Medina County city hit by tornado to consider bringing back sirens
Clarification: The original version of this story referred to the emergency notfication system as 'Reverse 911.' That is a trademarked name for an emergency notification system, but is not the one in use in this case.
A northeast Ohio community where a tornado touched down this week will consider reactivating its tornado warning sirens. A councilman in Brunswick, in Medina County, says he plans to discuss the issue of the non-working sirens at a meeting next month. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Brunswick during a storm on Monday night, damaging dozens of homes. No injuries were reported. WEWS reports that the city disabled the sirens nearly six years ago when officials say they got hacked. Since then, the city has used an emergency notification system, sending severe weather alerts to phones and via email. The cost to get the sirens up and running again would be about $60,000.
Cleveland a finalist for RNC 2016
Cleveland and Dallas are the finalists to host the 20-16 Republican National Convention. Denver and Kansas City have been eliminated. Speculation early on Wednesday had Cleveland being cut from the running. But following the vote, RNC officials called Cleveland and Dallas “world class cities that know how to roll out the welcome mat.” The RNC has visited Cleveland twice, most recently earlier this month to gauge the city’s ability to fund and host such a large event. The winning city must raise about 60-million dollars. The RNC is expected to make its final choice in August. The Democratic National Committee also announced Wednesday that Cleveland is one of six cities it is considering for its 2016 convention, as is Columbus. Cleveland is the only city competing for both conventions.
Closing arguments Thursday in Suarez trial
The prosecution and defense are ready to present final arguments at the federal trial of a North Canton businessman accused of illegally funneling campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians. Seventy-two-year-old Ben Suarez is accused of using employees, relatives and others to donate $100,000 each to Congressman Rep. Jim Renacci's 2012 congressional campaign and state Treasurer Josh Mandel's failed U.S. Senate bid. Suarez faces eight counts related to those allegations. The judge dismissed two obstruction charges, ruling that there was insufficient evidence for the jury to consider those counts. Attorneys for Suarez have said in court that he reimbursed the contributors but didn't know it was illegal and shouldn't be found guilty.
Nearly 240 fugitives turn themselves in
Ohio's attorney general says nearly 240 people turned themselves in during the first day of a Fugitive Safe Surrender Program in the Akron area. The program gives individuals with misdemeanors and low-level felonies the chance to resolve their warrants in a church or other community-based setting. The program is being held in Summit County through Saturday. The event isn't an amnesty program, but judges probably will give consideration to those voluntarily surrendering.
Diebold to acquire PIN pad maker
Green-based ATM and security system maker Diebold says it’s acquiring a Danish company known for its research and development in secure payment methods, including encrypting PIN pad technology. Cryptera has sold more than one million payment devices globally and generated revenues of nearly $30 million in 2013. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Swimming advisories posted in Cleveland
Swimming advisories have been posted at Cleveland’s Edgewater Beach after raw sewage was discharged into Lake Erie. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District indicated that the heavy rains caused a sewer overflow at Edgewater, which caused the discharge of the raw sewage into the lake. The district says it will continue to conduct daily water quality testing.
Racinos poised to make more money than casinos
Ohio's racinos are on track to make more money than the state's four casinos. The state's casinos reported $71 million in revenue in May while Ohio's five racinos — which offer horse racing and slot machines, but no table games — made $55 million in profit. But with new racinos slated to open this fall in Dayton and in the Youngstown area, the racinos could soon become the overall revenue leader. Slot machines at the racinos are already taking in more money than the slots at casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati. Experts are telling the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lgbpTx ) that the key is location: racinos tend to be located in the suburbs and are easier for people to get to.