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Two indicted

Two people were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Mindy K. Harvey, 34, of Huron, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, court records state.

Jacob M. Reau, 38, of Castalia, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Ohio sues over $16M in alleged prescription drug overcharges

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the fund for injured workers.

Attorney General Dave Yost said OptumRx Administrative Services managed drug prescriptions for BWC clients but didn’t provide the contractually arranged discounts on generic drugs between 2015 and 2018. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Franklin County.

A message seeking comment was left Monday for a law firm representing OptumRx.

Yost said the company’s contract expired in October, and BWC now uses a different pharmacy benefit manager.

Such companies, known as PBMs, have faced recent scrutiny in Ohio over their pricing practices, including for charging much more than the amount they reimbursed pharmacists for drugs provided to Medicaid recipients.

Doctors raise concerns about addiction treatment rules

DAYTON (AP) — Some doctors in Ohio have raised concerns about rules requiring counseling for people who receive drug addiction treatment.

The Dayton Daily News reported the State Medical Board now requires patients to have counseling if they receive Suboxone, an addiction treatment drug. The board has proposed rules specifying which types of counseling or therapy qualify.

Some doctors and other critics said rules requiring specific counseling could limit the number of doctors treating people with addiction and encourage some patients to avoid treatment.

Mike Ward, managing partner at the treatment program Cornerstone Project, wants more rules. He said some doctors operate cash-only clinics without referring patients to further treatment, which sometimes leads to patients selling their prescriptions on the streets.

The medical board could vote on the rules as early as April.

Police: Wrong-way driver crashed into car; 3 killed

MORAINE (AP) — Authorities say a driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Ohio crashed into a car carrying a family of three, killing the two adults and child in that car.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said 51-year-old Timothy Thompson, 50-year-old Karen Thompson and 10-year-old Tessa Thompson, all of Mason, were killed in the crash around 8 p.m. Sunday in the Dayton suburb of Moraine.

Authorities said the motorist who was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-75 and crashed into the Thompson’s vehicle was taken to a hospital with injuries. Moraine police haven’t released that driver’s identity or condition.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Authorities ID pilot killed in small plane crash in field

MARYSVILLE (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when the small plane he was flying crashed into a farm field in Ohio.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 44-year-old Matthew Hayden, of Phoenix, died Sunday night when the Cessna 421B multi-engine plane crashed off US 42 near the border of Union and Delaware counties.

Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said the former Air Force pilot took off from Dayton International Airport Sunday evening and was headed to Delaware Municipal Airport in central Ohio when the plane crashed shortly before 6 p.m.

Patton said the plane was owned by Classic Solutions Company Inc., out of Bakersfield, California.

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said it’s too early to determine what caused the crash.

Remains of Ohio soldier killed in Korean War identified

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of an Ohio soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Army Cpl. Stephen Nemec, of Cleveland, was accounted for July 13, 2018.

Officials said the 21-year-old soldier was reported killed fighting against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces at Turtle Head’s Bend, near the village of Unsan, North Korea, Nov. 2, 1950. He was buried at a United Nations cemetery that was soon closed as the situation in North Korea worsened.

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