State & Regional News

July 21, 2014 - 2:36pm
2 days 17 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court has put on hold a judge's order that the Ohio Department of Education sponsor a downtown Cincinnati charter school to keep it operating.

The decision staying the judge's order threatens to force VLT Academy to close. That would send 600 low-income, at-risk youth and their caretakers scrambling for the upcoming school year.

Hamilton County Judge Nadine Allen had ordered the education department to sponsor VLT Academy...

July 21, 2014 - 8:36am
2 days 20 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron plans to spend about $375,000 to renovate its presidential home for the school's new leader.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) that it will be the first major update to the French country home since the university bought it in 1999 for $850,000.

Scott Scarborough started his presidency this month. He's required to live in university-provided housing.


July 21, 2014 - 7:50am
2 days 21 hours ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff charged in a corruption case is facing questions about his ammunition purchases.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) that Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly used his office's purchasing power last year to buy ammunition for one of his lawyers, a county commissioner and his office's fiscal officer, along with deputies.

The ammunition was bought at a discounted rate and without sales tax....

July 21, 2014 - 7:01am
2 days 22 hours ago

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in central Ohio say a man is dead after his vehicle struck a concrete bridge abutment and burst into flames.

The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating the fatal crash that occurred Sunday afternoon a few miles north of Circleville.

The office did not identify the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner has ordered forensic testing to confirm the man's identity because of the...

July 21, 2014 - 6:38am
2 days 22 hours ago

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A popular suburban Cleveland restaurant will reopen this week with a limited menu after the slaying of its owner.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that ( ) Brennan's Colony will reopen Tuesday for drinks only, but customers can bring in food from area restaurants. The tavern's kitchen is expected to reopen Friday with a limited menu.

The announcement comes about three weeks after the tavern's...

July 21, 2014 - 6:12am
2 days 23 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A school spokesman says four Case Western Reserve University students were robbed at gunpoint while on campus this weekend.

University spokesman William Lubinger tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) that the students were studying in the Wade Commons university building on Saturday afternoon, when three men wearing red bandanas demanded their belongings.

Lubinger said the suspects carried a silver handgun and...

July 21, 2014 - 5:55am
2 days 19 hours ago

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southern Ohio say a suspect accused of his shooting his ex-wife and killing a man she was with has shot himself and is hospitalized.

Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North says officers found 33-year-old suspect Michael Napoli at a hotel in Jeffersonville on Monday morning. He says Napoli shot himself in a standoff with authorities and was taken to a Dayton hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators had been...

July 21, 2014 - 5:19am
3 days 2 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices are up slightly to start the work week but remain below the national average.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.49 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 2 cents more than a week ago — and 28 cents lower than a month ago in Ohio.

Monday's national average was $3.57, which is 4 cents lower than a week ago. It's 10 cents lower than the price...

July 21, 2014 - 3:40am
3 days 5 hours ago

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued two people and two dogs from a sinking vessel in Lake Erie.

The Coast Guard in Cleveland says a 33-foot recreational boat hit a rocky bottom on Sunday and began taking on water.

The Blade of Toledo reports ( that Coast Guard crews in Marblehead and Port Clinton responded soon after and got the people and dogs off the sinking vessel.

The responders, which...

July 21, 2014 - 3:01am
2 days 20 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Efforts to reach a plea deal have stalled in the case of Greenpeace activists who staged an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in Cincinnati.

Prosecutors said Monday that only one protester facing charges of burglary and vandalism has indicated a willingness to accept a plea that would avoid prison time.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors met in Hamilton County Judge Robert Winkler's chambers with no major...

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