Around Ohio: Man dies minutes after sentenced to jail; couple jumps through second-floor winder to escape fire; Families chased from homes by second sinkhole

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Man dies minutes after sent to jail

Cleveland -- Authorities in Cleveland say a man collapsed and died outside a courtroom minutes after a judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail for trying to restrain and kiss a 14-year-old girl.

The coroner's office was expected to determine why 51-year-old Miguel Aybar died June 25.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that Aybar was in handcuffs when he slumped to the floor in the hallway outside the courtroom.

Judge Michelle Denise Earley had sentenced Aybar after he was found guilty of a third-degree misdemeanor charge of unlawful restraint. He was accused of restraining the 14-year-old girl and trying to kiss her on the mouth.

-- Associated Press

Couple jumps through window

to escape fire

Bedford -- A couple had to jump from a second-floor window to escape an early morning house fire.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that 32-year-old Tesa Tench and her 33-year-old boyfriend, George Martin, got out without injuries after the home in Bedford burned early June 23.

Some pets also got out of the house, although one of their dogs died later.

Firefighters said the front of the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived at about 1:30 a.m. June 23. Tench said the entire staircase was burning, forcing them to jump from a window to firefighters waiting below.

Damage was extensive, and the cause was being investigated.

-- Associated Press

Families displaced by second sinkhole

Zanesville -- More families are being forced from their homes after another sinkhole opened atop an abandoned Ohio mine.

About a half dozen families moved into temporary housing on June 25 after a task force of state and local officials asked them to leave their homes in the Muskingum County community of White Cottage, about 50 miles east of Columbus.

The homes are built atop the abandoned Jonathan Mine.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has had workers in the area since a 25-foot-deep, half-acre-wide sinkhole opened there earlier this month.

The agency, which regulates mining and abandoned mines, says it now plans to build a barrier to protect the public from wandering into the sinkhole area.

It wasn't clear how long the residents will be displaced.

-- Associated Press

$3 million OK'd for addiction services

Columbus -- The recently approved midterm budget provides $3 million to help local agencies weather a one-time $20 million shortfall for addiction services in Ohio.

A change in the way the state funnels federal money to local communities to help addicted Ohioans created the shortfall over the next year, causing challenges for prevention and treatment agencies.

The plan by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to distribute $63 million in federal money over 18 months instead of a single year is meant to address cash flow problems that at times have left addiction services providers scrambling to cover payroll.

Federal money approved last fall, for example, wasn't available until March this year.

Democrats have criticized the timing of the funding change by the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich.

-- Associated Press

Ex-OSU president

to leave JobsOhio

Columbus -- Former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee is stepping down from his role at the state's private economic development agency, JobsOhio.

Gee announced his departure June 24 at the JobsOhio board meeting in Columbus, saying it would be his last. The 70-year-old Gee is now president of West Virginia University. He has been a board member of the job-creation agency since its inception in 2011.

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who appointed Gee to the board, thanked him for his service during the meeting and said he would be missed.

Gee told the governor that while the board faced political resistance at the beginning, it has had much success.

-- Associated Press

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