Couple jumps through window
to escape fire
Bedford  — A couple ihad to jump from a second-floor window to escape an early morning house fire.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that 32-year-old Tesa Tench and her 33-year-old boyfriend, George Martin, got out without injuries after the home in Bedford burned early June 23.
Some pets also got out of the house, although one of their dogs died later.
Firefighters said the front of the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived at about 1:30 a.m. June 23. Tench said the entire staircase was burning, forcing them to jump from a window to firefighters waiting below.
Damage was extensive, and the cause was being investigated.
— Associated Press

More foreign
students going to
Ohio universities
Columbus — Enrollment numbers show most public universities in Ohio have significantly bolstered their number of international students in recent years.
The University of Toledo, Miami University and the University of Akron led the way in adding international students between 2007 and 2012, with Toledo increasing its count by more than 700 percent.
An Institute of International Education report says Ohio ranks eighth in the nation in the number of foreign students attending public universities — with 28,401 students across 13 of its public universities.
Foreign students, who pay out-of-state tuition, paid the schools more than $772 million last year.
Ohio State University has nearly tripled its international undergraduate enrollment in the past five years, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The school now counts 6,350 foreign students, compared with 3,812 in 2007.
Private universities in Ohio also are following the trend. C. Todd Jones, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, said international enrollment at private and independent colleges has grown by more than 50 percent since 2007.
— Associated Press

Sex offender status upheld in rape case
Columbus — An appeals court has upheld the sex offender classification given to an Ohio high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl.
Ma’Lik Richmond was given the second-toughest sex offender classification — Tier II — last August. That means he will have to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.
The Seventh Ohio District Court of Appeals earlier this week rejected arguments by Richmond’s attorneys that the juvenile classification violated constitutional due process protections and amounted to double jeopardy.
A judge found the 18-year-old Richmond and a co-defendant guilty last year of raping the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in Steubenville in eastern Ohio in August 2012.
— Associated Press

Conferences to
examine anti-drug
programs in state
Columbus — Ohio’s judges, county and state officials, and drug experts will examine treatment programs and other ways to fight opiate abuse in upcoming conferences in Columbus.
Judges from across the state have been invited to an Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction on June 30. The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities is hosting an opiate conference called “Don’t Get Me Started” on July 1.
Like many states, Ohio has seen a surge in heroin use and a sharp rise in overdose deaths.
Among the efforts is a project in drug courts in six counties to examine whether the drugs Vivitrol and Suboxone help heroin users prevent relapses as they seek to become productive citizens. The participating counties are Allen, Crawford, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking and Mercer.
— Associated Press

Art of video games display at museum Toledo — A new art exhibit opening at the Toledo Museum of Art is going way beyond water colors, oil paintings and sculptures.
A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum called The Art of Video Games is making its only stop in Ohio in Toledo.
The show features still images and video footage of 80 games and looks at the artistic side of the games.
The museum says the exhibit shows the change and evolution of art within the games and how artists are using their talent through a relatively new medium.
It also will show interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles and, yes, there will be a few games to play.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 28.
— Associated Press