State & Regional News

April 29, 2015 - 3:08am
2 days 11 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV with fecal matter at a Cincinnati hospital has rejected a proposed plea agreement in Ohio and wants to go to trial.

A court official says 35-year-old Candida Fluty (kan-DEE'-dah FLOO'-tee) turned down the proposal at a hearing Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. No trial date has been set.

Fluty's attorney didn't...

April 29, 2015 - 3:06am
2 days 11 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury is scheduled for trial on murder charges next year in southwest Ohio.

A Hamilton County court official says a judge on Wednesday set 32-year-old Glen Bates' trial for Sept. 16, 2016. The Cincinnati man has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder and child endangerment in Glenara Bates' March 29 death. A message seeking comment was...

April 29, 2015 - 3:04am
3 days 6 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman has been sentenced to 12 ½ years in federal prison for producing and possessing images of minors having sex.

Twenty-four-year-old Megan Boyer of Sheffield Lake was sentenced Tuesday in Cleveland. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office says Boyer induced two teenagers — a boy and a girl — to engage in sexual activity that she videotaped between February 2013 and February 2014.

An FBI affidavit says the two...

April 29, 2015 - 3:02am
2 days 9 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some cities could have outdoor refreshment areas where revelers could walk outside with open containers of alcohol under a bill headed to the Ohio governor.

The House voted 87-7 Wednesday on the proposal, which allows cities of a certain size to create areas exempted from Ohio's open-container law. That law generally prohibits a person from carrying an open container of beer or liquor in public.

The idea is to allow for...

April 29, 2015 - 2:48am
3 days 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The panel commissioned by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to study police and community relations in Ohio has emphasized accountability, trust, training and education.

The task force plans to issue its final set of recommendations Wednesday to Kasich for his consideration.

The panel's broad categories of possible changes to police departments include mandatory use of force standards and minimum statewide hiring policies....

April 28, 2015 - 4:15pm
3 days 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The CEO of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says the company is destroying more than 265 tons of ice cream after listeria was found in the production facility and in products last week.

Jeni's CEO John Lowe says in a statement Tuesday that the product to be destroyed amounts to 15 tractor-trailer loads on more than 300 pallets. It will cost the Columbus-based company more than $2.5 million.

The company said Thursday it...

April 28, 2015 - 12:58pm
3 days 14 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman who escaped the Cleveland home where she and two others were held captive for a decade says she's grateful that people still think of them, though getting hugs from well-meaning strangers who recognize them can be uncomfortable.

Amanda Berry tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) those folks end up crying, and she feels bad for them. She says: "They don't know that we are OK. They are just thinking about what we went...

April 28, 2015 - 12:14pm
3 days 11 hours ago

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A section of Interstate 71 closed for several hours after a fatal crash has reopened.

The State Highway Patrol says the crash around 9:30 Tuesday morning involved three tractor-trailers and a commercial van. A section of southbound I-71 between Cincinnati and Dayton just past the State Route 73 exit was shut down.

The patrol reports that Warren County's coroner says 51-year-old Ronald Hoeffler Jr., of Lebanon, died at the scene....

April 28, 2015 - 10:57am
3 days 19 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The owner of a popular Cincinnati restaurant has apologized after being criticized by transgender advocates for naming its hot dog of the day the "Bruce Jenner 2.0."

Dan Wright, who owns the gourmet hot dog restaurant Senate, apologized in a Facebook post Monday. He calls the hot dog name choice "highly insensitive" and says the restaurant strongly supports the LGBT community.

The restaurant promoted the special Bruce Jenner hot dog...

April 28, 2015 - 8:37am
3 days 20 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio has made the latest ruling rejecting the state's new restrictions on traffic camera enforcement.

Lucas County Judge Dean Mandros followed up his March 22 preliminary injunction against the law with a ruling Monday that it violates home-rule powers given to local governments under Ohio's constitution. The Blade newspaper of Toledo ( ) reports that Mandros said restrictions such as requiring a police...

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