BABY KILLED-MOM CHARGED
Northwest Ohio mom convicted in infant son's death
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A Toledo woman has been convicted of killing her 6-month-old son, who died two days after his skull was broken.
Jurors on Friday found 26-year-old Amanda Bacon guilty of murder and child endangering. She was cleared of an aggravated murder charge.
Bacon testified during the trial that her roommate was the one who injured the baby. She also said that her roommate had forced her to prostitute herself.
But her roommate testified that he saw Bacon throw her son Avery to the floor in December 2012.
Prosecutors say she bashed the baby's head, fracturing his skull so severely that he died two days later at the University of Michigan hospital.
Ohio school shooting victim's dad died from heroin
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A coroner in Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose on the second anniversary of his son's death.
The Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County coroner confirmed Friday that 48-year-old Russell King Sr. died from the combined effects of heroin and alcohol. A family member found King dead at his home on Feb. 27.
King's 17-year-old son, Russell King Jr., was one of three students killed in the February 2012 shooting at Chardon High School east of Cleveland. Three other students were wounded in the shooting inside the school's cafeteria.
Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane pleaded guilty to the shooting rampage and is serving three life sentences.
Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president
CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation didn't need another black president.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Fairfield Board of Education voted 4-0 on Thursday to fire science teacher Gil Voigt.
Voigt didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday but has said the student misquoted him.
Voigt, who is white, says what he actually told the teen was that he doesn't think the nation can afford another president like Barack Obama, "whether he's black or white."
A state referee investigating Voigt found that explanation wasn't credible.
The referee also cited other incidents over the years in which he says Voigt made other racial or insulting remarks.
Voigt had been on unpaid leave since December.
FISHING BOAT SEARCH
Officials resume search for 2 missing in Lake Erie
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two missing men in western Lake Erie, a day after finding the bodies of a woman and a teenage girl off the Ohio shoreline.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims as 33-year-old Amy Santus of Perrysburg, near Toledo, and 16-year-old Paige Widmer of Leesville, South Carolina.
Local authorities resumed the search Friday for the two men who were with Santus and Widmer. The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Thursday night.
Searchers on Thursday found a partially submerged boat on a reef near the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant east of Toledo and later spotted the two bodies. Both of the females were wearing life jackets.
Multiple mumps cases found in central Ohio school
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio health district is investigating a probable cluster of mumps cases after two cases were reported in one school building, in addition to 25 more cases in the county.
A Delaware General Health District spokeswoman said Friday that students who haven't been vaccinated for mumps will be excluded from attending the Delaware County school where the cases were reported. Spokeswoman Traci Whittaker says the district isn't identifying the school.
Students who haven't been properly vaccinated or have weakened immune systems must remain out of school at least 25 days or until they're vaccinated.
Whittaker says the Delaware County outbreak is related to one in Franklin County, with more than 230 total cases of the contagious viral illness confirmed in both counties, including 149 linked to Ohio State University.
OHIO GOVERNOR'S RACE
Democrat in Ohio governor's race airs 1st radio ad
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democratic candidate for Ohio governor has released his first ad of the campaign season, focusing on his Republican opponent, not his challenger in the primary.
The radio ad from Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald began airing statewide Thursday. It comes in the same week Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) released his first television ad.
FitzGerald faces Larry Ealy (EE'-lee) in the May 6 primary, though his ad doesn't mention Ealy. Instead, it targets Kasich's tax policies and claims they're not working. The minute-long ad also touts FitzGerald's background.
Kasich's first ad was biographical, emphasizing his blue-collar roots in a Pennsylvania steel town.
Kasich campaign spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp says it isn't surprising that the Democrats' first ad was an attack ad. She said it says a lot about their character.
Ohio prison food vendor fined $142,000
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A private food vendor says it's committed to fixing problems with its contract feeding thousands of Ohio prison inmates.
Karen Cutler, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, says the company encountered staffing and operational challenges expected in a large transition.
The state privatized its food service operations last year with a $110 million contract with Aramark through 2015.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday it is fining Aramark $142,100 for failing to meet contractual requirements.
The state says Aramark failed to meet staffing requirements several times at three prisons this year.
The prisons agency also says Aramark failed to meet the staffing requirement of a minimum of 414 positions.
Cutler says Aramark is committed to saving Ohio taxpayers $14 million this year.
Organic farmer can keep land after marijuana raid
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge is allowing an organic farmer to keep his 5-acre property despite the discovery that he was growing hundreds of marijuana plants.
Defendant Adam Welly is the co-founder of one of central Ohio's largest organic farms and the supplier of food to restaurants throughout the region.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Union County Judge Don Fraser ordered the 33-year-old Welly to spend five years on probation for growing the marijuana found on the Union County farm last summer.
Court records show Welly pleaded guilty earlier this year to marijuana cultivation.
Investigators cleared Welly's business partner, who said she had no idea he had been growing marijuana.
Welly's attorney, Michael Probst, said Welly grew the plants to make money at a time he was struggling financially.
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