State & Regional News

February 7, 2016 - 6:11pm
5 hours 43 min ago

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating the death of an Ohio Wesleyan University soccer player whose body was found in a creek in central Ohio.

Delaware police say the body of 19-year-old Luke Gabbert was found Saturday morning in Delaware Run Creek in the city about 20 miles north of Columbus.

Investigators say the cause of death wasn't immediately determined.

Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones confirmed in a...

February 7, 2016 - 2:10pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Social service organizations and law enforcement agencies are planning a campaign to raise awareness of a possible increase in forced prostitution and labor trafficking while crowds are in Cleveland for the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1SAMlwT ) the Greater Cleveland's Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking expects to finalize details of the campaign and launch it in the coming weeks. The collective of...

February 7, 2016 - 1:45pm
5 hours 43 min ago

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a trooper was injured after a motorist dragged him 50 feet during a traffic stop in northeast Ohio.

A statement from the patrol's Ravenna post said Sgt. Jeffery Greene was injured in a traffic stop around 7:30 Saturday on State Route 225 in Atwater Township in Portage County.

Authorities say Greene was talking to the driver when the driver started the engine of his vehicle and pulled away, dragging...

February 7, 2016 - 12:31pm
5 hours 43 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in Cincinnati's schools are expanding anti-suicide efforts after notifying students' families of two teens who took their own lives this year.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1T366Na ) the 34,000-student district is trying to stem what health officials and faith leaders are calling a crisis of area teens committing suicide.

District spokeswoman Janet Walsh says they have a community strategy involving all of...

February 7, 2016 - 12:17pm
5 hours 43 min ago

KENTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a police officer was shot and injured and the suspect is dead after police responded to a domestic disturbance call in western Ohio.

The Hardin County sheriff's office says Stephen Davis was sitting in a vehicle with a gun in front of a house when Kenton police responded around 5 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the 47-year-old Kenton man fired at officers before fleeing in the vehicle.

The sheriff's statement says...

February 7, 2016 - 11:11am
5 hours 43 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A university has hired an outside consultant for nearly $400,000 to review its police department for reforms in the aftermath of an officer's fatal shooting of a black man after a traffic stop near campus.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1miJVo5 ) that the University of Cincinnati is hiring Exiger to conduct a review of the police department. The New York City-based consulting firm plans to deploy a 12-member team of policing experts to...

February 7, 2016 - 10:23am
5 hours 43 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in central Ohio say they fatally shot an armed man who was fleeing officers and refused to drop a gun.

Columbus police say 23-year-old Marese Collins was shot multiple times around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

A police statement says officers responded to a report of an armed man threatening others. Officers were told the man fled the neighborhood in an SUV.

A police cruiser followed a speeding SUV that matched...

February 7, 2016 - 9:17am
5 hours 43 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio authorities say grave markers, beer kegs, copper wire and tons of shredded plastic have been recovered in an investigation into illegal scrap yard activities.

Investigators say specialized scrap banned by law for sale included railroad materials, AT&T communication wire and copper and aluminum wire from American Electric Power.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said that at one scrap yard 56 grave markets,...

February 7, 2016 - 8:16am
5 hours 43 min ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal investigators say government money given to a northern Ohio company for work placement and parenting programs instead went to buy vehicles and cosmetic surgery.

A U.S. Justice Department spokesman says the Toledo company misspent close to $2.5 million that was supposed to be used for job training programs for the poor.

An indictment issued this past week accuses the company and four of its leaders of defrauding federal,...

February 7, 2016 - 5:50am
5 hours 43 min ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in a southwest Ohio city are warning residents of an increase in vehicle thefts.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1T39Cac ) Dayton Sgt. John Riegel says many car theft victims who left their vehicles running. He says it's against the law to leave vehicles running unattended.

The department estimates that 70 percent of the vehicle thefts that have occurred on the city's west side in recent years involve vehicles...

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