Former Ohio House speaker received $43K in free travel in 2017

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

            Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

Republican Cliff Rosenberger, who abruptly resigned as Ohio House speaker, disclosed on Tuesday that he received more than $43,000 in free travel and got free meals and drinks from half a dozen sources last year.

Rosenberger filed his mandatory annual financial disclosure statement with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee — a body he used to lead as speaker.

He also noted that in 2017 he owed at least $1,000 to five entities, including Northbank 503 LLC, which is controlled by Virginia Ragan, a wealthy heiress and GOP donor. Northbank owns a luxury condo in downtown Columbus that Ragan allowed Rosenberger to rent. Neither has ever disclosed how much rent he was charged for use of the 2,237-square-foot condo overlooking the Scioto River. Ragan bought the property in March 2014 for $660,000.

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The ethics statements provide transparency on what gifts, meals, beverages and travel public officials have taken as well as details on their business interests, debtors and creditors, real estate holdings and family members.

Roughly 13,000 public officials are required to file annual financial dislosure statements with the Ohio Ethics Commission while lawmakers and legislative staff file with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. The deadline for most was Tuesday.

Statements filed by lawmakers and key staff are available here.

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Rosenberger said he received gifts worth more than $75 from 26 sources, including fellow lawmakers, staff members, universities, museums and three organizations where he served as a board member — GOPAC, National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. Ragan was also listed among the sources of gifts.

GOPAC paid for $3,627 worth of travel; NCSL covered $2,532 in travel; SLLF paid for $689 in trips; Columbus 20/20 paid for $10,942 in travel; and two campaign committees shelled out $24,633 in travel for Rosenberger.

Rosenberger traveled to Iceland and London in August 2017 and Normandy in September 2017. GOPAC and NCSL solicited sponsors, including payday lenders, to underwrite those trips.

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Discovery of body in Bethel Twp., Clark County, prompts death investigation

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:13 AM

Death investigation begins in Clark County

The discovery of a body in a residence in the 800 block of Edgewick Road in Bethel Twp., Clark County, has prompted a death investigation by the sheriff's office. 

Sheriff's detectives were at the residence at midnight, awaiting the arrival of a county coroner's investigator. Crime scene tape has been installed around the home and the property as part of the investigation. 

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Deputies were called to the address sometime between 10 and 11 p.m., we're hearing. 

No other details were available. We'll keep working to bring you more details about this investigation. Stay with for breaking news. 

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At least 8 dead in duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, sheriff says

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:50 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Converted DUK-W amphibious assault craft in use as a tourist bus on the River Thames, Vauxhall, London. A vessel similar to this one capsized on a lake near Branson, Missouri.
Converted DUK-W amphibious assault craft in use as a tourist bus on the River Thames, Vauxhall, London. A vessel similar to this one capsized on a lake near Branson, Missouri.(Wikicommons)

At least eight people have been confirmed dead in a duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, Thursday just before 7 p.m. Thursday (CT), according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Radar.

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Local media reported as many as 13 people were injured and transported to local hospitals.

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Radar said the boat, which capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area, had 31 people on board, including children, KY3-TV reported

He said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security helped rescue people and that recovery efforts were ongoing, with some passengers still missing. A dive team was assisting.

Emergency responders have set up a staging area on the lakeshore near the Showboat Branson Belle, local media reported, although the Belle was not involved in the accident.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 mph was measured around 7 p.m. Thursday at Branson Airport. 

“There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” he said.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is watching the developments.

DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. 

Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama, to name a few.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Springfield man, 74, missing since Monday is found alive after search

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

First responders are searching for a missing Springfield man.

UPDATE @ 2:02 p.m.:

A 74-year-old missing Springfield man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease has been found alive and is being provided medical attention after being found in a wooded area where police have been searching for him since this morning.

Jack Dietsch’s vehicle was found around 8:15 a.m. abandoned in a field in the area of Titus Lane in Springfield Twp., Clark County.

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Multiple officers from different Clark County agencies responded. An airplane, a drone and K-9 units initially were used to try to find Dietsch, authorities said, but were unable to do so. Officers began a ground search this afternoon, which led to Dietsch.

UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m.

A black Chevrolet Cruze owned by Jack W. Dietsch, a missing 74-year-old man from Springfield, was found Thursday morning in Springfield Twp.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Dietsch has not been located and an extensive search of the area with a K-9 unit is planned to take place.

Dietsch, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, was last seen Monday and does not have medications on him, according to authorities.  

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Officers are reportedly searching in the area of a vehicle found abandoned in the area of Titus Lane in Clark County, according to initial dispatch reports.

Initial reports indicated officers may be looking for a person who was reported missing to authorities.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol also was contacted to possibly provide an aircraft to assist with the search, reports indicated.

We’re working to learn more and have a crew on the way to the scene.

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Severe weather possible here for the weekend

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Storms which are pounding the Central Plains Thursday night will push into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys on Friday. Our StormCenter 7 team says there will be a threat for severe storms over the Miami Valley late Friday afternoon and into the evening hours.

The severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes across the Central Plains will shift east and south overnight and into the day Friday, with the threat for severe weather developing here during the afternoon hours,  Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

“While a line of storms will be possible in the morning, the main activity is expected to occur near or shortly before sunset,” Elwell said.

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The storm system responsible for the severe weather in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas will slowly shift into the Ohio Valley and then stall across the area through the weekend. 

"The threat for severe storms will decrease some over the weekend," Elwell said, “but we will likely pick up some much needed rainfall over the next 72 hours.”

Despite the recent dry conditions, there could be some flash flooding if the rain falls too hard, too fast, Elwell said.

The weather pattern change also is forecast to hold temperatures into the upper 70s this weekend.

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  • Humidity and storms arrive Friday
  • Isolated strong to severe storms possible
  • Rounds of showers, storms this weekend 

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Friday: It will be warm, breezy and muggy with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The first round will move through in the morning and may bring gusty winds and heavy rain during the commute, mainly between 7 and 9 a.m. A lull in activity is expected through midday, when temperatures will climb into the lower 80s with increased humidity. Isolated showers and storms begin to develop during the afternoon with a more significant line coming through during the evening Damaging wind gusts will be possible with the strongest storms late in the day.

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Saturday: Expect on and off showers and storms through the day. While there will be some dry time, rain may be heavy at times. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy with a continued threat for passing showers and storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.

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Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will start the day with scattered showers and storms redeveloping during the afternoon. Highs will be a bit higher, climbing into the middle 80s.

Tuesday: Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures rising into the middle 80s. There will be a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm.

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