Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Huron school board member has filed suit against former superintendent Fred Fox.

Donna Green’s counterclaim seeks more than $25,000, for defamation. Fox’s attorney has filed suit against Green and fellow board members Scott Slocum and Tim Sowecke. He’s seeking reinstatement, back pay, legal fees and more.


The Bellevue Board of Education will meet in special session at 6 tonight, to seek bids for summer projects.

The meeting will be held at the Board office on North St.


Another blow, to Internet Sweepstakes Cafés.

The Ohio Senate will vote today to expand the moratorium on opening new Internet cafés. The House already has passed legislation limiting prize payouts to $10, effectively shutting down the businesses.

In related news, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed suit against three Internet Sweepstakes Cafés that allegedly opened after the prior moratorium took effect last summer. DeWine said the internet cafés in Van Wert, Fulton and Mahoning counties did not register with the state.


Trial dates have been set for three men accused of running a meth lab in Norwalk.

James Arthur II of New Haven and Paul Prince of Mansfield are scheduled to stand trial May 23rd.  They’re each facing more than 20 years in prison.  Allen Mobberly of Norwalk will stand trial May 28th.  If convicted, he could be sent to prison for up to five years.  Arthur, Prince and Mobberly were arrested in late March after police found a meth lab inside a Bouscay Avenue apartment.


The season is over, for EHOVE Career Center’s robotics team.

The Mavericks’ season ended last week, in the national quarterfinals in St. Louis. Each year, a new game is announced by FIRST Robotics organizers, and Student must plan, design, build and program a robot to play the game. This year, the game consisted of lifting Frisbees, and flinging them into goal, something that’s much harder than it sounds. This year’s EHOVE Mavericks team was made up primarily of students from the Career Center’s Engineering Tech and Industrial Tech programs.


A Mansfield man made no final statement before he was put to death for killing a six-month-old infant.

46-year-old Steven Smith died by lethal injection at 10:29 this morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.  He had been on death row since 1998.  A few family members and several members of the victim’s family witnessed the execution.  Smith was the 51st inmate put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999.


Election Day is just six days away.

The May 7th ballot is light. It includes a handful of area school issues. In the Willard school district, there’s an additional five-year, 1.5 mill levy for permanent improvements. The issue before Edison school voters is a new five-year, 7.9 mill levy. Perkins school voters will decide on two levies. One is a new 10-year, 4.98 mill levy. The other is a five-year, two mill renewal for permanent improvements. There’s also a five-year, 1.8 mill permanent improvement renewal in the Monroeville school district.


If two Republican lawmakers get their way, Ohio will become the nation’s 25th ‘right-to-work’ state.

Representatives Ron Maag and Kristina Roegner are seeking support of two bills called ‘Workplace Freedom’ legislation.  The bills would ban public and private employers from forcing workers to join or pay dues to unions or other employee organizations.  Democrats say the proposal is too close to Senate Bill 5, which was overturned in 2011.