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May 20, 2015 - 7:30am
1 week 18 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials with the Cincinnati Reds say the fireworks smokestack at Great American Ballpark that caught fire last week has been inspected by engineers and is expected to be up and running when the team returns for its next home game Monday.

Vice president of ballpark operations Tim O'Connell says the smokestack fire was caused by a malfunction in an individual firework, and there was no damage to the structure itself.

Two riverboat...

May 20, 2015 - 7:03am
1 week 18 hours ago

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old has been sentenced to at least six months in juvenile detention for his role in a spree of vehicle vandalism in central Ohio.

The Advocate in Newark reports ( ) the teen was sentenced Friday. He may serve a sentence of at least three years, but is eligible for early release after six months.

He was arrested along with a 16-year-old and 18-year-old in March after Newark police received more than...

May 20, 2015 - 6:36am
1 week 12 hours ago

MADISON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on charges alleging he started an early morning fire that destroyed a northeast Ohio country club.

Fifty-one-year-old Paul Forner was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated arson and disrupting a public service in the March 12 fire that destroyed the Madison Country Club in Lake County.

Madison police tell The News-Herald in Willoughby ( ) that Forner wasn't an...

May 20, 2015 - 4:01am
6 days 15 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that could make it easier for schools to install barricade devices on doors in emergencies has cleared an Ohio House committee.

The proposal is directed at schools' security efforts in case of an active shooter.

The legislation would require Ohio's standards board to adopt rules for schools using the devices and would prohibit the banning of such devices under the state fire code. Schools with barricades would have to...

May 20, 2015 - 3:31am
1 week 1 day ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man was given the maximum sentence of five years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a recent high school graduate last year.

The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports that 39-year-old David Brown was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to charges that included aggravated vehicular homicide and drunken driving. His driver's license was suspended for life.


May 20, 2015 - 3:16am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years after admitting he was responsible for the drive-by shooting of a 19-year-old Ethiopian immigrant last year.

A judge in Columbus sentenced 21-year-old Anthony Monaco on Tuesday after his guilty plea to charges including murder with a gun specification.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that Dinkisra Mengistu was...

May 20, 2015 - 3:02am
1 week 5 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have unveiled a new statue of Thomas Edison before it will be sent to its permanent home in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

During a ceremony Wednesday at the Ohio Statehouse, state leaders said the inventor captures Ohio's entrepreneurial spirit.

Each state gets to place two statues of notable historic figures in the Capitol.

Ohio lawmakers settled on Edison after deciding to replace one...

May 20, 2015 - 2:23am
1 week 9 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The status of the nation's first privately-owned state prison has been argued before the Ohio Supreme Court in a lawsuit on behalf of union workers displaced by the sale.

Lawyers for the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association and the state went before justices Wednesday. The union, a group of individuals and the liberal policy group ProgressOhio sued after a budget signed by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) allowed the state to sell Lake Erie...

May 20, 2015 - 1:23am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A jury has convicted an Ohio man in the kidnapping and torture of three people two years ago.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) a jury on Tuesday found 31-year-old Obryan Jones guilty of kidnapping, felonious assault, aggravated robbery and rape.

Three people testified during the trial that they were abducted at gunpoint by a group of men at the Jones' house when they went there to return a cellphone in July...

May 19, 2015 - 6:42pm
1 week 1 day ago

ORIENT, Ohio (AP) — A fugitive who was on the lam since walking away from a Ohio prison farm in 1959 is back in the state after his recent arrest in Florida.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 79-year-old Frank Freshwater arrived at a central Ohio prison Tuesday evening.

A judge in Orlando, Florida, on Monday ruled that he should be extradited.

Freshwater originally pleaded guilty to...

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