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Clean-energy proposal resurfaces in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 06:03 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio effort to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has re-emerged.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative's constitutional amendment. DeWine said the proposal met an initial signature requirement and that its summary was "fair and truthful."

It's the fourth such petition submitted under the same title since 2012.

Ohio patrol: 12 killed in holiday-period crashes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 04:55 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a dozen people died in traffic crashes in Ohio during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The patrol says four of the 11 crashes related to vehicles operated while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The reporting period included crashes from Thursday to Sunday.

Ohio attorney guilty on charges in sex crimes case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 02:34 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus attorney has been convicted in a sex crimes trial in which some of the allegations came from his clients.

A Franklin County jury found attorney Javier Armengau (ar-mehn-GOW') guilty Monday on nine of 18 charges, including one count of rape, four counts of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

According to the indictment, the 52-year-old Armengau allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with five victims from 1998. His accusers included clients and mothers of clients.

Man to appeal conviction in fire that killed 9

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:56 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — The man twice convicted of setting a fire that killed a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover in Cleveland plans to appeal his federal arson conviction and sentence.

A judge sentenced Antun Lewis to 35 years in prison last month after emotional statements by a firefighter and relatives of the victims about the 2005 fire.

An attorney for the 30-year-old Lewis filed a notice of appeal Monday.

3 firefighters injured in Ohio house fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:21 PM

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three firefighters were injured in a house fire in suburban Cincinnati and a woman living in the house was taken to the hospital.

West Chester Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson says none of the firefighters required hospitalization. She says the woman was taken to the hospital sometime after the fire apparently as a precaution. Her condition wasn't immediately known.

Groups oppose Mass for priest convicted of murder

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:35 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two organizations that help victims of clergy abuse are upset that a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in Ohio back in 1980 will receive a full funeral Mass.

The groups including the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are asking the Toledo diocese to reverse its decision allowing the usual protocol for diocesan priests' funerals for the Rev. Gerald Robinson.

Bird nest fire cuts power to northern Ohio city

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:07 AM

TIFIFN, Ohio (AP) — A power outage that knocked out electricity across much of one northern Ohio city is being blamed on a bird's nest fire.

City officials in the northern Ohio town of Tiffin say power was restored around noon on Monday after the fire at an electricity substation.

The outage affecting traffic lights, homes and businesses in Tiffin lasted for a couple hours before crews made repairs to the substation.

Northeastern Ohio city freed from fiscal emergency

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:06 AM

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor has released Mansfield from fiscal emergency after deciding the northeastern Ohio city can resume operations without oversight by a state fiscal control commission.

Mansfield city government had deficits of nearly $10 million in 2010 and over $3 million in 2009. Ohio law requires cities and government entities such as public school districts to balance their budgets.

Vets' raffle backers to make Ohio governor pick

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:36 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of veterans and fraternal organizations that has clashed with Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) over electronic raffle machines is planning its first-ever endorsement in a governor's race.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1zjRPjA ) the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition, representing about 2.1 million Ohioans, has scheduled candidate interviews for the first time in its 11-year history.

Fireworks in playpen critically burn Ohio baby

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:09 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 4-month-old baby was critically injured when a neighbor's fireworks landed in her playpen in Youngstown, burning the girl.

A witness told police a 10-year-old neighbor kicked over a lit tubular firework which shot into the playpen, igniting and burning the child.

The baby was flown to the burn unit at Akron Children's Hospital following the late Friday night accident.

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