July 25, 2014
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.
Vigil remembers Ohio man found in landfill
FREMONT (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.
Ohio again testing for West Nile virus
COLUMBUS (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.
Band booster club ex-treasurer charged with theft
NEWARK (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.