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Tourism tweets tout Sandusky trial

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio tourism board tweet meant to promote a Father's Day deal in the Lake Erie town of Sandusky instead directed followers to news about the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

 The tweet was sent out this week by the Lake Erie Shores & Islands tourism office. It included the hash tag “Sandusky”.

Hash tags are created by Twitter users to help others find tweets on specific topics.

Anyone who clicked on the “Sandusky” hash tag got the latest updates from the Pennsylvania trial, not the town known for its waterfront location and the Cedar Point amusement park.

Tourism office director Joan Van Offeren says they won't be using the Sandusky hash tag again until well after the trial ends.

Ohio woman broke into house to clean

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a woman who owns a cleaning service broke into a house and washed the dishes, took out the trash, and vacuumed before leaving a handwritten bill with her name on it.

And police say it might not be the first time.

The woman, Sue Warren of Elyria, is in jail on a burglary charge.

Police in Westlake say Warren broke into a home last week and began tidying up, but she didn't take anything. They say she then wrote out a bill for $75 on a napkin and included her name and address.

One officer says Warren told him she does it all the time.

A call to Warren's cleaning business was not answered Thursday. It's not immediately known if she has an attorney.

Potty-room pilfering reported in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A restroom rip-off in central Ohio has automatic flushers disappearing from the bathrooms at restaurants and other businesses.

Police say it's been happening in at least a couple Columbus suburbs. Investigators don't know if the thefts are related.

Handyman John Hahn tells WBNS-TV the flushers are likely being stolen for scrap because they contain a metal called red brass that can bring $2.50 per pound.

He says safeguards are needed because the flushers can be costly to repair.

Perp Empty-Handed After Traffic Stop

In this undated photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana. Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found the pot present. The State Highway Patrol says the 28 pounds of pot discovered in the car's trunk is valued at more than $63,000. Robert Gomez has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension. (AP Photo/Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Question: Do you suppose Gomez meant to use the packets as stocking stuffers or as under-the-tree gifts for family and friends?

Maybe they should go to all-mail elections

This just in from the AP:

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio election board says an employee bit a voter’s nose during an argument over a campaign sign.
Cuyahoga  County elections board director Jane Platten says the board identified the worker for Cleveland police trying to arrest him.
Voter Greg Flanagan says he was bitten Tuesday when went to the aid of a campaign worker in an argument with the election employee over a sign posted near the polls.
The victim had a slash down the left side of his nose. He told WEWS-TV he was hoping his nose wouldn’t be bitten off. He was treated at a hospital.
The election board says the employee had a clean record working eight elections since 2006 but won’t be rehired.
Police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris says officers are investigating.
  

‘Plumber Joe” Runs For Congress

In this Oct. 12, 2008, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, answers a question from Samuel Joseph “Plumber Joe” Wurzelbacher in Holland, Ohio. On Tuesday, Wurzelbacher announced in Toledo, Ohio, that he's running. Wurzelbacher, a man whose moniker became a household name during the 2008 presidential race, says he's running in Ohio's 9th U.S. House district because he's angry about the economy and the way politicians try to patch problems with duct tape (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Question: Do angry candidates, like Plumber Joe, make good congressmen?

Sympathy For Gunned Down Animals

A stuffed animal with a sympathy card attached hangs from the locked gate at the Muskingum County Animal Farm Thursday in Zanesville, Ohio. The owner of a U.S. exotic animal farm who released dozens of tigers, lions and others beasts from their cages in a final act shot himself to death and then was bitten by one of his own animals, a sheriff said Thursday. An autopsy showed Terry Thompson had a bite wound on his head that appeared to have come from a large cat, such as a Bengal tiger, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told a news conference. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

Question: Hollywood stars and animal rights activists were incensed re: the way police gunned down the exotic animals, some of which were rare, in a successful effort to protect residents. Do you agree/disagree that the animals had to be destroyed?

DUI suspect stops for food before arrest

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a woman insisted on picking up some fast food before she allowed an officer to charge her with drunken driving.

The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reports police in suburban North Royalton got a call about a car weaving and going off a road at a little after 1 a.m. earlier this month.

A patrolman tracked the vehicle to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell restaurant and pulled up alongside. The police report says the driver had sunglasses on and her speech was slurred. She was ordered to get out of the line, but first she proceeded to the second window to grab her order.

Police say the woman's blood-alcohol level tested at nearly twice the legal limit.

Meghann's note: This reminds me of an article I wrote back in 2008 about DUI arrests at drive throughs. Check it out here.