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Washington County drug bust: The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported on Monday that they arrested three people for fentanyl and other drugs. Deputies say they saw a Jeep traveling southbound on I-77 swerving all over the place. The car was pulled over and the occupants were identified as James Hunt, Sherry Waybright, and Joshua Allan. A search of the car turned up syringes, guns, fentanyl, heroin, and meth. Allan is from Marietta, Hunt is from Piketon, Waybright is from Portsmouth. Allan was charged with a misdemeanor, the other two face felony charges. They’re all behind bars and are due in court this morning.
Congressman Johnson on Gov. Whitmer’s attempt to shut down pipeline 5: On Monday Southeastern Ohio’s U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson issued a news release about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer is actively trying to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. Johnson said that members of her own party (Democrat) admit that this pipeline is the best way to bring oil and gas from Canada to many midwest states, like Ohio and Michigan. He said this threatens nearly 34,000 jobs and more than $20,000,000,000 in economic activity.
Governor DeWine lifts mask mandate: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday that to keep with federal guidelines, Ohioans won’t have to wear masks except for in certain situations. Andy Chow of the Statehouse News Bureau reports that folks have to be fully vaccinated to dump the face coverings. DeWine says folks still have to wear masks in hospitals, on public transportation, businesses that require masks, schools, and places where a lot of people aren’t vaccinated. This is just to fill the gap between now and when the orders are expected to be lifted on June 2.
New Ohio medical marijuana conditions: The Associated Press reports that members of an Ohio medical panel have added three conditions to buy medical marijuana. Now, folks with chronic headaches, arthritis, and complex regional pain syndrome fall into the category of pain needed to spark up legally. A doctor has to issue a recommendation that someone is eligible to buy weed under the law. It’s been more than a year and more than 150,000 people have bought medical marijuana in Ohio since then.
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