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Around Ohio-Aug. 25

Published: August 25, 2016 2:43 PM

Man who fatally shot police dog gets 45 years
Canton — A man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an Ohio police dog after robbing a grocery store and has been sentenced to 45 years behind bars.
The Canton Repository reports 23-year-old Kelontre Barefield entered the pleas Aug. 24 to charges relating to the Canton K-9 named Jethro’s death and counts stemming from earlier burglaries and an aggravated robbery.
Stark County Common Pleas Judge Kristin Farmer called Barefield’s actions “intolerable” as she delivered a sentence that covered both cases.
Authorities say Barefield shot the 3-year-old German shepherd three times during a January confrontation. The dog died the next day. Jethro’s police handler shot Barefield in the leg.
Farmer says the sentence reflects the seriousness of Jethro’s death and the terror inflicted on victims of the burglaries and aggravated robbery.
— Associated Press

Cleveland sues state over prohibition on local hiring laws
Cleveland — Cleveland has sued the state of Ohio to stop a new law from taking effect and prohibiting cities from requiring contractors to hire local people for publicly funded construction projects.
City attorneys filed the lawsuit Aug. 23 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The state law goes into effect Aug. 31.
Cleveland argues in the lawsuit that the state law usurps the city’s authority to establish local laws and regulations. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other city officials have argued that local hiring preferences are needed to combat poverty and unemployment.
Some state lawmakers pushed for the law by saying that hiring preferences block people who live outside cities from getting construction jobs on publicly funded projects.
The Ohio Contractors Association supported the law banning local hiring preferences.
— Associated Press

New US attorney takes office
Cleveland — Northern Ohio’s top federal prosecutor has officially taken office.
Carole Rendon was sworn in Aug. 19 as the region’s U.S. attorney at a ceremony in Cleveland.
She’d been working as acting U.S. attorney since February, when Steven Dettelbach resigned from the role.
The U.S. Senate voted in July to approve her nomination by President Barack Obama.
Rendon worked for the federal prosecutor in Massachusetts and in private practice before joining the U.S. attorney’s office in northern Ohio in 2009.
— Associated Press

Turnpike agency to use drone to inspect bridge for first time
Berea — The Ohio Turnpike plans to use a drone to inspect a bridge for the first time next month.
Officials say a remote-controlled aircraft will inspect the Sandusky River Bridge in mid-September if weather allows.
The turnpike’s executive director says officials hope to determine if drone inspections save time and money while making inspections safer by eliminating the need to use bucket trucks to check bridges.
Sections of the turnpike now must be closed and work zones created when bridges are inspected, some things not required when using drones.
Cole says drones might be allowed for other types of activities along the turnpike if next month’s test is successful.
The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol also are considering using drones along freeways and interstates.
— Associated Press

FDA: Listeria found in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream kitchen
Columbus — The Food and Drug Administration says Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is battling listeria again, a problem that disrupted the company’s business last year.
The Columbus Dispatch reports  the FDA says in a letter to the company’s CEO that the agency found listeria in a production kitchen after two out of 75 swabs taken in January and February came back positive.
The FDA says the positive swabs came from prep-room and wash room floors and no listeria was found in the Columbus-based company’s products.
Jeni’s says in a blog post that its products remain free of listeria.
Jeni’s shut down twice last year after listeria was found in a pint of ice cream in Nebraska and in Jeni’s kitchen. A second finding on a kitchen floor occurred later that year.
— Associated Press

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