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State wants lawsuit over Ohio execution dismissed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 09:47 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a condemned inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted during his January execution.

The lawsuit alleges executed prisoner Dennis McGuire endured needless pain and suffering during his 26-minute execution on Jan. 16.

The state argued in a court filing Tuesday that the lawsuit was improperly filed since McGuire's son isn't arguing any violations of his own constitutional rights.


9 arrested in slaying of northeast Ohio man

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say nine people have been arrested in connection with an incident last week that left a 24-year-old man shot to death.

Elyria police say Davion Strupe was shot in the back July 1 as he tried to flee a home after being dragged outside by three people.

On Wednesday police announced the arrest of one man on charges that include murder, kidnapping and aggravated rioting. Eight others also were arrested and charged with aggravated rioting.


FBI connects Dayton robberies of pharmacy, bank

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 07:13 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The FBI says it has connected two southwest Ohio robberies that included families being kidnapped and held at gunpoint.

The agency tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1miUFQK ) that a November 2011 robbery of a pharmacy and a February 2012 bank holdup likely were carried out by same group of men.

Both Dayton robberies involved kidnapping employees and their family members.


Toledo inspectors, police partner to fight blight

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:52 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Toledo are partnering with inspectors to try to tackle the large number of blighted properties in the city.

The effort that began Wednesday will put inspectors and officers together to periodically patrol together. The aim is to identify blighted conditions and property-maintenance issues that can translate into criminal activity — such as when people strip copper from vacant buildings.


Homeless families surge in Cincinnati

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:21 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Advocates for the homeless in Cincinnati say they're seeing an unprecedented surge in the number of homeless families in the region.

People who work for agencies that help the homeless tell The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1q1gFTx ) that they've never seen so many homeless families crowding shelters and living on the streets.

They say a steady reduction in federal money available to help house the homeless is causing the crisis, which is also happening in many other places around the country.


Man arrested in Cincinnati fatal shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:07 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati say they've arrested a man accused of a fatal shooting downtown and suspected of injuring three others in separate shootings this week.

Police say 22-year-old Fonte Williams was arrested Wednesday night and charged with murder in the Monday slaying of 25-year-old Joshua Lamar Taylor. He was shot in the middle of Vine Street during an argument and collapsed at nearby Piatt Park.


Funeral set for Ohio priest convicted of murder

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 05:42 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A full funeral mass is set for Friday for a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in northwest Ohio in 1980.

Organizations that help victims of clergy abuse are upset that the Toledo diocese will observe the usual protocol for priests' funerals for the Rev. Gerald Robinson, who died July 4 in a prison hospice at age 76.

The diocese says Robinson would receive a priest's funeral because he remained a priest after his conviction, although he was not permitted to take part in public sacramental ministry.


Ohio AG to promote anti-violence effort in SW Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 03:03 AM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The state attorney general and officials in the southwest Ohio city of Hamilton are launching a program aimed at reducing gun violence.


Summer forecast for Lake Erie algae to be released

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 03:02 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers in northern Ohio are set to announce their outlook for the algae on Lake Erie this summer.

Officials with Ohio State University's Sea Grant Program will offer their forecast on Thursday.

The algae blooms on Lake Erie during recent years have become a growing concern among politicians and cities that use the lake for drinking water. Those involved with the lake's tourism and fishing industries are pushing for a solution to the problem.


GOP seeks records from Democrat in governor's race

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 06:14 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party is taking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald to court, trying to force him to release key-card data showing when he enters and leaves county buildings and parking facilities as the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive.

The Wednesday filing asks the Ohio Supreme Court to compel the data's release as public record.

A FitzGerald campaign spokeswoman calls it a political stunt and says Republicans and Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) should focus on real issues that matter to residents.


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