There’s no shortage of basketball in Ohio.
The 2015 boys basketball state tournament tips off this morning at Value City Arena in Columbus. The tournament continues tomorrow and Saturday. NCAA Sweet 16 action tips off tonight, with two games set to be played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
A Sandusky man who fatally stabbed his infant cousin has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
21-year-old Denzel Castile will remain in secured treatment indefinitely. He could be released, if his condition ever improves. Castile stabbed 11-week-old Athena Castile of Norwalk in May of 2013. He was charged with aggravated murder, but doctors found he had mental health issues that led to the crime.
A space heater may have sparked a blaze that damaged a New London home.
Village firefighters were summoned to the East Main Street scene yesterday, after a neighbor saw flames coming from the house. No one was home at the time. We’ll have more, as details become available.
A Plymouth teen continues to receive treatment, after being electrocuted earlier this month.
15-year-old Kyle Brandt remains at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. His condition is unknown. Brandt went to fix a sump pump in a flooded basement, when the shock occurred.
In terms of unemployment in February, Huron County’s rate was nearly twice the statewide average.
Figures released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Huron County’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent, or fifth-highest in Ohio. The statewide average was 5.1 percent. Rates in surrounding counties ranged from 5.7 percent in Sandusky and Seneca counties, to 7.2 percent in Erie and Lorain counties. The state’s highest unemployment rate was in Monroe County, 10 percent. The lowest was in Delaware County, just 3.6 percent.
A buyout involving two food giants could lead to job losses in Ohio.
The H.J. Heinz Company, makers of ketchup, pickles and much more yesterday announced plans to buy Kraft Foods, makers of mac and cheese, hot dogs, Jello, Miracle Whip and more. Kraft has a major bacon production operation in Coshocton and a sales office in Cincinnati. Heinz has operations in Mason, Massillon and Fremont. Experts say while shoppers won’t notice major changes, jobs could be trimmed, once the deal is finalized later this year.
Governor John Kasich is expected to sign legislation that aims to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie.
The measure was passed yesterday by state lawmakers. It includes regulations on the spreading of fertilizer and manure. The new rules are meant to reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake, which are attractive to algae.
Supporters of a proposal to legalize marijuana are collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot.
Members of “ResponsibleOhio” say petitions went out yesterday in major cities with statewide efforts starting next week. The group wants to make pot legal for recreational and medical use through investor-owned farms and eleven-hundred retail dispensaries. They’ll need more than 305-thousand signatures by July to place it before voters in November.