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July 20, 2016 - 12:23am
1 day 16 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Four employees of the Lucas County Sheriff's Office have been disciplined after they failed for several hours to check on an inmate who ended up dead in his cell.

The Blade newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2a6TJ1d ) two sergeants and two corrections officers were disciplined following an internal affairs review of the May 14 death of 34-year-old Alfred Estis.

Officials say corrections officer Adia Washington received the stiffest...

July 20, 2016 - 12:22am
1 day 16 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati woman who admitted giving an 11-year-old child to her drug dealer for sex in exchange for heroin will spend at least 51 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old April Corcoran was sentenced Tuesday in Cincinnati after pleading guilty last month to charges including trafficking in persons, complicity to rape and endangering children. She was sentenced to life with a chance for parole after 51 years.

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July 20, 2016 - 12:21am
1 day 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Justice Department is telling a federal appeals court that Ohio's process for maintaining its voter rolls is illegally removing people.

Voting rights groups sued Ohio's elections chief in April, claiming the state drops registered voters from its rolls based on their failure to vote.

A federal judge rejected the lawsuit last month, saying Ohio's procedures ensure the integrity of its election process.

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July 19, 2016 - 2:45pm
2 days 8 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in southwestern Ohio has pleaded no contest to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

A court official said Tuesday that 35-year-old Melinda Woodall entered the pleas Friday. She also pleaded no contest to charges of drug possession and failure to stop after an accident. Authorities say the Amelia woman's SUV struck 42-year-old Michael Prater while he was riding his bicycle in suburban...

July 19, 2016 - 1:35pm
2 days 1 hour ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A rally marking the anniversary of the death of a black motorist fatally shot by a white University of Cincinnati police officer during a traffic stop is scheduled in Cincinnati.

Tuesday night's rally at Classon Park was organized by Cincinnati's chapter of Black Lives Matter to remember the life of 43-year-old Sam DuBose. Authorities say DuBose was fatally shot by Officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19, 2015, after Tensing pulled him over...

July 19, 2016 - 12:36pm
2 days 2 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inspection report says a young black bear that escaped its Ohio zoo enclosure by scaling a fence with electrified wires previously climbed trees wrapped with "hot wires" intended to jolt animals as a deterrent.

The Columbus Zoo says the exhibit wasn't open to the public when the female cub scaled a 12.5-foot-high fence with an angled top and got into a viewing area on June 25. Visitors nearby were evacuated as the bear was corralled and sedated....

July 19, 2016 - 12:19pm
2 days 2 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital say a Columbus policeman was served a sandwich containing glass shards at a restaurant, and an assault squad is investigating whether it was intentional.

The officer, who wasn't identified, cut his mouth after biting into the sandwich served to him at a restaurant on Monday afternoon. He was taken to Grand Medical Center around 3 p.m. and was held overnight.

Police say the officer felt a grisly texture...

July 19, 2016 - 7:44am
2 days 6 hours ago

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted in the slaying of a woman who died 33 years ago in northwest Ohio has been sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

A Wood County judge sentenced Russell Adkins on Monday in 19-year-old Dana Rosendale's death. A jury on Saturday found the 57-year-old former Whitehouse man guilty of murder.

Rosendale died a few days after she was found in a suburban Toledo street in...

July 19, 2016 - 3:24am
2 days 13 hours ago

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an explosion has destroyed a home in southwest Ohio, killing two dogs inside.

The blast happened in North College Hill around 9:30 p.m. Monday. The homeowner, Tim Skinner, says he was at a store when the explosion happened and two of his three dogs were likely killed.

Fire crews say they suspect natural gas caused the blast but the official cause remains under investigation. The remains of the home...

July 19, 2016 - 3:23am
2 days 13 hours ago

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in southwest Ohio is encouraging staffers with licenses to carry to bring their weapons to work.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/2a5bOwX ) Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones also urged civilian employees to carry their weapons while operating any department vehicle away from headquarters.

Jones encouraged employees to carry their guns in a memo on Friday after recent attacks against police...

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