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Cities offer special cleanups for flood damage
Group asks DeWine to drop appeal of gay marriage ruling; Tesla allowed three Ohio dealerships
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Group asks DeWine to drop appeal of gay marriage ruling
  • Tesla allowed three Ohio dealerships
  • Cleveland firefighter fights firing
  • Dozens fined in tri-state cockfighting ring
  • Cities offer special cleanups for flood damage
    Clean-up continues in cities hit by this week’s storms.

    Cuyahoga Falls is offering a Special Flood Cleanup for residents next week.

    The City of Stow is providing commercial trash bins at three locations for residents who need to dispose of oversized items damaged by this week’s flooding.

    The Summit County Emergency Management Agency is conducting damage assessments of communities hit by severe storms.

    The agency will submit a report to the State of Ohio, and if certain criteria are met, the State may request Federal emergency funds.


    Group asks DeWine to drop appeal of gay marriage ruling
    Supporters of gay marriage in Ohio have delivered petitions to the state's attorney general urging him to drop his challenge of a federal judge's order recognizing same-sex marriage.

    The state is appealing Judge Timothy Black's decision ordering Ohio to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Most of the judge's April 14 ruling was put on hold pending the anticipated appeal.

    Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has said marriage is between a man and a woman, and that he will continue defending Ohio's voter-approved gay marriage ban.

    The group Why Marriage Matters Ohio delivered over 6,000 signatures to DeWine's office Thursday, demanding he stop the appeal.

     
    Tesla allowed three Ohio dealerships
    Electric car maker Tesla got the green light from the Ohio legislature to sell vehicles in just three Ohio cities.

    Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill limiting Tesla to sales of its high-end electric cars at company owned dealerships in Columbus, Cincinnati, and soon in the Cleveland area. 

    Ohio auto dealers originally tried to block the California-based company from expanding beyond two stores.

    The bill prohibits manufacturers other than Tesla from selling directly to consumers.

     
    Cleveland firefighter fights firing
    The lawyer for a veteran Cleveland firefighter fired after pleading guilty in a shift-trading scandal says he's disappointed with the city's decision.

    Firefighter Calvin Robinson was the last of 13 firefighters to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation.

    Robinson’s attorney says the treatment of Robinson is not justified and he should get his job back.

    Authorities accused the firefighters of illegally paying co-workers to cover their shifts.

    Northeast Ohio Media Group reported Wednesday that the city also says it will pursue administrative charges against 19 department supervisors.


    Dozens fined in tri-state cockfighting ring
    More than half of the 52 people cited in a northwest Ohio cockfighting ring have pleaded guilty and were fined.

    Fulton County authorities said they seized 72 live roosters near the village of Delta during a raid earlier this month.

    The Blade newspaper reports Thursday that all 36 people who have appeared in court so far have been convicted of single misdemeanor counts of animal fighting charges and been fined $250 plus court costs.

    Of the 52 cited on May 4, 26 are from Indiana, 17 are from Michigan and nine are Ohio residents.

    Deputies responding to reports of suspicious activity found the roosters in cages, boxes and in cars around a property.

    One of the birds was severely injured and had to be killed.

     

     

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