State & Regional News

August 19, 2014 - 9:13am
5 days 19 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic attorney general candidate David Pepper has paid nearly $10,000 in parking fines over the past 14 years after being ticketed more than 180 times, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Hamilton County court records show Pepper, who faces Republican incumbent Mike DeWine this fall, was ticketed mostly for parking at meters that had expired or in no-parking or truck loading zones. He also was ticketed about a dozen times for...

August 19, 2014 - 8:47am
5 days 21 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — An estimated 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

A Duke Energy official says the spill happened late Monday night at one of its substations in New Richmond.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.

An official with the Cincinnati Marine Safety Detachment tells...

August 19, 2014 - 8:06am
5 days 21 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo's mayor compares the city's recent water emergency to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in terms of being a wake-up call for community action.

Mayor D. Michael Collins tells The Blade ( ) newspaper that the water crisis earlier this month should change attitudes about water concerns the same way the terrorist attacks changed attitudes about terrorism preparedness.

He called the water contaminated by...

August 19, 2014 - 7:34am
5 days 22 hours ago

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Detectives say they are searching a ravine in southwest Ohio for evidence in a 22-year-old unsolved murder.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office said Monday it was returning to the area of Washington Township, northeast of Cincinnati, where the body of Columbus-area salesman Dick Woods was found on Nov. 9, 1992.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that barriers went up and the road was closed Monday...

August 19, 2014 - 7:17am
5 days 23 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is redrawing the rules for tattoo artists and piercers for the first time since the late 1990s.

New regulations going into effect Sept. 1 include limiting piercing guns for use only on lower earlobes, and restricting minors from getting certain areas of their bodies pierced, even if their parents approve.

New state laws also require all body art businesses to have an infection and disease control plan. The updates also are...

August 19, 2014 - 6:35am
6 days 1 hour ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to 16 years in prison for his role in the fatal beating of a housemate last year.

Forty-one-year-old Lamont Evans Sr. was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to kidnapping and involuntary manslaughter in the November slaying of Ryan Wilson in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch ( reports that later Monday, the two other men who authorities say were with Evans at the...

August 19, 2014 - 6:16am
6 days 4 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A crowd of about 100 people gathered at Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office to call for the release of in-store video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart.

Organizers tell the Dayton Daily News ( ) they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police who said he refused to drop the air rifle he was holding at a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek....

August 19, 2014 - 5:54am
6 days 4 hours ago

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The alleged drug dealer accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to the father of a boy killed in a 2012 Ohio school shooting has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Prosecutors in Geauga County say 37-year-old Chad Riffett sold the heroin that led to the accidental overdose death of Russell King Sr. King was found dead at his home on Feb. 27 — the second anniversary of the shooting at Chardon High School that killed 17-year-...

August 19, 2014 - 3:02am
6 days 5 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State records show the U.S. military has given armored vehicles, assault rifles and thousands of other types of surplus military equipment to Ohio law enforcement agencies in recent years.

Ohio law enforcement agencies have received nearly 4,900 assault rifles and 36 mine-resistant vehicles since 2006 under a Department of Defense program that provides surplus military-style equipment to local police. Delaware police in central Ohio received a...

August 18, 2014 - 6:55pm
6 days 7 hours ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 9-year-old boy who apparently drowned has been pulled from a creek in southwest Ohio.

Springfield police Sgt. Scott Woodruff says police received the call about a possible drowning in Buck Creek on Monday afternoon.

Clark County coroner's investigator Mike Haytas (HAY'-tuhs) says the boy has been identified as Collin Jenkins of Springfield.

Haytas says the boy appears to have...

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