Matthew Richmond

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Updated: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

Two out-of-state far-right activists have been charged with intimidating voters in Cuyahoga County.

According to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office, the scheme was allegedly hatched by Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, to deter people from voting by mail.

The pair is accused of sending more than 8,100 robocalls on August 26 to numbers in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

In preparation for next month’s election, ideastream is answering your questions about voting. A listener in Yellow Springs asked how election officials can spot double voting and what the penalties are for trying to vote twice.

Poll workers have electronic poll books that list who’s voted and who’s applied for an absentee ballot.

In the lead up to next month’s election, ideastream is answering your questions about voting. Lacey from Columbus asked what happens if your ballot seems to have been lost in the mail.

According to Portage County Board of Elections Deputy Director Terry Nielsen, if a voter calls into the board to report a missing ballot, the board can mark an already mailed absentee ballot as void and send a new one.

The Ohio chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police filed a brief in the state’s highest court Monday arguing against arming teachers, as the policies would “make an already dangerous situation even more dangerous for law enforcement, for school staff, and for the students themselves.”

The Ohio FOP laid out a series of dangers posed by arming teachers without extensive training. First among the points: anyone involved in a gunfight becomes less accurate.

Though in-person attendance at the first presidential debate of 2020 was intentionally sparse to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, both candidates had plenty of loyal supporters scattered around Northeast Ohio Tuesday night.

A high-risk domestic violence court starts taking cases Monday in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

The U.S. Department of Justice is funding the specialized court for three years with $1 million and it will take 50 cases each year.

The court categorizes felony domestic violence cases that involve either strangulation or a firearm as high risk.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right).
Associated Press

new poll of likely voters from Baldwin Wallace University found a statistical tie in the presidential race in Ohio, a tightening race in Pennsylvania and substantial leads for Democrat Joe Biden in Michigan and Wisconsin – all states in which Donald trump won in 2016.

Updated: 4:55 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has repealed a provision requiring a proposed wind farm in Lake Erie shut down its turbines overnight from March 1 to Nov. 1.

Board members unanimously approved a motion by Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, to remove the requirement at the OPSB meeting Thursday.

A new report from the ACLU of Ohio estimates that reforming bail would save local governments as much as $264 million a year.

The report looked at how much it costs to house inmates waiting for trial in four counties in Ohio – Athens, Cuyahoga, Franklin and Vinton counties – and came up with a statewide estimate that also factored in the added costs of pretrial services for those who are released while awaiting a trial.

Now that some schools have restarted in-person classes, after shifting to online learning in March, calls to child and family services are increasing.

Whenever students return from summer break, social workers expect to see increased reports of possible child abuse. And this year some counties are approaching pre-pandemic levels already.

Updated: 8:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

Hours after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the appointment of Dr. Joan Duwve as director of the Ohio Department of Health, she withdrew from consideration for “personal reasons,” according to a statement from the governor's office.

Up to 6,000 people will be allowed to attend each of the Browns two home games in September. The same limit was set for two Cincinnati Bengals home games. 

Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday  announced the exemption for Ohio’s two NFL teams from a statewide health order for sporting events. Under that Aug. 19 order, attendance at outdoor stadiums was limited to 1,500 people or 15% of capacity, whichever is less. First Energy Stadium can hold about 68,000 people.

City of Cleveland officials sought on Friday to refute concerns that the federal government is sending federal agents to Cleveland to replicate the scenes in Portland, Ore., where agents from the Department of Homeland Security detained protestors using unmarked vans.

Officials called the conference to address news of Cleveland’s inclusion in Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement operation that sends agents from several federal agencies to cities to combat crime.

Updated: 5:46 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2020

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued an order Friday afternoon requiring face covering anywhere in public in Cleveland.

Jackson's order also set a maximum occupancy of 50 percent at all bars and restaurants. The city will shut down any bar with two violations of the maximum occupancy order.

Cleveland expects two more years of federal oversight for its police department before being freed from what was meant to be a five-year consent decree.

The city’s consent decree coordinator, retired judge Greg White, told city council’s safety committee Monday the city is not yet in compliance with the reforms included in its 2015 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

But the city has turned a corner, he said.