State & Regional News

March 25, 2015 - 4:54pm
2 days 18 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The head of a union that represents Jeep workers in Ohio says he's confident that Jeep Wrangler production will stay in Toledo.

Bruce Baumhower is president of United Auto Workers Local 12 in Toledo. He says he expects a decision from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles within weeks.

The automaker is considering moving the Wrangler assembly line out of Toledo so it can be made with an aluminum body. Fiat Chrysler's CEO has said the...

March 25, 2015 - 4:46pm
2 days 18 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday approved legislation meant to improve water quality and reduce the toxic algae in Lake Erie. Key items in the bill:

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REGULATING FARMERS AND MANURE

Bans farmers in much of northwestern Ohio from putting livestock manure on fields when they are frozen or rain-soaked or when heavy rain is in the immediate forecast, and sets penalties of up to $10,000....

March 25, 2015 - 4:33pm
2 days 18 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has been indicted in southwest Ohio on a charge of aggravated murder.

A Hamilton County grand jury on Wednesday indicted 20-year-old Deasia (de-AY'-shuh) Watkins. Her arraignment is Thursday.

Defense attorney Michael Joseph Trapp says the grand jury action was expected. He had no further comment.

Watkins was arrested last week. Her daughter was found...

March 25, 2015 - 2:00pm
2 days 21 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 27-year-old man has sued Cleveland police claiming that an officer shot him in the arm last year after he'd already gone to the ground and surrendered.

An attorney for Kipp Holloway filed the suit Wednesday. It says Holloway had caught a ride from two acquaintances, and that the driver began traveling at high speeds on city streets before wrecking the car. The suit says Holloway fled, and later went down on his stomach and surrendered in a garage when...

March 25, 2015 - 12:53pm
3 days 5 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ordered a northeastern Ohio school board to release the names of replacement teachers brought in during a 2013 strike.

The court said in a 5-2 decision that the Strongsville city school board presented little evidence of any threat to the teachers' privacy or well-being with the strike over.

The ruling Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the names released to the president of the...

March 25, 2015 - 12:45pm
3 days 5 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

After extensive debate and several rounds of revisions, the Ohio House Education Committee approved the bill 13-6 Wednesday. A House vote could come Thursday.

The legislation requires additional financial, enrollment and attendance reporting from charter school...

March 25, 2015 - 10:36am
3 days 10 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a 19-year-old man has been shot and killed by a homeowner who said he found two burglary suspects inside his residence.

A police spokesman says officers were called to a home at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a man shot. Police say an investigation indicates that the homeowner found two men inside his house and fired multiple shots at them. Police say the second man fled. It's unknown if he was injured.

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March 25, 2015 - 9:21am
2 days 18 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has approved a proposal to extend the 20-year time period for prosecuting rape and sexual battery.

The bill provides an additional five years for prosecution from the time a potential suspect is identified through DNA testing.

The legislation comes as the Attorney General's Office continues to plow through a backlog of untested rape kits, with numerous cases of DNA matches in a criminal database....

March 25, 2015 - 9:06am
3 days 10 hours ago

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Fire officials say at least 9 people were injured and sent to local hospitals after an apartment fire in northeast Ohio.

The Canton Fire Department says reports of a fire at a large multi-unit apartment complex around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Responding fire crews caught at least three children dropped by their parents from third-floor windows. A man jumped from the same floor, injuring his ankle, and a woman was taken down a ladder....

March 25, 2015 - 8:07am
2 days 21 hours ago

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A municipal court judge has ordered a northeast Ohio police officer to pay a $500 fine after finding him guilty of animal cruelty for allowing a police dog to die of heatstroke in the back of a cruiser.

Following a bench trial Wednesday, Montville Township police Sgt. Brett Harrison was found guilty of one count of companion animal cruelty but not guilty of a second count. Harrison had pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges....

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