News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

The Holden Arboretum

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Noon headlines: March 21, 2013: Strongsville, Batman, red lights
Strongsville schools turn down mayor; Batman theater copycat jailed; Columbus red light camera


by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
  • Strongsville school board rejects mayoral invite
  • Jail for 'Batman' theater copycat
  • Columbus adds red light cameras -- and boosts revenue
  • Strongsville school board rejects mayoral invite
    The Strongsville teacher's strike is in its third week, and an invitation from the mayor to meet tomorrow has been rejected by the school board. In a statement released today, school board President David Frazee says the meeting with Mayor Thomas Perciak would not be in keeping with the parties’ existing negotiating agreement, which calls for meetings only at the request of a federal mediator. The statement also says that those meetings only occur when one party expresses a change in position. 
    The board is sticking to its last, best offer given March 2, the Saturday before the strike began. At issue are pay freezes and the structuring of the school day and pension benefits.


    Six months for Batman theater copycat
    An Ohio man is getting six months in jail for bringing a loaded gun, ammunition and knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie.
    A judge in Cleveland today sentenced 38-year-old Scott A. Smith of North Ridgeville following his guilty plea to two counts of carrying concealed weapons.
    Smith was acquitted of having a weapon under disability, which prosecutors say was a drug dependency.
    Smith was arrested last August at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Westlake.
    His attorney says Smith had the weapons for protection in case someone else tried to copy the Colorado theater shooting that left 12 peopledead three weeks earlier.

    Jail for Mosque fire-setter
    A federal judge won't allow a former Marine from Indiana to withdraw his guilty plea to starting a fire at a Toledo mosque.
    The judge today rejected the request by Randy Linn of St. Joe, Ind.
    Linn says he was in an emotional state when he pleaded guilty. His attorney asked the judge to throw out the guilty plea so that the 52-year-old Linn could undergo a competency exam. Prosecutors opposed the move and say Linn made it clear that he knew what was doing.
    Linn says he set the fire at The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo last fall to avenge the deaths of American soldiers overseas.
    A deal between prosecutors and Linn calls for him to receive a 20-year sentence.

    Columbus adding red light cameras -- and their revenue
    Red-light cameras are proving to be a money maker for the city of Columbus.
    A record number of citations issuedvia the cameras brought in $2.1 million last year — more than the previous two years combined. Red-light fines totaled about $1.1 million in 2011.
    The Columbus Dispatch reports that the city has added 20 cameras at intersections over the past two years, and now has a total of 38.
    Red-light and speed cameras are used in more than 500 U.S. municipalities.

    Related WKSU Stories

    Latest Strongsville strike meeting yields no results
    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Strongsville students wrap up graduation test without regular teachers
    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Strongsville school strike wraps first week
    Friday, March 8, 2013

    A rare teachers' strike hits Ohio, and no one agrees on why
    Monday, March 4, 2013

    Listener Comments:

    the teachers union has to go! they are pathetic!
    there should be a police car at each strongsville teachers' strike location to protect the superintendent and boe members' workplace, home property and their children from any potential harm brought on by these union teacher thugs
    The following are excerpts from legal opinions published by the Ohio
    State Employment Relations Board (known as SERB) cites the the opinions are included:

    "Picketing the home of the executive director of the Ohio turnpike commission in connection with a labor dispute is a violation of RC 4117.11(B) In Re Ohio Turnpike Commission SERB-95-014 (9-29-95)

    another SERB decision, "Bargaining unit employees who gather near homes of two county officials, signing songs and carrying signs, violate RC 4117.11(B)(7) In Re AFSCME, Ohio Council 8, SERB 90-015 (9-14-90).
    they are violating the ohio revised codes, the privacy, workplace and jeopardizing their children and families safety. a class action suite should be brought against this teachers union and all their intimidating tactics


    Posted by: kristi lynch (avon) on March 21, 2013 2:03AM
    Add Your Comment
    Name:

    Location:

    E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


    Comments:




     
    Page Options

    Print this page

    E-Mail this page / Send mp3

    Share on Facebook





    Stories with Recent Comments

    Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
    I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

    HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
    Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

    Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
    In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

    Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
    He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

    Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
    Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

    Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
    Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

    New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
    Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

    Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
    pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

    Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
    The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

    Third-grade charter school students fail state testing
    A partisan anti-charter group came out with analysis that ODE says is based on incorrect data. So why is this a story? It doesn't seem to rise to WKSU's typic...

    Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

     
    In Partnership With:

    NPR PRI Kent State University

    listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University