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Suspect in slaying of Ohio college student pleads not guilty
WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with killing a college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Murder University Ohio Toledo Ohio University of Toledo Assault Criminal law Barbra Streisand
EPA: ‘Major announcement’ about River Raisin
Officials have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Monroe.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Great Lakes Pollution Chicago Environmentalism Lake Erie United States Michigan Toledo Ohio
EPA to make announcement about River Raisin
They’ll be discussing a longtime effort to clean up industrial pollution in a 2.6-mile portion of the river       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Great Lakes Pollution Chicago Lake Erie Environmentalism United States Lake Michigan Toledo Ohio
Suspect in Ohio college student's slaying to be arraigned
WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with killing a college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle is set to appear in court.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Jury University Grand jury Ohio Indictment Court Toledo Ohio University of Toledo
Hollywood Gaming Racino near Youngstown adding 50 video lottery terminals, high-limit area
Hollywood Gaming, a racino just south of Interstate 80 near the Ohio Turnpike, opened in September of 2014. Since then, it has expanded twice. The newest additions, including 50 video lottery terminals, will make a total of more than 1,000 games on the property. AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning is expanding again, this time adding a high-limit area along with increasing the size of the gaming floor. The racino opened in September of 2014 just south of Interstate 80 near the Ohio Turnpike. Since then, it has expanded twice. The newest additions, including 50 video lottery terminals, will make a total of more than 1,000 games on the property.  Read more: Hollywood Gaming racino near Youngstown is expanding The high-limit area will be near the Rodeo Drive gift shop.  Construction is expected to begin on March 27 and end in early June, and will not have an impact on game-floor operations, according to a news release.  Hollywood Gaming also offers thoroughbred racing at the site. The facility is operated by Penn National Gaming Inc, which also owns a racino in Toledo and casinos in Toledo and Columbus.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Interstate 80 Interstate 90 Ohio Ohio Turnpike Pennsylvania Turnpike Toledo Ohio Pennsylvania Interstate 76
Elyria's Midway Mall hoping for a renaissance, property still up for sale (photos)
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said the mall owners are in negotiations with a buyer for the property, which could mean a business and financial windfall for the city. ELYRIA, Ohio -- Midway Mall, with its 1.1 million square feet of enclosed space, is still looking for a buyer. Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said negotiations are under way "right now" to sell the property. The mall has been a major economic driver for the county since it opened in 1965, Brinda said. And recent upgrades to local highways leading to the mall that were completed in November have helped, she said. "The restructuring of Ohio 57 and the elimination of the 49th Street Bridge freed up 140 acres of new land for development, which is spread out between Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike," said Brinda. See a timeline of Midway Mall over the years that accompanies this story. Consultants Jeff Green Partners and the Hoffman Group of Phoenix, Arizona, were hired last year by the City of Elyria to study the mall and come up with ways to save it. Chase Bank owns the mall. The asking price has not been disclosed. In their study of the mall, the consultants said the best way to save it is to knock down most of the 92-acre site and turn it into a more modern, mixed-use shopping center with stores, restaurants and a condominium or apartment complex. If the city doesn't do anything, the mall will continue to lose money, the consultants say. The study said the mall is too big. "It should be about 530,000 square feet," said consulting partner Jerry Hoffman. "Since the loss of Dillard's and Macy's, there is a lot of vacant space. Also, Sears is closing its second floor, meaning even more open space." Of the more than 100 stores in the mall and on the grounds, about 30 spaces are vacant, mostly in the areas near the now-closed anchor stores, Macy's and Dillard's. Anchors J.C. Penney and Best Buy at still at the mall. Economic conditions at Midway and other malls across the country have changed dramatically because the more convenient shopping centers and increase in Internet shopping. But Brinda said Midway Mall's location off Ohio 57 between Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike is still ideal for attracting customers. The consultants say with the right mix of businesses, a reconfigured shopping center would be a success. Luring businesses like T.J. Maxx, an Alamo Draft House, an eBay distribution warehouse as well as medical offices would be crucial. Brinda said perhaps the center also could lure nearby businesses like PetsMart or Marc's. "Consultants determined if their formula is followed, a new shopping center could generate $100 million a year in new sales," said Brinda. "That's a big selling point." The consultants' recommended: Tearing down the mall except for the J.C. Penney building and turn the remaining part into a shopping center Attracting more, high-profile stores, more restaurants and entertainment and recreational businesses Building an upscale condominium or apartment complex on the site that could include about 240 units and building offices for financial, medical and professional firms Stamford properties of Beachwood owns a strip of land on Midway Boulevard on the northern border of the mall parking lot. Stamford spokesman Dave Bruening said construction of new buildings along the boulevard could begin as soon as this spring. Neither the mall's local management or corporate managers, The Woodmont Company of Dallas, Texas, returned repeated telephone calls for this story. However, the mayor said things are moving along and the city would provide tax incentives to help the new owners. "Stores, restaurants and entertainment would bring people into the area, which means a healthy economy of the city," said Brinda. "The study determined that $892 million in sales leave the county every year and is spent at other malls and stores in places like Crocker Park and the Great Northern Mall. We want to keep that money here."
10 points by The Plain Dealer | Shopping mall Retailing Ohio Turnpike Interstate 90 Ohio Elyria Ohio Ohio State Route 57 Toledo Ohio
Brookfield Zoo hopes new polar bear will make love connection
The Brookfield Zoo is hoping their newest arrival, a female polar bear and hopeful breeding partner, will make a love connection on Valentine's Day.
43 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Polar bear Bear Zoo English-language films According to Jim Toledo Ohio Species Survival Plan Brookfield Zoo
Dozens were falsely told they had Alzheimer's, lawsuits say
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shawn Blazsek would go days without sleeping and was forgetting how to tie his shoes. He knew a string of concussions from high school football and boxing was catching up with him. Still, at age 33,…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Alzheimer's disease Toledo Ohio Memory Memory loss Semantic memory Lawsuit Rita Hayworth Interstate 90
Ohio county trying to reduce sheriff's office overtime
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Officials in northwestern Ohio are taking a look at rising sheriff's office overtime costs ahead of potential state budget cuts next year. The Blade reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/2kCahou ) that overtime accounted for nearly $5.2 million of the $27.4 million budget for the Lucas County Sheriff's Office ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Toledo Ohio United States Drug addiction Lucas County Ohio Sheriff Coroner
Michigan golfer cracks ESPN's top 10 plays
It's not just Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh who can generate the national headlines.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Toledo Ohio Jim Harbaugh U.S. Open Michigan Wolverines football Michigan Golf Prime number University of Michigan
Victim of fake 911 call sues Ohio police over damage to home
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who was the victim of a fake 911 call is suing the city of Toledo and its police over damage done when they raided his home and arrested him in response to the call. The lawsuit filed this week also alleges police caused ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Toledo Ohio Damage English-language films WTOL WTVG Law RAID The Washington Times