Ohio News Briefs

Troopers OK’d for extra $7M

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio board approved an extra $7.2 million for the State Highway Patrol for the coming months as troopers help with security for next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland and with visits by presidential candidates before the election.

The state Controlling Board approved adding over $4 million to a fund that covers security and investigations and transferring $3.1 million from an emergency fund to the same purpose.

A patrol spokesman, Lt. Robert Sellers, said work covered by the fund includes supporting local law enforcement when extra security is needed or there is civil unrest.

Sellers said the patrol anticipates being reimbursed for the as-yet-undetermined cost of helping at the convention. He says the panel’s funding approval helps ensure that the patrol’s financial operations remain smooth in the meantime.

Retired judge appointed to indicted mayor’s case

HILLSBORO (AP) — A retired judge from northeast Ohio was appointed to hear the case of a small-city mayor in southwest Ohio who’s also a veteran standup comedian.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor named former Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove for the proceedings in Highland County. Drew Hastings was indicted there Tuesday on four felony counts, including election falsification and theft in office.

The Times-Gazette of Hillsboro reported that Highland County Judge Rocky Coss recused himself.

Cosgrove was appointed in 2013 to oversee cases that stemmed from a grand jury investigation into laws broken related to the rape of a teen girl during a Steubenville house party in 2012.

Hastings says he has done nothing wrong. His first court appearance is set for Aug. 1.

Man drowns near boat launch

SHEFFIELD LAKE (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned near a Lake Erie boat launch in northeast Ohio after disappearing in the waters along a beach break wall.

A statement from the Sheffield Lake Fire Department says firefighters were called to the Sheffield Lake boat launch on Lake Erie around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on a possible drowning. Police were already searching the water from the shore.

Authorities say a dive team found the body of the 21-year-old Lorain man around 11:30 p.m. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Bystanders told authorities that the man had been with others and had waded into water near a break wall.

The U.S. Coast Guard also assisted in the search.

Surgeon general: Ohio needs more drug treatment facilities

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says more treatment facilities must be opened in Ohio to help opioid addicts overcome a disease that has killed many Ohioans.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/29wfMgf ) Vivek Murthy made the comments during a visit to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. The facility has inpatient and outpatient services to treat opioid addicts.

Murthy says plans for medication-assisted treatment centers are often met with resistance but drugs can be effective tools in battling addiction. He says more lives can be saved if they’re introduced to this “evidence-based treatment.”

The surgeon general’s visit is part of a campaign to push health care professionals to reform their opioid prescribing methods.

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