Stabbing reported in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN - Two people were taken into custody after a Sunday morning stabbing at a home on the city's North Side, Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV Channel 33 reported.
Reports state the stabbing took place about 11 a.m. at an Ohio Avenue home.
Details are sketchy and police provided little information, but a woman who knows the victim said a female stabbed a male in what appeared to be the arm.
County looks for development chief
LISBON - Eleven years after the Columbiana County's economic development director's position was eliminated due to lack of funding, county commissioners are preparing to bring it back.
Commissioners reported at last week's meeting they intend to fill the position as early as this week since they have the extra money to do so, thanks in part to the money from the county's share of the state casino tax.
The position was eliminated in 2002 by the former board of commissioners because it was no longer paying for itself in the form of state and federal grants being obtained by the director.
DeWine to provide update on crime topics
COLUMBUS - Attorney General Mike DeWine today is expected to provide an update on a number of crime fighting and solving initiatives.
DeWine, according to a release, will discuss the hiring of additional scientists to test old rape kits submitted by police departments statewide, new legislative efforts to ban synthetic drugs and new technology that is aiding in criminal identification.
He also is expected to release the latest statistics regarding methamphetamine lab cases across the state.
$5M insurance claim impacts Butler County
HAMILTON - Officials in a southwest Ohio county are concerned that a whopping insurance claim of more than $5 million will hinder efforts to keep down employee health care benefit costs.
The Hamilton JournalNews reported that Butler County officials won't release any details of the claim because of health privacy laws. But Jim Davis, assistant director of human resources for the county, said it is the biggest claim ever handled by its insurance provider, which is the County Employee Benefits Consortium of Ohio. That group provides health care benefits for some 26 Ohio counties.
The claim comes as the county is exploring options to head off rising health costs. The cost of employee health insurance coverage is expected to rise by 7 percent next year. County employees have an average co-pay of 20 percent on medical care.
Cellphones are hot prison contraband
CLEVELAND - Ohio corrections officials are finding that cellphones are increasingly popular contraband items for prison inmates.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that state prison records show corrections officers have seized 319 cellphones in the year's first seven months. That compares to 340 for all of last year, and is a jump from 126 seized in 2010.
New and smaller kinds of cellphones are making it easier for them to be smuggled into and hidden in prison. Authorities say inmates can use cellphones to plan escapes or assaults and to run crime operations from inside the prison.
Ohio corrections officials have begun using cellphone detectors that can track phone use. They also have increased training of guards on looking for cellphones, and also are using search dogs.
Staff, wire reports