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State senate bill adds 21 new specialty plates to the 269 already offered in Ohio

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 1:43 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:53 PM

Ohio offers a whopping 269 specialty license plates
Ohio offers a whopping 269 specialty license plates


Ohioans will have an even larger number of specialty license plates to choose from under a bill that will be sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday added 21 new specialty license plates to the 269 already available to Ohio drivers.

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The Senate concurred with changes to a larger bill on state highway names and Wednesday’s vote means the bill goes to Ohio Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

The newest plates include ones benefiting the Lions Club, Nationwide Children’s cancer research, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuse and a variety of schools and other organizations.


Do you want to broadcast to the world your love for wildlife or amateur radio? Corvettes? Smokey Bear? Superman? The Cincinnati Reds?

What better way to be seen than your license plate.

Ohio has a specialty license plate for just about anything you might want to support if you are willing to pony up some extra cash when you renew your plates each year. There are also a variety of no-cost specialty plates for the military, people with disabilities, transport companies and government or publicly-owned entities.

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There are 269 specialty plates in Ohio, the vast majority supporting organizations.

Motorists pay extra fees for most organization, pro-sports and collegiate plates. The fees vary and go as high as $50. For instance a collegiate plate, such as one for the University of Dayton, costs $25 on top of the regular cost of license plates and an extra Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) fee. The ubiquitous cardinal plate supporting wildlife costs $15.

The specialty plate fees are paid annually even if the motorist is just renewing with stickers.

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But not all organization specialty plates include a fee beyond the BMV fee. For example there is no extra charge for the One Nation Under God, Professional Firefighters or Phi Beta Sigma plates

Other types of specialty plates are also free, including those for disabilities and the 95 military license plates, which honor service in specific branches of the military or specific wars and conflicts as well as medals awarded for valor.

Organizations wanting to have a specialty plate, which nets revenue for their cause, must have 150 signatures from people intending to purchase the plate. Approval by the state legislature is also needed for specialty plates. Each year organizations must have at least 25 plate sales or the plate won’t be issued, according to the BMV.

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Lindsey Bohrer, spokeswoman for the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, said organizations netted more than $3 million from the specialty plate fees in fiscal year 2017, which ended June 31, The Bureau of Motor Vehicles gets an extra $10 for organization specialty plates, a fee that generated $2.2 million in fiscal 2017, she said.

“The production cost for a pair of large embossed (regular) plates is $2.41. The production cost for a pair of large flat (specialty) plates is $5.89,” Bohrer said in an email.

Many of the organizations fight certain illnesses, such as cancer, and a variety of them help schools, Greek organizations, groups like the American Red Cross, or seek to preserve wildlife, forests and more.

Sports plates are only for Ohio teams, so if you are a Chicago Cubs fan you are out of luck.


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Mother charged with abduction after Ohio Amber Alert

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

2003 blue Toyota Corolla (not actual suspect car)
2003 blue Toyota Corolla (not actual suspect car)

UPDATE @ 11:38 a.m. (July 22):

Brianna Harris, 23, has been charged with abduction and endangering children after she drove off with her four kids, causing an Ohio Amber Alert Saturday, according to our partners at WCPO.

Victim found with gunshot wound after shooting near Brown St.

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Harris is the non-custodial mother of her children she took from a home in Euclid, Ohio Friday.

The children were found safe with Harris in the 1300 block of Superior Avenue on Saturday.

The Department of Child and Family Services have taken the children into custody.

The father of the children has custody and reported them missing.

Harris was on probation for aggravated assault in 2014 and had an open warrant for her arrest from May for failing to appear at her probation appointment, according to court records.

This investigation is still open, and authorities said additional arrests are possible.

UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m.:

According to the Cleveland Police Department, the four children have been located safely and are in the process of being evaluated.

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.:

According to Fox 8 News Ed Gallek, the vehicle connected to the amber alert has been found, but the mother and children were not found with the vehicle.



A statewide Ohio amber alert has been issued as of 4:30 p.m. for one suspect and four children in a blue 2003 Toyota Corolla, dealer place 0157330.

Four children were taken by their non-custodial mother in the city of Euclid in Cuyahoga County on E. 193 Street.

The suspect, Brianna A. Harris, is age 23, 5 feet 7, 195 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair. She is bi-polar and schizophrenic, and currently off her medication.

Brianna A. Harris, 23, suspect

The children missing are:

  • Savannah Harris, female, age 2, brown hair and brown eyes, 2 feet, and 50 pounds. She had a tracheotomy in the last 24 hours and needs oxygen;
  • Zayanna Harris, female, age 2, brown hair and brown eyes, 2 feet, and 50 pounds;
  • Kylee Harris, female, age 4, black hair and brown eyes, 3 feet, and 75 pounds; and
  • Tayveon Harris, male, age 7, brown hair and brown eyes, 4 feet, and 74 pounds.
Savannah Harris, 2 - top left; Tayveon Harris, 7, top right; Zayanna Harris, 2, botton left; Kylee Harris, 4, bottom right

The clothing for all children is unknown. 

Call or dial 9-1-1 if you see the children, the suspect, or the vehicle.

You can also call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or the hear the alert information. 

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Cincinnati police looking for two separate incidents of sexual and felonious assault suspects

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:23 PM

The Cincinnati Police Department is investigation two separate crimes of sexual assault and felonious assault.

The Cincinnati Police Department Personal Crimes Squad is investigating a series of incidents that occurred last Thursday between 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 1581 Summit Road in Bond Hill.

The Cincinnati Police Emergency Communication Section received multiple calls regarding a subject described as a male, black, 18 to 23 years old, 5 feet 9, 160 pounds, and wearing red sweatpants and a green shirt.

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The suspect was reported to be exposing himself, forcing women inside their vehicles at gunpoint, and performing sexual acts.

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The Cincinnati Police Department Central Business Section is also investigating a felonious assault that occurred Saturday around 1:50 p.m. in the intersection of 5th and Central. 

A victim reports that a suspect pointed a handgun at him and fired two shots, missing the victim. The suspects then fled and were last seen entering FWW eastbound from 2nd Street.

The suspects are described as two white males of college age driving a dark blue GMC crew cab pick-up with a full-sized bed. The vehicle had either Kentucky or Michigan temporary plates with a partial number of 7815.

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Anyone with information regarding the incidents above or the suspects, contact the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. 
You can also submit a tip at

Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.

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CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:56 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health and regulatory officials announced Thursday afternoon they are currently investigating a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products.

Ninety people in 26 states have been affected, with two cases reported in Ohio. Forty people have been hospitalized. 

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According to the CDC, raw turkey products from a variety of sources have been contaminated with salmonella. A single supplier of the products has not been identified. The CDC will update consumers if a supplier or type of raw turkey product is linked to the illness. 

In interviews conducted with affected parties, different types and brands of products were consumed and purchased from different locations. Two people interviewed said raw turkey pet food was given to pets. 

The CDC reports the outbreak is linked to live turkeys in addition to raw products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry. 

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, sometimes so severe that hospitalization is required, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days with most people recovering without treatment. 

The infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body. In rare cases, the infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. 

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Children younger than five years of age, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a more severe reaction to the illness. 

The CDC and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service notified representatives in the industry and advise the following when handling raw turkey: 

  • Wash your hands. Salmonella infections can spread from one person to another. Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers. 
  • Cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Turkey breasts, whole turkeys, and ground poultry, including turkey burgers, casseroles and sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check, and place it in the thickest part of the food. 
  • Do not spread germs from raw turkey around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw turkey. Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible. 
  • The CDC does not recommend feeding raw products to pets. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick. Your family can also get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet. 
For more information, visit the CDC Salmonella website.

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Ohio leaders critical of Trump’s comments on Russia, call Putin a ‘foe’

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:50 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:50 PM

Vladimir Putin Denies Russian Intervention In 2016 Election At Helsinki Summit

Ohio lawmakers and other U.S. leaders say Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. and took issue with President Donald Trump’s comments Monday during a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin where the president declined to back his own intelligence services.

“Russia absolutely meddled in our election in 2016. Putin clearly intended to hurt (Hillary) Clinton’s campaign and expected presidency. Russia’s interference is a threat to our democracy and democracies around the world. Putin is not our friend,” Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton said.

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Just last Friday, a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials on charges of hacking Democratic files. The charges were a result of a year-long investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called the president’s comments “troubling.”

“He failed to stand up to Vladimir Putin on some of the most critical security issues facing our country and our allies,” Portman said.

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“When given the opportunity, President Trump did not hold President Putin to task for election meddling, for the illegal annexation of Crimea, or for the continued aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

Youngstown-area Congressman Tim Ryan accused Trump of a “disheartening betrayal” to all U.S. service members when he did not challenge Putin on accusations Russian intelligence hacked Democratic e-mails to damage the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

In a harshly worded statement, Ryan, D-Niles, called Trump’s performance “a disgraceful setback to the United States’ global leadership; an insult to those serving in our intelligence agencies; and a disheartening betrayal of every service member defending the U.S. government’s interests against Russian government hostility.”

Ryan said that “Trump’s appeasement of Putin with denials of Russia’s continued cyberattacks on our nation is pathetic and weak—especially coming just hours after referring to the European Union as a great ‘foe,’ and days after 12 Russians were indicted as part of special counsel Mueller’s investigation.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “there is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world.”

“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” Ryan said. “There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, charged Trump “missed an opportunity” to challenge Putin, adding “the intelligence experts we trust to keep America safe have said that Russia continues to threaten our democracy and our critical infrastructure, and the president missed an opportunity to do something about it.”

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“The Ukrainian community in Ohio knows all too well the dangers of unchecked Russian aggression,” Brown said. “We must demand Russia turn over the spies who hacked our election and show Putin we will not put up with threats to our infrastructure that undercut our democratic institutions.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich talked to CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday morning about what his expectations would be from the Trump, Putin meeting.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who may run for president in 2020, tweeted: “We need to be clear. Russia is our foe. Putin is actively trying to hurt our country. America needs to speak with one voice against Russia.”

Rep, Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, said “Putin's assertion stands opposite the facts from our intelligence community.”

“As the U.S. intelligence community and the House Intelligence Committee investigation concluded, Russia attempted to sow chaos and undermine our democratic institutions,” Wenstrup said. “I don’t believe that Putin will ever admit that his government has attempted to undermine our democratic institutions as well as others.”

“It is up to us, the United States of America, to stop foreign adversaries, like Russia, from interfering in our democratic process,” he said.

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