Court: Ohio county could be liable for fatal wreck
AKRON (AP) — An appeals court says a northeastern Ohio county could be liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who apparently lost control while driving on a road under repair.
At issue is the absence of white lines on the rural road in Wayne County during the repair project in 2011.
The parents of crash victim Kelli Baker say the county is liable because the condition of the road contributed to the accident, including the lack of lines and steep berms.
A judge rejected the family’s lawsuit, saying the county had immunity, but the Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned that decision last week.
The appeals court returned the case to the judge for further review, saying the county could be liable for failing to keep the road in repair.
Guidelines spell end of Ohio schools’ pink cookie
ELYRIA (AP) — A favorite — and locally famous — cafeteria treat is off the menu forever in one northeast Ohio school system because of new federal nutritional guidelines.
The government’s edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol will put an end to the sale of the traditional Elyria pink cookie — a buttery sweet treat with pink icing that has been a favorite of city school kids for four decades.
The cookie, which a former district food services director developed from her grandmother’s recipe, had gained a cult following through the years and was once named the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” by Cleveland magazine, according to The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram.
Scott Teaman, food services director with Sodexo Inc., the district’s contracted food provider, said the federal guidelines for school snacks are strict, and the pink cookie just can’t make the cut.
“We could modify the recipe by changing the size, using whole-grain flour or putting on less icing, but in doing that you are not making the same cookies,” Teaman said. “There is only one way to do the pink cookie, and to do it any other way would not do it justice.”
The pink cookies will not disappear completely. Teaman said district bakers will fire up the ovens for special orders at $5 a dozen. Orders will be taken during the week and available for pickup on Fridays.
The district west of Cleveland, like school districts around the county, is changing up cafeteria menus to include more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains along with fewer calories, less fat and less cholesterol.
Toledo fight rumors of more water problems
TOLEDO (AP) — Officials in Toledo — where a Lake Erie algae bloom made the city’s tap water unsafe to drink earlier this month — are fighting rumors that water problems persist.
The Blade newspaper reports that the rumors of another “do not drink” advisory became so persistent on Thursday that the city issued a statement asking residents not to panic.
As the city was issuing the statement, residents were busy buying up bottled water at grocery stores. One man buying four cases at a Kroger store said he’d gotten a text about a pending “do not drink” advisory and also saw “random things on Facebook.”
About 400,000 people were left without clean tap water Aug. 2 to Aug 4 when toxins produced by the algae got into the city’s water supply.
Man wanted for Ohio murder nabbed in Detroit
PAINESVILLE (AP) — Authorities say they captured an Ohio murder suspect when officers raided the man’s birthday party in Detroit this week.
They say Walter Delon Tate fatally shot a 32-year-old man in Painesville, east of Cleveland, on July 4. Investigators believed he fled to the Detroit area, where he has extensive family ties.
The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports that the U.S. Marshal Service in Detroit learned that Tate’s family planned to throw a birthday party for him in a west Detroit neighborhood. Marshals say they found a house decorated for a birthday party, recognized some of Tate’s family members outside, and found the suspect in the basement.
Painesville police say Tate will remain jailed until an extradition hearing. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney yet.
Man dies in northeast Ohio industrial accident
CLEVELAND (AP) — A fire department official says a 45-year-old man was killed after he was pulled into a machine while working at a northeast Ohio industrial company.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Elbert Woods of Garfield Heights.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Woods was working at Cleveland Track Material in Cleveland when his clothing became stuck in a machine and he was pulled into it.
A fire official said that when rescuers arrived, Woods had been freed from the machine by co-workers, but he had died from crushing injuries.
1st fully rebuilt bridge in Ohio program reopens
COLUMBUS (AP) — The state is reopening the first bridge fully rebuilt under an Ohio partnership program intended to improve bridge safety and adding 10 more structures to the list of those being fixed.
Transportation officials announced last fall they’d spend about $120 million in federal money to fix or replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges over three years. The state says some projects came in below estimates, allowing more to be added to bring the total to 230.
The first projects were picked based on factors including safety and whether the bridges were open to traffic.
The first full reconstruction was the Tornado Road bridge outside Rutland in Meigs County, which was reopening Friday. The Ohio Department of Transportation says the project took six weeks and cost more than $492,000.
Cleveland Track Material manufactures railway track and components such as switches that move trains from one track to another.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.