Ohio OKs photo ID on food stamp cards
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in the Ohio House are backing a plan to require identification photos on food stamp cards.
The measure easily passed in the House Wednesday.
Supporters of the bill say adding a photo ID will help eliminate fraud by people using food stamp cards for illegal cash exchanges.
Critics say photos won’t help if stores aren’t required to check the cards. And they point to an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission that says it won’t result in savings by reducing fraud.
Another concern is that the measure would present problems for families that share cards or for people who rely on caretakers to shop for them.
Husband found guilty in wife’s slaying
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of fatally shooting his wife before leading an hours-long standoff has been found guilty.
Terry Campbell is now facing life in prison after he was found guilty Thursday of aggravated murder in the death of his wife Cora.
Prosecutors say the 42-year-old man shot his wife multiple times Dec. 16 after their relationship ended. He then barricaded himself in their Toledo home until his surrender six hours later.
Police say the couple’s 10-month-old was inside the home at the time.
Campbell’s lawyer argued the man was guilty of murder, but the shooting was not pre-planned. She says he became angry over concerns of infidelity.
Prosecutor Brian Boos tells The Blade newspaper he is pleased with the trial’s outcome.
Document: Knife links man to slaying
CLEVELAND (AP) — Investigators say in court documents that a bloody knife helped police link an Ohio man to the killing of his fiancee’s mother, who was found dead just days before he was supposed to be married.
Jeffrey Scullin was arraigned Friday in Cleveland on charges including aggravated murder.
A judge set his bond at $1 million and his lawyer asked that the case now go to a grand jury.
Police arrested the 20-year-old Scullin on Tuesday.
Court records filed Thursday say police found a bloody tactical knife in a pickup truck that Scullin had been driving.
He had been living with his girlfriend’s parents at their Strongsville home where 49-year-old school teacher Melinda Pleskovic was found shot and stabbed on Oct. 23.
Bats find home in village office
ARCANUM, Ohio (AP) — The Village of Arcanum police department and administrators are being forced to move out because of a bat infestation.
Officials in the western Ohio village of Arcanum say they’ll need to relocate while crews clean up the mess and get rid of the bats.
It will cost the village about $250,000.
The village mayor tells WHIO-TV in Dayton that they’ll be out at least six months and maybe longer.
Village officials say the bat invasion was discovered after employees complained about a strong odor coming from the attic.
Crews discovered a large number of live and dead bats inside the old brick building that sits at the center of the village.
The village will set up a temporary administrative office in another building during the next few weeks.
Waitress: Model Chrissy Teigen left $1K tip
CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A waitress says model Chrissy Teigen left her the largest tip of her life.
Mikayla Scott says she was working at a Centerville Outback Steakhouse on Oct. 27 when Teigen, her daughter and several others came in.
The 21-year-old says she was nervous serving the model, but at the end she found Teigen left a $1,000 tip. Scott says, “I was like, ‘Oh my god, praise the Lord.”
Teigen’s husband, singer John Legend, is from Springfield. He had returned to his hometown that night to see the football game between local high schools Kettering Fairmont and Springfield.
Scott says she used the extra money to fix her family’s car, and she shared some of it with her co-workers.