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Five suspects in custody for murder of Brennan's Colony owner
Other morning headlines: Police seize $100,000 in fireworks from Cleveland man, Drowned teen's body found in Summit County lake

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Five suspects in custody for murder of Brennan's Colony owner
  • Drowned teen's body found in Summit County lake
  • Akron City Council tries to lure new Goodyear plant
  • Medical marijuana measure fails to qualify for November ballot
  • Gambling coalition wants to use JobsOhio decision to dismiss VLTlawsuit
  • Police seize $100,000 in fireworks from Cleveland man
  • Rolling Acres Mall nears foreclosure and sale
  • New animals added to Ohio's banned species list
  • Five suspects in custody for murder of Brennan's Colony owner
    Five people are in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a popular Cleveland Heights  restaurant owner. Cleveland Heights police say the suspects either have information or are believed to be involved in the killing of Brennan's Colony owner Jim Brennan. The suspects, whose names have not yet been released, range in age from 20 to 23 and are all from Cleveland. Charges are expected to be filed today or Friday. 61-year-old Brennan was shot during an attempted robbery at his restaurant Monday and later died at a hospital. More than a thousand people turned out to a vigil in the Cedar-Lee neighborhood and an online fund has been set up to help Brennan’s Colony employees. 

    Drowned teen's body found in Summit County lake
    A teenager has drowned while swimming in a Summit County lake with a friend. Police say 16-year-old Camden Cole became distressed for some reason and went under the surface Tuesday at Springfield Lake. The second teen made it back to shore. Divers found the boy's body late Wednesday morning and an autopsy will be performed today.

    Akron City Council tries to lure new Goodyear plant
    Akron is hoping to win over the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and get a new plant in the city. Akron City Council passed a resolution asking Goodyear to pick its city for the location of its new $500 million factory. Another area vying for the plant, Chester County, South Carolina, claims it is the frontrunner for the factory, according to Tire Review. However, Goodyear officials are denying they have made any decisions. The selection committee will chose a site by the first quarter of 2015 and the plant expected to be up and running by 2017.

    Medical marijuana measure fails to qualify for November ballot
    A push to place a medical marijuana question before Ohio voters this fall has failed. The Ohio Rights Group says the campaign managed to collect about 100,000 signatures by Tuesday's deadline, short of the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed to qualify. Supporters of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment plan to continue circulating petitions with the hope of making the ballot in 2015. The amendment ran into some hurdles along the way, including recasting the petition after an initial version was rejected by Attorney General Mike DeWine as not representing a fair and truthful description of how the constitutional amendment would function.

    Gambling coalition wants to use JobsOhio decision to dismiss VLT lawsuit
    A coalition of gambling interests is citing a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision involving Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation agency, JobsOhio, as grounds to dismiss a separate lawsuit challenging slots-like video lottery terminals. Both cases involve a nonprofit organization's legal standing to sue the Kasich administration for alleged constitutional violations. The high court decided last month that ProgressOhio, a liberal policy group, and other parties lacked standing to pursue constitutional challenge to JobsOhio, sidelining the case. Casino companies and race track operators jointly told the Supreme Court Wednesday that that precedent applies in a lawsuit brought by the Ohio Roundtable, an anti-gambling group, challenging Kasich's legalization of VLTs at Ohio's seven horse tracks. Justices previously indicated they would hold judgment in the Roundtable case until the JobsOhio issue was decided.

    Police seize $100,000 in fireworks from Cleveland man
    Cleveland police seized $100,000 dollars’ worth of fireworks from a man who previously spent time in prison for arson. The Plain Dealer reports the man was illegally selling everything from firecrackers to professional pyrotechnics from his West side home and another address in Parma. Most were stored in a garage, exposed to the heat. The newspaper says detectives received a tip and set up a controlled buy.

    Rolling Acres Mall nears foreclosure and sale
    Akron’s shuttered Rolling Acres Mall is moving closer to foreclosure. The Beacon Journal reports a common pleas judge signed a foreclosure judgment against former owner Premier Ventures and the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the property be sold at the next sheriff’s sale, likely in October. It will have a starting price of around $1.3 million, which will cover back taxes and liens. The city could take it over if it fails to sell. Rolling Acres has been closed since 2008.

    New animals added to Ohio's banned species list
    Ohio is adding some animals to its list of banned invasive species. One is called killer shrimp for its tendency to kill other creatures for sport, including small fish. Another is the Wels catfish which is known to eat rats and pigeons from the shore. Some others that are now banned from being imported, exported, possessed or sold in the state include crustaceans called Yabbies and Marrons, several varieties of mussels and Zander and Rudd fish. The Columbus Dispatch reports most of these species are not yet in the state or even the continent but officials want to be proactive.

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