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Ohio leading nation in foreclosures
Other morning headlines: Cuyahoga County performs poorly on public records audit; New study reveals danger of wind turbines to eagles; Doctor indicted in attack on estranged in-law
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR
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  • New study reveals danger of wind turbines to eagles
  • Ohio leading nation in foreclosures
  • Cuyahoga County performs poorly on public records audit
  • Third prison inmate commits suicide within two months
  • Union backs prison guards in Castro case
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park remains identified
  • Arraignment scheduled for man accused of selling fake soccer tickets
  • Crash victim's daughter wants focus on father
  • Doctor indicted in attack on estranged in-law
  • Lawmakers look into impact of prescription painkiller epidemic
  • New study reveals danger of wind turbines to eagles
    New data is bringing to light just how dangerous wind turbines are to the nation’s golden and bald eagles.
    Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 eagles in the last five years, and that may only be scratching the surface, according to US Fish and Wildlife biologists.
    85 eagles have died since 1997, with the majority of those deaths happening since 2008… when the program began greatly expanding.
    That number is suspected to be far below the actual number of eagle deaths, because deaths are reported voluntarily.
    Each death is a violation of federal law. The president of the American Bird Conservancy called the numbers alarming.

    Ohio leading nation in foreclosures
    Ohio is bucking a national trend in foreclosures, but not in a good way.
    Realty Trac show that foreclosures are down nationwide… but rising in Ohio.
    U.S. filings were down 2 percent last month, and down 34 percent from a year ago.
    But in Ohio during the same period, foreclosures went up 19 percent, and are up 3 point 5 percent from a year ago.
    The Columbus Dispatch reports the increase is foreclosures is driven by rising home prices -  which allows lenders to take action on delinquent mortgages and gain a return on the sale.
    Realty Trac also blames legal delays for creating the backlog of foreclosures in Ohio.

    Cuyahoga County performs poorly on public records audit
    Cuyahoga county is getting some sharp scrutiny from the state Auditor’s office.
    According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Auditor’s office audited a sampling of local governments across the state to find out how well they complied with Sunshine laws, keeping records and fulfilling public records requests.
    Cuyahoga county fared the worst. The report found some departments did not save emails, officials couldn’t prove they attended required public records training, and there was no consistency with public records request logs.
    The Cuyahoga County sheriff’s office also didn’t track when it provided records, nor did it keep copies of its replies to records requests.
    State Auditor Dave Yost called the audit’s findings “disappointing,” and challenged local governments to do better at complying.

    Third prison inmate commits suicide within two months
    The state says another prison inmate has committed suicide, the third case of an Ohio prisoner killing himself in two months.
    The State Highway Patrol says the inmate was found hanging in his cell at Lebanon Correctional Institution early Tuesday by his cell mate.
    The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction identified the inmate Wednesday as James Blackburn of Trumbull County.
    Records show the 31-year-old James Blackburn of Trumbull County entered prison in 2006 and was serving a 21-year sentence for a rape conviction.
    Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide last week as he began a life sentence for imprisoning three women in his home for a decade and repeatedly beating and raping them.
    Death row inmate Billy Slagle killed himself last month just a few days before his scheduled execution.

    Union backs prison guards in Castro case
    The union representing state prison guards says the two corrections officers who have been placed on paid administrative leave during investigations into the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro did nothing wrong.
    The guards were on duty in the prison unit where the 53-year-old Castro hanged himself last week.

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park remains identified
    FBI agents are expected to join Cuyahoga Valley National Park rangers and other law enforcement today, as they search for more evidence at the site where 19-year-old Taylor Robinson’s remains were found earlier this week.
    WEWS reports that the remains were identified as Robinson’s through dental records, and are now in Pennsylvania being examined by an anthropologist.
    Chief investigator Gary Guenther with the medical examiner's office says the remains will be further analyzed to determine Robinson's cause and manner of death. Right now, it is still being investigated as “suspicious” and not yet a homicide.
    Hikers in the park first spotted the jawbone Tuesday.
    Searchers then found additional human remains, including a partial skull.
    Chief Ranger Chris Ryan said it's unclear how long the remains had been there.

    Arraignment scheduled for man accused of selling fake soccer tickets
    A man accused of selling fake tickets to a soccer match between teams from the United States and Mexico will be arraigned Thursday on charges including forgery.
    Police say Anthony Dunston of Xenia was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly sold fake tickets to a man in a meeting arranged through Craigslist.

    Crash victim's daughter wants focus on father
    The daughter of an Ohio man killed in a wrong-way crash says that the attention the case has gotten makes it feel as if her father has died again.
    The man's daughter, Angela Canzani, tells WCMH-TV in Columbus that she keeps hearing about the video confession made by the man who caused the accident. She says people seem to forget that someone died.
    Canzani told the station Wednesday that losing her father has been hard but she has a good support system.
    The man who made the confession, Matthew Cordle, will plead guilty Sept. 18 to a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Vincent Canzani.
    Cordle's case made headlines after his video was posted online. It's been viewed nearly 2 million times.

    Doctor indicted in attack on estranged in-law
    A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist has been indicted in Cleveland on an attempted aggravated murder charge in the pry bar attack on his daughter's estranged husband, who also is a doctor.
    The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said a grand jury also charged 66-year-old Dr. Georges Bensimhon on Wednesday with one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.
    He was arrested in the Sept. 4 attack on 39-year-old neurosurgeon Seth Hoffer outside Hoffer's Cleveland Heights home. The victim was clubbed with a pry bar but managed to fight back, pin his attacker and call for help. The defendant, from Allentown, Pa., couldn't be reached for comment. Messages were left at a home phone listing and at his attorney's office. The defendant was freed on $500,000 bond.

    Lawmakers look into impact of prescription painkiller epidemic
    Lawmakers are continuing their efforts to gather information from people around Ohio about the personal impact of the state's prescription painkiller epidemic and looking for solutions to the problem.
    The House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Committee plans a hearing Thursday afternoon in Cleveland with individuals and families at Lutheran Hospital.
    The committee chaired by Rep. Robert Sprague, a Findlay Republican, held similar events this summer in Jackson, Hardin and Lucas counties.
    Overdose drug deaths driven largely by painkiller addictions have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.



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