Appeal to separate Asian carp-infested water system from Great Lakes fails
Ohio and four other Great Lakes states lost their second attempt Tuesday to force the federal government to develop a permanent separation to try to keep Asian carp out of the lakes. An appeals court has dismissed the case filed by Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The states have been fighting for the last four years to ensure a separation of the Chicago Area Water System, which is believed to be the most likely path for the invasive and voracious fish to move from the Mississippi River into the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering a handful of options that would cost between $8 billion and $18 billion and could take decades to complete.
Reported shooting at Ohio University was a false alarm
Ohio University police found no evidence of a shooting after a report of a possible threat. A man called police Tuesday afternoon, saying he shot his mother. He gave the address of a residence hall that houses summer session students. Students in the dorm and in other parts of campus were evacuated as authorities conducted a room-by-room search.
Akron General Medical Center "mercy" shooter dies
A 68-year-old Stark County man imprisoned in what was described as a mercy killing has died while serving his six-year sentence. John Wise of Massillon had been in a prison medical center in Columbus and suffered cardiac arrest Monday. Wise said he shot his debilitated wife out of love at Akron General Medical Center in 2012 after she suffered an aneurysm and appeared to be in pain. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. A parole board hearing on his clemency request was scheduled for August.
Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald airs first TV ad
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will start airing his first TV ad of the campaign today. The 30-second ad will air in Cleveland and Cincinnati markets and focuses on jobs and shows factory workers, farmers and office workers on the job. The one-week ad cost $250,000. His opponent, Republican Governor John Kasich has already aired three TV ads.
Prison solar panel project to save energy and provide job training to inmates
Ohio is ready to unveil a large solar panel project at a prison aimed at saving $245,000 in annual energy costs while training inmates to install and maintain the panels as a route to future jobs. The 400 panels at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe will be the primary source for hot water and space heating in eight cell blocks. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction plans tours today at the prison. Jails in Tennessee and Utah and prisons in Indiana and Wisconsin are among other correctional facilities with significant solar panel projects.
Prosecutor says fatal police shooting was justified
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor says the fatal shooting of a suspect by county sheriff's deputies in March was justified. In a letter to the county sheriff Tuesday, prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was the "duty and responsibility" of deputies to fire on Israel Rondon when he disobeyed orders to drop his rifle and then aimed it at the lawmen. The deputies went to Rondon's Middleburg Heights home in in March to pick him up on a warrant for felony assault on a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon. Deputies said he came out carrying a rifle, disobeyed orders and aimed at deputies. Later it was determined that the rifle misfired. McGinty said the deputies "were faced with an armed, irrational, intoxicated, violent suspect."
Cleveland mayor introduces new gun regulations
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is introducing new gun regulations to city council this morning. Jackson says the proposed legislation would combat gun violence by keeping guns away from felons and people who resell the weapons. However, Councilman Zack Reed argues some of the legislation is redundant to existing state laws. He also fears a ban on buying more than one firearm every 90 days violates the 2nd Amendment.
Ohioans collect $75 million in unclaimed funds and set record
Ohioans collected a record $75 million in unclaimed funds from the state last year. The state says that is about $3 million more than the record previously set in 2007. The money includes the balances of forgotten dormant or forgotten bank accounts; rent or utility deposits; uncashed checks and insurance policies; and undelivered stock certificates.