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May 12, 2015 - 7:48am
1 week 3 days ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has denied a former southeast Ohio sheriff's request to be released from prison while he challenges his public corruption conviction.

The Athens Messenger reports Tuesday ( ) the 4th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 late last week to keep former Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly in jail.

Kelly was convicted in February of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities, theft in office,...

May 12, 2015 - 6:53am
1 week 3 days ago

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Dredging work has stopped at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake after the state ran out of places to store the sediment from the lake bottom.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking to lease sites to deposit the material. Landowners willing to lease property will get about $200 an acre per year.

The current work stoppage should last less than two weeks, until a new...

May 12, 2015 - 6:23am
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands in Ohio remained without power after severe storms pushed through the state.

Nearly 7,500 First Energy customers were without power early Tuesday in pockets of northern Ohio. American Electric Power also reported about 3,500 outages, while Duke Energy reported less than 50 outages in southwest Ohio.

The outages came after strong thunderstorms moved through the state late Monday afternoon and evening, knocking down...

May 12, 2015 - 3:07am
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A sheriff in Ohio says detectives have completed most of their investigation into a Cleveland police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun last November.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said Tuesday that investigators still have a few more witnesses to talk with about the shooting of Tamir Rice.

The sheriff's office agreed in January to take over the investigation....

May 12, 2015 - 3:06am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a resolution repudiating Connecticut's claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight.

The chamber voted unanimously in favor of the measure Tuesday. It moves next to the Ohio Senate.

Ohio lawmakers are responding to a 2013 Connecticut law that honored aviator Gustave Whitehead as beating Dayton-born Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903 flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, by two...

May 12, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 4 days ago

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency says a central Ohio rubber-hose manufacturer accused of 11 worker safety violations is facing proposed penalties of $134,000.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says HBD/Thermoid Inc., based in Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN'-tihn), puts workers at risk of serious injuries by ignoring safety rules for industrial machines.

HBD/Thermoid's offices were closed Monday evening. A message was left for the...

May 12, 2015 - 3:03am
1 week 3 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV with fecal matter at a Cincinnati hospital will go to trial before a jury this summer.

A judge in Hamilton County on Tuesday set an Aug. 3 date for Candida Fluty's (kan-DEE'-dah FLOO'-teez) trial on felonious assault and child endangering charges. A court official said the 35-year-old woman from Kermit, West Virginia, wasn't in court Tuesday....

May 12, 2015 - 3:03am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Statehouse leaders have announced legislation to raise the minimum number of hours needed to become a police officer in the state.

Bills detailed by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) on Tuesday would also require law enforcement candidates to have a high school diploma.

The measures follow recommendations for upgrading police training and standards that emerged from committees...

May 12, 2015 - 3:02am
1 week 4 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of Islamic State extremists is due back in federal court.

An indictment last week added a fourth charge against 21-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell. The count of attempting to provide material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization carries a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison with conviction.

He already faced two...

May 11, 2015 - 5:44pm
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief is criticizing a new federal lawsuit against the state's voting arrangements as politically motivated.

A top lawyer to Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is among those representing the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and three individuals who brought the suit Friday. It seeks an injunction against elements of a settlement struck last month between Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) and the ACLU...

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