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Toledo Legal News - News Signs of hope


Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political headline, I try to find trends that encourage me.

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Lee Hamilton, Center on Congress Senior Advisor

College codes of conduct

A school’s code of conduct is a set of rules that governs student behavior on campus. This includes the regulation of academic behavior (e.g. plagiarism, cheating, academic dishonesty), as well as non-academic behavior (e.g. alcohol or drug violations, hazing, harassment, sexual assault).

Date Published: September 19, 2018

Medicare open enrollment begins October 15

As the 2019 Medicare open enrollment period approaches, Jillian Froment, Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) is encouraging those on Medicare to review their drug and health insurance coverage options and select a plan that fits their needs and budget. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of ODI, will host Medicare Check-Up Day events throughout the state to help consumers compare and select the best plan that meets their unique needs. Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 runs from October 15 through December 7.

Date Published: September 19, 2018

Justice Department takes first-of-its-kind legal action to reduce opioid overprescribing

The Justice Department filed a complaint to bar two Ohio doctors from prescribing medications after an investigation revealed they recklessly and unnecessarily distributed painkillers and other drugs. Temporary restraining orders—a first-of-its-kind against doctors allegedly prescribing opioids illegally under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)—were served this week that forbid Michael P. Tricaso, D.O., of Akron, and Gregory J. Gerber, M.D., of Sandusky, from writing prescriptions.

Date Published: September 18, 2018

Raynee DeGrio named assistant cross country & track coach

Raynee DeGrio has been hired as an assistant coach for the University of Toledo cross country and track & field programs, UT head coach Linh Nguyen recently announced. DeGrio comes to Toledo after three seasons as an assistant cross country and track coach at Ball State.

Date Published: September 18, 2018

Toledo lands two in top five at Mel Brodt Opener

The men's cross country team traveled to Bowling Green for the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener on Friday, September 7, and landed two runners in the top five.

Date Published: September 17, 2018

Two Chinese nationals charged with operating global opioid and drug manufacturing conspiracy resulting in deaths in Akron

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the unsealing of a 43-count indictment in federal court in Cleveland, which charges two Chinese citizens with operating a conspiracy that manufactured and shipped deadly fentanyl analogues and 250 other drugs to at least 25 countries and 37 states. The indictment also alleges the drugs sold by the group directly led to the fatal overdoses of two people in Akron, Ohio.

Date Published: September 17, 2018

Indiana man sentenced for counterfeiting at baseball game

Kenneth Stopkotte, 53, of Unionville, Ind., was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 21 months in prison for using counterfeit money. He was also sentenced to an additional nine months in prison, to be served consecutively, for violating his terms of previous supervised release.

Date Published: September 14, 2018

ODNR takes new action to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio's deer herd

As of August 1, portions of Holmes and Tuscarawas counties have been declared a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This designation was made after a deer at a captive white-tailed deer facility in Holmes County tested positive for CWD. In addition, the state has established new carcass rules for hunters who hunt wild deer, elk, caribou and moose in other states.

Date Published: September 14, 2018