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Ohio unemployment rate falls to pre-recession levels
Other headlines: Prosecutor details final moments of deadly police chase; Measles and mumps outbreaks still spreading
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Prosecutor details final moments of deadly police chase
  • Measles and mumps outbreaks still spreading
  • Gangs strongest in Ohio’s supermax
  • Cleveland man indicted for sending WMD to IRS
  • Columbus Juneteenth Festival adds extra security
  • Akron Jury to decide fate of convicted killer
  • Huge recall of Velveeta cheese at Walmart
  • Travolta film closes downtown Cleveland streets
  • Swisher grand slam fires up Tribe fans
  • Ohio unemployment rate falls to pre-recession levels

    Unemployment in Ohio is at the lowest level since before the great recession.

    The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said today the seasonally adjusted rate in May dropped to 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in March and 6.1 percent in April.

    It's the state's lowest jobless rate in seven years.

    Ohio's jobless rate remains below the 6.3 percent national rate.

     

    Prosecutor details final moments of deadly police chase

    A new document filed by prosecutors says a Cleveland police officer climbed on the hood of a car and fired 15 shots at the driver and passenger from less than 5 feet away — after they were no longer a threat.

    That information was filed yesterday by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty detailing the notorious November 2012 police chase.

    The Plain Dealer reports that, according to McGinty, the shooting had stopped for more than 4 seconds when Officer Michael Brelo climbed onto the hood and fired into the stopped car.

    Brelo has pleaded not guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter.

    A lawyer for Brelo has requested Judge John O'Donnell to place a gag order on the case following the prosecutor’s statements. 

     

    Measles and mumps outbreaks still spreading

    The measles outbreak in Ohio has reached 339 cases in nine counties.

    State health officials report eight hospitalizations from the cases that are part of the largest national outbreak of the illness since 1996.

    Health officials say the Ohio outbreak started among Knox County Amish who had traveled to the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.

    Cases have spread to Stark, Wayne, Crawford, Ashland, Coshocton, Highland, Holmes, and Richland.

    Ohio health officials also are grappling with a rare outbreak of mumps, which this week reached 427 cases across three central Ohio counties.

     

    Gangs strongest in Ohio’s supermax

    A new report finds the percentage of Ohio inmates in recognized gangs remains steady at about 16 percent of the overall prison population.

    The report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee finds a total of nearly 8,200 prison inmates classify as gang members.

    The highest percentage was at the state's supermax prison in Youngstown, where two of every three inmates are in a gang.

     

    Cleveland man indicted for sending WMD to IRS

    A suburban Cleveland man indicted on a charge of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction is suspected of sending the IRS an envelope with white powder along with his tax return and a check.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland says the unidentified white powder was not toxic.

    Twenty-seven-year-old John Buchak of Highland Heights pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court.

    He allegedly mailed the envelope to the IRS in Cincinnati on March 31.

     

    Columbus Juneteenth Festival adds extra security

    The Columbus Juneteenth Festival will go on this weekend with enhanced security at a gated park after a shooting disrupted last year's event and threw its future into doubt.

    Attendees at this year’s festival to celebrate the end of slavery will be searched as they enter.

    Last year, Columbus police shut down the Juneteenth celebration after a 15-year-old boy fired a gun during a confrontation. An 11-year-old boy was struck in the leg.

     

    Akron Jury to decide fate of convicted killer

    A jury is deciding whether to recommend the death penalty for a 22-year-old man convicted of killing four people in an Akron townhome last year.

    The jury in Akron began deliberations Thursday after hearing four days of testimony for and against the death penalty for Derrick Brantley. Jurors can recommend the death penalty or life in prison.

    The same jury convicted Brantley of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults that prosecutors said had roots in the state's growing heroin epidemic. All four were shot in the head during a drug-related robbery.

     

    Huge recall of Velveeta cheese at Walmart

    Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives.

    Insufficient levels of sorbic acid has led to the recall of 260 cases of Velveeta cheese product.

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. says the cheese was sent to three Walmart distribution centers and could have been shipped to Ohio and 11 other states.

     

    Travolta film closes downtown Cleveland streets

    Road closures are scheduled today in downtown Cleveland for latest movie being shot in the city.

    Several streets near downtown will be closed overnight.

    June 20 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Hamilton Court from East 40th to East 45th;
    East 45th from St. Clair to Lakeside Avenue;
    East 40th from St. Clair to Lakeside;
    Hamilton Avenue from East 40th to East 49th

    The film Criminal Activities stars John Travolta. Filming continues through the end of June.

     

    Swisher grand slam fires up Tribe fans

    A dramatic win for Indians yesterday could be the boost needed to bring fans to Progressive field. 

    The Tribe has the best record at home at 23-12 and the worst attendance record in baseball with just over 15,300 a game.

    But Nick Swisher’s walkoff grand slam against the Angels has fans pumped.

    Ticket sales have doubled for games this weekend against the Tigers.

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