State & Regional News

August 28, 2016 - 12:46pm
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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters have helped rescue a woman trapped in her car after a tree fell onto it during weekend storm.

WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports ( ) Aillsa Boykins was headed to get her hair done Saturday afternoon when the large tree became uprooted in the storm and crashed onto her car in Hamilton.

Boykins says she initially thought the sound was thunder. Hamilton firefighters had to help her out of the car...

August 28, 2016 - 10:41am
1 hour 16 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state report card finds that health plans serving most Ohioans on Medicaid are doing average or better when it comes to how their doctors communicate with them.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that Ohio Medicaid officials recently released the state's second annual performance evaluations for all five managed care plans serving about 2.4 million poor and disabled Ohioans on the program.

The plans...

August 28, 2016 - 10:28am
1 hour 16 min ago

SOLON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman who they say was fatally shot moments after her car collided with the suspect's vehicle in suburban Cleveland.

Solon police say 53-year-old Deborah Pearl of Twinsburg was killed Saturday morning. Officers responded to the crash before 7:30 a.m. and found Pearl in the road with multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Police at the scene arrested a 29-year-old...

August 28, 2016 - 9:57am
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The chief justice of Ohio's supreme court helped bring together experts and officials from nine states in a first regional judicial summit on the opioid drug epidemic, even as an overdose surge sweeping nearby streets showed dramatically the scope of the problem.

Cincinnati first responders were chasing what turned out to be some 80 cases over a two-day period as the summit began. The state Department of Health on Thursday reported a record death toll...

August 28, 2016 - 9:29am
1 hour 16 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's treasurer and auditor have joined forces to make it easier for local governments to share financial information online.

The effort announced this month by Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') and Auditor Dave Yost is an extension of fiscal transparency efforts that have been expanding in the state for almost two years.

Mandel's office launched an online checkbook of state spending information in December 2014. That site has...

August 28, 2016 - 9:17am
1 hour 16 min ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio man has been indicted on murder and other charges in the death of his 2-year-old foster son last year.

The Montgomery County prosecutor says 37-year-old Torace Weaver, of Dayton, also was indicted on counts of endangering children, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, assault and obstructing official business.

No attorney was listed in court records for Weaver, who will be arraigned next month....

August 28, 2016 - 9:11am
1 hour 16 min ago

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a southwest Ohio city say a new firetruck purchased for more than $867,000 doesn't fit in the city's station houses.

Lebanon city manager Pat Clements tells WLWT-TV ( ) the problems started with a ladder truck that had to be taken out of service a few weeks ago due to mechanical failure. Documents show that Clements issued an emergency order to buy a new apparatus from Pierce Manufacturing.


August 27, 2016 - 6:17pm
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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man took his own life at an eastern Ohio courthouse moments after he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin says 42-year-old Jason Binkiewicz was being led out of the courtroom by a deputy Friday when he got away and threw himself over the building's third floor banister. He was then pronounced dead.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla says the deputy grabbed the...

August 27, 2016 - 4:05pm
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SOLON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman was fatally shot after a crash involving the alleged shooter's vehicle in suburban Cleveland.

Solon police responded to reports of the crash and gunfire before 7:30 Saturday morning. Officers say they found the woman in the road with multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Officers at the crash site arrested a 29-year-old North Ridgeville man, who they said was carrying a...

August 27, 2016 - 12:51pm
1 hour 16 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio coroner is hoping a sample of a powerful sedative will help local officials find out what's behind a recent spike in heroin overdoses.

Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco (LAK'-shmee suh-MAHR'-koh) says she hopes to have a sample of carfentanil (kahr-FEHN'-tuh-nihl) in the coming week, so officials can see whether the drug is involved in the overdoses.

Last month, carfentanil was discovered in the...

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