Ohio News Briefs

Ohio authorities urge alcohol server education

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As students get ready to return to Ohio’s campuses over the next several weeks, state authorities are urging operators of bars and carry-outs to make sure their staffs know the law.

The Ohio Investigative Unit says liquor permit holders can schedule a free Alcohol Server Knowledge course.

OIU agents provide instruction on laws about sale and/or consumption of alcohol. They also cover topics such as false identification, employment of minors and penalties for those found in violation.

Capt. Gary Allen says the educational courses can protect both customers and the establishment.

In 2015, more than 3,000 liquor permit establishment employees completed the training. OIU provides the employer with a letter of attendance and completion.

4 Columbus officials ordered to pay for Ohio State game

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Ethics Commission says four elected Columbus officials paid less than they should have to watch an Ohio State football game in a luxury suite with a lobbyist.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the commission determined Mayor Andrew Ginther, Councilman Shannon Hardin, former Councilwoman Michelle Mills and Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Eileen Paley paid $250 to watch the Buckeyes at the 2014 Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis.

The commission says the trip was worth nearly $700 and has ordered the city to pay the difference.

The suite belonged to food vendor Centerplate, awarded a contract at a Columbus-area convention center days earlier.

Ginther called the allegations “baseless.” The others didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Franklin County terminated its contract with Centerplate after an internal investigation uncovered collusion.

Ohio police say 3-year-old boy drowns in backyard pool

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Columbus say a 3-year-old boy has drowned in an above-ground, backyard swimming pool.

First responders were dispatched to a home at 11:40 a.m. EDT Saturday. Authorities say the boy wasn’t responsive and was pronounced dead after being taken to a children’s hospital.

Police say the drowning appears to have been an accident, but they are continuing their investigation.

Study: Ohio transition program aided former homeless youth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The study of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency finds the longer young people who have experienced homelessness participated in a specialized housing program for their age group, the more they benefited.

Daybreak Inc. of Dayton opened a 50,000-square-foot apartment building in 2008 for transition-age youth. The program is partially supported by federal low-income housing credits. Many participating youth have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma.

Besides providing shelter, the Opportunity House helps youth get their GED and teaches basic life skills, financial independence and job readiness.

The study found those who stayed at Opportunity House for at least 12 months were more likely to get further in school and make more money than those who entered and exited the program in less time.