Ohio ready to unveil high-stakes reading scores
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is preparing to release the results of fall reading tests indicating for the first time that thousands of students statewide are at risk of failing third grade this year.
Under the state's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don't meet tough new reading targets.
State officials anticipated that many students would not have met the targets in results to be released Friday from tests taken at the beginning of third grade. Thirds-graders will be tested again in six months.
Those who lag at year's end will have the chance to re-take reading in the summer. Officials said those still lagging targets after completing summer programs could advance to fourth grade even mid-year once targets are met.
GE AVIATION-OHIO CENTER
GE electrical R&D center opens in southwest Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - GE Aviation and the University of Dayton are marking the grand opening of a $53 million electrical power research and development center in southwest Ohio.
State and local officials gathered with leaders of the General Electric Co. unit and the university for Friday's events. First announced in 2010, the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center is a 138,000-square-foot facility on the UD campus along the Great Miami River. It's expected to potentially employ 150 to 200 researchers over the next five years.
The center will work to develop advanced electrical systems, and can analyze, simulate and test power systems in planes.
GE Aviation in based in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Evendale. The new center is near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as well as the University of Dayton Research Institute.
Police: No weapon found after Ohio suspect shot
CLEVELAND (AP) - Police in Cleveland say no weapon was found in the SUV whose driver was shot by a detective who claimed the suspect pointed a gun at him.
Police say a detective shot burglary suspect Xavier Hempstead in the neck and shoulder on Tuesday as he sat in his Infinity SUV. The detective said Hempstead had leaned back in his seat and pointed a gun as the officer approached.
The detective had sought out the 29-year-old Hempstead after receiving information that he had stolen property and guns.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1hQRRsd ) reports Friday that Hempstead was treated at a hospital afterward. He remains in custody but hasn't been charged.
Woman accidentally killed during Ohio drug raid
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a woman was killed in an accidental shooting by a law-enforcement officer during a drug raid in rural central Ohio.
A prosecutor in Ross County, south of Columbus, said 35-year-old Krystal Barrows, was accidentally shot in the head Wednesday night after officers entered a home to conduct the raid.
Prosecutor Matt Schmidt tells the Chillicothe Gazette ((http://ohne.ws/1c0PJMe ) that it wasn't clear whether the gunfire was the result of a weapon malfunction or user error. The county sheriff's office wouldn't answer questions about the shooting.
A sheriff's office news release said six people were charged during the raid and "large amounts" of heroin were found, along with cash and guns.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating.
Ohio woman who ran brothel avoids prison
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A 60-year-old woman accused of running a brothel in a northeast Ohio suburb will avoid prison.
Susan Sackela was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation after pleading guilty in October to two counts of pandering obscenity.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/19lW9Dc) reports that she initially was charged with promoting prostitution, but prosecutors offered the plea deal because of possible issues at trial.
She was charged in September 2011 with running a brothel out of a home in the Youngstown suburb of Austintown.
That came after an 18-month investigation that started with complaints from neighbors. A search of the home found a fully stocked bar and a room with a dancer's pole.
Sackela apologized in court Thursday. She'll also have to pay $30,000 to cover the costs of the investigation.
Ohio police say fire kills 2 children
CLEVELAND (AP) - Police in Cleveland say a man forced his way into an apartment and set a fire that killed two children who were asleep in a bedroom.
A fire official confirmed the deaths of the two girls, ages 2 and 7, in the Thursday night blaze on the city's east side.
Officers responding to a call of trouble at the four-unit building at about 10 p.m. found it on fire. Officials said the girls were pronounced dead at a hospital later.
The children's aunt, who was babysitting, said an unknown man forced his way in and put her in a bathroom before setting the fire. No other details were available.
It happened on the same day a house fire killed four people in the Dayton suburb of Kettering.
BASKETBALL PLAYER DIES
Ohio teen hoops player dies after collapsing
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Family and friends are mourning a 17-year-old high school basketball player who collapsed and died following a team practice in central Ohio.
Christopher Randolph, a junior at Westerville South in suburban Columbus, died at a hospital after collapsing Wednesday night. Nobody can say yet what happened, and an autopsy is planned.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fpyJy7 ) reports Randolph made the junior varsity team on this year's team and coaches said he was on his way to being a starter.
Varsity coach Ed Calo said nothing on Randolph's team medical forms indicated a problem. He'd had gone through practices and camps all year.
Randolph was born in Maryland and moved with his brother and mother to Ohio about nine years ago.
Ohio-built Jeep Cherokee up for prestigious award
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The Toledo-built Jeep Cherokee is one of three finalists for a prestigious auto industry award.
The Blade (http://bit.ly/1fbtYay ) reports that the Cherokee is up for truck/utility vehicle of the year awarded by the automotive press. The other finalists are the Acura MDX and the Chevrolet Silverado.
The nominations came after a jury of 48 automotive journalists tested 24 new or redesigned vehicles.
Now that the finalists have been chosen, the jurors will vote again, basing rankings on multiple factors, including innovation, design, safety, handling, comfort, value and driver satisfaction.
The 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year will be announced Jan. 13 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Chrysler plant in Toledo began building Cherokees in June, but sales were delayed until late October.
Ohio work expected to slow I-75 South in Cincy
CINCINNATI (AP) - Motorists heading south on Interstate 75 this weekend could face long delays because of interchange construction.
The Ohio Department of Transportation urges drivers to use alternate routes as southbound traffic is shifted west onto new pavement with various ramp and lane closures. The work is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday and continue until Monday morning at 6.
Message boards will be used to inform motorists of closures and traffic changes. Northbound I-75 traffic won't change this weekend.
The work was rescheduled from last weekend because of bad weather.
For more information on the interstate project, go to http://www.transportation.ohio.gov/dist8
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