Ohio News

Senate OKs budget with Medicaid limits

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio lawmakers in the state Senate have approved a new two-year state budget that includes limits on Medicaid enrollment.

The vote on Wednesday comes as legislators in the Ohio House also are preparing to vote on $65 billion spending plan.

The plan coming out of the Republican-controlled House and Senate is likely to set up a showdown with GOP Gov. John Kasich over Medicaid expansion.

Lawmakers will be waiting to see if Kasich vetoes the freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment next year.

The governor’s office says freezing Medicaid enrollment could mean that as many as 500,000 low-income adults will lose health insurance coverage.

Lawmakers are cutting it close with the budget this year. The governor must sign the budget by midnight Friday.

Woman set on fire by ex-boyfriend in 2015 dies

COLUMBUS (AP) — A woman set on fire by her ex-boyfriend and whose injuries prompted legislation that would allow longer sentences for crimes that permanently maim or disfigure victims has died.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien confirmed Tuesday that 33-year-old Judy Malinowski has died after being hospitalized for nearly two years. O’Brien says his office is working with Gahanna police and the original arson investigator to determine whether a homicide case can be pursued.

Michael Slager, the man accused of dousing Malinowski with gasoline in August 2015, pleaded no contest to charges including aggravated arson and felonious assault and was convicted in 2016. He was sentenced to the maximum 11 years in prison.

The legislation inspired by Malinowski’s injuries and approved by the Ohio House is now in the Senate.

Murder suspect indicted, held on $75 million bond

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged with killing five people in Ohio has been indicted on aggravated murder charges in the deaths of three of them, a mother and her two college-age daughters.

George Brinkman Jr. has been charged in the deaths of 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer. Their bodies were found June 11 at their home in North Royalton, a Cleveland suburb.

Brinkman was indicted Tuesday on charges that include aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and offenses against a human corpse.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office tells Cleveland.com it will be seeking the death penalty.

Brinkman also faces murder charges in Stark County in the deaths of 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John.

He is being held on $75 million bond.

Judge sentences teens to write a book report

CANTON (AP) — An Ohio judge hoping to send a message has sentenced two teenagers to jail time — and writing a five-page book report.

Stark County Judge Frank Forchione on Monday sentenced 19-year-olds Jonas Rohr and Kyle Bodager to read a book about World War II or the Vietnam War and write a report.

Police say the two teens and another juvenile were shooting during target practice last fall when a stray bullet struck a man mowing his lawn.

The man was hit in the face, but survived.

Rohr and Bodager have been convicted of discharging a firearm near prohibited premises.

Forchione tells WJW-TV he wanted to teach the teens to make better judgments so they won’t be back in his courtroom.