State & Regional News

August 29, 2014 - 6:06am
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ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio say an 82-year-old man was killed when the lawnmower he was riding tumbled down an embankment and landed on top of him.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Harold Speak died when the mower trapped him in a creek bed Thursday evening in Anderson Township in suburban Cincinnati.

The sheriff's office says Speak was mowing at the edge of his property when the soft ground gave way and the...

August 29, 2014 - 5:53am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of the fired Ohio State University marching band director are out in force for a meeting of the university trustees.

Dozens of alumni musicians and other supporters of Jonathan Waters gathered for Friday's meeting, serenading the event with fight songs and anthems familiar to fans of what's known as The Best Damn Band in The Land. A pro-Waters banner was flown overhead.

Board chairman Jeffrey Wadsworth planned to...

August 29, 2014 - 3:02am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief says applications for absentee ballots will be mailed Friday to all registered voters in the state.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says more than 6 million registered voters should receive the applications within a few days. Another round of applications will be sent in early October to those who register or update their information after Aug. 1.

Husted's office estimates this year's mailings...

August 29, 2014 - 12:42am
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BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A body found in a river in the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Valley National Park has been identified as a woman who was reported missing last week.

Two park rangers found the body around 6 p.m. Thursday north of Highland Road Bridge in Brecksville. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirmed Friday it was the body of 30-year-old Hillary Sharma.

Sharma of Eastlake was last seen Aug. 19. Her car was found around midnight Aug....

August 28, 2014 - 6:42pm
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BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for the parents of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart say they were encouraged by their meeting with a federal prosecutor about the investigation.

John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in Beavercreek. Officers said he didn't respond to orders to drop an air rifle. His family says the shooting wasn't justified. Attorney Michael Wright and Crawford's parents met Thursday with U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart to ask federal...

August 28, 2014 - 3:21pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A national prisons organization has given an inaugural managing award to a long-time Ohio corrections official.

Andrew Albright, chief of Ohio's Bureau of Policy and Operational Compliance, is the first recipient of the national accreditation manager of the year award.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Thursday announced the honor, given to Albright last week by the American Correctional Association....

August 28, 2014 - 2:53pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Ohio deputy treasurer facing 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy in the U.S. and who fled to Pakistan should be sentenced in absentia.

The government says Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MED') had a forged Mexican passport, a fraudulent Pakistani birth certificate, a false Pakistani visa and $175,000 when he was arrested in Pakistan in April.

Prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday that...

August 28, 2014 - 12:57pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is promoting annual cost-of-living increases for judges as a way of keeping judges on the bench and making the profession attractive to new candidates.

Maureen O'Connor says choosing a career in public service shouldn't mean being saddled with a stagnant salary, with judges now going without a raise since 2008.

O'Connor said Thursday in her annual state of the judiciary speech that...

August 28, 2014 - 12:09pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a Dayton police officer can't be sued individually as part of a sex discrimination case.

At issue in the court's divided ruling were complaints of age- and sex-discrimination by a female police officer against the department and her supervisor.

The court's 4-3 decision Thursday said the portion of Ohio law governing employment discrimination places liability on a government entity but not...

August 28, 2014 - 10:20am
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PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio teen has pleaded guilty to killing her foster mother as part of a conspiracy with her romantically involved foster father.

Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich (ZOO'-nik) pleaded guilty to aggravated murder on Thursday in Lake County, and likely will be sentenced to life in prison later.

Zunich testified against Kevin Knoefel (kuh-NOF'-uhl) earlier this year as part of a plea agreement. Knoefel was found guilty...

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