen floor occurred later that year.

 

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Driver Dies After Train Hits His SUV at Ohio Rail Crossing

 

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after his SUV collided with a train in southwestern Ohio.

 

West Chester Township police say the 70-year-old Liberty Township man died from injuries he suffered Tuesday afternoon at a railroad crossing on state Route 747 in Butler County.

 

Police say he was ejected when the CSX train hit his SUV.

 

It's not clear why the collision occurred. Police say rail crossing gates were functioning properly at the time, and drugs and alcohol weren't factors in the crash.

 

A CSX spokesman says the crash didn't derail the train, which had two locomotives and 34 cars carrying sheet steel products.

 

Spokesman Rob Doolittle says the company extends its sympathies to anyone affected by the collision.

 

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Tornadoes, Damage Reported as Storms Blow into Western Ohio


VAN WERT, Ohio (AP) — A spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency says damage was reported at a mobile home park and other sites across four northwest Ohio counties after storms that spurred multiple twisters in Indiana moved across the state line.

 

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Spokesman Jay Carey said Wednesday night that damage and downed power lines were reported in Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert counties. He said some damage assessments were being delayed because affected areas were still dealing with potentially dangerous weather.

 

He said one minor injury had been reported, but he didn't have details about that or the damaged mobile home park north of Defiance.

 

The deputy director of the Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency, Craig Staley, said at least two tornadoes hit that county, and a possible third was reported.

 

 

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Ohio Court Upholds Death Sentences for 2 Condemned Killers


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend's ex-husband and for a man who killed a woman he lived with and her two children.

 

A shortage of lethal drugs means executions are likely years away.

 

The court voted 6-1 Wednesday in favor of the resentencing of Nathaniel Jackson, convicted in the 2001 murder of Robert Fingerhut near Warren in northeastern Ohio.

 

The resentencing followed the state Supreme Court's reprimand of a judge and prosecutor for teaming up to write sentencing orders for Jackson and Jackson's co-defendant, Donna Roberts.

 

The court also ruled 6-1 to uphold the death sentence of Caron (kah-RAHN') Montgomery of Columbus in the slayings of Tia Hendricks and her 2- and 10-year-old children on Thanksgiving Day 2010.

 

 

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Ohio Woman Dies After Car Hits Crowd at Outdoor Ohio Concert


PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — One of nine people hurt when a car slammed into a crowd at an outdoor concert near Cleveland has died.

 

A county medical examiner says 61-year-old Kathleen McDonald, of Parma, died Tuesday, two days after she was injured when a 74-year-old woman drove onto a small dance floor.

 

Police say the driver confused the brake with the gas pedal.

 

They say the driver was leaving a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tribute concert in Parma Heights when she accidentally hit the gas while pulling out of a parking space.

 

The car spun around the dance floor, hitting people, a telephone pole and another car.

 

More than 100 people were at the concert.

 

Prosecutors are looking into whether they will file charges against the driver.

 

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Sandusky County Ohio Sheriff to be Arraigned on Drug, Theft Charges

 

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) A northern Ohio sheriff is expected to be in court on charges that include illegally obtaining prescription drugs and misusing department funds.

 

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer was being held in jail Tuesday night after a grand jury indicted him on 43 counts.

Overmyer was expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

 

Court records don't indicate whether he has an attorney. He told The News-Messenger in Fremont earlier this year that he'd done nothing wrong and that he passed a drug test conducted by state investigators.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been investigating Overmyer for nearly a year.

 

They say he took medications from prescription drug disposal drop boxes and deceived physicians and pharmacists to obtain prescription pain medication.

 

They also say he misused department money and tampered with records.

 

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When Ohio Schools are Threatened, Untold Learning Time is Lost

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police, school employees, security consultants and others say threats to schools are increasing nationwide. 
 
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They come both from local students and outsiders seeking to cause disruptions or a big emergency response.
 
One researcher estimates there were about eight bomb threats per school day nationwide during the 2015-16 school year, and that doesn't include other threats of violence or disruption.
 
Ohio is believed to be among the states with the most threats. The Associated Press tallied more than 170 there in the 2015-16 school year.
 
Learning time lost to evacuations and cancellations adds up, as do the hours police spend responding and investigating.
 
Less measurable are the ways threats can dent staff and students' sense of security even when they're false alarms, as they almost always are.
 
Administrators and law enforcement responding to school threats must quickly evaluate them to determine how to respond. Some factors they consider:
 
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TYPE AND DETAIL
 
Is the threat of a bombing, a shooting, or other specified or unspecified violence? It is vague or presented with details, such as an exact target, time or location? Responses can vary significantly depending on this information. A vague threat at a multi-school campus might lead to evacuations or lockdowns affecting many more people than a threat against someone specific in a particular class.
 
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DELIVERY
 
Schools receive threats via phone calls and messages, paper notes, messages written on school property, emails, social media and other forms. Sometimes the method of delivery helps officials determine who's responsible for the threat and whether real harm might be imminent because they can, for example, trace a Facebook post to a particular account or assess whether a call came from out of state. 
 
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MOTIVE AND CAPABILITY
 
Learning the responsible party's motive, such as getting a class canceled or hurting someone who has wronged them, and information about whether the person would actually have the means and ability to follow through on a threat also can help determine its legitimacy. 
 
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PLANNING
 
How a school has planned for or practiced various responses, such as lockdowns and evacuations, can also factor into whether such orchestrated options are used in threatening or emergency situations.
 
 
 

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Board Says Attorneys Can't Help Ohio Marijuana Businesses


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio board that oversees attorney conduct says attorneys aren't allowed to help someone establish a legal medical marijuana-related business in the state because using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.

 

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The advisory opinion released Thursday by the state Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct also says Ohio attorneys aren't legally permitted to use medical marijuana.

 

The Ohio Legislature passed a bill in May that allows people with a doctor's prescription to inhale marijuana vapor to treat some chronic illnesses. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) signed the bill into law, but it's expected to take months before medical marijuana is available to patients.

 

Attorneys sought the opinion to determine whether a law barring employers from disciplining professionals from working with marijuana businesses applies to lawyers.

 

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Hidden Monkey on Columbus to Las Vegas Flight Causes Stir


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Airline officials say they called for help after a passenger was found stowing a monkey in his shirt during a Las Vegas-bound flight.

 

Frontier Airlines spokesman Richard Oliver says the incident happened Tuesday night on a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas.

 

Oliver says the passenger broke policy by not informing the airline that he was bringing a service animal onboard, and then refused to turn over documents verifying the monkey's status.

 

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says law enforcement officials met up with the plane and determined that the monkey was a certified service animal.

 

Oliver says the animal was brought surreptitiously onto the plane in a duffel bag and never became loose or uncontained during the flight.

 

It wasn't immediately clear whether the passenger faces consequences.

 

 

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Driver Trying to Swap Seats Causes Crash That Hurt 10 in Ohio

 

NORTHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a driver was trying to switch seats with a passenger when their van crashed and rolled over, injuring 10 teens from Michigan.

 

The State Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Tuesday on Interstate 75 near Toledo while the group was coming home from Cedar Point amusement park.

 

Two of the passengers were thrown from the van and in critical condition Tuesday. A third person in the van suffered serious injuries while the seven others were treated at a Toledo hospital.

 

Most of the teens are from the cities of Howell and Brighton, north of Ann Arbor.

 

Troopers say the driver was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

 

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Ohio Wants Pot-Growing Expert to Adhere to Drug-Free Policy

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is looking for an expert in growing marijuana who must adhere to its drug-free workplace policy as the state implements a new medical marijuana law.

 

Cleveland.com reports the new hire by the Ohio Department of Commerce would help write rules for medical marijuana cultivators.

The chosen contractor would be held to Ohio's drug-free workplace policy, which currently doesn't allow for medical marijuana use.

 

A commerce department spokesman couldn't say Friday whether the contractor's employees would have to clear a pre-employment drug test.

 

The contractor would research best practices and recommend how they would work with Ohio's patient needs in the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.

 

The job was posted last week. The state is accepting applications through Wednesday. The department has budgeted $50,000 for the work.

 

 

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