COLUMBUS – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that several Ohioans have reported receiving suspicious calls asking for donations supposedly to support police and fire causes.
The calls reportedly ask consumers to give money to support wounded police officers and firefighters, underfunded departments, scholarship funds for families of officers, or similar causes. Consumers say the callers refuse to answer questions or to provide viable call-back numbers.
The calls appear to come from Ohio phone numbers, but the numbers could be spoofed or the calls could be made over the Internet, meaning the caller could be located somewhere else entirely.
“Charity scams take money away from legitimate organizations,” Attorney General DeWine said. “While we encourage people to be generous, we also encourage them to be cautious. A little research can go a long way. If you get a call asking for a
donation, check it out to make sure it’s not a scam.”
Signs of a potential charity scam include callers who:
* Make vague claims about a cause.
* Use a name similar to a well-known organization.
* Provide little or no detailed information.
* Refuse to answer questions.
* Refuse to provide a call-back number.
* Use a “spoofed” phone number.
* Demand immediate payment.
* Ask for payment via wire transfer or prepaid card.
* Ask for payment to an individual instead of an organization.
Not all calls seeking charitable donations are potential scams. Legitimate charities and professional solicitors, which generally are for-profit businesses paid to collect donations, can and do seek donations over the phone. When a charitable organization calls a consumer seeking a donation, the caller must provide the name of the organization and the location of its principal place of business. Professional solicitors also must provide this basic information.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section maintains a registry of charitable organizations and professional solicitors that raise money in Ohio. Both must annually file informational returns or financial reports with the Attorney
General’s Office. The Attorney General also investigates alleged fraud and takes legal action to protect charitable funds.
To determine whether an organization has registered with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office or to report suspicious charitable activity, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov [www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov ].
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Via a press release by Harrison Hills Board of Education
The Harrison Hills Board of Education will meet in emergency session July 21, 2016, for the purpose of investigation of a complaint(s) against a public employee with board action related to the employment status to possibly occur. The meeting will be held at the administrative office in Cadiz at 7:30 p.m.
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Front Row L-R: Dylan Booth, Dallas Romig, Braden Caldwell, Deric Radich,Garson Imes, Braylen Novak, Gavin Booth, Garik Imes, Nathan Novak. Back Row: Head Coach Karl Justus, Superintendent Todd Herman, Tanner Berg, Joey Schaar, John Adkins, Cody Smith, Kinder Morgan Vice-President of Public Affairs Allen Force, Jeremiah Roach, Joe Kyle, Garett Rice, Matt Caldwell, Coach Brant Gardner
BOWERSTON – The Conotton Valley Union Local School District (CVUL) received a major donation Monday from Kinder Morgan, developer of the Utopia East Pipeline project, to support the district’s athletic programs and its “Leader in Me” curriculum for the 20162017 school year.
The company is investing $55,000 to support the school’s athletic programs and Leader in Me curriculum, a program designed to develop students’ leadership and self empowerment skills.
Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan, presented a check for $55,000 to CVUL Superintendent Todd Herman during the Conotton Valley High School football team’s practice.
“We are thrilled that Kinder Morgan has committed this support to our district,” said Herman. “The impact the Leader in Me program will have on our district and community cannot be quantified. With Kinder Morgan’s help we are able to bring an added dimension to our educational environment and produce leaders in our community for tomorrow.”
The Leader in Me program, based upon “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students, and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
In addition to supporting athletic programs, the donation will help CVUL add certified instructors to implement the Leader in Me program to its full capacity, adding the district to the approximately 80 schools in Ohio, and 1,924 across the United States, already enrolled in the program. For more information, visit: www. theleaderinme.org.
“Kinder Morgan is pleased to support the students and future leaders in the CVUL community through the important leadership and life skills gained through the Leader in Me curriculum and the positives that come through organized athletic competition,” said Fore. “We are proud to continue the 60year commitment we have in partnering with local groups and nonprofit organizations across Ohio.”
Conotton Valley Union Local School District, located in Bowerston, Ohio, is comprised of one campus housing students in preK through 12th grade. For more information, visit: www.cvul.org.
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HARRISON COUNTY – A black, 4-door Grand Prix heading north towards Cadiz from New Athens, crossed the center line Monday morning and hit a ditch and flipped over.
Authorities said the female driver, the only passenger in the car, was taken to Harrison Community Hospital with a possible head injury.
The woman’s name was not released and neither her age or address is known at this time.
A passing motorist saw the vehicle upside down and broke the rear window glass and pulled the woman out of her car.
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Harrison County will soon have a mobile medical unit to treat patients who are indigent or uninsured. Southeast Inc. Healthcare Services, who is providing the mobile unit, also has three other approved sites in Franklin County.
Southeast will be working in coordination with the Harrison County Health Department every other Wednesday.
The mobile unit, a large camper vehicle, begins its services on Aug. 3 at 9:30 a.m., and operate until 4 p.m. bi-monthly on the grounds of the Government Center in Cadiz.
“Southeast, Inc. recently received an award of $704,167 for a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) for mid to eastern Belmont County and a portion of Harrison County from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),” read a joint press release.
The Mobile Medical Coach, FQHC site as it’s referred to, offers primary care services to adults and children for general medical care (GMC) and behavioral health care (BHC) as well. Regional Director of Clinical Services for Southeast Inc. Healthcare Services, Melissa Powers, (M.Ed., PCC-S) said that they would not refuse anyone if they could not pay.
“We do…referrals for specialty care,” Powers said, “so, if we have someone that comes in that needs to see a specialist we will take care of that and make sure they get to a specialist.”
Powers said they hoped to have an examining room inside plus the mobile unit outside. But she said that was down the road if everything works out here in the county. She added that approval for that would have to come from the federal government before setting up shop inside.
“We have to wait for the federal government to approve it. Every time we change a site we have to have approval…,” Powers explained. Harrison County Health Department Preparedness Coordinator John Carr stated that they would be signing an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) after their next meeting, which he said was expected to pass. Powers stated that it would also allow them to see more patients too.
Regarding staff, Powers said there would be a full time physician, nurse practitioner (RN) and two licensed practical nurses (LPN) plus a Certified Application Counselor “which is to assist people in getting on Medicaid or the Healthcare Exchange.”
Powers said many people can’t get out to apply when they are eligible
“We’re finding a lot of people who have not applied who are eligible that now have been able to receive benefits to obtain healthcare,” Powers said. Carr stressed the importance for the public in need to contact the health department and seek the treatment they need.
“In order for this to work we…obviously we need people to come to us,” he said. “We can’t go to them in their house but we are coming as close as we can get with a mobile clinic.”
Powers said that they are looking to eventually put all their services under one roof, referring to their mental health services they provide on Warren Street in Cadiz. Right now with their services in Cadiz, plus the mobile unit, which will be parked at the government center in Cadiz, they’re also in St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry and Woodsfield.
She said they were grateful when an agreement was reached with Carr and the health department because of the transportation issues for many people and having to travel to St. Clairsville.
Powers stated that the grant money is used for the mobile unit, medications, supplies and staff, as well as services, as an example.
According to the press release provided by Powers, Southeast currently “serves over 12,000 people annually.” Services include mental health, substance abuse, primary health care as well as ancillary medical services. They also have offices in Delaware, Belmont, Harrison, Monroe, Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties, as well as Columbus.
“Southeast Inc.’s mission is to serve as a comprehensive provider of mental health for both adults and children, chemical dependency, healthcare, and homeless services, assisting diverse populations regardless of their economic status,” read the press release.
The release further states that Southeast is accredited by The Joint Commission and funded in part by the Belmont, Harrison and Monroe Mental Health Board.
Other information provided:
– You do not have to be a current client at Southeast for behavioral services.
– They accept most insurances but encourage the public to call and verify.
– A sliding fee scale is used based on income and there is no fee for services if one does not have income, though it would need to be verified.
– All practical services are offered: Immunizations, physicals, acute care, referrals for specialty care and blood draws for lab services.
– Wellness activities include smoking cessation, diabetes education, cooking and walking classes.
– Opioid treatment services with utilization of Vivitrol.
Contact Melissa Powers at: (614) 695-9344.
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