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July 23, 2015 - 11:38am
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials say city employees with domestic partners are now expected to marry if they want to continue on the city's family benefits plan.

Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports Cleveland City Council on Wednesday ended the program extending family benefits to domestic partners of city employees and introduced legislation to terminate the city's domestic partner registry.

Finance Director Sharon Dumas...

July 23, 2015 - 11:27am
1 week 1 day ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a man fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who had stopped him because of a missing license plate is holding protests demanding release of video of the shooting.

Family members of Samuel Dubose and others were protesting Thursday outside Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters' office.

Deters' has said he won't release the video until the investigation of Sunday's shooting is complete. Dubose's death...

July 23, 2015 - 10:33am
1 week 1 day ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a northeast Ohio telemarketing millionaire's conviction on a witness tampering charge.

A three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Wednesday on an appeal filed by Benjamin Suarez, head of Suarez Corporation Industries in North Canton.

Authorities accused the 73-year-old Suarez of using family members, employees and others to make illegal donations totaling $100,...

July 23, 2015 - 7:35am
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The 18-year-old behind the wheel in a crash that killed two northeast Ohio high school seniors has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in connection with the wreck.

Chapin Berk pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of operation without reasonable control.

Police have said the SUV Berk was driving was traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone when it veered off the road and hit two trees in Gates...

July 23, 2015 - 7:30am
1 week 21 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff says a man killed in a shooting by deputies had pointed a gun at them as they responded to a vehicle crash in southwest Ohio.

The Montgomery County sheriff's office says a 911 caller reported around 12:45 a.m. Thursday that a maroon car had crashed into another vehicle off of a Harrison Township road, near Dayton.

Sheriff Phil Plummer says deputies saw a man pointing a gun at them through the window of the maroon car....

July 23, 2015 - 5:05am
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Activists and family members of those killed by police are launching a national tour asking Americans to choose a side in the debate over police violence.

About 20 people gathered in Cleveland for the announcement Wednesday of the "Which Side Are You On?/Rise Up October" tour. It was held near the site where a Cleveland officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A grand jury will determine whether charges are filed against the officer who shot Rice....

July 23, 2015 - 4:58am
1 week 1 day ago

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 1-year-old has died after falling from the ninth-floor window of a northeast Ohio apartment building.

It happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lakewood. Police say the child fell on the backside of the building at the Castlewood Apartments into a gravel area.

Paramedics rushed the child to MetroHealth Medical Center, where the 1-year-old was taken into surgery. Police say they received word from the hospital late...

July 23, 2015 - 4:35am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy will be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 18 years in the fatal shooting last year of a pizza delivery driver in Columbus.

The teen pleaded guilty Wednesday in adult court to murder with a gun specification in the death of 45-year-old James A. Crabtree Jr. He'll be sentenced Sept. 16.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that the boy was 16 at the time of the killing on...

July 23, 2015 - 4:20am
1 week 1 day ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says a woman accused in her dog's fatal attack on her step-grandson has been indicted on charges including manslaughter in southwest Ohio.

The Montgomery County prosecutor's statement says 37-year-old Kimiko Hardy was indicted Wednesday in the fatal attack on the 8-month-old baby in July 2014. The Dayton woman is charged with multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter and single counts of endangering children and failure to confine or...

July 23, 2015 - 4:20am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan proposal in Ohio seeks to overhaul how the swing state draws its congressional districts.

The resolution from Republican Frank LaRose of Copley and Democrat Tom Sawyer of Akron mirrors a plan to change the map-making process for state legislative districts. Voters will have their say on that issue this fall.

The proposal on the ballot would create a seven-member commission to draw political boundaries....

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