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Ohio State trails SEC, others in new cost-of-attendance scholarships for athletes
Amid the constant chatter about amateurism in college sports, a lot of attention has been thrust on new cost-of-attendance scholarship rules. With payments of varying amounts to student-athletes being set by schools, it’s creating some drama in the ultra-competitive ranks of college football. Put in place this year by the so-called Power Five conferences, the rules are meant to ensure student-athletes are compensated for the full cost of attending school. That includes expenses for traveling…
Patrol says mother, 4-year-old daughter killed in Ohio crash

MCARTHUR, OHIO: The State Highway Patrol says a woman and her 4-year-old daughter died as a result of a two-vehicle crash in southern Ohio.

A patrol release says the woman was driving northbound on State Route 93 in Vinton County on Monday when her car crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck traveling southbound.

The patrol says the woman was dead at the scene of the head-on crash near McArthur and her daughter died later at a Columbus hospital. The driver of the pickup was treated for minor injuries at a hospital in Logan and released.

Patrol officials say the mother was not wearing a seatbelt and the child was in a booster seat that wasn’t properly installed in the car.

A dispatcher said Tuesday that the investigation was continuing.

Feds indict Akron man for selling fentanyl linked to March fatality

An Akron man is under indictment in connection with selling fentanyl from China that resulted in a death in the city early this year.

Leroy Shuarod Steele, 36, who has a lengthy criminal record in Akron and other Summit County cities, was named Tuesday in a two-count federal indictment by authorities in Cleveland.

The first count contained separate allegations for conspiring with Sabrina M. Robinson, 34, and Ryan Sumlin, 26, both of Akron, to possess fentanyl with intent to distribute it, and conspiring with them to distribute the drug.

The second count accused Steele of distributing the drug, resulting in what authorities called a “fatal overdose” of a person, who was identified only by the initials “TR,” on March 21 in Akron.

Steven M. Dettelbach, head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, said that Steele, Robinson and Sumlin obtained the drug from suppliers in China and distributed it to residents in Akron, Fairlawn and elsewhere between March and April this year.

Court records show that Steele was arrested 18 times in Akron alone since 1997 for offenses such as felony drug abuse, misrepresenting his identification, willful fleeing, theft, drug trafficking and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He also has numerous arrests in Stow and Barberton.

Sumlin faces an additional federal charge of distributing fentanyl.

Dettelbach said the arrests and the fentanyl-related death underscore the dangers of using heroin or fentanyl.

“Making the mistake of using this drug even once might be the last mistake a person ever makes,” he said.

Officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, along with the Akron and Fairlawn police departments, conducted the investigation that led to the arrests.

Dettelbach said the probe is continuing and could result in additional charges.

Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or emeyer@thebeaconjournal.com.

Court rejects Ohio Medicaid agency definition of spouse

COLUMBUS: A federal appeals court has rejected an Ohio rule that excludes a spouse as a member of a family when determining eligibility for state assistance.

The decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati involves calculations the state makes when determining whether someone on Medicare is eligible for such assistance.

A 2012 lawsuit challenged the state’s practice of excluding spouses when calculating whether Medicaid could be used to pay for individuals’ out-of-pocket Medicare expenses.

Although a federal judge rejected the lawsuit, the appeals court on Tuesday overturned that ruling, calling the state’s family-definition policy illegal under federal law.

Judge Raymond Kethledge said excluding a spouse from the definition of a family was like saying Venus is not part of the solar system.

Parents object to transgender student using men’s restroom

TROY, OHIO: A group of parents have voiced their displeasure with a western Ohio school district’s decision to grant access to the men’s restroom for a transgender student.

Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman announced Monday that the district will fall in compliance with the law and allow the student to use the men’s room.

The district notified parents Friday that denying the student’s request would be prohibited under Title IX.

Herman says restrooms are available in every district building for those who would rather not use a shared bathroom.

Parent Bryan Kemper told the Dayton Daily News he was “outraged” by the district’s message and a meeting will be held for concerned parents Tuesday at Koinos Christian Church in Troy.

Ohio School Boards Association officials say they’ve recently received more gender identity questions from districts.

Body of Denison University student found after search

GRANVILLE, OHIO: Officials at a central Ohio college say a student missing since Sunday has been found dead, but there’s no evidence of a crime.

Denison University says in a statement that Wendell Jackson’s body was found at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday in a nature preserve near the campus in Granville, about 30 miles east of Columbus. An autopsy is planned.

The university canceled classes on Tuesday and made grief counselors available. Students and staff were gathering informally at the campus chapel to support each other.

Spokeswoman Ginny Sharkey says the 21-year-old Jackson was last seen studying at an academic building on campus Sunday.

The statement says Jackson, a junior from the Chicago area, was “a bright, active and engaged person” who had been involved in campus activities.

Man dragged as robber drives away with his truck in Montrose area

BATH TWP.: A 75-year-old man was injured when he attempted to stop a thief from stealing his pick-up truck Tuesday morning in the Montrose area of Bath Township.

The owner of the vehicle was putting air in the truck’s tires at a Medina Road and Springside Drive gas station at 10 a.m. when a man jumped into the driver’s seat and started the vehicle, according to a posting on the police department’s Facebook page.

The owner was dragged by the truck and thrown to the ground as the robber drove the vehicle west on Medina Road toward Interstate 77.

The victim was treated at the scene by Bath Fire Department paramedics and transported to a local hospital following the incident.

The truck is a 2011 Ford F-250 with Ohio license plate 899 YPK.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ellinger at Bath Police Department at 330-666-3736.

Public meetings to explore future of downtown Akron

What are your thoughts on the future of downtown Akron?

Downtown Akron Partnership will soon begin public meetings to gather public input on this question.

"We recognize the need for downtown planning that can be inspired by national examples while maintaining an 'Akron' approach," Suzie Graham, the president and CEO of Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) said in a press release. "A great first step is learning from the experiences of other places and discussing those ideas with as many stakeholders as possible -- property owners, business owners, residents and visitors alike."

The meetings are being funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. They will be:

* 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Greystone Hall. It will feature Lynn Richards, president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) in Washington, D.C., which has helped create vibrant and walkable cities around the United States. The event is free and open to the public. A reservation is required and can be made through Eventbrite or by calling the DAP office at 330-374-7676.

* Noon Sept. 17. This is an Akron Roundtable luncheon at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway. The speaker will be John Norquist, the former president of CNU and the Milwaukee mayor from 1988 to 2004. He is known for repurposing a former highway to link downtown Milwaukee with its neighborhoods. Cost is $20. Reservations can be made online or by calling 330-247-8682.

 In addition to their presentations, both  Richards and Norquist will tour downtown Akron and meet with various city and community groups.

For more information, visit the DAP website.

Fast-growing online auction firm moving HQ to downtown Cincinnati
One of Cincinnati’s startup darlings is moving its corporate headquarters downtown. Everything but the House, an estate sale and auction startup, is working to finalize a lease for 18,000 square feet of office space in downtown Cincinnati. The move is expected to help the company attract and retain better talent, said Mike Reynolds, chief financial officer of EBTH. “We firmly believe in what Cincinnati has to offer,” Reynolds told me. With the move to downtown, Cincinnati retains one of…
Kroger names new top communications exec
Kroger Co. has hired an executive to replace Lynn Marmer, who is retiring as group vice president of corporate affairs. Jessica Adelman will take that role on Nov. 1. Adelman has been senior vice president of corporate affairs for Syngenta North America, a maker of chemicals and seeds for agricultural use. Marmer announced in July she plans to retire early next year. She was Kroger’s first female executive officer in 1998. Adelman will oversee reputation management for Cincinnati-based Kroger,…
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