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Man sentenced after grave vases stolen
Akron — A 47-year-old Northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after authorities said he stole vases and urns from gravesites.
News outlets report that Gregory Wade of suburban Akron pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty also sentenced him July 25 to pay restitution to families.
Wade was accused of stealing dozens of bronze items from Hillside Memorial Cemetery gravesites and selling them for scrap metal.
One man told the judge a vase was stolen from the grave of his infant son who died in 1970. He was among several family members the judge heard from.
She commented that the law sometimes doesn’t adequate address “the emotional effects” of a crime.
— Associated Press

Bumper crop drives down corn prices
Dayton — Ohio’s bumper crop of corn this year means lower prices at the supermarket and vegetable stands.
The high corn yields from this year and last year are forcing a drop in prices not seen in the past five years. That’s not so good for farmers, but consumers are benefiting.
Per-bushel corn prices have dropped 38 percent since last July, John Miyares, a statistician with the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Great Lakes Regional Field Office, told The Dayton Daily News.
The $4.37-per-bushel price last week was the lowest in five years. Miyares says prices of other crops have fallen sharply as well, with soybeans trading at near 2 1/2-year lows and wheat at near four-year lows.
Nationally, corn has the potential to reach 2003’s record of nearly 14 billion bushels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its midyear report.
— Associated Press

Attorney general
warns of grant scam
Columbus — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning residents to beware of scam calls offering government grants.
DeWine says his office has taken more than 100 reports of suspected grant scams, and more than 20 consumers reported losing $200 to $6,000 or more to the ploy.
The attorney general’s office says scam callers will tell residents they have won a federal grant and must first sent money to cover taxes and other costs. Those who pay are sometimes contacted again by scammers who urge the consumer to send more money for additional expenses.
DeWine says consumers should be leery if they have to pay to get grants they never sought. He says scam artists have given phony justifications to people that have included being current on their taxes and having good credit.
— Associated Press

Two injured on
Cedar Point ride
Sandusky — Two people were hurt in an accident involving a ride at Cedar Point amusement park in northwest Ohio.
News outlets and the park say one person went to a hospital for evaluation late July 26 while the other was treated at the scene. The park indicates that a cable disconnected from the Skyhawk ride at about 10 p.m.
It wasn’t clear whether the injured people were riding Skyhawk or were on the ground when hurt. Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders up to 125 feet at speeds of up to 60 mph.
Park spokesman Bryan Edwards said that Skyhawk will remain closed until investigation into the cause of the accident is completed.
— Associated Press

Ohio State marching band director fired
Columbus — Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored “serious cultural issues” including sexual harassment.
Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade. His popular halftime shows drew millions of viewers on YouTube. The Columbus Dispatch first reported his firing.
Fledgling university President Michael Drake on July 24 released details of a two-month investigation found Waters knew about and failed to correct a “sexualized” culture where students were pressured to march in their underwear and earn sexually-explicit nicknames with performances.
Messages were left with Waters seeking comment July 24.
Drake said the band season will continue as the search for a new director begins. Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery will lead a full review.
— Associated Press

 

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