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Record lottery payout for Ohio schools
Other headlines: Cuyahoga prosecutor fires second assistant in a month; Tanning ban for teens proposed; Toledo sinkhole swallows car 
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Record lottery payout for Ohio schools
  • Cuyahoga prosecutor fires second assistant in a month 
  • Tanning ban for teens proposed
  • Medicaid offers five new plans
  • Breakaway parish keeps independence
  • Dynamite discovered under pool filter 
  • Boardman police shoot suspect 
  • Escaped fugitive caught by citizens 
    Authorities say an inmate who slipped away from a north-central Ohio prison where he was serving time for kidnapping, rape and other crimes has been captured.   

    Officials say James David Myers was recognized last night when he walked into the Olivesburg General Store in Ashland less than 10 miles from where he escaped.

    Authorities say people in the store tackled, tied up and held Myers until the Highway Patrol arrived and took him into custody.

    Authorities didn't immediately released additional details about the capture. They say Myers was returned to the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

    Myers, formerly of Mogadore, was found to be missing from the Mansfield facility during a head count on Wednesday night, his 47th birthday.

    There was no word on how Myers escaped.


    Record lottery payout for Ohio schools 
    Record lottery sales mean a healthy payout for Ohio schools. 

    The state sold $2.8 billion worth of lottery tickets in the just ended fiscal year 2013, which translates to $803 million for K-12 education. 

    That’s $32 million more than last year’s record, despite increased competition from the state’s new casinos. 

    Lottery officials say revenue was also boosted by slots-like video lottery terminals that opened at two horse racing tracks.

    Lottery sales in Ohio have increased for the past 12 years.

    The previous record before last year’s $771 million was nearly $750 million for schools in 1997.

     
    Cuyahoga prosecutor fires second assistant in a month
    The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office is shrinking.  

    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty fired assistant prosecutor William Kaczmarek for undisclosed reasons, that the Plain Dealer reports, had "something to do with conduct outside the office."

    Another assistant County Prosecutor Aaron Brockler was fired earlier last month after McGinty accused Brockler of compromising an investigation.

    Brockler has denied any wrong doing and tells the Plain Dealer that he should not have been fired.

    A County spokesman says there is no connection between the firing of Kaczmarek and Brockler.


    Tanning ban for teens proposed
    Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit access to tanning booths for minors.  Ohio has the most tanning salons in the country, according to the Columbus Dispatch, with about 1,600 licensed facilities.

    It’s a $5 billion dollar industry nationwide.

    The American Cancer Society saying those who use such beds are as much as 75 percent more likely than others to develop skin cancer.

    The proposed bill would prohibit anyone under 18 from using tanning salons unless approved by a doctor.

     
    Medicaid offers five new plans 
    Ohioans on Medicaid will see a revamped program under new contracts with health plans taking effect this month.

    The Medicaid managed care program provides health care services for more than 1.6 million poor and disabled people in Ohio.

    The state recently re-bid its contracts serving the Medicaid population. Beneficiaries now can choose from five plans. They are the Buckeye Community Health Plan, CareSource, Molina Healthcare, Paramount Advantage and United Healthcare.

    The plans will have to develop financial incentives for hospitals, doctors and other providers that are tied to improving quality and patients' health.


    Breakaway parish keeps independence 
    A breakaway congregation in Cleveland is ending its discussions with the bishop about the group's withdrawal from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

    A spokesman for the Community of St. Peter tells The Plain Dealer that the congregation's trustees advised Bishop Richard Lennon of the decision in a letter this week. Members say the group is satisfied as it is.

    A spokesman for the diocese said that he wasn't aware of the letter and that Lennon is out of town.

    The bishop has said the breakaway group's leader, the Rev. Robert Marrone, was excommunicated for defying church authority.

    Marrone began celebrating Mass for former parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church in a new space after the church closed in 2010 after the diocese was downsized. It has since reopened.

     
    Toledo sinkhole swallows car 
    The collapse of brick sewers beneath a road is blamed for a huge sinkhole that swallowed a car and its driver in Toldeo.

    60-year-old Pamela Knox says she was running errands Wednesday when the pavement gave way and her car fell into a hole at least 10 feet deep. 

    Water from a broken pipe poured into the back seat of her car, where she  was briefly trapped.

    A firefighter provided a ladder for her to climb out of the hole, shaken, but unhurt.

    Knox, an elementary school principal, says she'll likely avoid the scene of the sinkhole for a while.


    Dynamite discovered under pool filter 
    Police evacuated several blocks in a northeast Ohio neighborhood after a homeowner discovered about 50 sticks of dynamite underneath a pool filtration tank.

    The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports the bags of dynamite may have dated back to the 1960s.

    Police in Lorain prodded the dynamite with a robot to make sure it didn't explode, then doused it with diesel fuel and burned it.

    Area residents were kept out of their homes for several hours while the dynamite slowly burned.

    It’s not known where it came from.

     
    Gabby Giffords promotes background checks in Ohio
    A former congresswoman injured in a mass shooting has stopped in Ohio as she tours seven states to push efforts aimed at keeping guns away from criminals and the mentally ill.

    Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, joined Cincinnati’s Fourth of July parade after making a public appeal for expanding gun buyer background checks.

    Giffords said addressing gun violence will require bipartisanship. The longtime gun owner has been lobbying in recent months for policy changes aimed at reducing gun violence.

    Giffords was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011. She has undergone painstaking physical and speech therapy, and she reluctantly resigned her seat in Congress.


    Boardman police shoot suspect 
    A northeast Ohio police chief says officers shot and killed a man who fired at them from a window in an apartment building in suburban Youngstown.

    Boardman police Chief Jack Nichols says police went to the building Wednesday night to investigate a report that the man used a gun to threaten his neighbors. No one else was hurt.

    Nichols says the man had barricaded himself in an apartment, and police had thrown tear gas into the building in hopes of spurring him to surrender. When the man fired at officers, they responded with gunfire and killed him.

    Police did not immediately release the man's name or age.


    Rover arrested on Whiskey Island 
    WEWS -TV is reporting that Cleveland radio host Shane French, known as Rover from Rover’s Morning Glory has been arrested.

    Cleveland Police say Rover was arrested early Friday morning around 3:30 a.m. for drunken disorderly conduct at Whiskey Island.


    Cavs nab free-agent Earl Clark
    The Cavs have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent forward Earl Clark, according to an unnamed NBA insider.

    The AP reports the deal is worth $9 million. 

    Clark played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He met with the Cavs earlier this week.

    Official word of the signing is expected next week - league rules say NBA teams can't announce free-agent signings until July 10.

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