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Report: Rules broken

in deadly police chase

Cleveland -- An internal review shows some officers and supervisors broke police departmental policies while participating in a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people.

Mayor Frank Jackson says disciplinary action will be up to Chief Michael McGrath.

The review released April 24 by city officials says most officers followed departmental rules.

About one-third of the force on duty, or 98 Cleveland officers and 15 supervisors, had a role in the Nov. 29 chase.

It began with a report of gunfire outside police headquarters and ended in a barrage of gunfire that killed 43-year-old driver Timothy Russell and 30-year-old passenger Malissa Williams. Both had cocaine in their systems.

The county prosecutor is conducting a separate grand jury investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing.

-- Associated Press

Discrimination

settlement approved

Akron -- A federal judge has approved a settlement that ends a discrimination lawsuit filed by female jail guards in Summit County.

The women said they had been effectively demoted because county officials in Akron didn't want them overseeing male inmates while the inmates showered or were strip searched.

A settlement in the case was initially announced in December.

The U.S. Justice Department, which got involved in the lawsuit last summer, announced the consent decree last month.

Akron federal judge Sara Lioi on April 24 called the decree fair, adequate, reasonable and consistent with the public interest.

All jail jobs will be open to female deputies under the agreement. The county agreed to pay $400,000, more than half in damages to 21 deputies and the rest in legal fees.

-- Associated Press

Metroparks to run Lake Erie parks in Cleveland

Cleveland -- Lake Erie parks in Cleveland are going to be operated by the regional Cleveland Metroparks system instead of the state of Ohio.

The Cleveland City Council voted unanimously April 22 to transfer management of the parks along 14 miles of lakefront to Cleveland Metroparks.

Most of the parks belong to the city but have been leased by the state since 1978.

The Plain Dealer reports that one of the last steps necessary for the deal happened April 1 when Gov. John Kasich signed a $7.6 billion transportation and public safety budget bill.

It terminated state leases on the lakefront parks and transferred $14 million in state money to help bring the parks up to standard.

-- Associated Press

Man gets prison for Facebook rants

Cleveland -- An North Olmsted man who had been arrested for drunken-driving has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for subsequent Facebook rants against police and judges.

The Plain Dealer reports that 27-year-old William Bement was sentenced April 24 after pleading guilty to attempted retaliation.

Bement was given probation on a drunken-driving conviction on Feb. 5. That's when authorities say he took to Facebook to post comments such as "stop shooting up schools and start shooting cops in courthouses."

Another said, "Kill your local judges!!!!!!!."

Bement told the judge April 24 that he was just venting and never intended for anybody to feel threatened. He said he did it for "shock value."

A prosecutor said someone else could have read the postings and acted on them.

-- Associated Press

OSU grads get more tickets to see Obama

Columbus -- Graduating Ohio State University students are getting access to more tickets for the May 5 commencement that will include a speech by President Barack Obama.

The Columbus Dispatch reports students can get up to 14 tickets each. The change came after graduates attending the event didn't all sign up for the seven tickets available each of them by the April 22 deadline.

A university spokeswoman says eligible students will receive emails with instructions on reserving more tickets. The school initially received a flood of complaints when it limited graduates to four tickets for the event. That allotment was later raised to seven tickets. The spokeswoman wouldn't say how many remain up for grabs.

Obama would be the third sitting U.S. president to speak at an Ohio State commencement. -- Associated Press

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