Cuyahoga County

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A Cleveland judge is welcoming the announcement that U.S. Marshals will conduct an independent assessment of conditions at the Cuyahoga County jail after six inmates died in the last three months.

One of Cuyahoga County’s drug court judges joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine in opposing opposing state Issue 1, which would reduce penalties for drug possession.

Judge Joan Synenberg, who presides over one of the county’s two drug dockets, spoke alongside DeWine at a campaign event Monday.

Drug courts put defendants on a plan to receive treatment in exchange for having their case dismissed. Fifty-five counties in Ohio have at least one drug docket.

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Cuyahoga County council members will soon decide whether to approve legislation that adds legal protections for LGBTQ residents.

Cuyahoga County’s Department of Child and Family Services is planning listening sessions and other changes at the agency in the wake of a four-year-old Euclid girl’s death earlier this year.

The announcement comes after the March death of Aniya Day-Garrett. The girl’s mother and mother’s boyfriend have been charged with aggravated murder in the case.

A county spokeswoman says DCFS had been called to the home in the past. Protesters gathered outside the department’s headquarters after the death. 

A solar farm in Shelby, Ohio.
Thomas R Machnitzki

Ohio’s largest solar power project is underway on a landfill in Brooklyn, a neighborhood in Cleveland. By July, the project is expected to begin generating 5 percent of the electricity supply for 16 Cuyahoga county buildings. 

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Summit County is turning its investigation of former Akron Police Chief James Nice over to Cuyahoga County.

Judge Blocks Ohio Law Banning Local Hiring Regulations

Feb 1, 2017
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A judge has blocked an Ohio law that would have barred local hiring regulations for public projects, such as Cleveland's requirement that city residents get to work on certain projects.

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The coroner in Ohio’s largest county is seeing a rise in deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl.