BODIES IN TOWNHOME
$1M bonds for 2 suspects in 4 slayings in NE Ohio
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Bond of $1 million each has been set for two men charged with killing four young people whose bodies were found in a townhome in northeast Ohio last month.
Bond was set Friday in Akron Municipal Court for 21-year-olds Deshanon Haywood and Derrick Brantley, both of Akron. Each has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder and four counts of aggravated robbery.
No attorneys are listed for the men in an online court docket. Their arraignments are scheduled for June 7.
The bodies of 2 men and two women were found in a basement April 18. According to autopsies, each victim was shot in the head.
Authorities haven't disclosed a possible motive in the case.
MISSING WOMEN FOUND
Ohio kidnap case hero not endorsing free burgers
CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house says he's not endorsing a group of restaurants offering him free burgers for life.
The restaurant where Charles Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a burger named in his honor. Then more than a dozen area eateries decided a larger tribute was due.
Ramsey says in a written statement released through his attorney on Friday he doesn't endorse the northeast Ohio restaurants that are offering burgers bearing his name or promoting a lifetime of free burgers for him.
The restaurant group tells The Plain Dealer newspaper it will drop the Ramsey burger from the menu. It says it's saddened he isn't taking the offer in the spirit intended.
Healthy 5-pound gorilla born at central Ohio zoo
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A baby gorilla has been born to first-time parents at an Ohio zoo.
The healthy 5-pound male gorilla arrived Thursday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, joining 16 other gorillas there.
It's the first offspring for mother Kambera (kam-BEHR'-uh), who has displayed a lack of maternal skills.
Animal care experts are raising the baby in an environment that provides around-the-clock neonatal care. They stay close to the mother, with the hope of reuniting the pair.
The father is Oliver, who is deaf and is believed to have lost his hearing when very young.
Zoo staff members say it's unknown when visitors will be able to see the baby.
There have been 31 gorillas born at the Columbus zoo, including Colo in 1956. That female western lowland gorilla is believed to be the oldest gorilla in any zoo.
Ohio senator demands answers in IRS targeting
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio's Republican U.S. senator is demanding to know if any disciplinary action has been taken against IRS employees at the agency's Cincinnati office for targeting conservative groups.
Sen. Rob Portman spoke on the Senate floor in Washington on Thursday, condemning the IRS and saying that the first step in repairing the public's trust in the agency will begin with getting to the bottom of what happened.
Portman is calling on IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel to identify by name and title every employee in the Cincinnati office who targeted conservative groups and explain if and how they've been punished.
Portman also wants to know whether other employees are under review and who is directly responsible for evaluating their involvement.
Workers at the Cincinnati office have declined requests for comment.
Ohio casino workers in Toledo agree to unionize
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Casino employees in Toledo have voted to unionize, joining two other Ohio casinos that have taken steps to organize.
The Blade newspaper reports that workers at the Hollywood Casino Toledo could begin negotiating their first contract within the next month.
The Ohio region director for the United Auto Workers says a joint council of the UAW and the United Steelworkers will represent about 800 casino employees in Toledo. Director Ken Lortz tells the newspaper that there was "very strong support" for the union from workers, though a vote tally wasn't available.
The Toledo casino's vice president of human resources says the company's relationship with the unions have been a positive one.
Unions have been certified at the Cleveland and Columbus casinos. Organizing efforts are starting at the Cincinnati casino.
Toxic algae warnings posted at western Ohio lake
ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) - Advisories are back up at Ohio's largest inland lake warning some visitors to stay out of the water because of high levels of toxic algae.
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said recent test results showed toxin levels higher than the recommended threshold at Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio.
Signs at four beaches warn seniors, children and those with compromised immune systems to stay out of the water.
Cleaning up the lake been a priority for the state since 2010 when a toxic algae bloom forced officials to urge visitors not to touch the water or eat fish caught there.
Natural resources spokesman Matt Eiselstein said Friday the agency was frustrated by the news, which he said served as a reminder of the lake's challenges.
Ohioan sentenced in developmental center theft
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A former business administrator of a center for developmentally disabled adults in southwest Ohio has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $400,000 from the facility.
Montgomery County's prosecutor says 46-year-old Douglas Carter of Gahanna was sentenced Friday on 15 felonies. They included aggravated theft, theft in office, forgery, money laundering and tampering with government records.
Carter also was ordered to pay more than $400,000 in restitution.
Carter was business administrator of the state-operated Montgomery County Development Center in Huber Heights from August 2009 until March 2012. Authorities say he took Social Security, disability and pension money from an account for patients and used that funding for personal expenses including liposuction.
The facility serves seven area counties.
Carter's attorney didn't immediately return a call on Friday.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DATA
State OKs plans of Ohio schools to fix data errors
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio schools that reportedly had errors in certain enrollment data have gotten state approval of plans to fix the issues.
The state auditor had flagged the errors in a February report. He was looking into a practice whereby schools attempted to improve performance ratings by altering attendance data.
The 49 schools and districts were said to have sporadic exceptions to enrollment reporting requirements in their 2010-11 school year enrollment data. Those errors included a lack of documentation, missing student files and incorrect information submitted to the state.
Ohio's Department of Education on Friday said officials have approved corrective action plans for the schools.
The plans were to describe the enrollment errors, the reasons for the incorrect records, and any steps the school would take to ensure accuracy in the future.
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