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Annual school supply drive announced

First Call For Help, the Tiffin Community YMCA, SMYL and the Impact Youth Center are sponsoring a school supplies drive.

The annual school supplies program is for families with limited income who have children in grades K-12 and attend a Seneca County School, excluding the city of Fostoria.

To register, call First Call For Help at (419) 448-4357. Registration is to be June 10 through June 21 and is by appointment only.

Tiffin board’s Finance Committee to meet today

Tiffin City Board of Education’s Finance Committee is to meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the Administration Building in the conference room, located at 244 S. Monroe St.

Sandusky chosen best coastal small town in survey

SANDUSKY (AP) — An Ohio city along Lake Erie has been selected as the best coastal small town in America by a USA Today reader’s survey featuring 20 coastal towns.

The Sandusky Register reports the city was selected for first place by voters nationwide who cast ballots in the USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Best Coastal Small Town contest. USA Today said a panel of experts partnered with editors to pick the 20 nominees and the top 10 were determined by popular vote.

USA Today described Sandusky as offering a revitalized downtown district, plenty of shopping and dining options and lake recreation. Sandusky also is home to Cedar Point.

USA Today said towns in the contest had populations of fewer than 25,000 people as of the last census.

Tornadoes down trees, damage buildings in Ohio

WEST ALEXANDRIA (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Ohio, downing trees and causing some damage to buildings.

There were no reports of any injuries from either of the tornadoes Sunday night in southwestern Ohio. One touched down around 9 p.m. near the village of West Alexandria in Preble County.

Weather service meteorologists say the second tornado touched down east of West Alexandria near the area of Huber Heights in Montgomery County later Sunday. It also toppled trees and damaged some homes in the area.

The weather service said a survey team was working to determine the rating and path length of the tornadoes.

Inmate sentenced to death will get new trial in slaying

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 49-year-old man sentenced to death will get a new trial in the 1997 slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner.

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday let stand a 2018 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that agreed with attorneys for Ahmad Fawzi Issa that statements about his involvement in a murder-for-hire case were hearsay and violated his right to confront witnesses against him. The court threw out his conviction and sentence for allegedly arranging the shooting of Maher Khrais outside his store in 1997.

Hamilton County prosecutor’s spokeswoman Julie Wilson said a pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled May 30. Issa has been held in state prison since 1998.

His attorney, Adele Shank of Columbus, called the high court’s decision “right and appropriate.”

Cleveland zoo to expand Eastern black rhino exhibit

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is expanding its Eastern black rhino exhibit to more than twice its current size to accommodate its herd of five rhinos.

A zoo release said the $1.5 million expansion will be paid for by the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks. It also is to include an expanded viewing deck for guests. Other renovations are to add an indoor rhino barn, a wallowing pool and shading and misting areas to cool the rhinos.

Zoo Executive Director Chris Kuhar said expansion of the exhibit in the Zoo’s African Savanna area will allow staff to better care for the herd. He said the Eastern black rhino is one of the world’s most endangered species.

Construction is to begin this fall and is expected to finish in the spring of 2020.

Governor orders review of actions in OSU doctor abuse

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a review of the state medical board’s handling of complaints against a now-dead Ohio State team doctor who investigators say sexually abused at least 177 students decades ago.

The Republican governor said Monday that “we should all be disgusted” by what Richard Strauss did.

A report released Friday found Strauss engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse of male students. It said university officials knew and did little to stop it.

Monday, DeWine ordered a working group to review an unredacted version of the report to see what the medical board knew and when.

He said that Strauss’ suicide in 2005 means he can’t be held accountable, but that learning the facts might prevent a repeat.

DeWine also called for lifting Ohio’s statute of limitations on rape cases.

Students accused of putting bodily fluids in teachers’ food

POWELL (AP) — Authorities are investigating accusations that students at an Ohio middle school put bodily fluids into food that was then served to teachers.

A Delaware County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said that office is investigating reports of students putting urine and semen into crepes eaten by teachers at Hyatts Middle School in Powell. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Whited said school officials notified authorities of the allegations Thursday.

Whited said any students found to have put fluids in the food could face felony assault charges.

Authorities haven’t said how many students may have been involved or how many teachers ate the food.

An Olentangy Local School District statement said anyone violating school policies will be held accountable.

District spokeswoman Kristyn Wilson said the food was prepared as part of a family consumer science class.

Ohio Senate committee ponders bill on drug laws sentencing

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bill designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers is before an Ohio Senate committee.

The legislation is part of a long-running attempt by lawmakers to reduce Ohio’s prison population.

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently heard testimony on the bill.

Ohio Public Defender Tim Young testified new policies are needed and the state can’t “incarcerate” its way out of the drug crisis. He said about 1,600 people are in Ohio prisons for low-level possession.

Louis Tobin, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said that group supports the spirit of the bill but thinks the amount of drug doses defined as low-level is too high.

Republican House Speaker Larry Householder said he expects the House to come up with its own plan.

Asian carp DNA found in Chicago area near Lake Michigan

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted results last week from sampling conducted in the Chicago Area Waterway System in early April.

Most of the 401 water samples were negative, but six registered DNA hits for silver or bighead carp in Lake Calumet, a few miles from Lake Michigan.

Scientist say if the fish become established in the Great Lakes, they could out-compete native species.

Asian carp DNA has been found repeatedly in Lake Calumet and other spots beyond electric barriers intended to block them.

An official with the federal agency told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel crews searched for live Asian carp last week but found none.

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