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March 17, 2015 - 11:47am
1 week 3 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati are taking down floodgates and doing cleanup work as Ohio River floodwaters recede.

The National Weather Service says the river has slowly dropped more than two feet since cresting Sunday at 57.7 feet. Forecasters expect it to remain above the 52-foot flood stage until Thursday afternoon.

Cincinnati officials said Tuesday that many streets near the river remained closed. The Metropolitan Sewer District said...

March 17, 2015 - 11:42am
1 week 3 days ago

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio elementary school teacher has been charged with single felony counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

The Delaware County Sheriff's office says 39-year-old Matthew Rausenberg of Columbus was arrested late Monday night. The third grade teacher had been removed at the end of the school day Monday from Arrowhead Elementary School in Lewis Center, about 20 miles north of Columbus.

A sheriff's office...

March 17, 2015 - 11:23am
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the trial of a judge accused of assaulting his estranged wife can go forward.

Forty-seven-year-old Lance Mason is charged with felonious assault, kidnapping and child endangering for what authorities say was a violent attack on Aisha Mason on Aug 2. Aisha Mason called 911 and told a dispatcher she'd been assaulted and tossed out of a car and that her husband had driven off with their two small children. Mason was arrested...

March 17, 2015 - 8:14am
1 week 3 days ago

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A federal workplace safety agency has cited a southwest Ohio bowling alley for several violations that the agency says led to the death of a 53-year-old worker.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Northwest Lanes in Fairfield for eight violations. The agency investigated the bowling alley after 53-year-old employee David Geiger died there in November when his clothes...

March 17, 2015 - 7:34am
1 week 3 days ago

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Northeast Ohio authorities say they haven't been able to identify a woman whose body was found in a field over the weekend.

Police say the woman's body was found by a property owner just after 1 p.m. Sunday near a park in North Ridgeville. Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans told reporters that an autopsy showed the woman suffered trauma to her head and chest, but it wasn't severe enough to kill her.

Police estimated...

March 17, 2015 - 6:54am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation has officially kicked off construction season in the state.

The state is investing $2.4 billion in ongoing transportation construction. The transportation department on Monday announced the 2015 season will include 990 road projects.

Projects underway this year include the next phase of reconstruction of the Interstate 270/State Route 315/ U.S. Route 23 interchange in Franklin County. Other...

March 17, 2015 - 3:11am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers don't buy it.

At least that's how it appears from a resolution moving through the Ohio Statehouse that challenges Connecticut's insistence that one of its aviators beat the Wright brothers to the first successful airplane flight by two years.

The Ohio measure gets its first hearing Tuesday.

If passed, it would repudiate Connecticut's claim "that Gustave Whitehead successfully flew a powered,...

March 17, 2015 - 3:10am
1 week 2 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has rejected prosecutors' effort to cut back jail phone access for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol, while agreeing to let his attorney approve outside contacts.

U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith said Tuesday there wasn't evidence that Christopher Lee Cornell had contacted "like-minded" people. Prosecutors had cited security concerns about easy phone access for a "self-proclaimed supporter" of Islamic State...

March 17, 2015 - 3:10am
1 week 3 days ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Another southwestern Ohio company will be allowed to fly a drone commercially in U.S. airspace under a waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA granted 3D Aerial Solutions LLC permission to fly a mini-drone over Ohio farms this spring to help farmers monitor crop health.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that 3D Aerial Solutions will fly a 1.5 pound unmanned aerial vehicle that costs about $30,...

March 17, 2015 - 3:06am
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fingerprint match has led to a voluntary manslaughter charge being filed against an Alabama woman for a fatal knife attack in Cleveland more than two decades ago.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Linda Booker was extradited from Birmingham, Alabama, after the cold case unit of the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office was able to match her fingerprints to one found on a glass collected from the crime scene.

Booker is...

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