State & Regional News

May 29, 2015 - 3:46am
1 day 18 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio native is the top graduating cadet this year at the Air Force Academy.

Rebecca Esselstein of Dayton has placed first among her graduating class of 840 cadets with a grade point average of 3.98, The Dayton Daily News reports ( ). She graduated Thursday at the Colorado campus, having earned her bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering.

The 22-year-old plans to study at the University of Oxford in...

May 29, 2015 - 3:31am
1 day 18 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio storekeeper has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $1 million in a food stamp scam.

Forty-five-year-old Johnnie Byrd III was sentenced Thursday in Akron following his conviction last week on charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, grand theft, money laundering and illegal use of food stamps.

The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports that Byrd was...

May 29, 2015 - 3:16am
1 day 18 hours ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio University Singers know it's only rock 'n' roll, but they're still elated to be performing onstage with The Rolling Stones this weekend in Columbus.

Thirty-two members of the southeastern Ohio college's most select choir will perform the backing vocals during the band's rendition of its 1969 song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.

Hiring an area choir to back the band during...

May 29, 2015 - 3:02am
1 day 20 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 28-year-old Cleveland man has been charged with running a prostitution ring from a county jail by asking someone to recruit prostitutes for him.

Darius Clark was charged Thursday after authorities say they learned in November that he was running a prostitution ring from Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Jail. Clark was jailed in September on charges of felonious assault, aggravated burglary and criminal damaging for an alleged attack on a 17-year-old...

May 29, 2015 - 12:41am
1 day 22 hours ago

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Ohio has received his high school diploma after dropping out at the age of 17 to fight in the war.

Charles Benning, of Springfield, wore a cap and gown Thursday as he was escorted by his grandson Sean Jenkins to receive an honorary diploma from Yellow Springs High School.

Jenkins says his grandfather regrets most never graduating from high school. That's why he called the school and...

May 28, 2015 - 2:42pm
2 days 7 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio company has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the illegal dumping of wastewater from gas and oil drilling into a storm sewer 33 times between October 2012 and January 2013.

A judge on Thursday fined the company $75,000 and ordered it to pay $25,000 to be split between Friends of the Mahoning River and Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association.

Company owner Ben Lupo of Poland, Ohio, pleaded guilty in...

May 28, 2015 - 2:26pm
2 days 7 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A juvenile court spokeswoman in Cleveland says two 12-year-old girls have pleaded guilty to delinquency charges in an assault last month on an 11-year-old autistic girl.

The two girls pleaded guilty to abduction, rioting and assault on Wednesday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Juvenile Court. The spokeswoman says the girls have been ordered not to contact the victim and remain under home detention. Their sentencing is scheduled for June 10....

May 28, 2015 - 12:09pm
2 days 10 hours ago

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating racial discrimination complaints brought against a southwest Ohio school district by three mothers of children who were students there.

The federal agency and Lebanon school officials confirmed the investigation Wednesday.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports the mothers filed separate complaints against the district in April with the help...

May 28, 2015 - 7:44am
2 days 14 hours ago

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has dismissed a civil case by a northeast Ohio couple who want to keep their toothless, 41-year-old black bear despite not getting a required state permit.

A Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) County judge ruled the court could have jurisdiction to consider an injunction if the animal were seized but can't appropriately address that yet because the state hasn't tried to remove the bear.

Jeffrey and Debra Gillium of Lodi (LOH'-deye)...

May 28, 2015 - 7:14am
2 days 15 hours ago

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The southwest Ohio city hit by a tornado this week doesn't use sirens to warn residents about severe weather, but officials say such an alert might not have been much help because the twister struck quickly and unexpectedly.

The National Weather Service confirmed a relatively weak EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 mph touched down Tuesday at a Beavercreek shopping plaza.

It lifted at least five cars, damaged business and...

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