Dad of abused 4-year-old girl who died to get $3M settlement
EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county will pay $3 million to the father of a 4-year-old Ohio girl who died from abuse by her mother and the mother’s boyfriend. Cleveland.com reports that the Cuyahoga County Council is due to vote on the settlement Tuesday. It would resolve allegations that county social workers and employees at private day care centers failed to protect Aniya Day-Garrett. The child died in March 2018 after suffering a stroke caused by a blow to the head. Aniya’s mother and her boyfriend were convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison. Aniya’s father, Mickhal Garrett, filed his suit in April 2019.
Series of shootings in Columbus leave 2 dead, 5 wounded
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A series of shootings in Ohio’s capital city has left two men dead and five other people wounded, including a 13-year-old boy. It did not appear that any of the three shootings in Columbus on Monday night were linked, although authorities said they all remained under investigation. The first shooting left one man dead, while another man was killed in another shooting that also left four other men wounded. The third shooting involved a 13-year-old boy who was riding his bike to a convenience store when he heard gunshots behind him. He suffered a leg wound while he was in the store’s parking lot.
Ohio police investigating claim man with disabilities maced
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio’s capital city says police are investigating allegations that officers maced a man with disabilities during a weekend rally. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther is encouraging people with video and photos of the incident to submit them to police. A viral video shows a man with prosthetic legs curled on the sidewalk as passers-by care for him and call for medical help. Ginther says the city is taking the matter seriously. Police used the spray Sunday afternoon after they say protesters moved from sidewalks to the street in downtown Columbus. Police spokesman Sgt. James Fuqua said the issue was demonstrators acting illegally.
Ohio sees 2nd highest daily spike in coronavirus cases
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Health Department is reporting another daily spike in coronavirus cases. Agency data released Monday shows 729 new cases from a day earlier. The increase was the largest daily increase since 731 cases reported on May 21. It also follows other sharp increases in daily totals last week. The daily case count reflects test results received by the Health Department in the past 24 hours. Those tests were typically conducted within the past 36 hours, though people could have experienced symptoms within the past two weeks. Ohio is now reporting more than 45,500 confirmed and probable cases.
Ohio to U.S. Supreme Court: Keep signature rules in place
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio continues to defend its right to impose normal signature requirements on ballot issue campaigns amid the global pandemic. Uncertainty over the question prompted backers to suspend a voting-rights campaign last week. Minimum wage and marijuana decriminalization issues remain. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s attorneys told the U.S. Supreme Court in a filing Monday that a lower court judge who temporarily relaxed Ohio’s signature-gathering rules “rewrote Ohio’s Constitution and Revised Code.” The state also argues changing the rules now would lead to “last-minute confusion.” That’s an ironic argument, given some of the delay has been caused by the litigation itself.
Small plane crashes into Ohio cornfield; pilot injured
MILLERSPORT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a small plane went down in an Ohio cornfield over the weekend, injuring the pilot. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the 1968 Cessna 1051 had taken off from a private runway in Fairfield County at about 7 p.m. Saturday when it struck electrical wires. Troopers said the plane crashed into the cornfield and became engulfed in flames. Troopers said the 89-year-old pilot was taken to Mount Carmel East Hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Federal and state officials are investigating.
6 wounded in 6 shootings in 24 hours in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating a half-dozen shootings that wounded six men in less than 24 hours in Cleveland. Cleveland police said the shootings happened between 9 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday and were spread throughout the city. Police say a 43-year-old man was hit in the hip and a 25-year-old woman assaulted at 9 a.m. Saturday. An 18-year-old man was shot at 9 p.m. that night and a 46-year-old man at midnight. At 3 a.m. Sunday, another 18-year-old man was shot, and a 34-year-old man was shot at 5 a.m. Sunday and a 26-year-old man shot at 6 a.m. Sunday. Police haven’t announced any arrests.
Dad, brother’s deaths leave family bereft on Father’s Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The deaths of two Ohio brothers have left five boys spending their first Father’s Day without their dad and the man they called “Uncle Phils.” Authorities and their family say Philip and Matthew Reagan were headed to California in March when their journey got cut short in northern Arizona. Their vehicle got stuck in the mud, and the brothers were fatally shot likely while walking to seek help. The FBI has no suspects and now is offering a reward for information that could lead to an arrest. The brothers from near Cleveland are remembered as funny, charitable and hard workers.
Lawmakers use protest momentum to push state racial reforms
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The killing of George Floyd and the protests over racial injustice that followed have created momentum for reforms at state legislatures across the U.S. The efforts go beyond policing reforms by focusing on systemic racism that has pervaded public life for decades. In California, bills are advancing that would end a statewide ban on affirmative action programs and would make ethnic studies a graduation requirement within the California State University system. Lawmakers in Ohio are considering resolutions to declare racism a public health crisis. Success has been mixed. In New Hampshire, lawmakers refused to fast-track legislation targeting racial bias.
Ohio gets $8.9M to test smart truck tech along I-70 corridor
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used to advance smart transportation technology along a stretch of Interstate 70 running between Columbus and Indianapolis. The grant will fund development of the I-70 Truck Automation Corridor. The Dayton Daily News reports the project aims to allow freight companies and truck automation vendors to use partially automated truck technology on daily service runs. The effort’s led by DriveOhio, with the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Transportation Research Center as partners. Private partners are contributing another $4.5 million.
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