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Unless prohibited by contract, arbitrator free to set penalty for workplace rule violation

The Ohio Supreme Court today reinstated an arbitrator’s decision that a Findlay Police sergeant deserved a long suspension rather than termination for behavior unbecoming a police officer.
The arbitrator had found that the police chief failed to prove that the sergeant violated the department’s sexual harassment polic ... (full story)

64 guns seized from home of killer of police chief, 2 women

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — More than 60 guns were found in the home of a man who fatally shot his former girlfriend, her co-worker and a newly appointed police chief before turning a gun on himself, authorities said.
The guns were found last Friday at the home of 43-year-old Thomas Hartless by sheriff's deputies and investigators ... (full story)

New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday as onlookers watched from lawn chairs, defiant statue supporters waved Confederate battle flags and opponents celebrated.
It was the third of four such monuments to come down under a plan proposed by Mayor Mi ... (full story)

Rail equipment is focus of bill to bolster crossing safety

A pair of northeast Ohio lawmakers want motorists to exercise extra caution on the approach to a crossbuck and rail crossing - not just for trains, but for the track maintenance machinery that also glides along the rails.
Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, and Youngstown Democrat Rep. Michele L ... (full story)

Stiffer penalties sought for killers of first responders

A substitute bill that clarifies a legislative effort to impose stiffer penalties on individuals who assault, kill or attempt to kill a first responder or member of the military continues to advance through the Criminal Justice Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Committee members last week heard testimony in a fourth ... (full story)