State & Regional News

March 31, 2015 - 8:22am
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman has been charged with felonious assault for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend after yelling at him for eating all of the couple's salsa.

A police report says 61-year-old Ronnie Buckner told officers he was eating salsa with his girlfriend Phyllis Jefferson at his Akron apartment Sunday when she started complaining that he was eating all of it. Buckner told police that 50-year-old Jefferson then started yelling and stabbed him with...

March 31, 2015 - 6:37am
15 min 8 sec ago

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (AP) — County officials have seized more than 130 dogs from a west central Ohio home after investigators found they were living in filthy conditions.

Authorities in Champaign County took 137 dogs Friday from the Mechanicsburg property west of Columbus. The Springfield News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1MsQeBh ) the county dog warden had investigated the property's owners for weeks after people who purchased dogs there alerted authorities to poor living...

March 31, 2015 - 6:13am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The head of federal drug policy planned to meet with state and local officials while visiting Ohio for a state conference on opiates.

Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli was scheduled to be in Columbus Tuesday as the keynote speaker at an Ohio conference on opiates and other drugs.

Botticelli planned to attend a breakfast meeting with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and central Ohio law enforcement. He...

March 31, 2015 - 3:05am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has sworn in a new adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman replaces Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, the state's first female adjutant general. She stepped down to assume duties at the National Guard Bureau in Washington earlier this year.

Bartman has served as interim adjutant general. He now will oversee the state's military readiness and command more than 18,000...

March 31, 2015 - 3:04am
15 min 8 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's newest president says it is committing $400 million over five years to lower students' costs and improve the value of their education.

President Michael Drake announced the effort Tuesday during his formal installation ceremony. He says students should be focused on learning, not worried about paying for college.

The plan would include $15 million in the first year for scholarships to decrease reliance on...

March 31, 2015 - 3:03am
15 min 8 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Activists who don't want the Republican Party's 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio.

The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They're talking about their "Reform the Platform" campaign ahead of the national GOP convention in Cleveland next year.

They say they've been...

March 31, 2015 - 3:02am
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Thousands of people, including firefighters from other departments, are expected this week to mourn and pay tribute to a Cincinnati firefighter killed in the line of duty.

Visitation for 54-year-old Daryl Gordon starts Tuesday afternoon in the downtown convention center.

The 29-year firefighter died March 26 of injuries suffered when he fell down an elevator shaft while looking for people to rescue in an apartment blaze. Multiple...

March 30, 2015 - 6:59pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in central Ohio say a man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a fatal shooting 24 years ago and has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.

Columbus police and court records say 43-year-old Anthony M. Taylor of Columbus entered the plea Monday in the Aug. 27, 1991, shooting of 39-year-old Jerry Watts. Calls to the office of Taylor's attorney weren't answered Monday evening.

Police say Watts was...

March 30, 2015 - 6:10pm
1 hour 5 min ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Relatives of an Ohio man who died last week while in police custody at a hospital are asking for more answers.

Aaron Pope died Friday after Toledo officers responded to a 911 call saying he was acting out of control.

His relatives said Monday that they don't understand why police didn't call an ambulance because he was foaming at the mouth when officers arrested him.

Pope's mother says the officers mistreated...

March 30, 2015 - 5:12pm
3 hours 45 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) plans to return to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire next month.

The two-term governor visited the state last week in a trip designed to assess his political strength as he considers a 2016 Republican presidential bid.

Kasich plans to attend the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire on April 18 after visiting South Carolina, another...

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