State & Regional News

July 18, 2014 - 2:10am
1 day 3 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The farmer featured in a radio ad for Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) airing across rural Ohio is not just a small businessman.

Paulding County soybean farmer Terry McClure also sits on the board of Nationwide, one of the world's largest insurance companies, and formerly chaired the boards of agribusiness specialty lines affiliated with the company that generated close to $1 billion a year in premiums.

Democratic gubernatorial...

July 17, 2014 - 6:37pm
1 day 10 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The contractor leading decontamination and decommissioning work at a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio anticipates up to 675 layoffs beginning in October because of problems related to funding for the project.

Fluor-B&W Portsmouth on Thursday notified employees and the state about the potential layoffs for workers cleaning up the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, roughly 60 miles south of Columbus. The plant...

July 17, 2014 - 5:52pm
1 day 11 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman has pleaded no contest to eight charges involving using a dead woman's stolen debit card.

Thirty-year-old Tonisha Harris of Dayton pleaded no contest Wednesday in Montgomery County court to charges of receiving stolen property and theft. She is set to be sentenced Aug. 14.

Her attorney didn't respond to a message.

Prosecutors say that in March she used a debit card reported stolen by 25-...

July 17, 2014 - 5:27pm
1 day 12 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Lottery is reporting another year of record-high sales and profits, boosted partly by revenue from new video lottery terminals at three racino sites.

Lottery officials say preliminary data show traditional sales and the VLT revenue totaled $3.2 billion for the 2014 fiscal year. That's $314 million more than the previous year.

It generated more than $904 million in profits, which are used to support Ohio public schools. Total...

July 17, 2014 - 3:18pm
1 day 9 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two sets of brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the shooting death and attempted robbery of a suburban Cleveland tavern owner.

The four men entered pleas Thursday in a Cleveland courtroom.

Twenty-six-year-old Devonne Turner, 23-year-old Brandon Jones and 21-year-old Darien Jones are charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. Turner's brother, 24-year-old Paul...

July 17, 2014 - 3:04pm
1 day 12 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a former national boxing champion died after she jumped onto the hood of a car driving toward her after an altercation, then fell off and was accidentally run over by a different vehicle.

Police say 26-year-old Cashmere Jackson died after an altercation Wednesday at a gas station.

Police say Jackson exited the car she was riding in after another car bumped it. When the second car drove toward Jackson, she jumped...

July 17, 2014 - 1:05pm
1 day 16 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Deep-sea explorers at an 1857 shipwreck off the Carolina coast have recovered thousands of gold and silver coins and more than 40 heavy gold bars worth millions of dollars, as well as personal items from the California Gold Rush era.

A Florida company under contract is hauling up the treasure trove this summer from the shipwreck of the SS Central America. That inventory is detailed in court records recently unsealed by a judge in Virginia and obtained...

July 17, 2014 - 11:58am
1 day 17 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Columbus are looking for a car involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a passenger on a motorcycle.

Pickerington police say the crash happened near an exit ramp on eastbound Interstate 70 as a car changed lanes and struck the motorcyclist.

Investigators say a 58-year-old woman riding on the back of the motorcycle died after being taken to a Columbus hospital.

Police say the car...

July 17, 2014 - 10:28am
1 day 18 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of a former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge convicted of lying to FBI agents.

A federal jury convicted Bridget McCafferty in August 2011 of 10 counts of making false statements concerning FBI-recorded telephone conversations she had with then-county auditor Frank Russo and a local businessman about cases in her courtroom. A judge sentenced her to 14 months in prison....

July 17, 2014 - 8:42am
1 day 20 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff says his office will begin investigating heroin overdose deaths as homicides and pursue murder charges against dealers who provided the drugs.

Lucas County Sheriff John Sharp has dedicated three full-time and one part-time detective to investigate overdoses in his county, where heroin deaths have jumped from eight four years ago to 80 last year.

Tharp tells WTOL-TV in Toledo (http://bit.ly/1jTd9It ) Thursday that...

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