WOSU News Archives For: March 14, 2013

Chris Schmenk Out As Ohio Development Services Chief

Christiane Schmenk is out at the Ohio Department of Development Services Agency
March 14, 2013

Governor Kaisch has appointed David Goodman to replace Christiane Schmenk as head of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Columbus Education Commission Releases Budget

Mayor Michael Coleman appointed a commission in December to examine challenges facing Columbus City Schools.
March 14, 2013

The Columbus Education Commission has released an itemized budget. The commission was appointed by Mayor Michael Coleman to examine challenges facing Columbus City Schools. The 25 member commission budgeted $1 million for about four months of work, including $500,000 allocated from the city’s general fund.

Clean Up Starts At Franklin County’s Largest Illegal Dumpsite

Landfill clean up
Workers use scoop and trailer trucks to remove 20' high piles of trash from illegal dump on Stimmel Road in Franklin County
14, 2013

The last of six illegal dumps in Franklin County is now being cleaned-up, but it will cost taxpayers $400,000. The illegal waste is piled about 20 feet high over an entire acre of ground. Heather Robinson of the Franklin County environmental crimes task force says a so called loophole in Ohio law allowed the trash to accumulate.

Feds To Investigate Cleveland Police Use Of Force

Scales of Justice
The U. S. Justice Department says it will open a far ranging investigation into the Cleveland Police Department to determine whether excessive force is tolerated.
14, 2013

The U.S. Justice Department is opening a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the Cleveland police department that will focus on whether there are problems with too much use of excessive force.

Steubenville Prosecutors Turn To Cell Phone Evidence

A statue of Lady Justice sits atop the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Steubenville. Two Steubenville High School football players are charged with raping a 16-year-old girl last August.
14, 2013

Police and witnesses from phone service providers have testified about cellphones collected as evidence in the case against two high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Texas Company Will Not Frack At “The Wilds”

Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum obtained mineral rights to The Wilds in 2011.
14, 2013

The drilling company that holds the mineral rights to The Wilds animal preserve near Zanesville says it won’t do any deep-shale drilling on the property.

Kasich, Yost Hold Ground On JobsOhio Audit

Gov. John Kasich and Auditor Dave Yost have publicly disagreed over how much authority Yost has to audit the semi-private job creation program JobsOhio.
March 14, 2013

The flap over the state auditor’s authority to look over all of the financial records of the governor’s public-private entity JobsOhio continues, as the deadline to meet a subpoena looms ahead.

Should Metro Parks Rangers Carry Firearms?

Vinnie Billow manages Sharon Woods Metro Park
14, 2013

Comprised of nearly 25,000 acres, central Ohio’s Metro Parks system employs almost 50 rangers and law enforcements officers. But none of them is allowed to carry a firearm. That policy, however, is now under review.