Morning Headlines: RTA Claims Admin Enabled Benefits Abuse; Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Delayed

Morning headlines for Wednesday, May 23

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, May 23:

Cleveland RTA accuses administrator of helping former president abuse benefits; Cuyahoga Falls man gets 17 months in prison for threatening a mass shooting; Black bear spotted in Medina County; Sears’ demise in the Akron-Canton area appears imminent; Ashtabula man critically wounded by police files suit; Franklin County prosecutor recuses himself from ECOT case; Ohio House cancels Tuesday session to elect new speaker; Payday loan reform ballot proposal makes its way to the state’s ballot board; Tick-borne diseases are on the rise; ODOT to embark on Route 8 construction project; Cannabis dispensary licenses delayed; Daniel Mesfun declared official winner of Cleveland Marathon men’s divison;

Cleveland RTA accuses administrator of helping former president abuse benefits
Officials at Cleveland’s transit agency are looking to fire an administrator they say helped a former president steal more than $1 million in benefits. The Greater Cleveland RTA placed human resources manager Bruce Hampton Sr. on unpaid leave Monday. Trustees claim Hampton helped former president George Dixon III receive benefits in spite of falling behind on his premiums. They say Dixon owes more than $140,000 in premiums and close to a million dollars in medical, dental and vision benefits. A hearing on Hampton’s involvement is pending.

Cuyahoga Falls man gets 17 months in prison for threatening a mass shooting
A Cuyahoga Falls man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting has been sentenced to 17 months in prison. A federal judge sentenced 29-year-old Wei Li on Tuesday, four days after a student killed 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas. Li had sent threatening text messages to his wife, saying he would kill her and others at the Las Vegas casino where she worked. He also threatened to open fire

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