Ohio News Briefs


State tells online Ohio charter school it may owe millions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says Ohio’s largest online charter school could owe another $20 million for failing to verify enrollment properly.

The payment would come on top of $60 million the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, commonly called ECOT, is already repaying the Ohio Department of Education.

The department told ECOT in a letter Thursday the school properly documented about 11,600 of its 14,200 students. The state says the school couldn’t prove that 18.5 percent of its students did enough classwork to satisfy the state.

The school is challenging how the state tallied its student log-ins.

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to consider the dispute.

ECOT is one of the largest online charter schools in the U.S. A message was left with ECOT seeking comment.

2 Ohio officers wounded in shooting at car dealership

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says two officers were wounded in a shooting at a car dealership, and a suspect was also shot and is in custody.

Chief Christopher Collins of the Willoughby Hills police department in suburban Cleveland says both the officers and the suspect are in stable condition at local hospitals.

Collins says the dealership called police about a problem with a customer about 2 p.m. Thursday. Collins says a man pulled a handgun and fired at the officers outside the dealership officers. Both officers were wearing protective vests.

Schools in the area were put on lockdown during the investigation.

Willoughby Hills is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Cleveland.

Ohio officials plan to reinstall Confederate monument

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Officials in an Ohio township say a marker honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be returned during a re-dedication ceremony.

Franklin Township Trustee Brian Morris said at a meeting Wednesday that it hasn’t been decided where the small stone marker would be placed along the Dixie Highway. Franklin Township is about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.

Some residents became angry when they learned the 90-year-old marker had been removed in August after deadly violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over a statue honoring Lee.

The marker was removed by a city crew in neighboring Franklin, which controlled the location. Franklin subsequently returned the marker to Franklin Township.

The city of Franklin paid $2,000 to repair the marker’s plaque after it was damaged during removal.

Police say burial business trespasser tried cremating corpse

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a trespasser at an Ohio burial vault business tried unsuccessfully to cremate a corpse.

Police say the break-in at Akron Burial Vault happened late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

A body that had been in a cardboard cremation container was found on the floor. Business owner Martin Ebie told WKYC-TV the body toppled out of the container after someone tried to push it into the oven.

An employee called police after discovering the disturbance Wednesday.

The company makes concrete burial vaults and also has a crematory.

Coroner: 1-month-old boy found dead killed by family dog

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A coroner has determined that a 1-month-old boy who died at his home was killed by a family dog.

Authorities say the baby was found dead Sept. 20 in his bassinet at the Knox County home about 60 miles northeast of Columbus. County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle said Wednesday that the baby suffered extensive injuries, including puncture wounds to his head.

Ogle’s news release said the autopsy revealed no trauma from any source other than a dog. The release said the infant was healthy and well cared for prior to his death.

The family’s two dogs, described as “pit bull, or a pit bull mix,” have been euthanized.

Knox County’s prosecutor has said the baby’s 25-year-old father apparently woke up to find the infant dead.

Amazon to build another large warehouse outside Cleveland

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Amazon plans to build a second large warehouse on the site of a closed shopping mall outside of Cleveland.

The Plain Dealer reports the Seattle-based company will raze Euclid Square Mall in Euclid to build a 650,000-square-foot (60,386-sq. meter) warehouse that will employ 1,000 people.

The deal comes a month after Amazon finalized a deal to build an 855,000-square-foot (79,431-sq. meter) “fulfillment center” on a former mall site in North Randall that is supposed to create 2,000 full-time jobs.

An Amazon spokeswoman said the Euclid warehouse will be completed sometime in 2019.

Euclid Square Mall opened in 1977 and has struggled for decades. The city ordered it closed last year for safety reasons.

Demolition of the Euclid mall is expected to begin later this year.

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