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Around Ohio-Sept. 26

Published: September 26, 2016 4:47 PM

1 in 7 voters won’t receive invitation to vote absentee
Columbus — One in seven registered voters in Ohio won’t receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail for the upcoming election cycle.
Republican Ohio Secretary of State John Husted has decided not to send absentee ballot applications to more than 1 million registered voters who didn’t vote in the 2012 or 2014 federal elections or who are thought to have moved.
But an investigation by the Akron Beacon Journal finds some of these voters have voted as recently as March and haven’t moved.
The early voting period also has been reduced to four weeks.
Democrats say the process of sending out ballot requests and trimming early voting is an attack on the rights of constituents. But Republicans say early voting is still more robust in Ohio than other states.
— Associated Press

Ohio gas prices fall, remain under national average
Columbus — Gas prices in Ohio continue to fall, while the average price in the state also remains below the national average.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.08 in a Sept. 26 survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down from $2.17 cents a week ago and 13 cents below the current national average.
The average price in Ohio at this time last month was $2.22, while gas prices in the state a year ago averaged $2.21.
The national average price of $2.21 reported Sept. 26 remained at the same level it was this time last week and last month. The national average a year ago was $2.29.
— Associated Press

‘Don King Way’ won’t move to street where he killed man
Cleveland — Cleveland’s city council won’t further consider a proposal to put Don King’s name on the street where the legendary boxing promoter stomped a man to death in 1966.
The honorary “Don King Way” already exists in Cleveland, on a segment of a boulevard near the newspaper he owns. Two Council members proposed moving the honorary street name to an avenue where King killed an employee.
Cleveland.com reports the Council president determined the proposal won’t move forward.
King says he doesn’t care whether “Don King Way” is moved.
King says he’s felt contrition for killing the man, Sam Garrett, who he says had jumped on his back. King spent almost four years in prison for the killing and was later pardoned by former Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes.
— Associated Press

Ex-guidance counselor gets prison for sex abuse of student
Cleveland — A former Northeast Ohio guidance counselor has been sentenced to a year in state prison after admitting she sexually abused a student.
Ronetta Smith pleaded guilty to reduced charges last month of sexual battery and attempted tampering with evidence.
The 36-year-old was sentenced on Sept. 22. She must register as a sex offender and can never work in a high school again.
Smith’s attorney unsuccessfully asked that she receive probation, saying she has no criminal history and a teen daughter at home.
Smith had been a guidance counselor at Euclid High School. She resigned in March.
Prosecutors say Smith sent the student hundreds of text messages. Some referenced sexual assaults in school classrooms, in Smith’s office and the boy’s home.
Smith says she made a mistake and has apologized.
— Associated Press

Police: 11-year-old walking to school hit by car, killed
Columbus — Police say an 11-year-old boy was hit by at least one car and killed while heading to school in Ohio’s capital city.
Columbus police say Favour Agu was headed to Woodward Park Middle School with his fellow classmates Sept. 22 when he was hit.
The sixth-grader was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
School officials say counselors were in the school and classes weren’t canceled. They say there were no crossing guards there at the time.
Police say they had trouble notifying the family and are reminding parents to maintain updated emergency contact information with their child’s school.
The crash remains under investigation.
— Associated Press

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