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Jail Commission Approves Decrease In Beds Paid For By Athens County

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The Southeast Ohio Regional Jail Commission narrowly approved a measure Wednesday decreasing the number of inmate beds Athens County will pay for within the facility. Athens County Commissioner Charlie Adkins made the motion in an attempt to save the county money, and he described it as a last-ditch effort to keep the county a part… Read More

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Jail Commission approves decrease in beds paid for by Athens County

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By SUSAN TEBBEN Messenger staff journalist NELSONVILLE — The Southeast Ohio Regional Jail Commission narrowly approved a measure Wednesday decreasing the number of inmate beds Athens County will pay for within the facility. Athens County Commissioner Charlie Adkins made the motion in an attempt to save the county money, and he described it as a… Read More

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Federal Indictment Alleges Campaign Finance Violations

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A federal indictment alleges a direct-marketing magnate, another executive at his northeast Ohio company and others conspired to skirt campaign finance laws while funneling nearly $200,000 to two congressional campaigns. An eight-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday against Benjamin Suarez, 72, of Canton and Michael Giorgio, 61, of Cuyahoga Falls. They're charged with violating campaign finance… Read More

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Abrio’s Closing After Judge Gives Go-Ahead

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A judge gave approval Wednesday for a court-appointed receiver to close Abrio’s Vera Cucina, a debt-ridden restaurant on East State Street in Athens. Follow the ruling, receiver Jack Harris of CMH Hospitality Inc. said the restaurant would close that same day. He left the courtroom to tell the restaurant's employees. One of the restaurant's creditors,… Read More

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Former Laurelville Police Officer Arrested On Drug Charges

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A former Laurelville police officer who was terminated last week for failing to report to work after taking an injury leave in June was arrested on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug instruments. Ronnie Gillispie, 25, of Laurelville, was traveling in a 2005 Saturn minivan along U.S. 23 near North Court Street… Read More

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Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission Weighs Final Decision On Discrimination Case

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Ohio's civil rights commission is weighing a final decision in a five-year-old case in which a landlady discriminated against undercover fair housing testers. A 2009 complaint by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission claims that Helen Grybosky told testers with disability dogs that pets weren't allowed or required an extra deposit. A second complaint claims the… Read More

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Afternoon Audio Update September 25


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The Ohio Civil Rights Commision will meet Thursday to settle a matter involving a landlady caught discriminating against tenants. Counties in eastern Kentucky has begun enrolling families in an asthma care program. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Program are making changes to the 2010 Black Lung Benefits Act to help coal… Read More

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Officials Looking Ahead After Jacksonville Police Dept. Disbandment

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Days after Jacksonville officials announced it would disband its police department, the police chief and surrounding communities are looking for a new solution. "It puts everyone in a real bind," said Doug Davis, mayor of Trimble. Trimble contracted with Jacksonville for police presence within its village, so now it, like Jacksonville, will have to rely… Read More

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OU Students Looking At Regional Jail Cost Sharing

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A group of Ohio University economics students is looking at how to make the distribution of operating costs of Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail more equitable. Athens County Commissioner Charlie Adkins, County Auditor Jill Thompson and Warden Jeremy Tolson met Monday with the OU students, Professor Emeritus of Economics Richard Vedder and OU Economics Department Chairwoman… Read More