State & Regional News

February 7, 2016 - 12:31pm
35 min 23 sec 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
1 hour 15 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
1 hour 15 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
1 hour 25 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
1 hour 35 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
2 hours 55 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
9 hours 55 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...

February 7, 2016 - 3:35am
9 hours 55 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps' chief defense counsel will become the new head of the federal public defender's office in northern Ohio.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1R2nr7v ) Col. Stephen Newman has been appointed to a four-year team as the head of the office. It provides attorneys who defendants who can't afford one.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati selected him for the job.

The 51-year-old...

February 6, 2016 - 4:16pm
14 hours 4 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Developers are scaling back a proposal to build a large apartment complex near the Ohio State University campus that drew complaints from neighbors.

An attorney representing the developers says a new plan for the site will no longer require tearing down eight buildings along High Street just north of the campus in Columbus.

The original plan included a 10-story apartment complex 145 apartments.

Some...

February 6, 2016 - 1:54pm
15 hours 45 min ago

SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — Ohio regulators say lead levels in tap water have been below the federal allowable limit in 96 percent of the samples tested this past week in in the northeast Ohio village of Sebring.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been testing water in the rural area of Mahoning County for about two weeks since notifying residents that unsafe levels of lead were found in some water samples.

The operators of the small water system...

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