News briefs – July 24

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CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO OPENS NEW GIRAFFE ENCOUNTER – Gather up your herd and head to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to see the new Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter in the African Savanna area, featuring an entirely new giraffe feeding experience for guests.

The new giraffe feeding deck features a much larger deck area that is positioned farther out into the exhibit than the previous one was. Guests will still be feeding the giraffes Romaine lettuce as they did in the past, but the hours have been expanded and now run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Romaine lettuce is $2 per leaf and is available at the giraffe deck site.

The Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter enables guests to get closer to the world’s tallest mammal and gives them the chance to have an unforgettable experience hand-feeding the giraffes while learning about their plight in the wild.

After the two giraffe calves born last year, the Zoo’s herd is up to six Masai giraffes, including males Travis and Jabari, and females Jhasmin, Jada, Grace and Adia. Giraffes are native to the savannas of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Masai giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) are found in Kenya and Tanzania, near the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Zoo participates in the Masai giraffe Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Species Survival Plans are cooperative breeding and management groups for endangered or threatened species including black rhinos, African elephants, lowland gorillas and Amur tigers.

OHIO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR THEFT FROM ELDERLY VICTIMS, CHURCH IN COMPUTER SCAM – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a Marietta man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for running an electronics sales scam that defrauded 22 victims, including elderly individuals and a church.

Wayne Hunter, 47, was sentenced today in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas to serve 30 months in prison and to pay $14,637.87 in restitution to victims.

Hunter agreed to the joint sentence recommendation in June, when he pleaded guilty to one count of attempt to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of grand theft, and one count of theft against an elderly person.

Between March 2014 and December 2014, Hunter accepted over $14,000 in upfront payments for computers or video equipment that he failed to deliver to customers. Among the victims were nine elderly consumers and a church that paid Hunter $3,849 for a sound system it never received.

STATE MEETINGS PLANNED – The Board of Building Appeals will meet on Tuesday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 29, at 8 a.m. Both meetings will take place at the Division of Industrial Compliance, 6606 Tussing Road, Training Room 1, Reynoldsburg.

The Board of Building Appeals reviews appeals to adjudication orders issued by the Division of Industrial Compliance, Bureaus of Building Code Compliance and Operations and Maintenance, or by any certified local or county enforcement agency. The Board also reviews appeals made to fire citations issued by the State Fire Marshal or any local fire department with a certified fire safety inspector. The Board can reverse or modify orders of the enforcing agencies and can also grant variances and exemptions to certain code requirements.

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