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Woman dies a year after suffering brain injury at Ohio fair

A 19-year-old woman has died more than a year after she suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on a ride at the Ohio State Fair.

The woman was injured on the Fire Ball ride on July 26, 2017, when a gondola filled with riders broke off from the ride and fell to the ground. An 18-year-old man was killed in the incident, and six others were injured.

Divorced parents must work together to manage the school year

The start of the school year in Ohio always is filled with challenges as kids get back on schedule and prepare for the year ahead, but if you're newly divorced, your kids will have a few extra adjustments to make. Figuring out how to maneuver while living in two households instead of one is tough -- as is setting a schedule for the kids with your ex-spouse. Here's a peek at what you should do and what you can expect as a newly single parent:

Ask your kids what their goals are and work with your former partner to make it happen. It is best for children and parents to be on the same page. Be supportive of your child. If your daughter wants to be on the debate team, for example, figure out how to work together to make it happen by deciding who will drive her to tournaments or pick her up from debate preparation.

Estate planning: Serving as your parent's executor in Ohio

You knew your mom had written a will and named you as the executor. As sad as the idea of her passing made you, you agreed to serve in that capacity for her when she passed away.

You just didn't anticipate the mess she might leave you to figure out.

What is a living trust, and why should I consider it?

Lawyers can sometimes seem to be speaking another language. Nowhere is this truer than in elder law and estate planning. For example: Do you need an inter vivos trust? What is a “pour over” will? What’s the difference between an irrevocable and revocable trust?

A living trust involves all the above. But the concept is relatively straightforward, when you cut out the legalese. Below is a clear summary of a living trust and why one might be right for you.

Ohio pet owners: Don't forget to plan for your animals

Many of us know people who refer to their cat or dog as their four-legged child. Maybe that's what you call yours.

While they aren't children technically, pets certainly are a part of the family. Just as we provide for our children in the event of our death, many of us provide for our pets, too.

Shoplifters able to avoid jail time with alternative program

Shoplifting is a term that is seemly lax in society. When you think of this criminal activity, innocent scenarios might come to mind: like a 6-year-old boy sticking a lollipop into his pocket at the gas station, or a teenage girl walking out of a department store with a pair of earrings.

According to Ohio law, shoplifting is theft and punished as so. Theft laws enforce punishments such as jail time, fines and full repayment of damages. From this perspective, shoplifting no longer seems like such a frivolous crime.

Ohio police officer killed in hit-and-run accident

The community of Mentor, Ohio, suffered a loss of one of its finest recently with the death of a police officer in a hit-and-run accident. A suspect has been charged in the officer's death.

The officer, 41, had stopped to assist a colleague on June 24 around 1 a.m. at a traffic stop on Ohio Route 2 near Ohio Route 306. As he was walking toward the stopped car, he was hit by a late-model Jeep Wrangler, according to investigators. Emergency personnel treated him on site and transported him to TriPoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

In an Ohio divorce, what happens to the house?

Your home was your castle. Maybe it was the perfect downtown loft for a career couple or a family home where you watched your kids grow. Perhaps it was the condo where you moved after the kids left so that you didn't have to worry about mowing the lawn in the summer or shoveling the snow during an Ohio winter anymore.

But now that you're divorcing, what happens to the house?

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