Traffic cams, classroom cams and a felony baseball card scam: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a Brecksville man federally indicted for selling baseball cards, Cleveland continues using its unconstitutional traffic cam system and a Cleveland mom who wants cameras in the classrooms.

CLASSROOM CAMS: A Cleveland mother of an autistic boy is campaigning to put cameras in all Ohio special needs classrooms after her son came home from school with bruises and she was unable to prove the abuse, according to WKYC. Tara Heidinger said her 9-year-old son Corey told her his teacher was mean to him and had yanked on his arm, screaming at him to stop crying. The Ohio Education Association said that the cameras pose a greater risk for student privacy, and the ACLU of Ohio said the cameras could be used to prosecute students as well as protect them. Heidinger currently runs a Facebook page called "Camera's [sic] in Special Needs Classrooms," and said she hopes legislation will be introduced soon. Click here to read more at WKYC.com.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY: Alliance police are looking for a man who attempted to rob a Walgreens pharmacy around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, according to the Alliance Review. The man, carrying a small, tan-colored semi-automatic handgun, told the on-duty pharmacist to get him several kinds of prescription pills that he knew were locked in the safe. The employee called the police as she was opening the safe, and the suspect heard her call and fled out a fire door. The suspect is a white, 6-foot-tall man with a thin build, a well-trimmed beard and mustache. He was wearing a black stocking cap, gray hood, gray pants and white sneakers. Click here to read more at The-Review.com.

OIL AND GAS SCHOLARSHIP: Ohio students pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry can apply for a scholarship through the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. To be eligible, applicants must be Ohio residents or planning to attend an Ohio accredited school and will be judged on career goals, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, an essay, special recognitions and awards, community service and outside activities. The scholarship, which began in 2007, is an effort to educate the next generation of workers coming into the industry. The deadline to apply is March 31 and scholarship winners will be announced in May. Read more at OhioGO.com.

TRAFFIC CAMS: The driver who sued Cleveland over the constitutionality of their traffic camera system, which was unanimously ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel in the Eighth District Court of Appeals in January, will be unable to get a refund for the fine he paid leading to the case, according to the Plain Dealer. A 2-1 decision said that since driver Sam Jodka of Columbus paid the fine and didn't attempt to appeal the ticket he has "no standing" to be refunded his money. Additionally, Cleveland announced Wednesday that it has reinstated the traffic camera system that was ruled unconstitutional while it appeals. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

GOODYEAR: Akron-based company Goodyear reported higher profits and lower revenue for its fourth quarter and for 2013 Thursday, according to the Beacon Journal, including that annual net income was $417 million higher than the year before. Goodyear also said it used $1.15 billion in cash to fully fund its hourly worker pension plan in January, which was agreed upon by the company and the United Steelworkers last year, and also said it is ending its alliance with Japanese tire maker Sumitomo Rubber Industries because executives believe it violated antitrust agreements. For the fourth quarter, Goodyear reported a net income of $228 million on revenue of nearly $4.8 billion, compared to last year's fourth quarter zero net income on revenue of $5.05 billion. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.

BASEBALL CARDS: A Brecksville man and his brother have been charged with mail fraud and wire fraud for allegedly racking up more than $60,000 auctioning fake baseball cards on eBay, according to The Plain Dealer. U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said Steven Norris, 38, and Scott Norris, 40, operated the scheme from 2006 to 2012 selling baseball cards they didn't have, including rare and valuable cards such as Mickey Mantle's 1952 rookie card and several 1933 Babe Ruth cards. The case is federal and was investigated by the Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kern. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

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