Cincinnati charity wants to house immigrant kids
CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati charity says it has applied for a federal grant aimed at bringing to Ohio some of the immigrant children who have flooded across the U.S. border recently.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has applied for the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help house the children. More than 57,000 minors have arrived since October, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador because of drug violence and other problems in those countries.
Ted Bergh, CEO of Catholic Charities, tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that the children would be housed in a "dormitory environment" that could provide short-term shelter, education and counseling.
Federal law requires that children be placed in protective care while their immigration cases are resolved.
OHIO STATE-BAND DIRECTOR
Ohio State band marches on after director's firing
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director. A day after he was fired, it's performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff.
Jonathan Waters was dismissed Thursday after a two-month investigation determined he knew about and failed to stop a "sexualized" culture of rituals. Investigators found students were pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts to earn often explicit nicknames.
Fledgling Ohio State President Michael Drake says the university values respect and diversity and he was disappointed and shocked by the investigative findings.
Waters led what's known to fans as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" since 2012. His halftime shows were considered revolutionary and draw millions of viewers on YouTube.
Vigil remembers Ohio man found in landfill
FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - As authorities continue to search for answers in the death of an Ohio concertgoer, hundreds turned out for a vigil at his former high school to remember him.
About 500 friends and members of the community showed up for the candlelight vigil Thursday night at Fremont Ross High School in Sandusky County for 22-year-old Cory Barron.
Barron's body was found Tuesday in a county landfill in Oberlin, 30 miles west of Cleveland's Progressive Field, where he was last seen at a country music concert July 18. Authorities said Thursday that an autopsy was inconclusive, and more tests are required to determine the cause of death.
Cleveland police say Barron may have fallen down a five- or six-story garbage chute at Progressive Field and landed in a large waste container.
WEST NILE VIRUS-OHIO
Ohio again testing for West Nile virus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio is again testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus after the program became a victim of federal budget cuts last year.
The funding for the Ohio Department of Health program was restored in a mid-cycle budget bill that took effect July 1.
As 80 local health departments have used the suburban Columbus lab. State public health entomologist Richard Gary tells The Columbus Dispatch that the state lab has received about 36,000 mosquitoes in the past 10 days.
The lab had confirmed a West Nile virus-infected mosquito in Licking County, east of Columbus, this month.
Some cities and counties started their own testing after the program was lost. Gary says having a state lab gives a better picture of the West Nile situation across Ohio.
Ohio woman won't be jailed for abandoning 2 kids
CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge has found a 31-year-old mother not guilty by reason of insanity on charges that she abandoned her two young children at a Cleveland homeless shelter in May.
That means Alisha Houston will go to live in a private residence monitored by a mental health agency and won't be punished with jail time.
Houston was charged child endangerment after police say she left her 1-year-old son and 3-week-old daughter at a shelter near downtown Cleveland May 28. She was arrested days later in suburban Columbus.
WOIO-TV reports that a city judge agreed with psychological evaluations finding that Houston is mentally ill.
The mental health agency will develop a plan to ease her back into the community. Her children remain in foster care.
Ohio man convicted of killing mom, keeping body
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man faces a life prison sentence after being convicted of fatally stabbing his mother then living in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
A jury in Akron on Thursday found 33-year-old Michael Petrie guilty of charges including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Barberton man was accused of killing his 67-year-old mother Maureen Petrie. Prosecutors say he left his mother exactly where he killed her and left two murder weapons - a kitchen knife and a martial arts weapon - near her body.
His attorney said he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was off his medication. A judge had found him mentally competent to stand trial.
He will be sentenced Wednesday.
MURDER SUSPECT CAPTURED
US Marshals capture Ohio murder suspect
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Federal authorities say they have captured a northeast Ohio man accused of gunning down another man in the driveway of his home last week.
The U.S. Marshal's Office says a fugitive task force located 31-year-old Michael Herring at a residence in suburban Columbus and, after days of electronic and physical surveillance, arrested him without incident on Thursday morning.
Authorities say he'll face an aggravated murder charge in Akron. Herring is accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old Ronnie Travis in the driveway of Travis' Akron home on July 14.
Authorities say Herring was released from prison earlier this year after serving four years of a five year sentence for possessing a stolen weapon.
Band booster club ex-treasurer charged with theft
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a former booster club treasurer accused of stealing about $67,000 meant for a central Ohio high school band has been indicted for theft.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says 51-year-old Ernest T. Bowers, of Pataskala, was indicted Thursday by a Licking County grand jury in Newark on one felony count of theft.
Court records don't list an attorney for Bowers. A message left at a home phone listing for Bowers wasn't immediately returned Thursday.
Investigators say the money intended for the Watkins Memorial High School Band was used for personal trips, adult entertainment, gas and food. Authorities say the money also was used for personal cellphones, cable services and family members' education expenses.
The attorney general's statement says Bowers allegedly stole the money over a four-year period.
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