Ohio News Briefs

Our Towne Mechanicsburg seeks parade, Muffins game participants

MECHANICSBURG – Our Towne Mechanicsburg still has spots available for two signature events during this Saturday’s Summer Celebration. There is still time to enter the Parade lineup for those interested. This can include classic cars, horses, floats, patriotic-themed entries, teams and civic organizations. For the third consecutive year, the Ohio Village Muffins vintage baseball team will come to town for a match against local Mechanicsburg “all-stars.” There are still a few spots remaining on the Mechanicsburg team this year. Any men, young or old, interested in playing baseball the old-fashioned way are eligible.

For both events, please contact Dan ASAP at 614-579-2120 (call or text) or via email at daniel.eck@ey.com.

Teamsters pledge $1.4 million to heroin awareness nonprofit

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Teamsters from around the country have pledged at least $1.4 million to a new Akron nonprofit set up to raise awareness about heroin addiction.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the pledges came at the union’s international convention in Las Vegas following a talk by Travis Bornstein, who heads Teamsters Local 24 in Akron.

Bornstein spoke to thousands of convention-goers about the 2014 heroin death of his 23-year-old son, Tyler. Bornstein and two other families created Breaking Barriers — Hope Is Alive to honor the memory of Tyler and two others who died of heroin overdoses.

He says someone took the microphone to announce a donation and it eventually reached $1.4 million. He says the nonprofit had about $10,000 in the bank before his morning talk to the delegates.

Ohio Supreme Court to hear city’s challenge to camera law

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a city’s challenge to new rules that require a police officer to be present when an automated camera is used to issue traffic tickets.

Springfield’s argument against the law was rejected by a county judge last year and the city lost an appeal earlier this year. Nearby Dayton also has an appeal pending before the state’s highest court.

The state court will consider Springfield’s case on two points, covering whether a local ordinance that establishes an automated system for enforcement of statewide traffic laws is a valid exercise and whether cities must comply with a statute that limits municipal authority.

The state Attorney General’s Office says it will respond to the litigation in court.

The court has upheld municipalities’ camera enforcement in earlier cases.

Union: Firefighters’ bulletproof vests too little, too late

CLEVELAND (AP) — Firefighters in Cleveland have received bulletproof vests they asked for ahead of the Republican National Convention, but union officials say it’s too little and too late.

Cleveland.com reports firefighters received 100 vests more than two weeks ahead of the convention. But firefighters union president Tim Corcoran says they’ve been trying to get the vests for more than a year and he’s not happy with the response.

Corcoran says the convention is important, but he’s more worried about the “other 360 days of the year.”

There will be 250 firefighters on the street during the convention and he says the number of vests isn’t enough.

A city spokesman says the city will buy enough vests for every firefighter who rides in a truck after the convention.

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