Retired school workers to see cost-of-living increase frozen
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The School Employee Retirement System in Ohio will freeze cost-of-living increases for three years for 75,000 pensioners and is pushing for a similar change for more future retirees.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the SERS board voted on Monday to move forward with legislation to enact an identical freeze for about 125,000 more future retirees. The freeze for current retirees will start in January.
Pension fund executive director Richard Stensrud said in a news release that the change was “the best way to address the system’s short-term and long-term financial challenges.” Under the plan, the retirement system will continue to provide health care benefits.
The pension fund covers non-teaching school employees such as cooks, treasurers and bus drivers.
The SERS has more than $12 billion in assets.
Police: Teen says he shot dog with arrow
WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy has acknowledged he shot an Ohio family’s yellow Labrador retriever with an arrow.
The Redicks say they had to take their dog Cosmo to a clinic for emergency surgery last week to remove the arrow. Chatfield Redick says the veterinarian found the arrow missed Cosmo’s heart and lungs by millimeters.
Authorities say the arrow had the boy’s last name on it. WJW-TV reports the dog’s owner was able to trace it to his neighbor’s son.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says the boy told officers he was deer hunting, and he says he shot the dog thinking it was a coyote. Police say charges against the teen are pending.
Cosmo is back at home and expected to make a full recovery.
High school coach resigns amid improper conduct allegations
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio High School coach has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a 16-year-old student.
Documents released by the Northwest Local School District Monday allege the former Colerain High School coach met the girl at her home Sept. 25. The girl’s mother says in the documents she came home around 3 p.m. and thought someone was breaking into her home after noticing a commotion.
The girl’s mother says she yelled and the person ran from the home. School documents show the girl later identified the person as the coach.
Officials at the high school in Colerain Township announced the coach’s resignation last week.
Cincinnati police say an investigation is ongoing, but no charges have been filed.
School officials say the student is no longer enrolled.
Police: 2-year-old found wandering in traffic
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 60-year-old Ohio man has been charged with child endangerment after his grandson was found wandering in rush hour traffic.
WHIO-TV reports traffic slowed to a standstill Monday after the 2-year-old was found in a busy Springfield intersection. Several motorists and bystanders were able to help the boy to safety.
Police say the boy’s grandfather had lost track of the child after he fell asleep watching movies with him.
The man has pleaded not guilty.
2 Ohio teens found fatally shot in car parked behind home
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo police say two 18-year-olds have been found fatally shot inside a car parked behind a home.
The teens have been identified as Gregory Stone and Deiyana Porter. Officers were called to the home early Tuesday afternoon. Police say the teens were dating and that Stone lived at the home.
A neighbor told The Blade he heard more than a dozen gunshots around the time of the killings.
Police have not said whether they’ve identified any suspects in the slayings.
Stone graduated from high school in May. An aunt says Porter recently moved back to Toledo from Dayton.
Toledo police responded to call about gunfire at the same home in April and found nine shell casings.
Smell leads to body found in rubble 4 days after garage fire
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a woman was found dead in the rubble of an Ohio garage fire four days after the blaze.
Firefighters returned to the residential property in Columbus after people reported a foul smell coming from the charred remnants of a detached garage that caught fire Oct. 2. A family dog was killed, but no one else was thought to have been hurt.
Columbus fire officials say the homeowner had indicated that everyone who might have been in the garage had been accounted for, including a man who had been staying there.
Homicide detectives investigating the woman’s death were working to identify her.
Ohio man sues city for arresting him over Facebook page
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man arrested and acquitted of a felony for creating a fake Facebook page that parodied a suburban Cleveland police department is suing the city, saying it violated his right to free speech.
Anthony Novak filed suit against the city of Parma and three officers Tuesday. Authorities said he created a Facebook page in March 2016 that displayed a name similar to Parma’s police department and posted items suggesting police were conducting teenage abortions. The page also suggested it would be illegal to help the homeless for three months.
Novak was charged with a felony count of disrupting public services and acquitted after trial in August 2016.
The lawsuit seeks financial compensation, legal fees, and an injunction against Parma police.
Police didn’t immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.