Ohio News Briefs


Ohio unemployment rises slightly in October

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose just a bit from September to October.

The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio’s rate of 4.9 percent was up from 4.8 percent the previous month.

Ohio’s rate was in line with the national average 4.9 percent. That’s slightly lower than the 4.8 percent rate from a month ago and in October 2015.

The state says Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 2,800 last month.

Job gains were reported last month in sectors including manufacturing, construction and leisure and hospitality. Losses were reported in professional and business services, trade, transportation, and utilities and government employment.

Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland schools say tests done over the summer show high lead levels in the water at 60 of its buildings.

The district said Friday that it will begin replacing 582 drinking fountains, faucets and other water fixtures that were over the federal limits.

That includes removing and replacing 79 drinking fountains and 40 faucets in common areas such as kitchens and teachers’ lounges.

The school district’s chief operating officer tells The Plain Dealer that children haven’t been exposed to the water this school year because water stations were placed in the buildings due to the ongoing testing.

The district says it decided to voluntarily test the water for lead after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Lead in children’s blood can cause behavior and learning problems.

Ohio police say woman offered to have sex for $60 and nachos

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio are accusing a woman of selling sex for $60 and some nachos.

Officers near Youngstown say they arrested 36-year-old Crystal Hotlosz during an undercover operation Monday.

Beaver Township police say an officer texted the woman after seeing an online advertisement for sex services.

Officers say she first wanted $50 and some nachos and later upped her price to $60.

Police say that when the undercover officer later met the woman in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant, she asked if he had the extra money and her nachos.

WKBN-TV in Youngstown reports Hotlosz has been charged with solicitation and possession of criminal tools.

A message seeking comment was left with her attorney on Friday.

$1M bond for woman charged in ex-husband’s fatal shooting

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Bond for a woman who authorities say called 911 to report fatally shooting her ex-husband in southwestern Ohio has been set at $1 million.

Bond was set this week for 35-year-old Mercedes Robb. Court records show the Warren County woman is charged with aggravated murder and murder in Jason Robb’s Nov. 3 death. Authorities say she told the 911 dispatcher that she shot her ex-husband and he wasn’t breathing.

Robb’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Authorities say the Lebanon man was dead in his ex-wife’s front yard in Turtlecreek Township when deputies arrived. They say Jason Robb was there to pick up the couple’s two children and was shot multiple times with a small-caliber pistol.

Deputies say the couple may have been engaged in a custody dispute.

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