Man granted PIVOT readmission

A Tiffin man was granted readmission into the Participating in Victory of Transition program.

Michael E. Hays, 31, admitted he violated the terms of his community control, court records state.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley continued his three years of community control. Hays was readmitted into PIVOT and was ordered to undergo random drug and/or alcohol urinalysis as directed by Seneca County’s drug intensive probation officer, court records state.

Hays had been sentenced to three years of community control after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felonies, court records state.

CSP signup deadline is May 10

COLUMBUS — May 10 is the next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2019.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to invest up to $700 million nationally for new enrollments and contract extensions this year. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to the conservation program, which helps agricultural producers improve conservation activities.

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10 to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments through 2023, and it makes changes to the program including:

NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.

Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.

CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

For more information, call (419) 447-7073 or visit the Ohio NRCS website,

Universities, nonprofit group join Great Lakes partnership

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three universities and a nonprofit group have joined a regional consortium that studies problems facing the Great Lakes and nearby communities.

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research is based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Its 12 members work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on research and development activities.

The four new partners are the Cleveland Water Alliance, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University. Officials say each brings a critical new element to the consortium, such as expertise in fisheries, environmental health and other areas.

Sheriff: Human remains those of man last seen in 2018

WAVERLY (AP) — A sheriff says human remains found in a large bag just a few yards off a road in a rural area of Ohio have been identified as the body of a man last seen in 2018.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said in a release that the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the body through fingerprints as 36-year-old Shane Walls of Pike County. The sheriff’s office says authorities were informed in February that Walls was missing and was last seen in December.

The sheriff said three mushroom hunters found the bag around 3 p.m. Monday in the southern Ohio county and called authorities.

Reader said the cause of death hasn’t been determined. His office is conducting a homicide investigation into the death.

Police believe boy accidentally shot, killed 1-year-old

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland say they believe that a 10-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 1-year-old cousin over the weekend.

Authorities also said the boy hasn’t been charged, but his mother was charged Wednesday with child endangering and obstructing justice.

The shooting happened Saturday in Cleveland.

Authorities said the 10-year-old boy’s mother wasn’t at home at the time of the shooting that killed her 1-year-old nephew. But investigators said she allowed someone else to bring the gun into her home.

They said she also hindered the investigation about who owned the gun and what happened to it after the shooting.

Judge tosses death sentence

of man on death row since 1988

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Ohio has ruled that a man who’s been on death row for more than 30 years is intellectually disabled and has thrown out his death sentence.

Andre Jackson was convicted of aggravated murder in 1988 for fatally beating a 74-year-old employee at a laundromat in Euclid. reports a Cuyahoga County judge has found Jackson is intellectually disabled now and likely was when Emily Zak was killed in 1987.

The ruling says executing Jackson would violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender, representing Jackson, says the court reached a “just result.”

The county prosecutor’s office has vowed to appeal.

Authorities said the now 53-year-old Jackson beat Zak to death and stole a cash register.