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Bacteria count limits Lake Erie swimming
Other noon headlines; Cleveland Heights accused; civil rights and speed cameras; vets posts vs. Kaisch; Mansielf; food-stamp sentence
Story by M.L. SCHULTZE


 
Villa Angela is one of three Lake Erie beaches with advisories.
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In The Region:
  • Swimming advisories on Lake Erie beaches
  • Four in Cleveland Heights killing are due in court 
  • Civil rights challenge of speed cameras fails
  • Political battle pits vets posts against Kasich
  • Mansfield is clear of financial oversight
  • $800,000 food-stamp sentencing
  • Swimming advisories on Lake Erie beaches
    Swimming advisories have been posted at three Northeast Ohio Lake Erie beaches, including Villa Angela, Vermilion and Mentor Headlands.

    The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District says bacterial levels are higher than is acceptable at Villa Angela.  

    Four in Cleveland Heights killing are due in court 
    Four men are appearing today (Monday) in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court on charges they robbed and murdered popular Cleveland Heights restaurateur, Jim Brennan. Police say both sets of brothers – Brandon and Darien Jones and Devon and Paul Turner – have confessed to killing the 61-year-old Brennan in his restaurant a week ago.

    Civil rights challenge of speed cameras fails
    A challenge of speed cameras in Cleveland and East Cleveland has lost one round in state court. Local civil rights groups maintain the cameras are heavily concentrated in minority neighborhoods and were asking a Cuyahoga County judge for an injunction to block them. But Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams said the pastors’ group lacked standing because it didn’t have a lawyer. She said drivers who have been ticketed still have standing to sue.

    Political battle pits vets posts against Kasich
    A coalition of veterans and fraternal groups is putting political pressure on Gov. John Kasich over electronic raffle machines in veterans and fraternal posts.

    Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine determined last year that the devices constitute illegal gambling. The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition went to court, and has won a temporary stay. But a bill that would declare the machines legal has been stalled in the Statehouse. Instead, Kasich had recommended that the Lottery Commission install its machines in the clubs.

    The coalition rejected the plan. According to the Columbus Dispatch, it now says that -- for the first time -- it will insist candidates for governor come in to interview for its endorsements.

    The group also said it is collecting signatures to take its issue to voters. The veterans groups that are part of the coalition include the American Legion and VFW.

    Mansfield is clear of financial oversight
    The state auditor has released Mansfield from fiscal emergency after deciding it can resume operations without oversight by a state fiscal control commission.

    Mansfield had deficits of nearly $10 million in 2010 and more than $3 million in 2009. Ohio law requires cities and government entities such as public school districts to balance their budgets each year.

    Auditor Dave Yost announced Monday he is lifting the city's fiscal emergency status, which was declared in August 2011 because of continued budget shortfalls. Mansfield schools also have been in fiscal emergency since December.  

    $800,000 food-stamp sentencing
    Eighteen people and a Cleveland grocery store are to be sentenced this afternoon (Monday) on charges of food-stamp fraud that stretched over nearly a decade. 

    From 2004 through last summer, prosecutors say the E-Z Foods store on Superior Avenue accepted $800,000 the government benefits. Some customers bought alcohol, cigarettes and other items forbidden under the program. 

    The store also bought the food stamp cards for 50 cents on the dollar and used them at other stores. 

    The store owner, Salem Herbawi, his son, son-in-law and brother are among those to be sentenced in Cuyahoga County court.

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