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New unemployment rules in effect
Columbus — Out-of-work Ohioans applying for unemployment compensation now must complete a series of job-search requirements in order to receive benefits, under legislation signed into law a year ago that took effect in April.
House Bill 2 passed on lopsided bipartisan votes in June 2013, requiring claimants to post resumes and complete other tasks through the state’s recently revamped OhioMeansJobs.com website.
New claimants now are automatically registered with the state website by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. They have eight weeks thereafter to upload a resume for potential employers to review. In subsequent weeks, claimants must complete online skill and career assessments and related profiles, among other requirements.
Claimants are given schedules for completing the tasks after they initially file for unemployment compensation. Those who fail meet the requirements risk having their benefits withheld.
— Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau

Cedar Point workers arrested after melee
Sandusky — While Cedar Point was closed because of a water main break over the weekend, 16 of the theme park’s employees were busy getting arrested.
Police from the park and the city of Sandusky say they arrested 16 people after a melee broke out in the employee recreation center early June 8.
Jail records say the employees were charged with aggravated rioting and disorderly conduct. At least one was also charged with assaulting a police officer. 13 of them are from Michigan; three live in Ohio.
Police responded at about 3:15 a.m. June 8 to Cedar Point Commons, which is the park employees’ housing area.
The park reopened June 9 after being closed Saturday and Sunday due to a water main break.
— Associated Press

Ohio sells ad space on safety vans
Cleveland — Ohio will receive $850,000 a year after striking a deal with State Farm to place advertising on vans that help stranded motorists.
The national insurer has inked a four-year contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation that gives the company sponsorship rights for the agency’s safety patrol vehicles. The contract could be extended to a total of 10 years.
As many as 20 of the vans cruise major interstates in search of stranded motorists, helping them change tires, jump-start batteries and provide fuel and coolant. The vans patrol freeways around Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Akron-Canton from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner said the deal with Bloomington, Illinois-based State Farm is part of the state’s effort to raise money for road and bridge repairs as its main funding source, state and federal fuel tax money, has begun to level off for the first time.
ODOT’s safety patrol program helped more than 90,000 motorists in 2013.
— Associated Press

Dad protests officer
shooting raccoon
Elyria — An Ohio man says it was inappropriate for an animal control officer to shoot a baby raccoon in view of neighborhood children.
But the police chief in North Ridgeville says that’s not how it happened. He says the officer killed the animal in a trap June 9 at least 70 yards from any house, and no kids were around.
Resident Tim Sherrill tells The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram that the officer shot the raccoon on a neighbor’s property in front of his son and two other children, all around 10 years old.
Police Chief Michael Freeman says the property owner requested that a trap be set and gave the city permission to “take care of” the nuisance animals.
— Associated Press

 

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