Speeding is not being tolerated on Stark County roadways. The sheriff's office has made 157 traffic stops since January and issued 70 citations for unsafe driving. Officials say nearly 59 percent of the citations were issued to drivers for speeding, and roughly 9 percent were issued for adults not wearing seatbelts.
It's a striking display, paying tribute to some Ohioans lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The "Eyes of Freedom" are life-sized portraits of those Marines from Lima Company 3/25 who paid the ultimate price. The prtraits were done by a Columbus artist. They are on display at Stark State College from Tuesday through Saturday. There's a commemorative ceremony at 12noon on Thursday.
Despite the rejection of their utility deal that had been approved by the PUCO, FirstEnergy is filing with the commission for new electricity rates which will kick in on June 1st. FirstEnergy says your rates will still go down; in fact, a surcharge that was part of that utility deal will NOT be included. The company is particularly concerned about the Sammis power plant on the Ohio River and the Davis-Besse plant in Port Clinton. They say both are older facilities that need upgrades. The Akron-based power company says it may submit its rejected deal directly to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Columbus City Council has approved the cityâs largest-ever capital budget to make infrastructure repairs, a $1 billion plan that addresses the aging water and sewer system and crumbling roads. Also Monday, the council banned any unnecessary travel to North Carolina in response to that stateâs "bathroom law."
High levels of lead in water fountains in the Granville Exempted Village Schools as well as in a water system in northeast Ohio should be a wake-up call to both the state and the federal government to pay attention to aging infrastructure, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
Toxicology tests performed on the body of a man found in the Scioto River three weeks after he went missing from the Short North revealed only alcohol in his system. The final autopsy report of Joseph LaBute Jr., 26, leaves the cause and manner of his death undetermined and sheds no light on the circumstances that might have contributed to it. Even the finding that LaBute's blood-alcohol level was .15 percent might be unreliable, according to the office of Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz. An elevated ethanol level "can be indicative of the decomposition process," the coroner reported.