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Cleveland police say 74 officers violated rules during chase
Other noon headlines: Ohio health insurance rates could increase; Prosecutors say Prade DNA test was unreliable

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
  • Ohio health insurance rates could increase
  • Prosecutors say Prade DNA test was unreliable
  • Cleveland officials say 74 officers violated department rules in a deadly police chase last fall. In the November chase, 137 shots were fired at a fleeing driver and passenger who were killed. The 19-mile chase wound through neighborhoods before ending in East Cleveland.
    At a press conference today, Police Chief Michael McGrath says scheduling of disciplinary hearings for 19 of the officers will begin immediately. McGrath specified several different violations for those officers.

    McGrath says the department plans to review its policies and training procedures after the investigation is complete.
    Police have already disciplined 12 supervisors,  including firing one, in the investigation.

    So far, the internal investigations have dealt only with the chase.The county prosecutor is conducting a separate grand jury investigation into whether criminal charges are warrented in the shooting. The police union has said the shootings were justified because the driver tried to ram an officer.

    Prosecutors say Prade DNA test was unreliable
    Prosecutors say a former Akron police captain should be returned to prison after a judge released him earlier this year based on new testing of a bite mark.
    Douglas Prade was convicted of murdering his ex-wife 13 years ago. But a Summit County judge ruled in January that new DNA tests of a bite mark on Dr. Margo Prade's lab coat showed the DNA did not match her ex-husband's. The judge said it was convincing evidence of his innocence.
    The Akron Beacon Journal reports that a Summit County prosecutor told an Ohio appeals panel Thursday that the new tests weren't reliable.
    Prade was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility in 26 years for the doctor's death.

    Ohio health insurance rates could increase
    Ohio officials say health insurance rates could increase an average of 18 percent for small businesses and 41 percent for individuals participating in plans in the new exchanges by federal law.

    But proponents of the plan say those numbers are based on the sticker price, which consumers will rarely pay.

    Open enrollment for the insurance starts Oct. 1. Ohio's exchanges are being designed by the federal government. The state's insurance department says its figures don't take into account any subsidies help that consumers could get to pay for the coverage.
    That includes Ohioans with incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level, which works out to about $46,000 a year for an individual or $94,000 for a family of four. Specific premiums will vary for consumers, depending on their current plans. But the increase in rates is partly due to the more extensive benefits the law requires insurers to provide.

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