Ohioans won’t see Libertarians listed on their fall ballots

By ANN SANNER, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters won’t see candidates labeled as Libertarians on their ballots this fall after the state organization declined to submit the thousands of signatures needed to form a minor political party in the key swing state.

Ohio law requires groups seeking minor-party status to file a petition signed by a certain number of registered voters, roughly 30,600 signatures this year.

“We didn’t have the resources, the time or the money to do this this year,” said Aaron Keith Harris, a spokesman for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.

Harris said the group is working to get Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Ohio’s ballot as an independent. The organization would need to collect at least 5,000 signatures from registered Ohio voters by Aug. 10.

Harris said he wasn’t aware of other Libertarians who were trying to get on the November ballot as independent candidates.

Tuesday was the deadline for groups seeking minor-party status to submit their paperwork to Ohio’s elections chief, and the office said Wednesday that no new groups did.

The Green Party already met the state’s criteria in the 2014 election.

The political party rules were passed by the Republican-led state legislature in 2013, as the GOP faced growing competition from the tea party.

Ohio Libertarians have fought the changes in state and federal court for years. They maintain the law effectively eliminated all minor-party candidates from 2014 primary ballots and unfairly disadvantaged third parties going forward.

Harris said the group will aim to form a minor political party ahead of the 2018 elections, but he acknowledges the signatures required will be higher then. The state law ties the number of petition signatures to the total votes cast for governor or president, whichever is the most recent election.

“It’s not a comfortable position to be in,” Harris said. “Basically, we have to cross that bridge when we get there.”

Jurors say DuPont acted with malice, award $5M to ill man

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The DuPont chemical company acted with malice by dumping chemical-tainted water from its West Virginia plant into the Ohio River, a federal jury said Wednesday in awarding $5.1 million in compensatory damages to a man who developed cancer.

The jury will meet Thursday to begin deciding the amount of punitive damages to be handed out.

There are 3,500 lawsuits alleging a link between illnesses and the Wilmington, Delaware-based company’s discharging of the chemical C8 into the river.

The ill man, David Freeman, of Washington County, said he got testicular cancer because of C8, which was used to make Teflon.

Freeman, 56, said in his lawsuit against the DuPont Co. that residents along the river suffered from C8 in tainted drinking water, which he blamed for his sickness.

DuPont maintains there were only small amounts of C8 in drinking water, not enough to be harmful. It declined to comment on the verdict Wednesday.

Freeman’s case is among the first few cases to be heard. In one now under appeal, jurors awarded $1.6 million to a woman who got cancer.

A former spokeswoman for DuPont’s Ohio River plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, testified she never knew of any concerns about C8 being dumped into the river when she told residents the water was safe to drink.

An attorney for Freeman showed the DuPont spokeswoman, Dawn Jackson, internal company documents and memos about concerns with C8, many of which she said she had never seen before.

More than $1B loss projected in Ohio’s next 2-year budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio stands to lose more than $1 billion in the next two-year budget as it phases out a sales tax structure that hauled in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/29g7Z56 ) nearly $400 million in additional county and transit authority sales taxes are also projected to be lost.
Since 2009, Ohio has charged a sales tax on services provided through Medicaid managed-care organizations to benefit from federal matching funds.
Counties and transit authorities benefited through additional local sales taxes.
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services two years ago prohibited taxing only managed-care companies that deal with Medicaid.
State officials say they’ll look at how other states deal with similar challenges.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

Police: Men save woman who drove into Ohio lake with child

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say two men jumped into a lake to save a woman and her 2-year-old daughter after the mother intentionally drove her car into the water.
Akron police say the woman was trying to kill herself and the girl, but the two men pulled both out to safety Monday afternoon.
The 24-year-old mother has been charged with attempted murder, endangering children and criminal damaging.
She’s being held in jail and is due in court Wednesday morning. Police say her daughter was treated at an Akron hospital.
Witnesses who saw the car go into the lake say it didn’t slow down before hitting the water.

Prosecutor: Ohio man shot dad, deputy after hummus fight

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A man indicted Tuesday on charges including attempted aggravated murder and attempted murder shot at his father and a sheriff’s deputy last month following a dispute over hummus, authorities said.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said charges against 19-year-old Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui also include felonious assault and tampering with evidence.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Laghaoui. He said earlier that the preliminary charges against him were inaccurate.
Fornshell said “it all went downhill” June 9 after Laghaoui ate too much of his father’s hummus. Laghaoui’s brother called 911 and Laghaoui can be heard making threats, Fornshell said.
Deputy Katie Barnes responded to the apartment and left when Laghaoui’s father and brother declined to press charges. She was called back shortly afterward when Laghaoui’s brother told police Laghaoui punched his father in the face.
Barnes was then shot in the abdomen by what appeared to be an AK-47-style rifle, county Sheriff Larry Sims said. She’s expected to recover.
Fornshell said Laghaoui’s father was shot in the hand while trying to keep his son out of their apartment. He lost some fingers.
Residents were told to seek shelter as a helicopter flew over the area searching for Laghaoui. He was arrested several hours later.
Authorities haven’t found the rifle. Fornshell said Laghaoui also shot at a neighbor, and the bullet entered a child’s bedroom in a neighboring apartment.
Laghaoui remains jailed on a $2 million bond. He could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted, Fornshell said.
This story has been corrected to show Laghaoui was indicted Tuesday, not Monday.

Man charged in slaying of Ohio woman bound in duct tape

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man arrested in the killing of his neighbor at a Cincinnati condominium where she was found bound in duct tape has been arraigned on aggravated murder and aggravated burglary charges.
A judge on Tuesday set bond for 27-year-old Kayle (KAYL) Taylor at $500,000. He’s charged in the death of 54-year-old Tammy Wiley.
Cincinnati police arrested Taylor Monday night about three hours after her body was discovered.
Authorities have not released a cause of death, but they do say the woman’s face and head had been bound in duct tape
Taylor’s attorney, Monika Roth, declined to comment Tuesday.
Court documents say several items from Wiley’s apartment were found in Taylor’s possession.

Cleveland road, air, water travel limited for GOP convention

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials will restrict road, air and water travel around the city for this month’s Republican National Convention, with security measures affecting passenger and cargo vehicles.
The event, at which the party officially nominates its candidate for president, is expected to draw as many as 50,000 people, so visitors and locals alike might find value in planning ahead for the major congestion anticipated around town.
Pilots have been alerted that temporary flight restrictions, or TFRs, will be in place for varying distances around Cleveland for the GOP convention July 18-21 and in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention a week later.
Law enforcement aircraft and air ambulances are exempt from the restrictions, as are regularly scheduled commercial passenger and cargo flights operating under preapproved security procedures. Cleveland-bound flights not operating under such a program will have to stop first at the Youngstown or Akron-Canton airports for security screenings. Drones are prohibited.
Though the convention-related restrictions may be more extensive, TFRs aren’t uncommon. A Federal Aviation Administration safety publication estimated there would be TFRs for about 5,000 sporting events nationwide this year.
On the ground, officials plan to close most of the roads that immediately surround the main venue, Quicken Loans Arena, neighboring Progressive Field and the Huntington Convention Center a few blocks away. They’ll restrict traffic on other roads in that area. That includes a nearby stretch of busy Interstate 90 where commercial vehicles and other traffic will be down to one lane at times, and the road will close nightly for six hours.
The U.S. Coast Guard announced restricted zones on July 17 in Lake Erie near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and evenings from July 18-22 along the Cuyahoga River as it winds inland toward Interstate 90. That doesn’t mean convention attendees won’t be able to get out on the water in sightseeing and dinner tour boats, as the Coast Guard can issue waivers for such vessels.
Anticipating the possibility of demonstrators taking to the water in kayaks or other small vessels, the agency also designated two zones offshore at certain times for such boaters to “express their views safely and without interference from, or interfering with, other maritime traffic.”
This story has been corrected to show that the convention begins this month, not next month.

Ohio seeks federal approval to charge new Medicaid fees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are seeking federal approval to charge a new monthly cost to Ohioans with Medicaid health coverage.
House Republicans inserted plans for the so-called Healthy Ohio Program into the state budget last year. The proposal would require certain adults in Medicaid to pay into a health-savings account to help cover their medical expenses.
The proposal has drawn mostly criticism from health care advocates, Democrats and others who say it puts people’s health care access at risk. Backers say opponents are overlooking the proposal’s efforts to get Medicaid beneficiaries to take healthier steps.
Ohio must first get permission from federal regulators to implement the plan. State officials submitted their request Friday.
The federal government has no formal deadline to respond.
If successful, the new charges would be imposed in 2018.

Police: Officers shoot, wound baseball bat-wielding man


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say they shot and wounded a man after he charged at them with a baseball bat in central Ohio.

Columbus police say the shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Monday as they were responding to a domestic violence report. Investigators say a dispatcher was speaking with a woman complaining that a man was hitting her.

The man wasn’t at the scene when police arrived. But they say he soon returned with a baseball bat and refused officers’ orders to drop it. Police say two officers fired at the 29-year-old man. He was reported in stable condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say the man could face charges of assault and domestic violence.

Boy run over by float during Ohio Fourth of July parade


UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a boy was injured when he was run over by a float during a Fourth of July parade in central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/29lHFIZ ) the boy was walking alongside a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington when witnesses say he either stopped or lost his footing. That’s when he was knocked to the ground and a trailer wheel ran over his leg.

Police Officer Shawn Paynter says the boy suffered a leg injury that wasn’t life-threatening. He says the boy seemed to being doing OK. The officer estimated the boy’s age as about 11.

The parade was stopped for about a half-hour while paramedics tended to the boy.