Thursday, February 14 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-02-15 00:20:11 GMT
Officials announced a current investigation being conducted on a local school district.The Warren County Prosecutor's Office revealed several complaints have been reported over officials with the FranklinMore >>
The Warren County Prosecutor's Office revealed several complaints have been reported over officials with the Franklin City Schools allegedly using school resources to 'engage in impermissible political activities'.More >>
FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Thursday that he will not file charges against the superintendent of Franklin City Schools over an anti- Gov. John Kasich letter that was sent to parents.
Superintendent Arnol Elam sent a letter to parents relating to his views to the governor's recently announced school funding formula and its effects on the Franklin School District. The letter stated, "As parents and friends of our district, I hope
that you will do two things: First,
please join me in an active campaign to ensure that Gov. Kasich and any
legislator who supports him are not re-elected..."
Fornshell launched an investigation to determined if the letter violated an Ohio Revised Code that prohibits the use of public funds to publish or
distribute any newsletter that "[S]upports or opposes the nomination or
election of a candidate for public office, the investigation, prosecution, or
recall of a public official, or the passage of a levy or bond issue."
Fornshell said he was several conversations with school district officials and they expressed regret over the letter.
"Superintendent Elam intends to personally reimburse the district for the funds
used to produce the page of the Letter that contained the Offending
Language. The FCSD Board has also
represented that they will adopt additional procedures and safeguards to insure
that no violations of this type occur in the future," said Fornshell. "Finally, Superintendent Elam and/or the FCSD
Board also intend to use their own personal funds to notify the public of these
facts utilizing the same manner of distribution as the original Letter.
"Based on these representations, and their
prompt acceptance of responsibility for this mistake and prompt actions to
rectify it, I have advised both Superintendent Elam and the FCSD Board that our
office was satisfied with this outcome, and that our office would not be
pursuing further action relating to the Offending Language," he said.
Fornshell also addressed allegations that the investigation was politically motivated.
"Neither Governor Kasich, the Ohio Republican Party,
the Warren County Republican Party, local legislators, nor any of their
representatives had anything to do with my decision to initiate an
investigation into this matter. Rather,
I made the decision to investigate immediately upon my review of the Offending
Language in the Letter that had been forwarded to me by the concerned Warren
County resident," said Fornshell.
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:18 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:18:38 GMT
Aiken County deputies say they searched with New Ellenton police officers for two armed men who shot dogs on Sizemore Avenue on Saturday night. Aiken County deputies say they started searching for the suspectsMore >>
UPDATE: Neighbors are shocked after two suspects shot three dogs in a New Ellenton neighborhood Saturday night. More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:20:12 GMT
One person has been transported to the hospital after being shot at Axis Barbershop in Beech Island. Aiken County dispatch said it happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There are at least two suspects,More >>
Aiken County Coroner's office has confirmed that 32 year old Zann Worrell Jr. of North Augusta died at GRU Medical Center on May 18, 2013 at 3:37 p.mMore >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 3:11 PM EDT2013-05-19 19:11:10 GMT
Richmond County Dispatch confirms there has been a stabbing at a Family Dollar. Deputies say it happened on the 2900 block of Dean's Bridge Road around 7:18 tonight. Information is limited at this tiMore >>
UPDATE: Richmond County investigators said Tonya S. Terry was stabbed several times in the chest area inside the Family Dollar on Dean's Bridge Road Saturday evening.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:04 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:04:50 GMT
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road. Firefighters were on the scene until around 8:30 a.m. No injuriesMore >>
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road.
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:23:19 GMT
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by whatMore >>
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by what investigators said was a bat along the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:19 GMT
Instead of spending the day at the computer, some Augustans spent their day learning about it. People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta'sMore >>
People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta's growth in the technology sector.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:55:44 GMT
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.Bradford was a Grovetown resident, according to information from a DynCorp spokesperson.The spokesperson toldMore >>
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:47:31 GMT
Georgia Power crews are working to fix power lines at William Few Parkway and Knob Hill that were struck from a car crash around 9 a.m. Saturday. Columbia County dispatch said two cars were involved withMore >>
Georgia Power crews are working to fix power lines at William Few Parkway and Knob Hill that were struck from a car crash around 9 a.m. Saturday.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:40 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:40:22 GMT
Richmond County Sheriff's Office released the following information in regards to Deputy Creech: Sheriff Roundtree and the family of Deputy Alton Daniel Creech would like to thank everyone within our community forMore >>
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, Georgia on Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013 at 11am. Deputy Creech will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:31 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:31:56 GMT
Hundreds of people sang through their grief Friday night as they mourned the death of Richmond County deputy Alton Creech. Two of Creech's close friends, who go by Solo and Ruff, say they've been unableMore >>
Hundreds of people sang through their grief Friday night as they mourned the death of Richmond County deputy Alton Creech.More >>