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More tests planned after Ohio concertgoer's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:46 PM

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A coroner's office say further tests and investigation are needed to determine what caused the death of an Ohio concertgoer found at a Lorain County landfill.

The Lorain County Coroner's Office said Thursday that the autopsy is complete for 22-year-old Cory Barron of Fremont. But coroner's officials say they expect the investigation into his death to take over a month to complete.


Suit over Ohio police shooting of teen dismissed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:15 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A lawsuit alleging a police officer used excessive force when he fatally shot a teenager in a struggle in downtown Cincinnati has been dismissed.

The lawsuit filed by Davon Mullins' family against officer Oscar Cyranek was dismissed this week in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. A judge determined Cyranek acted reasonably in self-defense when he shot the 16-year-old Cincinnati boy in August 2011.

Police say the teen had drawn a 9mm handgun and put his finger on the trigger.


Prosecutors seek to extradite former Ohio official

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 05:32 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to start the process of extraditing a former Ohio deputy treasurer from Pakistan.

Amer Ahmad (ah-MEER' ah-MED') is facing 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy. In December, he pleaded guilty in Columbus federal court to charges in an alleged kickback scheme at the Ohio treasurer's office. Ahmad, a Chicago resident, surrendered his passport while awaiting sentencing.


Ex-Ohio tax official pleads guilty in refund case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:17 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former top official at the Ohio Department of Taxation has pleaded guilty to a dereliction of duty charge in a case involving more than $30 million in business tax refunds wrongly withheld from companies that had properly requested the money.

Rick Anthony served as Ohio's deputy tax commissioner. Inspector General Randall Meyer said Thursday that Anthony entered the plea this week in Franklin County Municipal Court.


Here's the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:11 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade. OSU President Michael Drake said in a video statement today that a two-month investigation uncovered a "sexualized" culture inside the band and determined Waters knew and failed to stop harassment.


Judge's removal requested in NE Ohio murder case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:10 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Akron have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to remove the judge slated to preside over the aggravated murder trial of a man charged in the drug-related slayings of four people.

Summit County prosecutors say Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands improperly asked prosecutors to drop death penalty specifications in Deshanon Haywood's trial. They didn't do so.

Prosecutors wrote in their motion that Rowlands wanted to spare the expense of a lengthy death penalty trial. Prosecutors argue Rowlands' request breaches judicial canons.


Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:03 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.

The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvement, or return the difference to consumers and employers.


Lab finds no risk from bacteria at Ohio bakery

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:41 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An independent lab has found that bacteria discovered at a commercial bakery in northeast Ohio poses no risk to public health.

Production at the Schwebel Baking Co. facility in Youngstown was stopped Tuesday after environmental sampling conducted by the company found an undetermined species of listeria, a naturally occurring bacteria.


Crowd sounds off about plan to rehab Cincy icons

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 07:08 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Residents are sounding off about a taxpayer-supported $331 million plan to fix up two Cincinnati icons that have been listed among the nation's most endangered historic landmarks.

Hundreds of supporters and opponents of the plan came out to a convention center on Wednesday night to offer their opinions to Hamilton County commissioners who will decide the fate of the plan to rehab Music Hall and Union Terminal.


Ohio man charged with fatally drugging wife

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 06:50 AM

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man accused of fatally drugging his bedridden wife with her prescription medications has been charged with aggravated murder.

Fifty-six-year-old Jon Costell of Milford Center also was indicted in Union County for involuntary manslaughter, domestic violence and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person. He was arraigned Wednesday, with bond set at $500,000. Online jail records did not say if he had an attorney.


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