State & Regional News

February 28, 2015 - 6:46am
1 day 11 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state panel has approved about $2.4 billion in state funding for transportation projects around Ohio and the region through 2026.

In a vote Thursday, the Transportation Review Advisory Council formalized its new priority list.

The plan advances the next phase of reconstruction of the Interstate 270/State Route 315/U.S. Route 23 interchange in Franklin County and funds various other road, highway and bridge improvements....

February 28, 2015 - 6:31am
1 day 11 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges that accuse him of illegally shipping white-tailed deer from Ohio to his hunting preserve in Florida.

Federal prosecutors in Columbus say 49-year-old Donald Wainwright Sr. of Live Oak, Florida, pleaded guilty Friday to charges that include illegal wildlife trafficking and conspiracy.

As part of the plea agreement, Wainwright is facing 21 months in prison and a $125,000 fine....

February 28, 2015 - 6:16am
1 day 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Court of Claims magistrate has ruled that the state prison system was mostly responsible for an inmate cutting off the tips of two fingers while working a commercial food slicer.

Magistrate Anderson Renick ruled this week that Allen Correctional Institute inmate Paul Johnson was himself 40 percent responsible for the accident that cut off his fingertips while he was slicing cheese in the prison kitchen in August 2012.


February 28, 2015 - 6:11am
1 day 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The real estate arm of Ohio State University plans a major redevelopment of the neighborhood east of the Columbus campus.

Campus Partners says the project will add a public square, hotel, parking garage and blocks of shops and apartments. The sweeping plan would replace or expand dozens of buildings from 14th to 17th avenues along High Street and just east of Pearl Street.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports...

February 28, 2015 - 12:00am
1 day 20 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old man has died after they found him critically injured at a Columbus residence where officers were responding to a report of a break-in.

Police say officers responded about noon Friday to a report of a man breaking into the home and they found the man with a gunshot wound. They say the resident told police the man forced his way into the residence "for unknown reasons."

The man, identified as Michael...

February 27, 2015 - 5:10pm
1 day 23 hours ago

TROY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two children died and two others were hospitalized from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a western Ohio home.

Medics were called Friday afternoon to the home in Troy, about 20 miles north of Dayton. Officials say a relative found the children unresponsive and called for emergency crews at about 2:20 p.m. Friday.

Acting Miami County Coroner Dr. William Ginn says two of the children died in the emergency room at...

February 27, 2015 - 4:59pm
2 days 1 hour ago

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — The police chief in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay has been charged with blocking an investigation into sexual assault claims against an employee more than a decade ago.

Ohio investigators announced Friday that four misdemeanor charges including dereliction of duty and falsification have been filed against Put-in-Bay police Chief Ric Lampela.

A message seeking comment was left for Lampela at his office on...

February 27, 2015 - 4:23pm
2 days 2 hours ago

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio say the remaining charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players have been resolved with a guilty plea by a former school employee.

The Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) school district's former technology director pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing official business. A judge sentenced William Rhinaman to 90 days in jail, with 80 days suspended if probation is completed....

February 27, 2015 - 3:04pm
2 days 3 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has been found guilty of aggravated murder and other charges in the slayings of his ex-girlfriend and their 5-year-old son.

A Summit County jury on Friday convicted 41-year-old Daniel Tighe (teye) of Akron on charges including domestic violence, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The sentencing phase in the potential death penalty case is scheduled to begin March 16.

Tighe was arrested in the 2013...

February 27, 2015 - 1:31pm
2 days 5 hours ago

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio court says a man accused driving more than 125 mph and causing a fatal crash on the Ohio Turnpike more than a year ago is now competent to stand trial.

Andrew Gans of Kent appeared in a Sandusky County court this week for a competency hearing. The court had until the end of this month to determine if Gans could stand trial after he was found incompetent to stand trial a year ago.

Gans was arrested in November 2013...

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