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In Jim Siegel, we lost a friend, Ohio lost a watchdog, but his family lost the most

Journalists are accustomed to writing about tragedy and death.After three decades, I still remember asking the father of murder victim Jean Shrader what he remembered most about her and seeing that tough guy — who had pursued her killer for years — melt into tears, unable to speak.And I can never forget, working night cops back in the 1990s, the image of a mother plaintively begging someone on a bitter night to put a coat over her dead son lying on […]

How to give to help the family of Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel

A memorial service for Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel is set for Monday afternoon in the Statehouse atrium.Siegel, 46, died Tuesday morning after a working out at his home. An exact cause of death has not been determined. He had no history of health problems.Visitation starts at 4:30 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 5:30.The event is open to the public.Among the scheduled speakers: Gov. Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, Senate […]

Driver falls asleep before truck hauling 8,000 chickens flips over in Stark County

TUSCARAWAS TWP. — The driver of a semitrailer hauling Case Farm chickens fell asleep Friday morning causing his truck to overturn along eastbound U.S. Route 30 on the Pigeon Run bridge.According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the man said he fell asleep and when he awoke the truck was veering off the roadway and into the guardrail and embankment.Crews were called to the scene about 5:30 Friday morning and found the truck cab perched on top of the embankment of […]

Mental health advocates want suicide-prevention money restored in state budget

Wesley Walker knew he had depression long before he went to college. But during his third semester at Ohio State University, Walker was overtaken by schizoaffective disorder. One delusion in 2013 had dire consequences.“The episode that I was having led me to believe that I was in a coma because the things I was hallucinating made life seem so surreal and defied all the senses that we have.“So I jumped off a five-story parking garage to wake myself up. […]

Amid waterlogged fields, DeWine seeks disaster aid for Ohio farmers

Saying many growers have yet to plant a single seed due to waterlogged fields, Gov. Mike DeWine is asking federal officials to issue a disaster designation to provide financial help to Ohio farmers.DeWine made the request Friday to Sonny Perdue, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the wake of a soggy spring that has derailed the planting of crops.Only 50 percent of the state’s corn crop and 32 percent of soybeans were planted by June 10, compared to 96 percent […]

Services for Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel set for Monday in Statehouse atrium

Services for Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel are set for Monday afternoon in the Statehouse atrium.Siegel, 46, died Tuesday morning after a morning workout at home. An exact cause of death has not been determined. He had no history of health problems.Visitation starts at 4:30 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 5:30.The event is open to the public.Upon his death, […]

Misconduct charges against Columbus lawyer dismissed

Misconduct charges have been dismissed against a Columbus lawyer following a hearing before a three-member panel of the Board of Professional Conduct.The trio found that the allegations against Sanjay Bhatt were not proven by “clear and convincing evidence” and unanimously dismissed the case Thursday.Bhatt had been accused of disobeying […]

Proposed state grants would help houses of worship ward off potential attacks

State lawmakers haven’t missed the inescapable stories — and they don’t want the datelines to originate in Ohio.In the wake of ongoing deadly mass shootings, the state operating budget would offer nearly $5 million in annual grants to help improve security at synagogues, churches, nonprofit organizations, charter and private schools and licensed day-care centers.A one-to-one dollar match generally would be required to obtain up to $100,000 each in competitive grants for […]

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