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Prosecutor challenges Ohio prison release option

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:51 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says a procedure allowing the Ohio prisons director to recommend to judges early release for certain offenders violates the constitutional separation of powers.

At issue in a complaint by Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn is a law allowing the prisons chief to recommend early release for offenders who have served at least 80 percent of their sentence.


Health department revokes Ohio clinic's license

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 08:44 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The interim director of the Ohio Department of Health has signed an order to revoke the license of Toledo's last abortion clinic.

The order takes effect Aug. 12.

Lance Himes signed the order Wednesday revoking Capital Care Network's license.

The clinic has 15 days to file an appeal and request a court stay the order pending appeal.


Ohio Legislature's request denied in voting case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:50 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has denied the Ohio Legislature's request to become part of a lawsuit challenging early voting rules in the key swing state.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly had sought to be among the lawsuit's defendants, which include the state's attorney general and elections chief. Attorneys argued that lawmakers had a right to defend the statutes they enact.


Ohio brothers convicted in shooting of bystander

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:37 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury has convicted two brothers of murder in the death of a bystander while allegedly shooting at each other last year in Cleveland.

Twenty-five-year-old Jonathan Catron and 23-year-old Carvin Catron were found guilty Wednesday after a four-day trial. They were charged with killing 20-year-old James Swindler III.


Ohio GOP slate endorsed by anti-abortion group

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 04:33 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest anti-abortion group has endorsed a slate of sitting Republicans in the upcoming fall elections.

Ohio Right to Life PAC's backing of incumbent Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and the rest of his party in the November election was expected.

In January, the abortion-rights group Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio endorsed an all-Democrat slate for statewide office in what was effectively the ticket's 2014 campaign kickoff.


Life sentence for Ohioan who killed mom, kept body

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:09 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who stabbed his mother and then lived with her decomposing corpse for about six months has been sentenced to life in prison.

A judge in Akron who sentenced 33-year-old Michael Petrie on Wednesday says he will not be eligible for parole.

Prosecutors say the Barberton man left his mother exactly where he killed her and left two murder weapons — a kitchen knife and a martial arts weapon — near her body.


Greenpeace attorneys question P&G's damage claim

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 01:20 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for nine Greenpeace activists facing felony charges for a stunning protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters are challenging the consumer product company's damage claims.

In a new court filing, defense attorneys want a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge to order P&G to allow them into company headquarters in Cincinnati to take photos that the attorneys claim they can use to show that window and paver damage wasn't caused by the protest.

Prosecutors didn't respond immediately for comment.


Prosecutors seek 3-year sentence in fracking case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:19 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a three-year sentence and a $250,000 fine for the owner of a northeast Ohio oil and gas drilling company accused of dumping large amounts of toxic brine down a storm sewer and into a creek that feeds the Mahoning River.

Sixty-four-year-old Ben Lupo of Poland, Ohio, pleaded guilty in March to one count of unpermitted discharge into U.S. waters. His sentencing is Tuesday in Cleveland.


Alumni of Ohio college fight to help it survive

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:31 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Alumni of the country's oldest historically black private university are committing money and other support to help the southwestern Ohio school fight to survive amid possible accreditation loss, financial deficits and low enrollment.

The southwestern Ohio university and its alumni association say alumni committed to raise $2 million in cash donations. Wilberforce University officials say in a Wednesday statement released first to The Associated Press that those donations include $400,000 pledged at last weekend's alumni conference.


Ohio city names sites for immigrants, despite foes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 08:57 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio city has told federal authorities it has two places that could be used to shelter children from Central America.

Dayton officials say they responded to a U.S. government request in identifying potential housing. Their statement Tuesday evening came two days after a Dayton-area congressman and other southwest Ohio officials sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying Mayor Nan Whaley doesn't speak for the region in offering to house children of the border influx.


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