State & Regional News

February 3, 2016 - 8:21am
4 days 23 hours ago

DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at a General Motors plant in northwestern Ohio.

The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it is investigating the report of a 50-year-old electrician's death Tuesday at a GM plant in Defiance. OSHA says initial reports indicate the worker died from injuries received when he fell about 25 to 30 feet into a pit while performing maintenance and...

February 3, 2016 - 7:33am
5 days 5 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A public memorial service in southwest Ohio is honoring four U.S. Army chaplains who died while helping other soldiers in World War II.

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center is hosting the service at noon Wednesday at the Dayton VA Medical Center. The Dayton VA says the service at its Protestant Chapel honors the sacrifice of chaplains George Fox, Alexander Goode, Clark Poling and John Washington.

The Dayton VA says...

February 3, 2016 - 7:07am
5 days 6 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of a man found dead in a dirty Columbus jail cell.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/23IdYaF ) the 6th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati determined there was insufficient evidence to find the Franklin County Sheriff's Office acted maliciously or recklessly in the 2011 death of 48-year-old Edward Peterson. Peterson died from a pre-existing heart...

February 3, 2016 - 6:43am
5 days 6 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 9,800 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

Nearly 12,000 kits had been submitted for testing as of Feb. 1 in an effort that began in 2011 to check previously untested kits for evidence. About 2,600 of those kits were submitted after a new law went into effect last March.

That law requires law enforcement agencies to...

February 3, 2016 - 4:13am
5 days 9 hours ago

TROY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a car was traveling more than 100 mph when it hit a school bus in western Ohio last week, killing the car's driver and hurting nine children.

Chief Deputy Dave Duchak of the Miami County Sheriff's Office says a computer shows 21-year-old Taylor Dickey was accelerating during the Thursday morning crash.

Duchak says the bus was traveling on state Route 55 when the car went left of center and hit the bus in Union...

February 3, 2016 - 4:06am
5 days 2 hours ago

MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — A recently retired Ohio police officer says he rejected an offer to keep his K-9 partner by working as a volunteer.

Marietta officials have said they didn't intend to separate Matt Hickey from his dog. They say he can keep Ajax if Hickey works as an unpaid auxiliary officer.

But Hickey says he retired in January out of health concerns and hasn't worked since July due to neck and shoulder injuries.

The story...

February 3, 2016 - 3:45am
5 days 9 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio has agreed to pay $337,000 to a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for arson.

The Ohio Court of Claims on Tuesday approved the settlement between the state and Jack Dempsey, a Cleveland man who served more than 6 ½ years after being convicted of aggravated arson and burglary in 1996.

A federal district court ordered a new trial. At a second trial in 2007, Dempsey was found not guilty of all charges....

February 3, 2016 - 3:15am
5 days 9 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Tamir Rice's father should be dismissed from a lawsuit filed against the Cleveland police officer who killed the boy.

Twelve-year-old Tamir was fatally shot in November 2014 while playing with a pellet gun outside a city recreation center. A grand jury declined to indict patrolman Timothy Loehmann and his training officer, Frank Garmback, in late December. The officers asked U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. to dismiss...

February 3, 2016 - 3:05am
5 days 18 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say they chased a fleeing car 55 miles through parts of three states before the occupants surrendered in a Skyline Chili parking lot near Cincinnati.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says it started when a regional narcotics unit car tried to stop the vehicle on Interstate 75 near Cincinnati late Tuesday morning. The pursuit, which also involved an aviation unit, went through parts of northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana on Interstate...

February 2, 2016 - 2:25pm
5 days 23 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say two people have been killed after a man drove the wrong way on a Cleveland interstate and struck another vehicle head on.

The accident occurred on Interstate 71 around 2:30 a.m. west of downtown Cleveland. Police say a 22-year-old man identified as Kenneth Urbanek of Lakewood entered the southbound lanes of I-71 and collided with an SUV driven by 33-year-old Lakesha Brown of Cleveland.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at...

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