MISSING WOMEN FOUND-SUICIDE
Castro's son wants prison diary, other items
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro wants his father's prison diary and other property left behind in his cell after he killed himself.
Ariel Anthony Castro tells The Columbus Dispatch that he's haunted by questions about his father's suicide in prison Sept. 3.
The 32-year-old Castro says he's unhappy with information contained in two reports released this week suggesting his father might have been mistreated or neglected by prison employees.
The younger Castro says he didn't know about the prison diary and other personal items until a consultants' report was released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The 53-year-old Ariel Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to abducting and imprisoning three women in Cleveland for a decade.
Senate OKs bill altering Ohio teacher evaluations
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bill reducing the number of state-mandated evaluations required for well-rated public school teachers has unanimously cleared the Ohio Senate.
The proposal was prompted by educators' concerns that Ohio's new evaluation rules require more classroom observation sessions, reports and conferences than can be reasonably handled by existing staff.
State Sen. Randy Gardner of Bowling Green sponsored the measure, which passed Wednesday and now heads to the Ohio House.
Under an evaluation law that kicked in this year, principals must perform two 30-minute classroom observations each year for all teachers, bestowing ratings of accomplished, skilled, developing or ineffective. Once rated accomplished, teachers can be evaluated every other year.
Gardner's proposal says both accomplished and skilled teachers need only be evaluated every three years. It makes other adjustments to intervening evaluation measures.
Ohio House supports cyberstalking bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Victims of cyberstalking and other technology-based harassment would get better protection under a bill that is winning overwhelming support in the Ohio House.
House Bill 74 would make it illegal to urge or incite menacing by stalking through any form of written communication, including electronic communication. It includes any written or verbal graphic gestures.
The bill also would prohibit a person from knowingly causing someone to think the offender will cause his or her immediate family physical or mental harm. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio prosecutors and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio support it.
State Rep. Marlene Anielski, a Republican from Walton Hills, on Wednesday shared the story of a constituent who suffered through electronic harassment by a neighbor without any legal recourse.
OH attorney general takes judge poisoning case
ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Attorney General's Office is taking over the case of a county judge whose wife of 45 years allegedly tried to poison him with antifreeze.
Attorney General Mike DeWine will appoint an outside prosecutor and the state Supreme Court will pick a judge to preside over the case in Ashtabula, in the far northeastern corner of the state.
Carla Hague - the 71-year-old wife of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Charles Hague - was charged this week with trying to poison him with antifreeze in September. Officials say the case is going to a grand jury, and she could be charged with attempted murder.
Ashtabula County, with about 100,000 people, is located along the Interstate 90 corridor between Cleveland and Erie, Pa.
Teen found dead in car in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police say a teen has been found fatally shot in a car in central Ohio.
Columbus police said they found 18-year-old Roland A.V. Ridenour dead from a gunshot wound to his upper body at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was sitting in a car in a parking lot of an apartment complex on the city's north side.
Police don't know exactly what happened and didn't have any suspects by early Thursday.
It was the 88th homicide of the year in the city of Columbus.
TRUCK DRIVER CHARGED
Trucker convicted in Ohio double fatal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A semitrailer driver has been convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a central Ohio crash earlier this year that killed two people.
The Columbus Dispatch reports 42-year-old Tony D. Smith could be jailed for up to 90 days for each conviction when he is sentenced Jan. 23.
Smith pleaded no contest to the charges Wednesday in a Columbus courtroom.
Authorities said the crash happened May 8 when Smith failed to notice slowing traffic. Smith's truck clipped a Jeep and hit two cars and a second semi, investigators said. The impact sent the second truck into a third car.
Killed in the crash were 71-year-old Diana Schwab of Beavercreek, near Dayton, and 48-year-old Robin Jones of London, west of Columbus.
Ohio teacher on leave after nude photo surfaces
CINCINNATI (AP) - A teacher at a private Christian school in Cincinnati has been removed from the classroom after a nude photo of her surfaced on the Internet.
A spokeswoman at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's North Campus tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the woman was put on paid leave Monday after the school got wind of the photo. Her name hasn't been released.
The nondenominational is investigating. It notified staff, faculty and parents of the situation via email Tuesday.
The newspaper says the image was put on a "revenge porn" website where users can post inappropriate photos and comments about others without their knowledge or consent.
The school has around 1,300 students in grades pre-K to 12.
Ohio gas prices dip below $3 to start the week
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Call it a holiday miracle - gas prices below $3 a gallon in Ohio.
Prices at the pump have edged below $3 at many stations in Ohio in the past couple days, while lots of others are hovering around that mark.
The state average has dropped 6 cents since Monday. The average Thursday morning was $3.08 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.
The Toledo average Thursday was $2.95, while Dayton stations were averaging $3.00 and Columbus stations $3.03. The highest average price was $3.18 in the Youngstown area.
The national average Thursday was $3.25.
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