4/22/14 – 8:56 A.M
(Toledo, OH) — A woman accused of forcing a teenager into the sex trade will spend three-years in prison. Amber Ginter was sentenced Monday for transporting the minor from Ohio to Michigan in December 2009 for the sole purpose of engaging the child in sexual activity. Federal officials say human trafficking is very real and the case is a reminder that neighbors need to ask questions if something looks suspicious.
(Toledo, OH) — The extremely cold winter is being blamed for a drastic drop in attendance at the Toledo Zoo. Officials say nearly three-thousand people visited the zoo in January, compared to nearly 12-thousand the same time last year. During the month of January, 40-inches of snow fell. In January 2013, there was just three-inches of snow.
(Toledo, OH) — The City of Toledo is keeping a close eye on its Twitter account after someone hacked it. Monday afternoon, at least two messages were posted urging followers to click on a link for a website. The Tweets were removed a few hours later and replaced with “We were briefly hijacked, but all is well now.”
(Columbus, OH) — Ohio State University officials are getting tough on the mumps. The university launched a vaccination program yesterday, giving students, faculty and staff a chance to get protected from the virus. OSU officials have made mumps vaccination and illness protection guidelines available online at www.osu.edu/mumpsinfo. Columbus Public Health officials say more than 250 people have had the mumps from the OSU outbreak.
(Steubenville, OH) — The former Steubenville High School coach charged in last year’s high-profile rape case is making a plea deal. Matt Belardine will plead no contest today to making a false statement and enabling underage drinking. Belardine was a volunteer coach at Steubenville when he hosted the underage drinking party where two football players raped a 16-year-old girl.
(Mount Vernon, OH) — A dozen people will face a judge next month for their roles in a multi-state drug ring. Knox County prosecutors say the group was indicted yesterday on more than 400 drug trafficking-related charges. The suspects are accused of funneling more than 100-thousand prescription pills into central Ohio for people’s misuse and abuse.
(Cleveland, OH) — Cuyahoga County officials say they have more work to do to beat the heroin epidemic. They’re expanding the ongoing crackdown on the deadly drug to treat every overdose like a crime scene, with every investigative tool available and upgraded charges against dealers whose clients die. Efforts so far have reduced the heroin death rate in Cuyahoga County to the lowest in three years.
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