Ohio News Briefs

185 apply for medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has received more than 180 applications for 24 licenses to grow marijuana under the state’s new medical marijuana program.

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a law more than a year ago allowing medical marijuana to be prescribed under certain conditions to patients suffering one or more qualifying medical conditions.

The Ohio Department of Commerce on Wednesday released a list of 185 applicants for medical marijuana cultivator licenses. The application deadline for Ohio’s 24 licenses was Friday.

The state plans to license up to 12 cultivators with up to 3,000 square feet (333 square yards) of growing space and 12 cultivators with up to 25,000 square feet (2,777 square yards) of space.

Ohio will award cultivator licenses based on how the businesses plan to grow marijuana, staff and secure their facilities and comply with state regulations.

Ohio e-school appeals case over $60M repayment to high court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of the nation’s largest online charter schools is taking its fight over attendance tracking to the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is engaged in a multi-pronged legal battle over the way the Ohio Department of Education tallied student log-ins to determine the school must repay state taxpayers $60 million.

State officials contend ECOT didn’t provide documentation of student participation to justify that portion of its funding. ECOT claims the department illegally changed criteria to adjust funding for the 2015-16 school year.

The school asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider a state appeals court decision siding with the state.

ECOT asks the high court to take up the case on grounds state officials acted “by bureaucratic fiat” to “drastically change the way eschools are funded.”

Alzheimer’s patient hospitalized after roommate stabbing

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say a patient at an Alzheimer’s care center in Ohio has been hospitalized after being stabbed multiple times during an altercation with his roommate.

The Blade reports Vincent Silva suffered stab wounds to his legs and buttocks.

An employee at the Foundation Park Care Center in Toledo reported the stabbing around 3 a.m. Wednesday. A police report shows a knife was found in Silva’s room, and the roommate was detained at the center’s front desk.

The roommate was also transported to the hospital, but police say he was not injured.

No charges have been filed. Police say both patients have late stages of dementia.

The stabbing is under investigation.

Columbus police say officer shoots man wielding a knife

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a Columbus police officer has shot and wounded a man who approached officers while holding a knife.

A Columbus police statement says the 35-year-old man is hospitalized in serious but stable condition after being shot twice Wednesday night.

The statement says police responded to a call about a man arguing with his mother while armed with a knife and that he became “agitated and belligerent” when officers arrived.

Police say the man refused orders to drop the knife and that stun guns failed to stop him from approaching the officers. Police say that’s when one of the officers shot him. The officer hasn’t been identified.

The statement says the man has been charged with two counts of felonious assault on a police officer.

Ex-Ohio mayor sent to prison in federal fraud case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The former mayor of northeast Ohio city near Youngstown has been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding investors out of more than $1 million.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports a judge in Cleveland on Wednesday sentenced George Krinos, of Boardman, to 57 months in prison and ordered him to pay $1.2 million in restitution. Krinos was mayor of Campbell from December 2009 until he resigned in January 2011.

Krinos pleaded guilty in January to securities fraud and willful failure to pay or collect taxes. Federal prosecutors say he defrauded more than 10 investors of nearly $1.2 million between 2011 and 2014.

His federal public defender says the sentence was agreed to in a plea deal. Attorney Jeffrey Lazarus says he and Krinos are “pleased” with the outcome of the case.

University of Cincinnati football player charged in robbery

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a University of Cincinnati football player has been charged for his involvement in an attempted armed robbery of a man’s marijuana.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports 20-year-old Alex Thomas, a junior cornerback, and 23-year-old Julien Holton were arrested Wednesday in Cincinnati. Both have been charged with aggravated robbery and are expected to appear in court Thursday morning.

Police say the robbery occurred Wednesday afternoon at an apartment building listed as Thomas’ residence.

A court affidavit says a security video shows Holton holding a firearm as he and Thomas approached the victim, who fled and called police.

The university athletic department says Thomas has been suspended indefinitely. Thomas started 10 games last season with four interceptions.

Online court records don’t indicate whether the men have attorneys.

Young siblings injured during central Ohio shootout

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old boy has been critically injured and his 2-year-old sister less seriously hurt after being struck by gunfire during a central Ohio shootout.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the siblings were among a group of children playing near a tree Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex on Columbus’ east side. Columbus police Homicide Sgt. Stan Latta said early Thursday that the 8-year-old’s condition is “touch and go” while his sister is in stable condition.

The siblings haven’t been identified.

Latta says it appears at least two people were exchanging gunfire when the children were shot.

Witnesses estimated hearing at least 10 rounds being fired.

A woman escaped injury after a stray round struck the driver’s side window of her minivan as she talked on a cellphone.

Man acquitted in national park shooting

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been acquitted after facing charges for being the driver in a shooting at a national park.

A federal jury found 27-year-old Raymond Moore III not guilty of aiding and abetting an attempted murder and the discharge of a firearm Monday.

Prosecutors say Moore drove 28-year-old DeZay Ely to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in July 2016, where Ely shot a woman three times and left her for dead. She survived the shooting after being found by a jogger.

Moore’s attorney says his client had no idea what Ely was planning. He says they are “elated” the jury made the right decision.

Ely pleaded guilty in May to several charges, including attempted murder. He could face up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced in August.