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Garrettsville fire cause speculated; relief efforts underway
Other morning headlines: Leftover funds from Inner Belt Bridge to shift to I-75 improvements; Oil and tax hike revenues mulled  

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Garrettsville fire cause speculated; relief efforts underway
  • Leftover funds from Inner Belt Bridge to shift to I-75 improvements
  • Oil and tax hike revenues mulled  
  • Remains found in Colorado could be missing Bay Village 
  • ODNR still investigating cause of Youngstown earthquakes 
  • Family, friends mark one year anniversary of woman's mysterious murder
  • Update scheduled in crude oil leak near Cincinnati 
    Garrettsville fire cause speculated; relief efforts underway
    Officials say a fire that swept through several buildings in a Portage County village apparently started on the roof of one of the buildings. The Saturday fire affected 13 businesses in Garrettsville and caused $5 million damage. Fire investigators said Monday the fire may have started with workers repairing the roof of Miller’s business using a propane torch to hot tar the roof. On Monday, the Garfield Local School District Board of Education approved a plan to offer space in a district building free of charge to any of the displaced businesses. The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce has a website set up that shows many of the different events and fundraisers that are already planned, including how to restock the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard.

    Leftover funds from Inner Belt Bridge to shift to I-75 improvements
    Highway officials in Ohio are shifting about $67 million left over from a Cleveland construction project to widening a stretch of Interstate 75 south of Toledo. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission voted Monday to shift some of the money it had approved for construction of the Inner Belt Bridge over the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland to the I-75 project in Hancock and Wood counties. Construction of that stretch is expected to cost $68.3 million more than the $366.5 million that was originally estimated.

    Oil and tax hike revenues mulled  
    Gov. John Kasich’s administration is differing with legislative budget analysts on how much a proposed tax hike on big oil-and-gas drillers will generate. Kasich wants to raise a severance tax rate on large-volume drillers more than three-fold, to 2.75 percent. It’s part of a combination of proposed cuts and revenue increases needed to push Ohio's income-tax rate below 5 percent. Ohio's budget office places the amount raised from fiscal year 2015 through fiscal year 2017 at $874 million. The Legislative Service Commission projects an upper limit of $231 million for the same period. The Ohio House continues to debate the issue this week.

    Remains found in Colorado could be missing Bay Village man
    Authorities believe remains found on a Colorado mountain are those of 64-year-old Gene George, of Bay Village, who has been missing since he went hiking in the area in September. The remains were found Monday on Mount Harvard. George was last heard from on Sept. 18 when he spoke by phone with his girlfriend in Cleveland. He was reported missing four days latter when he failed to check out of his motel room. A four-day search last fall turned up no sign of him.

    ODNR still investigating cause of Youngstown earthquakes
    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is still investigating whether fracking caused a series of small earthquakes in Mahoning County two weeks ago. A drilling site was closed after the 3.0 and 2.5 magnitude earthquakes. Spokesman Mark Bruce says close observers may notice some activity at the site this week. Bruce says the company who owns the well, Hilcorp Energy, is cleaning the well to put it “in an idle state”. 

    Family, friends mark one year anniversary of woman's mysterious murder
    Family and friends are remembering a Cleveland Clinic nurse who was fatally stabbed in broad daylight on a downtown Cleveland street in a case that remains unsolved one year later. 53-year-old Aliza Sherman was found dead outside her divorce attorney's office on the afternoon of March 24, 2013. The only evidence was from a nearby surveillance camera that showed a person running from the scene. The group Justice for Aliza held a memorial service Monday near where the crime occurred. A reward is still being offered in the case. 

    Update scheduled in crude oil leak near Cincinnati
    Officials plan an update on the cleanup of thousands of gallons of crude oil that leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio. Workers have repaired and reopened the pipeline that federal officials estimate leaked more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve just west of Cincinnati. Officials say no problems have been found with air quality or local water wells, but some small wildlife has been affected.
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