State & Regional News

June 25, 2015 - 10:37am
4 days 6 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is denying defamation claims raised by the school's ex-band director in a $1 million lawsuit and asking a judge to dismiss the complaint.

The university says no one at Ohio State or acting on its behalf destroyed the "good name" of former band leader Jonathan Waters.

The university in a court filing Wednesday denied it escalated negative publicity about Waters through press releases and counters it was...

June 25, 2015 - 10:34am
4 days 7 hours ago

SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio auxiliary firefighter has been charged after allegedly reporting a fake fire so he could earn a paycheck.

Twenty-seven-year old Dean Evans of Lorain is charged with inducing panic and making false alarms.

Lorain County sheriff's deputies tell The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria (http://bit.ly/1NeJxyw ) that Evans said he reported the fake fire in April with the hopes he would be called to respond and earn $500...

June 25, 2015 - 9:25am
3 days 3 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators have passed a sweeping $71.2 billion, two-year budget that provides an income tax cut for Ohioans, funds public schools and seeks to change health care policies.

A negotiating panel of lawmakers worked into early Thursday morning to reach an agreement over differences in the budget. The Senate cleared the finalized bill on a 23-9 vote Thursday afternoon.

The spending legislation would provide a 6.3 percent income...

June 25, 2015 - 9:13am
4 days 8 hours ago

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Leaders of a northeast Ohio county are seeking a moratorium on new injection wells in the area until state lawmakers put reforms in place.

The Trumbull County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday asking Gov. John Kasich for the ban in the county, which leads the state with 19 injection wells. The county has also proposed various reforms, including limiting the hours of operation for certain wells, creating buffer zones around well areas and...

June 25, 2015 - 6:55am
4 days 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved a measure that would place a CEO in charge of running Youngstown's beleaguered city schools.

Under amended legislation passed by both chambers Wednesday, the state superintendent would appoint three of five members of a new academic distress commission for the district. The commission would then pick a CEO to have full reign of the schools.

The chief executive will have the authority to replace...

June 25, 2015 - 4:55am
4 days 10 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — One of seven rare pythons stolen from an Ohio pet rescue is back at the shop.

Akron Rattery and Reptile Rescue CEO Robin Everley says he got the snake back Wednesday after receiving an anonymous call Monday from someone offering to sell the snake back for $200.

A woman brought the snake into the store and detectives moved in after Everley verified the snake, a Gold Blush Mujavi named Bella, was his. She was jailed on an unrelated...

June 25, 2015 - 4:15am
4 days 11 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation to expand availability of a drug overdose antidote used across the state to save addicts on the brink of death.

The legislation approved Wednesday by the House would let doctors authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription. It would let pharmacies distribute the drug naloxone without a prescription if a doctor's rules...

June 25, 2015 - 4:01am
4 days 12 hours ago

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General's Office will review an investigation and decide whether to proceed with a case against a former small-town police chief who developed an outsized following with his blunt, frequently humorous Facebook commentary.

David Oliver was investigated after he stepped down in January from his police post in Brimfield Township, in northeast Ohio. Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci says there were financial...

June 25, 2015 - 3:45am
4 days 22 hours ago

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A man and woman accused in the heroin death of a 23-year-old man have been indicted in southwest Ohio on charges including involuntary manslaughter.

A statement from a drug task force says a Clinton County grand jury indicted 52-year-year-old DeLee Wampler and 27-year-old Daymon Haislip this week in the overdose death of Cody Hart in Wilmington. Authorities say the Wilmington man died of intoxication from heroin provided by Wampler and Haislip at...

June 25, 2015 - 3:31am
4 days 23 hours ago

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — A city in northern Ohio is telling residents to stay away from the water in two of its reservoirs because of harmful algae.

But the city of Norwalk says a third reservoir where it gets its drinking water is safe and that tests don't show any of the dangerous toxins.

City officials are warning that it's not safe to swim or touch the water in the two reservoirs where the toxins from the algae were detected.

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