State & Regional News

May 27, 2015 - 12:59pm
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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...

May 27, 2015 - 12:37pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio congressman's re-election campaign has been ordered by the Federal Election Commission to pay a $5,425 fine for failing to promptly report several donations it received before last year's primary and general elections.

The campaign finance agency says Rep. Jim Renacci's (reh-NAY'-sees) campaign did not immediately tell the agency about 22 donations that totaled $33,500, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1J5pBOW )....

May 27, 2015 - 12:28pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio students would need to be immunized against meningitis under a measure that cleared a legislative committee.

The legislation would require students to be immunized against meningococcal disease once they reach a certain age, which would be determined by the Ohio Department of Health.

The requirement would start in the 2016-17 school year. With few exceptions, the proposal would apply to students at public and nonpublic...

May 27, 2015 - 11:06am
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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been arrested in the theft of 70 bronze and copper flower vases from a cemetery in Springfield.

The Clark County Sheriff's office says the vases stolen from dozens of grave sites last week were worth several thousand dollars.

The sheriff's office says 55-year-old Kenneth Pryor of Springfield admitted to detectives that he took the vases. He has been charged with theft and desecration of grave sites....

May 27, 2015 - 10:37am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says 14 people were killed on Ohio's roadways over Memorial Day weekend — one more than last year.

The patrol says three fatalities were related to impaired driving. Four of the 14 people killed between Friday and Monday weren't wearing seat belts.

The patrol made 544 arrests for impaired driving, down nearly 29 percent compared with last year. The 5,500 seat belt violations this year also were down...

May 27, 2015 - 10:19am
1 hour 52 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio inmate who escaped in 1959 and recently was found in Florida could have a parole board hearing after just a few months back behind bars.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Frank Freshwaters' sentence was recalculated based on his time at large and in custody to determine that he will have a parole board hearing in August.

The Akron man disappeared from a prison camp near Sandusky...

May 27, 2015 - 8:32am
1 hour 52 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Closing arguments have begun in the trial of a former Ohio lawmaker accused of defrauding a technology company's investors out of millions of dollars.

Hamilton County Judge John West declined on Wednesday a defense motion to acquit former state Rep. Pete Beck, a 62-year-old certified public accountant who pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges. The charges, including corruption, theft and securities-related counts, relate to his work as an official for...

May 27, 2015 - 8:06am
1 hour 52 sec ago

GENEVA ON THE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in far northeast Ohio say a 22-year-old man who apparently drowned at a Lake Erie beach over the weekend had been drinking before he went into the water.

Police say the Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) man went into the water at Geneva On The Lake on Sunday, shortly after midnight, and got about 150 yards from shore but couldn't get back. The Star-Beacon newspaper (http://bit.ly/1HvW90l ) reports that police say the man yelled for help,...

May 27, 2015 - 7:37am
1 hour 52 sec ago

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl suspected in the murder of a 2-month-old infant will undergo a third evaluation before a judge has a competency hearing for her.

The News-Herald in Willoughby (http://bit.ly/1SBLUAd ) reports the hearing in juvenile court has been pushed back to July 9 because attorneys for the defendant and her mother requested the additional competency evaluation.

Police say the baby was severely beaten in...

May 27, 2015 - 7:05am
1 hour 52 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say two people in a car were hurt and others were in harm's way when two shooters in another vehicle opened fire on Interstate 75 north of Cincinnati.

The chaotic scene late Tuesday morning prompted 911 calls from panicked travelers who reported coming under fire from a vehicle speeding along the northbound highway near Lockland.

A 28-year-old Cincinnati man and 24-year-old woman in one car were taken to a hospital with...

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