State of Ohio to pay Cleveland man $337,000 for wrongful imprisonment
The state of Ohio has agreed to pay $337,000 to a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for arson. Jack Dempsey of Cleveland served almost seven years for aggravated arson and burglary in 1996. Police had accused him of burning down a building in Cleveland, but a Cuyahoga County judge found that the fire actually was part of a plot to kill Dempsey, who had been drugged and left in the basement of the burning building.
Tamir Rice's father dropped from police lawsuit
A federal judge has ruled that Tamir Rice's father should be dismissed from a lawsuit filed against the Cleveland police officer who killed the boy. The 12-year-old was fatally shot in November 2014 while playing with a pellet gun outside a city recreation center. A grand jury declined to indict patrolman Timothy Loehmann and his training officer, Frank Garmback, in late December. The officers asked U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. to dismiss the lawsuit against them. Oliver on Tuesday dismissed a claim made by Tamir's father, Leonard Warner, and said he could file a new complaint for damages. Oliver dismissed one lawsuit claim made by Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, but left one intact. The judge ruled that claims made by Tamir's estate remain viable.
Water dispute between Akron and Hudson coming to a close
The longtime dispute between the city of Akron and the village of Hudson over public water is coming to an end. In a statement, the two will put the issue behind them while working on service and tax-sharing agreement. In a meeting with Hudson officials, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said new customers would be allowed to tap into Akron’s water once an agreement is finalized. The two municipalities have been disputing over water sharing charges after Akron announced a moratorium on new services, as well as an additional surcharge to Hudson’s residents in 2014.
University of Akron faculty senate to vote “no confidence” in president
The University of Akron faculty Senate plans to take a vote of no confidence in President Scott Scarborough's administration tomorrow. The proposed resolution cites declining enrollment, reduction in key services including information technology...and faculty argue they have had no involvement in decisions about the future of the university. A no confidence vote has no binding effect on the administration. Scarborough has been under scrutiny the past year for implementing $40 million in budget cuts that included layoffs.
Green-based Diebold finalizes sale of its North American security division
Green-based Diebold has wrapped up the sale of its North American security division. The company sold its electronic security business for $350 million to Securitas AB. The security division of the company has more than one thousand employees. Diebold says the sale was "an important component" in the financing for the company's $1.8 billion pending acquisition of Wincor Nixdorf.
NEO-based Pat Catan’s Arts and Crafts purchased by competitor Michael’s
The parent company of Pat Catan’s Arts and Crafts stores has been purchased by its competitor, Michael’s. Strongville-based Lamwrite West Inc. was purchased for $150 million last night. Lamrite West will continue to operate out of Strongsville as a separate division of Michael’s. Pat Catan’s operates 16 locations in Northeast Ohio.
Ohio forensics officials test nearly 10,000 rape kits
The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 9,800 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches. Nearly 12,000 kits had been submitted for testing as of Feb. 1 in an effort that began in 2011 to check previously untested kits for evidence. About 2,600 of those kits were submitted after a new law went into effect last March. That law requires law enforcement agencies to submit any previously untested sexual assault kits associated with a past crime to a crime lab within a year.
Retired Ohio police officer rejects offer to work on a volunteer basis to keep K-9 partner
A recently retired Ohio police officer says he rejected an offer to keep his K-9 partner by working as a volunteer. Former Marietta officer Matt Hickey retired from the department last month due to health concerns. Officials rejected his offer to buy the K-9 for $3,500, saying the dog named Ajax would need to be auctioned because he's city property and could still work. The city said Hickey can keep Ajax by working as unpaid auxiliary officer. Instead, Hickey says he plans to bid on the dog at the auction.