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State Rep. Sandra Williams found guilty of profiting from Ohio State football tickets

State Rep. Sandra Williams entered a no-contest plea and was found guilty this morning of a pair of first-degree misdemeanors related to her sale of Ohio State football tickets that she purchased with campaign funds. Williams, 46, a Cleveland Democrat, purchased four Ohio State football season tickets in 2010 for $2,255 using campaign money. That is legal. But what is not legal is for a lawmaker to then sell those tickets and pocket the money. According to charges signed yesterday by Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe, Williams purchased the tickets for $2,255 in 2010 and listed the expense on her report as “tickets for campaign volunteers.”

Pickaway County sheriff lays off 10 amid budget trouble

Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff had warned they were coming, that a projected $140,000 budget shortfall this year would mean layoffs at his office. And that’s what happened this week.

Ohio Politics Now: Supreme Court candidate O'Donnell asked to take ad down by bar association

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John P. O’Donnell, a Democrat running for Supreme Court, is being asked by an Ohio State Bar Association committee to take down his television ad because "These depictions cross the line and falsely imply that justice is for sale in Ohio," according to the bar's Judicial Election Campaign Advertising Monitoring Committee.

Sentencing delayed for former Ohio deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan

Ohio’s disgraced former deputy treasurer won’t be sentenced in federal court next week after all. The scheduled 10 a.m. Thursday hearing for Amer Ahmad was postponed yesterday. The U.S. attorney's office would not say why.

Columbus school board approves support-staff contract

The Columbus Board of Education unanimously approved a new three-year union contract for more than 3,000 nonteaching employees, after a union member charged that the union’s vote to approve the contract was rigged.

Bystander didn’t know woman found in street had been shot

The man who found Helen Shreve lying in a Franklinton street early Tuesday didn’t realize that she had been shot when he called 911.

Worthington taps assistant superintendent to lead district

The Worthington school board opted for a familiar face to replace outgoing Superintendent Thomas Tucker, who is leaving at the end of the school year. Assistant Superintendent Trent Bowers will take over as schools chief in July, the school board announced yesterday.

Democrats fight to win back votes of Ohio women

Ohio Democrats have not made their case to women voters this year, a big reason the party’s candidates are struggling in statewide races.

Probate Court names 3 to oversee guardianships

The Franklin County Probate Court has named three people to oversee guardianships, making Franklin County the first in the state with such a program.

Murder count for unborn child added against man charged in pregnant girlfriend’s slaying

A man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend was indicted yesterday on an additional murder charge for the death of his unborn child. A Franklin County grand jury indicted Jacob T. Ferrero, 23, on one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated arson, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

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