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Indiana driver, passenger killed in SW Ohio crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:05 PM

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — State troopers say an Indiana man and his passenger were killed and two more drivers were hurt in a three-vehicle crash in southwest Ohio.

A statement from the State Highway Patrol says the collision occurred Tuesday afternoon in Warren County's Clearcreek Township, about 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

The patrol says a 45-year-old Leesburg woman failed to stop her car at an intersection and hit a large truck, forcing it into a head-on collision with a minivan.


Ohio band director pleads guilty to sex charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 05:23 PM

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A former central Ohio band director accused of inappropriate conduct with three students has pleaded guilty to 13 counts, including felony sexual battery and misdemeanor sexual imposition.

Anthony Miller of Westerville changed his pleas Tuesday in Licking County court.

Authorities say the charges against the 33-year-old Miller reflect his conduct with three females who were students at Newark High School, where he worked as assistant band director.


Missing concertgoer's body found at Ohio landfill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 04:27 PM

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — A body found at a northeast Ohio landfill has been identified as a young man who disappeared during a Cleveland concert.

Lorain County sheriff's Capt. Jim Drozdowski (drawz-DOW'-skee) says the body of 22-year-old Cory Barron of Fremont was found Tuesday at the county landfill in Oberlin, about 35 miles west of Cleveland.

Drozdowski says a worker noticed the body after a truck dumped its load. He says investigators are tracing the truck's route.


Fine paid for Ohio veteran cited for therapy ducks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:43 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Army veteran accused of violating a village ban by keeping 14 pet ducks says he wants his day in court, even though someone else paid his fine for having the ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

The Coshocton Municipal Court clerk's office says the $140 fine and court costs for Darin Welker of West Lafayette were paid online by a Newtown, Pennsylvania, man.

Welker was cited for not complying with a ban on residents keeping farm animals in the village.


Ohio AG rival wants probe of DeWine bid process

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:19 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — His Democratic rival wants federal authorities to investigate Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's handling of lucrative collections contracts in the wake of a newspaper investigation.

DeWine's office challenges the factual basis for requesting any probe.


Juvenile offender status can be set before release

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says judges can hold hearings to determine the offender status of juveniles convicted of sex crimes at the time they are found guilty or when they're released from detention.

The court's unanimous decision Tuesday came in a 2011 Clark County case involving a juvenile found delinquent for a rape committed when he was 14 years old.


Group says Ohio casinos, racinos employ over 7,000

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Gaming Association says Ohio's commercial casinos and racinos employed more than 7,000 workers who received a total of $225 million in wages benefits and tips last year.

The Washington-based trade association says the four casinos and four racinos operating in Ohio in 2013 generated $351 million in tax revenue. That's according to numbers released Tuesday.


Prosecutor has case in child rape suspect's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:34 AM

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says he has received the results of a sheriff's office investigation into the death of a central Ohio child rape suspect who died several days after being hospitalized following a jail assault.

A report by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5 at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.


Ohio man sentenced to life in marijuana slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:05 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 19-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he fired a shotgun into a man's face during a robbery at a marijuana-growing operation last fall.

A judge in Columbus sentenced Marsean Sowards to life in prison Monday with a chance for parole after 23 years following Sowards' guilty plea to aggravated murder.


Ohio base workers offered buyouts ahead of layoffs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:51 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall.

The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1.

The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service.


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