WOSU News Archives For: December 7, 2005

COTA Board Finalizes Three-Year Contract

12:00AM
December
7, 2005

On Wednesday, the COTA Board of Trustees enthusiastically ratified a new 3-year labor contract that bus drivers and mechanics approved last weekend. Company president Bill Lhota said today that he could never have anticipated the agreement would take almost a year to negotiate. As WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports, COTA administrators believe today’s action could be a positive first step to the bus company’s restructuring.

Mayor Coleman calls for another strike force

12:00AM
December
7, 2005

The Columbus Division of Police is heading up its second strike force since the summer. After a significant increase in robberies over the past year the Mayor’s Office has approved funding for police overtime to help combat the problem through the rest of the year.

COTA Accepts Contract

12:00AM
December
7, 2005

The Central Ohio Transit Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously today to approve a three year contract with the Transport Workers Union, Local 208.

Breathalyzer Results Ruled Admissible in Coleman Drunk Driving Case

12:00AM
December
7, 2005

A Franklin County judge’s ruling means the wife of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is closer to a minimum 3 days in jail for drunk driving. Frankie Coleman’s attorneys challenged the certification of the Bexley police officer who administered a breathalyzer test after her car struck a parked pick-up truck in October. But yesterday the judge ruled the officer was properly certified. The breathalyzer test showed Coleman with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.