Police investigate body found at Warren motel
WARREN - City police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at the Riverview Motel on Tuesday.
According to a Warren police report, the 54-year-old man was dead when police arrived at the Parkman Road motel around 3 p.m. The police report indicates suspected drug use.
His name was withheld pending notification of family. No other information was available on Wednesday.
Bill would tweak requirement for sheriff
COLUMBUS - Legislation that would make a small change to the qualifications to be a county sheriff in Ohio has been re-introduced in the House.
Democrat state Rep. Ron Gerberry dropped a bill on Tuesday that would require anyone seeking to be a county sheriff to have at least two years supervisory experience as an officer at the rank of corporal, sergeant or above, or have at least a two-year associate degree.
Now the education requirement provides that a candidate for sheriff must have the equivalent of a two-year post secondary education in semester or quarter hours. The bill requires a two-year degree if the minimum supervisory experience qualification is not met.
Braceville trustees award road project
BRACEVILLE - Township trustees this week approved a contract with D'Orio Paving at $96,000 for the safety upgrade to Shanks Phalanx Road.
Trustee Chairman Todd Brewster said three bids were received for the state Issue 1-funded project with the township paying 30 percent of the costs. The project includes widening and ditching of the road.
Trustee Dennis Kuchta will meet with project officials to discuss work and when the project will begin. Brewster said the project will likely start in late summer or early fall.
Kidnapping suspect off suicide watch at jail
CLEVELAND - Jail officials say the man charged with holding three women captive and raping them over a decade in his Cleveland house is no longer seen as a suicide risk.
Cuyahoga County jail spokesman John O'Brien says 52-year-old Ariel Castro has been taken off "suicide prevention" watch. There was no immediate elaboration on the reason for the change.
Castro has been locked up since he was arrested May 6, shortly after three women emerged from his house and said they had been held captive.
Mom who drowned kids gets limited release
CINCINNATI - An Ohio woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the bathtub drowning deaths of her two children has been granted conditional release from a mental treatment facility.
A judge in Cincinnati on Wednesday granted 35-year-old Bridget Stovall the conditional release to a group home and ordered monitoring for continued use of her medication as a condition of that release.
Stovall's lawyer said in 2001 that Stovall believed she was exorcising the devil from her 20-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter and didn't realize her actions were wrong.
Voter suppression in 2012 debated in Ohio
COLUMBUS - Democratic state lawmakers are questioning a review by local county election boards into instances of voter suppression in Ohio during the 2012 presidential election.
Sen. Nina Turner and Rep. Kathleen Clyde said Wednesday that votes were suppressed when thousands of absentee and provisional ballots were rejected. They contend reports of long lines also discouraged voters.
But Ohio's Republican elections chief says bipartisan boards conducted an investigation into suppression. Secretary of State Jon Husted said in many cases, the Democrats' concerns stem from policy decisions that they don't like.
Staff, wire reports