State & Regional News

February 13, 2015 - 1:16pm
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ten Ohio counties are slated to have large indoor marijuana growing operations if backers of a constitutional amendment gather enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November and voters agree to legalize medicinal and recreational use of the drug.

Four of the proposed grow sites are in southwest Ohio, three in northeast Ohio, two in central Ohio and one in northwest Ohio.

Backers plan to spend millions of dollars to get...

February 13, 2015 - 1:02pm
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period.

A news release says 54-year-old Mark Kershey of Akron was sentenced to 58 months Friday. He was the Orrville, Ohio, company's chief airplane mechanic at Akron-Canton Regional Airport and was accused of creating a fraudulent billing scheme that led him to submit false invoices...

February 13, 2015 - 11:29am
1 week 3 days ago

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The owner of a private Ohio hunting facility has been charged with evidence tampering for allegedly violating quarantine requirements after officials found a rare disease in the facility's herd.

Ohio officials placed deer at World Class Whitetails in Millersburg under quarantine last year after learning they could be potentially infected with chronic wasting disease. After one deer there tested positive for the disease last fall, state...

February 13, 2015 - 7:29am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor is recommending an increase in the cost of Ohio's fishing and hunting permits to boost yearly revenue.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) Auditor Dave Yost made those and other recommendations following a performance audit of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

He proposed increasing the fishing license cost from $19 to $23 for Ohio residents. For non-residents, he suggested increasing...

February 13, 2015 - 7:00am
1 week 3 days ago

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Law enforcement officials in northeast Ohio are investigating the source of a middle school shooting threat made online.

Police in North Canton say about half of the city's middle school students stayed home Thursday after an anonymous shooting threat was posted on social media site

Police say the student who received the threat posted an image of the message on his Instagram account Wednesday night. Another student'...

February 13, 2015 - 6:11am
1 week 3 days ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly half of the jobs at a sorting center in northwest Ohio will be eliminated as the Postal Service moves its local mail-sorting operation to Michigan.

The Postal Service says about 117 jobs at the sorting center at Toledo's main post office will be eliminated around mid-April. The Blade in Toledo reports ( ) employees received formal notice of the changes this week.

The upcoming change means inbound mail...

February 13, 2015 - 3:15am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations fell slightly last week as an unusually bad season continues to taper off.

Numbers released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health showed 212 flu-related hospitalizations from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, almost unchanged from 213 a week earlier.

The new numbers bring the season's total hospitalizations to 7,612. The state doesn't report adult flu deaths but has recorded...

February 13, 2015 - 3:10am
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The prosecutor's office in Cleveland says 15 people have been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly running an organized prescription drug ring that spanned six counties in northeastern Ohio.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office said Thursday that the ring operated by stealing blank prescription pads or creating counterfeit prescriptions, then sending others to fill them in pharmacies. The drivers or "mules" were paid in cash and...

February 13, 2015 - 3:10am
1 week 3 days ago

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio mother says she knows chances of seeing her son alive again are fading after four years, but she still wants to know what happened.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) reports that Butler County sheriff's deputies conducted an intense search for his possible remains Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area near the village of New Miami. But the five-hour hunt with cadaver dogs found no sign of William...

February 13, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 4 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland police officer has sued the city in federal court after being disciplined for writing a Facebook post in support of his colleagues after six officers were indicted for their roles in a chase that led to the fatal shooting of two unarmed civilians.

Sgt. Johnny Hamm says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Chief Calvin Williams gave him 10 days off without pay for his Facebook post. The contents of the post were not included in the lawsuit. The...

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