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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a Cleveland movie premiere for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", a new campaign to fight the heroin epidemic and smaller tax refunds for those who owe money to the state.
SMALLER TAX REFUNDS: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Thursday that it will intercept the federal tax refunds of residents who owe money to the state from fraudulent payments, according to The Daily Record. The Treasury Offset Program is an effort to compensate the about $40 million in outstanding debt from state unemployment payments and $30 million in outstanding debt from federal benefits owed. Those affected by the program are notified when unemployment fraud is confirmed and informed that their tax refunds could be seized. Click here to read more at The-Daily-Record.com.
CHILD BRIDE CASE: Robert W. Thomas, Jr., the Cuyahoga Falls man accused of attempting to buy a 10-year-old "child bride" was indicted by by a federal grand jury Thursday, according to The Alliance Review. Thomas is facing life in prison on charges of attempting to buy a child, enticement and distributing child pornography. Alliance Police arrested Thomas on Jan. 11 after undercover officers responded to his online advertisement, which asked for someone willing to arrange a "marriage" of their 5- to 8-year old daughter for $400. Click here to read more at The-Review.com.
FACING HEROIN: A new campaign to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic of Cuyahoga and surround counties was unveiled by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty Thursday using the theme "Let's Face It," according to The Plain Dealer. The campaign, paid for using forfeiture funds from convicted criminals, includes television public service announcements which will start airing Monday and a website at LetsFaceHeroin.com with information for receiving help, heroin statistics and personal stories from those touched by the heroin epidemic. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
AMISH CHEMO CASE: A Medina County judge ruled Thursday that the limited guardian of 11-year-old Sarah Hershberger, the Amish girl with leukemia whose parents discontinued her chemotherapy, could resign after she said she had been unable to reach the family and her efforts were futile, according to The Medina Gazette. Hershberger's family accepted chemotherapy from Akron Children's Hospital but discontinued treatment in April, believing it was killing her. Akron Children's Hospital sued to appoint nurse and attorney Maria Schimer as her limited guardian to make medical decisions for Hershberger in October. Schimer requested to resign in December after the family fled the country to seek alternative medical treatments. Click here to read more at MedinaGazette.NorthCoastNow.com.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Cleveland has joined the list of cities to premiere "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" movie before its nationwide release, according to The Plain Dealer. Co-directors and brother Joe and Anthony Russo spent about six weeks in Cleveland last summer filming parts of the movie, and said they wanted to include the local cast and crew in the premiere. The movie, which stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, will screen in Cleveland April 1 and will also have premieres in London, Paris, Beijing and Los Angeles before the nationwide release April 4. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.