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May 28, 2015 - 4:16am
54 min 27 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man who encouraged his 12-year-old son to fight another boy and then recorded the brawl on his cellphone has been sentenced to two years of probation.

As part of a plea agreement, 39-year-old Walter Ganous pleaded guilty to a charge of endangering children and was sentenced Tuesday in Akron. An 18-month jail sentenced was suspended. Other charges were dropped.

A prosecutor's office spokesman told the Akron Beacon...

May 28, 2015 - 4:01am
54 min 27 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The number of shootings is way up in Cincinnati so far this year.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) report that 162 people have been shot in the city through last Saturday. That's more shooting victims in that time frame than any year in the past decade.

There have been 25 homicides in the city so far, which is about average for recent years.

The situation was detailed in a report given to...

May 28, 2015 - 3:46am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a new trial date for an Ohio man charged with plotting a U.S. attack after receiving overseas terrorism training.

Columbus resident Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-dee-RAH'-mahn shayk moh-HAH'-mud) has pleaded not guilty to charges of supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism.

Judge James Graham on Tuesday rescheduled the June trial until Oct. 5...

May 28, 2015 - 3:31am
54 min 27 sec ago

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's statewide police commission is continuing its review of training requirements for law enforcement officers.

The commission's work follows calls for more training and oversight in the wake of fatal police shootings and protests in Ohio and nationally.

Those recommendations came from task forces convened by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training...

May 28, 2015 - 3:16am
54 min 27 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Cincinnati-area bartender charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner faces federal trial June 30.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black recently scheduled the nonjury trial for Michael Hoyt. Black earlier found Hoyt competent to stand trial, based on a report from a federal medical center in Massachusetts, where Hoyt had been sent for mental evaluation and treatment.

He is charged with threatening to kill...

May 28, 2015 - 3:02am
54 min 27 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two women who were abducted as teenagers and held captive in a Cleveland house for a decade have been awarded the high school diplomas they missed out on.

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus donned white caps and gowns Wednesday and were given honorary diplomas from John Marshall High School, according to The Plain Dealer ( That's the school Berry attended when she was abducted by Castro as a 17-year-old in 2003. DeJesus would have gone...

May 27, 2015 - 7:20pm
54 min 27 sec ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man and woman whose dogs fatally mauled a woman last year have been sentenced to months of jail time and community service.

Thirty-year-old Andrew Nason and 27-year-old Julie Custer were sentenced Wednesday in Dayton after pleading no contest last month to two misdemeanor counts each of failure to control dogs.

WHIO-TV ( ) reports that Nason was sentenced to 150 days in jail and 500 hours of community...

May 27, 2015 - 5:08pm
54 min 27 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a status conference for next month on Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the city's troubled police department.

Cleveland and DOJ officials announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement on a consent decree that a federal judge must approve and an independent monitor will oversee. The two sides negotiated for five months after the DOJ issued findings in December that said an...

May 27, 2015 - 4:47pm
54 min 27 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Columbus-area woman whose son fell into a cheetah pit at a Cleveland zoo last month has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge in a Cleveland courtroom.

Thirty-eight-year-old Michelle Schwab of Delaware, Ohio, was originally charged with child endangering after authorities said she dangled her 2-year-old son over the railing of the zoo's cheetah exhibit and dropped him April 11. She pleaded no contest to aggravated trespassing on Wednesday....

May 27, 2015 - 12:59pm
54 min 26 sec ago

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a relatively weak tornado touched down at a shopping plaza in southwest Ohio, lifting at least five cars, damaging business and other vehicles and injuring two people.

Based on preliminary information, the weather service determined the Tuesday tornado in Beavercreek was rated as EF-1, with a top wind speed estimated at 105 mph. It says nearly two dozen vehicles were damaged, and the two people who were...

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