Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including three gay Ohio couples who want both parents' names on their children's birth certificates, an Akron teen charged with jaywalking and truancy after being hit by a truck and the first anniversary of the only Ohio chapter of A Girl & A Gun Club.
GIRLS AND GUNS: The Northeast Ohio chapter of A Girl & A Gun Club is celebrating its first anniversary today at Atwell's Firing Range, and is expanding from its Painesville base to a new group in Newbury Township in Geauga County by the end of the month, according to The News Herald. The group was the first Ohio chapter of A Girl & A Gun Club and meets twice a month to promote interest and participation in competitive shooting sports among women as well as educating about firearm use and safety. According to the chapter's facilitator Esther Beris, the group gained 80 members and put 60 guests through gun safety training. Click here to read more at News-Herald.com.
TRAFFIC DEATH: Andrew Picha, 21, of Mayfield Heights, has been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular manslaughter following the death of Twinsburg resident Lester D. Mitchell, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. Mitchell, a retired former chief of police for Cleveland State University, was struck by a vehicle while changing a tire on his wife's vehicle on the side of Interstate 480 Feb. 2, and was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A grand jury is looking at a possible indictment. Click here to read more at TwinsburgBulletin.com.
CLEVELAND FIREFIGHTERS: Twelve of the 13 Cleveland firefighters indicted in May pleaded guilty Monday to charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation, a misdemeanor, for paying co-workers to cover their shifts, according to The Plain Dealer. The 13th firefighter, Calvin Robinson, did not enter a plea but is accused of paying other firefighters to work more than four years' worth of shifts for him while he worked two other jobs. The 12 firefighters who pleaded guilty are to pay court costs but no fines, and are asking to return to work from their unpaid leave, which will be determined from administrative hearings with new Safety Director Michael McGrath and Fire Chief Patrick Kelly. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
JAYWALKING: A 16-year-old Akron teen was charged with jaywalking and truancy after being hit by a Ford pickup truck near Chapel Hill Mall Tuesday morning, according to the Beacon Journal. The boy ran into the path of the pickup on Independence Avenue and was knocked to the ground and cut his knee, whereupon he and two of his friends ran into the mall. Police found the boy and his friends in the mall after the driver called 911. The boy, who is a student at Phoenix Alternative School, could also face trespassing charges because he was previously banned from entering the mall. The driver was not cited for violating any laws. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
MINIMUM WAGE: A resolution asking Congress to raise minimum wage was passed this week by Akron City Council, proposing the rate go from $7.25 to a range between $9 and $10. The minimum wage for federal contract wage workers was raised by President Barack Obama who is also urging Congress to raise the minimum wage for others. Councilwoman Margo Sommerville said raising the minimum wage would help young people and single mothers, but Councilman Russel Neal, Jr. expressed concern that the raise would also raise the cost of goods which could hurt seniors on fixed incomes but also supported the resolution. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
GAY PARENTS: Three married lesbian couples filed a lawsuit Monday asking a federal court to force Ohio and Cincinnati health officials to include the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their unborn children due this year, rather than just the name of the pregnant spouse, according to The Daily Record. Although Ohio's constitution bans same-sex marriage, Brittani Henry, Georgia Nicole Yorksmith and Kelly Noe married their spouses (Brittni Rogers, Pamela Yorksmith and Kelly McCracken, respectively) in out-of-state ceremonies which are legally recognized in the state where they were married as well as by the federal government. Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas, a same sex-couple living in New York, were also included in the lawsuit because they want both of their names included on an amended birth certificate for their adopted Ohio child. Click here to read more at The-Daily-Record.com.