State & Regional News

October 3, 2015 - 1:51pm
1 day 6 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A health center in northeast Ohio has established a program to help youngsters detox from opiates such as heroin.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) the Community Health Center in Summit County has established a daytime detox program at its facility in Akron for youths ages 12 to 17.

The center's director of adolescent services, Tiffanie Ferguson, says such programs are rare in the state.

October 3, 2015 - 10:43am
1 day 7 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio public defender says qualified lawyers are increasingly cutting back on court-appointed work representing poor defendants and leaving that work to less-experienced attorneys.

Providing legal defense to indigent defenders has largely been left to each county in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) that some county's rates for reimbursing those lawyers haven't changed for decades....

October 3, 2015 - 10:38am
1 day 6 hours ago

NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in northeastern Ohio says state and federal officers are joining in the search for a toddler whose family says the little girl wandered away while staying at her great-grandmother's house.

The family reported 2-year-old Rainn Peterson missing early Friday evening. She was last seen near the community of North Bloomfield. That's just north of Warren and Youngstown near the Pennsylvania state line.


October 3, 2015 - 10:04am
1 day 10 hours ago

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — State officials in Michigan say voluntary efforts are paying off to cut down the pollutants feeding algae in Lake Erie.

Michigan's agriculture director says data shows the amount of phosphorus going into the lake from a tributary in southeastern Michigan has been cut in half over the last seven years.

Algae blooms have become an annual problem in the lake and in Ohio it led to the shutdown of Toledo's drinking water system just...

October 3, 2015 - 7:30am
1 day 10 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Advocates of the ongoing overhaul of downtown Cleveland's Public Square have asked the state to help pay for the project.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership and the non-profit Group Plan Commission jointly requested $3.5 million in state funding for the project. The groups say they are $5 million short of their goal to finish the work.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports the groups are pushing for the money...

October 3, 2015 - 7:00am
1 day 10 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Motorists in Stark and Lorain counties in northeast Ohio might want to be extra vigilant now that it's the season for deer to become more active.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says those two counties led Ohio in the number of deer crashes last year, with 514 reported in Stark County and 510 in Lorain County.

Other deer crash "hot spots" in 2014 were Richland County in northern Ohio with 503 crashes, and Clermont and...

October 3, 2015 - 6:30am
1 day 10 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former nurse has pleaded guilty of failure to report child abuse or neglect in the 2011 southwest Ohio case of an emaciated teen who died.

Montgomery County authorities say Mary Kilby faced the charge stemming from the death of 14-year-old Makayla Norman. Authorities said the girl had cerebral palsy and weighed only 28 pounds.

Attorney Dennis Lieberman said Friday it's been "a long road" for Kilby, who has expressed remorse. She...

October 3, 2015 - 6:11am
1 day 10 hours ago

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A 23-year-old western Ohio man has been sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison in a 2013 home break-in that ended with a 12-year-old girl being shot in the face.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office says 23-year-old Bradley Allen Tyler Harmon was sentenced Friday after being found guilty by a jury in August of charges including felonious assault and aggravated burglary.

Prosecutors say Harmon broke into the home in the...

October 3, 2015 - 2:43am
1 day 11 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested on murder charges in the killings of two people whose bodies were found inside a Cincinnati apartment home.

Authorities say a man and woman who were neighbors were found dead after a 911 call late Thursday. They were identified as 57-year-old Alma Jean Owens and 72-year-old Macarthur Jackson. Police did not say how the two were killed or offer a motive for the slayings.

They say 27-year-old William...

October 3, 2015 - 2:15am
1 day 19 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters will decide this fall whether to prevent monopolies from being inserted into the state constitution. It's a question that could immediately scuttle marijuana legalization in the state.

The Legislature voted to put Issue 2 on the Nov. 3 ballot. Backers hope to revise Ohio's constitution to bar amendments that deliver commercial economic benefits to individuals or monopolies. That language aims to outlaw the system of 10 authorized...

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