Ohio News Briefs


Ohio delays submitting education plan, will review feedback

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials will spend more time reviewing public feedback before sending federal regulators Ohio’s education and accountability plan under the law that replaced No Child Left Behind.

Ohio intended to submit the plan next month, but educators raised criticisms about the draft, particularly about not reducing standardized testing. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria says Ohio will wait until a September deadline to submit the final plan and will carefully consider feedback in the meantime.

He says he’ll convene an advisory committee to consider the testing issues. Ohio has 24 tests, more than required in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which gives states more control over schools and education policy.

DeMaria rebuffed critics’ claims that the draft ignored public feedback, noting that its development took a year and involved 15,000 Ohioans.

NE Ohio coroner runs out of space, uses mobile morgue setup

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Another Ohio county has made use of a mobile cooling unit to store bodies because its morgue ran out of space, in part because of fatal drug overdoses.

WEWS-TV reports the Stark County coroner had to bring in a 20-foot cooling trailer over the weekend. Investigator Rick Walters says the office was at capacity with eight bodies, then got four more on Saturday and employed the trailer.

Such temporary morgue arrangements also have been used Ashtabula, Cuyahoga and Summit counties in northeast Ohio. The coroner in Dayton has said his office sought help from a local funeral home to store bodies amid an increase in overdose deaths.

A spokeswoman says the Ohio Department of Health has several cooling units that local agencies can request to use.

New Ohio appeals process used to seek denied public records

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly three dozen appeals by Ohioans contesting denials of public records requests have been accepted by the state’s Court of Claims since its new appeals process went into effect.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that among the appeals accepted by the court since the process began less than six months ago are 21 filed by private citizens, seven by the news media, three by organizations and one by an elected official.

The Dispatch reports 10 cases have been settled as part of the first-step mediation process, with those previously denied records winning them in nine cases. Some remain in mediation, and some not settled in mediation have advanced to a special master.

The Ohio Court of Claims administrator says the appeals process gives citizens access for quick action in court.

Police: Man hit undercover cop he thought was drug dealer

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (AP) — Police in eastern Ohio say a man thought an undercover officer in his neighborhood was a drug dealer and attacked the detective after yelling at him to leave the area.

Forty-five-year-old Don Talbert appeared Monday in East Liverpool Municipal Court, where he’s charged with assault, resisting arrest and drunken driving. Court records don’t indicate whether Talbert has an attorney.

The Review in East Liverpool reports Talbert stopped his pickup truck Saturday next to a detective sitting in an unmarked car and screamed that he should leave the neighborhood. Police say Talbert punched the detective in the face as he tried to get out of his car and continued struggling after being told he’d “just punched a cop.”

Police say a uniformed officer used a stun gun to subdue Talbert.

Ohio National Guard member dies at training in Indiana

NORTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio National Guard says a 43-year-old member from Norton died during training in Indiana, and the cause is under investigation.

The agency says Capt. Brian Stillman collapsed Friday afternoon while training at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, roughly 25 miles south of Indianapolis. Guard officials say he couldn’t be revived.

They wouldn’t share further details about the circumstances of his death, including the type of training that was occurring.

The married father of two had been in the Ohio Army National Guard for 19 years.

Cleveland.com reports that Stillman’s family declined to comment on what happened.

Wright State uses Peanuts booth to help students

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university is taking a page out of a classic American cartoon to help students with career questions.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Wright State University has fashioned a “mobile career advisory center” out of a cardboard box like Lucy’s advice booth from the Peanuts.

Wright State says advisers will give students resume feedback and help out with other career services as they traverse the campus with Woodstock and Snoopy. Career services Assistant Director Lisa Duke says the university wants students to become more comfortable for their spring career fair.

The fair is planned for Wednesday.

University of Dayton officials brace for St. Patrick’s Day

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — University of Dayton officials are warning students to not engage in harmful behavior as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and an NCAA tournament berth.

Police Chief Rodney Chatman met with both the dean of students and president of the student government association for a press conference to outline expectations Monday. School officials are reminding students that all laws and school conduct rules will be enforced.

Visitors are banned from residence halls from March 16 to March 19. School officials are urging students to make responsible choices with alcohol. Campus police will also increase their presence.

The school has had issues with the holiday for decades including a riot in 2013 where students damaged cars, threw glass bottles and yelled at police.

2 Ohio universities locked down amid reports of gunfire

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (AP) — Two universities in Ohio were placed on lockdown Monday night following reports of an armed robbery and gunfire.

Central State University says one female student was wounded. She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. It’s unclear if she was shot.

The university says it received a report around 8:30 p.m. Monday of an armed robbery in one of the buildings on campus. While investigating, officers heard a gunshot. Central State and Wilberforce University campuses were immediately placed on lockdown. The schools are both located in Wilberforce, near Dayton.

No one else was injured, and the campus lockdown was later lifted.

Central State says a weapon has been recovered. No arrests have been made.

Ohio workers’ comp bureau proposes $1B rebate to employers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s fund for injured workers wants to return more than $1 billion of its investment earnings to the state’s 200,000 private and public employers.

The state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation proposed the rebate on Monday. It amounts to two-thirds of the premiums that employers paid in the policy year that ended last June.

The proposal will be presented during the bureau’s board meeting on Thursday.

A decision is planned next month. If approved, checks could be issued in July.

The bureau says the proposal is a result of better-than-projected investment returns and strong financial management.

Republican Gov. John Kasich says the state has created a better “climate for success” by trying to reduce workers compensation costs and investing in workplace safety efforts.

Few Ohio water suppliers miss deadline for lead pipe maps

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio regulators say nearly all of the state’s public drinking water systems have turned in maps showing where they still have lead pipes.

The state’s Environmental Protection Agency said last week that about half of the drinking water suppliers were in danger of missing a deadline to submit the maps.

But the agency says many came in during the final days and that only 10 of the nearly 1,900 systems didn’t make the deadline.

The EPA says the stragglers will get a notice that they have 30 days to finish the job.

A state law passed last year requires a better inventory of the lead pipes carrying water into homes. It was part of an overhaul of how the state and cities deal with lead in drinking water.

Amazon plans pop-up store on Ohio State campus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Amazon plans to open a storefront in Columbus near the Ohio State University campus where students can pick up books and other items they’ve ordered online.

The Seattle-based online retailer has submitted applications for construction and signage to the city of Columbus for a 900-square-foot retail space where students with an Amazon prime membership can pick up items from self-service lockers or with help from an Amazon employee.

Amazon has created similar stores at more than a dozen colleges and universities in the U.S. Some of those schools include Purdue University in Indiana and the University of Pennsylvania.

Officials at Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Father pleads not guilty by reason of insanity in baby death

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of killing his 3-month-old daughter who was found dead in a car seat in his truck last year has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges including murder.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that Brian Hayslip earlier pleaded not guilty in Clark County in the death of Lilly Hayslip and recently changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. A forensic evaluation was scheduled.

Court documents allege the 22-year-old Springfield man told police he shook his daughter when she began crying Dec. 27. Her body was found inside his running truck in Mercer County. Authorities said she apparently died in Clark County.

Authorities tracked Hayslip to a field. They say he told them he was looking for a place to bury Lilly.