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February 18, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill banning the sale of powdered crystalline alcohol has cleared the Ohio House with near unanimous approval.

The measure takes aim at a substance known as Palcohol, which is being prepared for general sale in the U.S. Lawmakers in Ohio and other states are rushing to outlaw the substance before it reaches shelves. They raise concerns over safety and easy accessibility by underage users.

Sponsoring state Rep. Jim Buchy (BEE'-...

February 18, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 2 days ago

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Too busy to stop for an Ash Wednesday service? A church in suburban Columbus is offering drive-by ash service.

Clergy at Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington will be on hand to apply ash to the foreheads of anyone who stops in the parking lot of the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The Rev. Aaron Layne says it's the first time the church has offered the drive-by service. He tells The Columbus...

February 17, 2015 - 5:07pm
1 week 2 days ago

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A man in northern Ohio has pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of an off-duty police officer and two others at a bar nearly a year ago.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced Igmidio Mista (ig-MID'-ee-oh mis-tah) to life in prison following the plea deal in a Fremont courtroom.

Mista pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder on the day his trial had been scheduled to begin. His defense attorney declined to comment....

February 17, 2015 - 3:37pm
1 week 2 days ago

COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who led authorities on a nationwide manhunt after being charged in the slayings of an elderly Ohio couple is being held on a $5 million bond.

Bond for 29-year-old Robert Clark was set during a hearing Tuesday in Coshocton, 60 miles south of Canton. Clark did not have an attorney. A prosecutor said Clark has made incriminating statements about the slayings.

Clark and 21-year-old Jeffery Stewart have been charged with one...

February 17, 2015 - 3:20pm
1 week 2 days ago

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Police in a southwest Ohio city deny allegations of civil rights violations and negligence in the death of a black man who was shot by a white officer while holding an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart.

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in Beavercreek, a Dayton suburb. Police responded after a 911 caller reported a man waving what appeared to be a firearm.

Crawford's family sued in federal court after a grand...

February 17, 2015 - 2:43pm
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee of lawmakers in the Ohio Senate has approved legislation that's designed to cut down on the amount of algae in Lake Erie.

The measure passed Tuesday would stop farmers in most cases from spreading manure on frozen or wet farm fields while also move toward ending the dumping of dredged sediment in the lake.

Both are thought to be sources of the phosphorus that feeds the algae in the lake.

The...

February 17, 2015 - 2:17pm
1 week 2 days ago

MARION, Ohio (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has died in a fire in a trailer home in north-central Ohio.

Pleasant Township Fire Chief Clint Canterbury says an adult and another child were injured but survived the Tuesday morning blaze that heavily damaged the rural home near Marion, about 45 miles north of Columbus.

Canterbury says the two survivors — the mother and the 1-year-old brother of the child who died — were suffering from smoke inhalation and...

February 17, 2015 - 1:39pm
1 week 2 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland suburb hit hard by foreclosures and a diminished tax base has been placed in fiscal emergency by the Ohio auditor's office.

Maple Heights must now craft a recovery plan that a commission appointed by Auditor David Yost will oversee. The fiscal emergency declaration was announced Friday because of missed payments on bonds for sewer improvements and a $2.7 million general fund deficit in 2014.

Mayor Jeffrey Lansky said last...

February 17, 2015 - 10:09am
1 week 2 days ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A popular, small-town police chief who recently resigned in northeast Ohio is being sued by an officer who accuses him of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.

Brimfield Township Officer Crystal Casterline's lawsuit filed Monday in Summit County alleges unwanted touching and sexual and derogatory comments by David Oliver. It also says Oliver physically struck her in the throat and thigh.

Casterline publicly...

February 17, 2015 - 9:56am
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the power of state-level oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws.

In a 4-3 decision Tuesday with three written dissents, the court decided the home rule clause of Ohio's constitution doesn't allow a municipality to unfairly impede or obstruct drilling activities otherwise permitted by the state.

The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of...

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