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17 Fire department supervisors suspended in Cleveland
Other headlines: Top Columbus school official pleads guilty in data scrubbing scandal; Judge rules in favor of Norton in sewer rate lawsuit
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Top Columbus school official pleads guilty in data scrubbing scandal
  • Judge rules in favor of Norton in sewer rate lawsuit
  • Family remembers teen killed for stealing dirt bike
  • Ohio AG reduces number of police using recognition database
  • Cincinnati group wants assaults on homeless labeled hate crimes
  • Highway Patrol targeting I-90 traffic
  • Goodyear to release blimp christening tickets on Aug. 8th
  • Bridgestone Invitational enters second day
  • Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate
  • 17 Fire department supervisors suspended in Cleveland
    The city of Cleveland has disciplined 17 fire department supervisors for their roles in a shift-trading scandal.

    A city audit had indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as they're allowed to do.

    The city yesterday handed out reprimands and suspensions to the supervisors.

    Earlier this year thirteen firefighters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the scandal, with charges pending against an 18th supervisor currently on leave.

    Prosecutors argued that paying for shifts jeopardized public safety as firefighters missed training or their colleagues were overworked.

    Defense attorneys and the firefighters' union say that's not true.

     

    Top Columbus school official pleads guilty in data scrubbing scandal
    A former top data official for Columbus city schools has pleaded no contest to tampering with government records, the first criminal charge in an attendance scrubbing scandal at the state's largest district.

    Investigators say Stephen Tankovich, former head of the Office of Accountability Systems, created a system to alter students' attendance records to improve performance ratings.

    Tankovich entered the no-contest plea yesterday in Franklin County court as part of a deal in which he'll avoid prison by cooperating with investigators.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that Tankovich devised his system of withdrawing, then re-enrolling chronically absent students because he didn't feel the district should be held accountable for kids who missed a lot

     

    Judge rules in favor of Norton in sewer rate lawsuit
    A judge has ruled in favor of a northeast Ohio city in a lawsuit brought by residents claiming they should not have to pay sewer charges.

    The Beacon Journal reports that a Summit County judge threw out the suit filed by residents of a neighborhood in Norton.

    The residents claimed the rates charged by the city of Norton were unfair since the sewer system was tied to the waste treatment plant in Barberton.

    The judge ruled the fees collected by the city can be used to maintain Norton’s sanitary sewer system.

     

    Family remembers teen killed for stealing dirt bike
    An uncle of a 17-year-old Cleveland boy who police say was killed after trying to rob two men and steal a dirt bike warns young people to think about the choices they make.

    Police say Tracy Philpott Jr. died last week after being intentionally hit by separate cars driven by two brothers from whom the teen had just stolen the dirt bike.

    Philpott's uncle, Robert Cummings, stood in the middle of about 100 people gathered for a vigil Wednesday night and warned his nephew's friends that life on the streets will leave them "locked up, covered up or strapped up."

    The brothers charged with hitting Philpott are due in court Monday.


    Ohio AG reduces number of police using recognition database
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office says fewer than 6,000 law-enforcement officers statewide now have access to facial-recognition technology.

    The controversial system rolled out last year allows police to take an image of an unknown person and run it through a database of 23 million Ohio driver's license photos and prison mug shots to try to establish a match.

    About 30,000 police officers and others could directly access the system when it was first deployed. The American Civil Liberties Union and others complained it invites abuse and privacy violations.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that access has now been cut to nearly 6,000 according to numbers released by DeWine's office this week. That's a drop of 29 percent since April.

    The technology has resulted in at least one murder arrest.

     

    Cincinnati group wants assaults on homeless labeled hate crimes
    A southwest Ohio homeless advocacy group wants assaults on homeless people to be considered hate crimes under the law.

    The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition says the designation of homeless people as a protected group would enhance penalties for offenders and help deter attacks.

    The proposal comes on the heels of the beating of a homeless man last weekend.

    One of the three men accused of the assault said they did because they were "bored."

     

    Highway Patrol targeting I-90 traffic
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol is going to keep a close eye on drivers along I-90 this weekend

    Agencies from several states have set a goal of zero fatalities and fewer than 300 total crashes along the interstates beginning today through Monday.

    Officers in 15 states are part of the four-day highway safety effort.

    Troopers are urging motorists to slow down, wear seat belts, drive sober and pay attention.

     

    Goodyear to release blimp christening tickets on Aug. 8th
    It’s perhaps the second hottest ticket in town, after the LeBron James celebration next Friday.

    That same day, August 8th, Goodyear will hand out 650 wrist bands that will get you into the August 23rd christening of the new blimp -  Wingfoot One.

    That ceremony will feature Good Morning America host Robin Roberts swinging the champagne bottle.

    A lucky 10 attendees will get to take a friend for a ride on the new airship.

    The wristbands are available at select Goodyear stores and dealers.

     

    Bridgestone Invitational enters second day
    Australian Marc Leishman started today at the top of the leader board after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

    Leishman shot a 6 under 64 yesterday. He’s four strokes ahead of Tiger Woods who tied for 9th place with a 2 under 68.

    Rory McIlroy was one under par.

     

    Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate
    An Ohio lawmaker wants to create a specialty license plate celebrating the homecoming of LeBron James.

    State Rep. Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat, says he plans to introduce legislation within the next two weeks for the "LeBron James Witness 2.0" tag.

    Patmon says the plate would "honor the return home of our prodigal champion."

    Ohio already has more than 70 specialty plates.

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