State & Regional News

April 17, 2014 - 3:03am
20 min 43 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal indictment alleges an income tax preparer and four central Ohio business owners conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and helped file false tax returns.

An IRS statement says the defendants are from Columbus. Each is charged with at least one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and multiple counts of helping to prepare and file false tax returns.

Investigators say the tax preparer, 39-year-old Fatma Ali...

April 17, 2014 - 3:03am
20 min 43 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest school district says students will have to do work at home to make up for classes canceled during harsh winter weather.

Columbus was among many districts that exhausted their five allowable calamity days while dealing with snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures in recent months.

Lawmakers passed a measure to provide extra snow days this year and more flexibility for makeup work. One option for schools is using...

April 17, 2014 - 3:02am
20 min 44 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman's history-making flight has been memorialized with a newly unveiled statue in Columbus.

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority and The Columbus Foundation are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock's solo flight around the world. She was the first female pilot to accomplish that feat.

A bronze, life-sized statue depicting Mock holding a globe went on display Thursday at Port Columbus, the...

April 16, 2014 - 7:35pm
20 min 43 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati say a public transit bus swerved to avoid a vehicle and struck two buildings in an accident that left the bus driver with an injury reported as a broken leg.

WCPO-TV (http://bit.ly/1hN9CJC ) reports the bus driver had finished her shift Wednesday evening and was returning to a garage when she swerved to miss a car that also had swerved.

Cincinnati police say the swerving bus initially swiped one building....

April 16, 2014 - 5:39pm
20 min 43 sec ago

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police think they know who fatally stabbed a 15-year-old girl two years ago in southwest Ohio, though no one has been charged in her death.

Fairfield Officer Doug Day told reporters Wednesday that police are confident they know who killed Chelsea Johnson. The Fairfield girl went missing in April 2012. Her body was later found near a creek.

Police did not say why the person they suspect in the killing has not been charged....

April 16, 2014 - 5:11pm
20 min 43 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is warning drivers considering work with a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft to understand the insurance implications.

Rideshare companies operating in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland use smartphone apps to connect potential passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.

In a warning Wednesday, Ohio Lt. Gov. and Insurance Director Mary Taylor says most personal auto insurance policies don't cover...

April 16, 2014 - 4:57pm
20 min 43 sec ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Justice Department says a former Bridgestone Corp. executive has agreed to plead guilty in an alleged price-fixing conspiracy.

The announcement Wednesday comes a day after a current Bridgestone executive and one other former company executive were indicted in U.S. District Court in Toledo.

Federal officials say the plea deal calls for the executive to serve 18 months in prison.

The Justice Department is...

April 16, 2014 - 4:19pm
20 min 43 sec ago

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — An attorney says video footage could help show that a substitute teacher isn't guilty of a child endangering charge stemming from allegations that a developmentally disabled teenager was struck and bullied in gym class at a suburban Cleveland school.

Authorities say other students kicked the 14-year-old boy and dragged him around by his feet in February at Parma Senior High School. Police say the teacher continued class elsewhere in the gym while the...

April 16, 2014 - 3:08pm
20 min 43 sec ago

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man suspected of breaking into a restaurant overnight became stuck in a ventilation duct, triggered a fire alarm and had to be rescued by emergency responders.

The Mansfield News Journal (http://ohne.ws/1iq4EB5 ) reports a subcontractor arrived at the Bob Evans in Mansfield as the alarm was sounding early Tuesday and spotted the suspect's legs dangling from the ventilation system above the stove.

Police...

April 16, 2014 - 2:46pm
20 min 43 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has sworn in a former state budget director and lawmaker as Ohio's top utility regulator.

The Republican governor swore in Thomas Johnson as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday.

Johnson, of suburban Columbus, replaces Todd Snitchler (SNIHCH'-lur), who decided not to seek reappointment when his term expired April 10.

Johnson was appointed by Kasich and...

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