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Youthful prisons get mixed report, Leis to stay on public payroll, shelter move approved

Dec 27, 2012 at 10:04 am
Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility
Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility

Despite problems with staff and records, a report is calling changes to Ohio’s youth prisons system

a model for the nation

. The report from a court-appointed monitor praised the Ohio Department of Youth Services for reducing the number of offenders in secure confinement and spreading services for youthful offenders around the state. However, the report also points out staff shortages, inadequate teachers and inconsistent medical records. Advocates for youthful offenders claim the bad findings show a need for continued court supervision.

There’s a new sheriff in town, and the old one is

becoming a visiting judge

. Simon Leis, who served as sheriff for 25 years, is best known for going after an allegedly obscene Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit and prosecuting pornographer Larry Flynt. As visiting judge, he will take on cases other judges are assigned but can’t get to due to full dockets.

An appeals court is

allowing City Gospel Mission to move to Queensgate

. The special assistance shelter wants to move from its current Over-the-Rhine property to Dalton Avenue, but businesses and property owners at Queensgate oppose the relocation. In its opinion, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals said opponents to the relocation “have not raised any genuine issues of material fact in support of their constitutional attack upon the notwithstanding ordinance in their capacity as neighboring businesses and property owners.”

Butler County nonprofit services are worried that a greater need for their services in 2013 will

force more budget tightening


U.S. retailers

did not have a good Christmas

. Holiday sales were at the lowest they’ve been since 2008. The disappointing sales have forced retailers to offer big discounts in hopes of selling excess inventory.

Former president George H.W. Bush is

in intensive care

“following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,” according to his spokesperson.

The Food and Drug Administration says FrankenFish, a giant, genetically modified salmon, is

environmentally safe


Fun fact: More Iranians

worry about global warming

than Americans.

Colleges are now helping students

scrub their online footprints


Antifreeze now tastes bitter to deter animals and children from eating it


Scientists have

developed a highly advanced robot boy capable of doing chores

. Keep its face in mind, for you could be looking at the first of our future robot overlords.