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June 17, 2015 - 11:48am
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teenager who pleaded not guilty to juvenile murder and kidnapping charges in the fatal shootings of four people at an Ohio home has been charged with an additional delinquency count of attempted murder.

The Franklin County prosecutor's office said Wednesday a weapons violation charge was also added.

Columbus police haven't publically provided a motive for the slayings, which were discovered Saturday morning....

June 17, 2015 - 10:49am
1 week 4 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man has pleaded guilty to 20 federal charges in an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme that authorities say bilked banks and a company out of nearly $270,000.

Forty-two-year-old Paul Tomko pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 counts of bank fraud, nine counts of credit card fraud and one count of wire fraud. He initially was charged with aggravated identity theft, but that count was dropped in the plea agreement.

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June 17, 2015 - 10:00am
1 week 4 days ago

KALIDA, Ohio (AP) — Flooding that has closed dozens of roads in rural northwestern Ohio is leaving one village completely cut off in Putnam County.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that all roads leading into Kalida (kuh-LEYE'-duh) are blocked by floodwaters.

Heavy rains over the last week have led to flooding in and around the cities of Findlay and Lima (LEYE'-muh). Those areas are bracing for more rain and flooding later Wednesday....

June 17, 2015 - 9:48am
1 week 4 days ago

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio is expected to take another three decades or more.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman had asked whether the administration was committed to the earlier goal of finishing the cleanup at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon by 2024. In a response that was shared Tuesday by Portman, the department says that isn't an achievable goal. It says its target range...

June 17, 2015 - 7:22am
1 week 4 days ago

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — Three miniature houses modeled after the "Three Little Pigs" folktale have been removed from the side of an Ohio road where a truck hauling 2,200 piglets crashed — but it wasn't a big bad wolf that blew them away.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1GNRBpB ) the houses were removed Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Transportation after they were discovered in Xenia Monday. It's not known who placed them there.

One house...

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

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set a $50,000 bond for a man charged with carrying a concealed weapon after Cleveland police say he pointed a gun at an officer who then fired four rounds at him that missed.

A court appearance for 22-year-old Alexander Frierson on Wednesday was postponed until June 24.

Police say officers responded Sunday to a call about six men in front of a home, with one reportedly waving a gun. Police say Frierson fled when officers...

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

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A man arrested protesting at the Ohio Wal-Mart where police fatally shot a man last year has been convicted of trespassing after pleading no contest and is banned from Wal-Mart stores for two years.

A Fairborn Municipal Court official says an obstructing official business charge against 27-year-old Elias Kelley was dismissed Wednesday in a plea agreement. The judge suspended 29 days of a 30-day sentence and credited Kelley for one day served....

June 17, 2015 - 4:30am
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Senate panel is poised to vote on a sweeping budget proposal that would increase Ohio's tobacco taxes, boost higher-education funding and eliminate state taxes for certain small business income.

The Senate Finance Committee planned to debate its latest revisions to the two-year $71.3 billion state operating budget before possibly voting on the spending plan Wednesday morning.

The Senate's budget would freeze tuition at...

June 17, 2015 - 4:15am
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a bill that would let Ohioans register to vote online are telling a legislative panel that it would allow for more accurate voter rolls in the swing state.

The bill would direct Ohio's elections chief to create a secure, online registration process for voters. Applicants would need to provide an Ohio driver's license or state ID card number. Currently, Ohio voters can update their addresses online.

Karla Herron with...

June 17, 2015 - 4:01am
1 week 4 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Heavy rain overwhelmed the sewer system in northeast Ohio this week, discharging raw sewage into Lake Erie and leading to water advisories at a number of beaches.

The torrential rain on Monday led to swimming advisories at Edgewater Park beach in Cleveland and nearly a dozen other beaches along the lake shore.

Visitors were being advised to avoid contact with the water and debris. Officials say high levels of e. coli bacteria could...

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