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Noon news headlines for March 29, 2013
Jail for Toledo mushroom grower; Husted investigating 450 votes; Strongsville strike price tag

  • Jail for Toledo mushroom grower
  • Husted investigating 450 votes
  • Strongsville strike price tag
  • Strongsville strike price tag
    As the Strongsville teachers' strike wraps its fourth week, the Plain Dealer reports that the schools have spent more than $1.1 million on replacement teachers and related costs. 

    The teachers' union released the figures and estimates that the tab will surpass $1.8 million by Saturday. The payments include not only salaries, but also lodging and extra security. 

    The strike began March 4 after teachers said they had already made enough concessions in previous contract talks. The district says it needs to address a looming $6 million budget hole. The two sides were close to an agreement on health benefits, but still need to address issues such as pay freezes and the restructuring of pensions.

    Husted investigating 450 votes
    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says a total of 450 votes in the 2012 election have come under scrutiny and just more than a quarter of them were turned over to law enforcement for investigation.
    Husted tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that in the majority of the cases, there was only an "attempted effort" at fraud, and only a few voters actually cast two ballots.

    He said some of the voters made an innocent mistake, unsure whether they cast an absentee ballot. He said 129 of the 450 questionable votes went to law enforcement for investigation.

    There were more than 5.6 million votes cast in Ohio in the 2012 presidential election. Hamilton County was the first in the state to prosecute voter fraud from the 2012 election.

    Jail for Toledo mushroom grower
    A Toledo-area man convicted in what authorities called a large-scale psychedelic mushroom-growing operation has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

    The Toledo Blade reports that Matthew Thierry was the owner of the properties raided in September. The 41-year-old pleaded guilty last month to four charges, including tampering with evidence.

    He was sentenced in Lucas County Thursday. His wife, 38-year-old Sara Thierry, a high school Spanish teacher, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence for asking a co-worker of her husband's to destroy a thumb drive on his computer that prosecutors believed was evidence in the case.

    She was sentenced to four years of community control, a form of house arrest.

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