Here are today's headlines from around Northeast Ohio, including a Lake County man sentenced to wear a Santa hat, a new study debunking abortion claims and a closing residential treatment center for troubled youths in Parma.
PARMADALE: Catholic Charities announced Wednesday that it has decided to stop using the Parmadale Institute in Cuyahoga County as a residential treatment center for troubled youths, according to The Plain Dealer. Catholic Charities cites a decline in the number of children needing residential care as the reason, and plans to use Parmadale for other community services. Parmadale was placed on probation in September by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for self allegations. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
AKRON POLICE: Two Akron police officers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a head-on collision on South Arlington Street Thursday, according to WEWS. The officers were hit by a woman driving a Buick who appeared to be intoxicated. The officers were released around 3 a.m., and the woman who caused the accident remains in the hospital. She has not yet been charged. Click here to read more at NewsNet5.com..
ABORTION: A new study in this month's Obstetrics & Gynecology journal concluded that women who have made the decision to have an abortion are not significantly swayed by viewing their ultrasounds, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Researchers, most of whom are faculty at the University of California in San Francisco, did say that it could influence women who already had doubts about their decision. In 2013, Ohio lawmakers passed a law requiring all abortion-seeking women to receive an ultrasound to attempt to find a fetal heartbeat in an effort to bring abortion rates down. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
TWINSBURG SCHOOLS: New security entrances opened at three Twinsburg schools Jan. 13, using electronic LobbyGuard systems to separate visitors from staff and students, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. Visitors to the schools will have to present identification to a receptionist, scan their ID into a touch screen computer and register their name and purpose before receiving a visitor's badge. The computer also sends a text message to faculty and staff if they have a visitor. Two more Twinsburg schools are planning to implement security welcome centers this summer. Click here to read more at TwinsburgBulletin.com.
SANTA: Jeffrey L. Gregg, the Lake County man who pleaded guilty to stealing a Salvation Army Kettle was sentenced to 180 days in jail Thursday, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Five of those days are suspended and another five must be served immediately, but the remaining 170 days can be avoided if Gregg completes 400 hours of community service while wearing a Santa hat. If anyone asks Gregg about his Santa hat, he must admit to stealing the kettle. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.