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Officer Requirement for Red Light Camera Clears Ohio Senate

A police officer’s presence would be required for tickets to be issued from red-light cameras around Ohio under a bill that’s cleared the Ohio Senate. The officer requirement was among new statewide restrictions placed on the traffic-monitoring devices in legislation …

Freezing Conditions Lead to Ohio Water Main Rupture, Sinkhole

A water main break sparked by cold temperatures in southwest Ohio caused a sinkhole that engulfed the front end of a pickup truck. WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News report the water main break occurred in Dayton early Tuesday and …

Erie Insurance Introduces Auto Rideshare Cover in Indiana, Illinois

Erie Insurance has launched auto insurance coverage to protect drivers who use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft in two Midwestern states, eliminating confusion for ridesharing drivers over what’s covered and when. Erie’s new coverage, currently available in Indiana and …

Illinois Judge Denies Lower Bond in Rock Island Arson Case

A Rock Island County judge has denied a lower bond for a man accused of setting a fire that destroyed or damaged a handful of buildings in downtown Rock Island, Ill., in September. Jason Earl Anderson, 34, is charged with …

Detroit City Council Approves Contract to Study Car Insurance Plan

The City Council has approved a contract for a firm to study whether it’s feasible for Detroit to create its own city-sponsored auto insurance company. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office says the $75,000 contract for Pinnacle Actuarial Resources was passed 8-0 …

Bungee Jump at Wisconsin Insurance Company Site Nets Man Jail Time

A 26-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for bungee-jumping off a 138-foot crane in Sheboygan on the Fourth of July. The Sheboygan County district attorney’s office says Nick Propson of Maribel pleaded no contest to …

Shooting Victims’ Relatives to Get $3M Settlement From Cleveland

The family attorney for one of two people killed in a hail of police gunfire in 2012 says the victims’ relatives will split a $3 million settlement from the city of Cleveland. Thirteen Cleveland, Ohio, police officers fired 137 shots …

Michigan Court: Agents May Not Be ‘Professionals’ Under Malpractice Definition

Is an insurance agent a “professional” when it comes to whether or not he or she may be charged with malpractice? Not necessarily, a Michigan state appeals court has said. The Michigan Court of Appeals made that determination in a …

Illinois Landlord Convicted in 2010 Apartment Fire Deaths

A suburban Chicago, Ill., landlord was found guilty Monday in the deaths of seven people for a Valentine’s Day 2010 apartment building fire that prosecutors said was set for insurance money. Lawrence Myers, 64, was found guilty of seven counts …

Bus Inspection Problems Plague Rural Michigan School Districts

Michigan State Police inspections have found that small, rural school districts experienced the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year. As for Michigan as a whole, The Detroit News reported that state police figures show the number …

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