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North Royalton woman sentenced to prison for embezzling $1.1 million from company

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A North Royalton woman who embezzled $1.1 million from her former employer was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in federal prison.

Tammy Lacqua, 54, took money from C.C. Mitchell Supply Company in Broadview Heights between December 2013 and March 2017, while working as the appliance distributor’s chief financial officer.

She transferred money from the business’ operating account to her credit cards 71 times, forged company owner Jerry Mitchell’s signature on checks and embezzled money through other unauthorized transactions.

Lacqua pleaded guilty in January to six counts of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko imposed the 41-month sentence and ordered her to pay back the money she stole.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2019/04/north-royalton-woman-sentenced-to-prison-for-embezzling-11-million-from-company.html

Baldwin Wallace University ends 174-year Methodist affiliation

BEREA, Ohio -- After 174 years, Baldwin Wallace University is no longer affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Trustees voted April 26 to sever ties, in reaction to a February church vote against allowing same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. The “Traditional Plan” angered Methodist churches and schools nationwide, with many debating whether or not to leave the church.

“BW’s Methodist founders were committed to inclusion 174 years ago,” Charles Rotuno, the chair of BW’s board of trustees, said in a press release.

“While we value the relationship that we have had with the United Methodist Church, we’ve concluded that becoming an independent university will allow the BW community to continue to fully embrace and embody the values of diversity and inclusion today and always.”

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/04/baldwin-wallace-university-ends-174-year-methodist-affiliation.html

Dayton police request Toledo's help as it faces Klan-affiliated rally

Dayton police are requesting assistance from Toledo as officers from the department in southwest Ohio prepare for a rally at the end of May being planned by a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan.

On Tuesday, Toledo City Council unanimously approved a mutual-aid agreement between the two cities’ law enforcement departments that stipulates each will assist the other when requested.

Toledo police Lt. Kevan Toney said the agreement stemmed from an upcoming rally planned in Dayton organized by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana, for which Montgomery County approved a permit in February to rally May 25 at Courthouse Square.

The group will be engaged in “education and public speaking,” according to the activity description on the group’s permit application.

Read more: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/police-fire/2019/04/30/dayton-police-request-help-toledo-upcoming-racist-klan-sacred-knights-indiana-rally/stories/20190430123

New Bill Aims To Help Ohioans Save Money For Their First Home

A third of Ohioans are not homeowners. Two lawmakers want to change that with a bill they say will help first-time homebuyers.

Republican Senators Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) say too many millennials are saddled with student debt and can’t save enough for down payments on homes. So they are sponsoring a bill that would allow first time homebuyers to create special savings accounts to help put back money for that purpose.

“The account holders would simply create a savings account as you would right now and once it is open, they can begin depositing funds. Contributions of up to $5000 for single filers and $10,000 for joint filers, plus accrued interest, are tax deductible each year," Gavarone says.

The bill would also allow people to contribute to accounts for others. The program mimics those already in place in a handful of other states.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/new-bill-aims-help-ohioans-save-money-their-first-home

New Bill Would Require Elected Officials To Work A Minimum Amount Of Time To Keep Their Positions

A new bill in the Ohio House would crack down on elected officials at all levels who fail to show up to do those jobs.

Republican John Becker’s (R-Cincinnati) bill would require elected officials to be present in their office at least five days out of 30 in a month or they could lose those positions.

“The elected officials that go to Florida and they are there all winter, they go to Mackinaw or someplace and they are there all summer, and they are simply gone for months at a time, that’s what it is going to prevent," Becker says.

Becker says there would be exceptions for those who are absent due to legitimate illness. He says this bill could include elected officials at local and state levels. Becker says his bill could be passed as a stand-alone measure or could be included into the state budget bill.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/new-bill-would-require-elected-officials-work-minimum-amount-time-keep-their-positions

Former State Lawmaker Is Indicted.....Again

A former state lawmaker is among those facing new federal corruption and fraud charges for their dealings with the city of Dayton.

The indictment says former state Rep. Clayton Luckie (D) was part of a scheme to deceive and scam the city of Dayton. Also charged are former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams and former Huber Heights Council member and current Dayton City Employee Roshawn Winburn.

The indictment states Luckie formed a company in the summer of 2016 – months after he was released from a three-year prison term for spending campaign money at casinos, at a jewelry store and other places.

This time, Luckie faces wire and mail fraud charges that could, if convicted, land him in jail for a maximum of 40 years.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/former-state-lawmaker-indictedagain

Ohio Still Lagging In Turnout Among Younger Voters

The US Census Bureau says more people under 24 voted in Ohio last year than in the last few midterm elections. But younger Ohioans still aren’t voting in numbers as big as their counterparts in nearby states.

Ohio’s midterm elections have gone overwhelmingly Republican over the last decade. Last year, 22 percent of 18 to 24-year-old registered Ohio voters did so.

That’s more than twice the figure from 2014 – which had record low overall turnout. And it’s up from just over 20 percent in 2010.

But elections statistician Mike Dawson says that 22 percent figure is still lower than nearby states.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/ohio-still-lagging-turnout-among-younger-voters
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