State & Regional News

April 30, 2015 - 4:00pm
3 days 8 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense has rested and testimony is complete in the trial of a Cleveland police officer charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed citizens after a high-speed chase.

The judge who'll be deciding voluntary manslaughter charges against 31-year-old Michael Brelo (BREE'-lo) said Thursday that closing arguments would begin next Tuesday. The judge said his written verdict likely won't be finished next week.

Brelo has been on trial...

April 30, 2015 - 3:10pm
3 days 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has signed a bill to let some cities create outdoor refreshment areas where revelers could walk outside with open containers of alcohol.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) office says he signed the proposal Thursday. An emergency clause in the legislation allows it to take effect immediately.

The measure will allow cities of a certain size to create areas exempted from the state's open-container law. That law...

April 30, 2015 - 1:51pm
3 days 13 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Health says once again a record number of Ohioans died from heroin-related overdoses in 2013 as it released the newest available figures for a problem that's been called an epidemic and a public health crisis.

The state said Thursday that 983 people died of heroin-related overdoses in 2013, up from 697 deaths in 2012.

The heroin increase also drove the overall number of fatal drug overdoses to 2,110...

April 30, 2015 - 1:21pm
3 days 14 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has found unconstitutional the method that Cleveland uses for taxing professional athletes who work for short periods of time in the city.

The court said the city unfairly imposed a 2 percent income tax on ex-Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer based on games played in the city as a percentage of total games played.

The court said Hillenmeyer is due a partial refund under the method most cities use...

April 30, 2015 - 1:07pm
3 days 18 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's budget director is taking issue with changes the Republican-led House made to tax policies, education funding and other areas of the governor's state budget proposal.

Budget director Tim Keen told reporters Thursday that the two-year, $71.5 billion budget passed by the House relies on revenue and Medicaid estimates that he calls optimistic. He says he's concerned with the plan's amount of spending and its transfer of money from a fund...

April 30, 2015 - 12:25pm
3 days 21 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a former Akron police captain who had argued a judge's previous ruling entitled him to a new trial in the 1987 slaying of his ex-wife.

The case of 69-year-old Douglas Prade now returns a county judge in Akron who will decide whether Prade gets a new trial in the slaying of Dr. Margo Prade, based on DNA evidence.

A now-retired judge exonerated and freed Prade in January 2013 after...

April 30, 2015 - 12:14pm
3 days 22 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police are searching for a suspect in the fatal daytime shooting of a man on a city sidewalk.

Police say in a news release that an arrest warrant charging aggravated murder was issued Thursday for 28-year-old Darnell Higgins in the shooting of 30-year-old Gregory Douglas. Court records don't list an attorney for Higgins.

Police say Douglas was shot around 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood just north of...

April 30, 2015 - 7:54am
3 days 23 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The governor and other state leaders have two new aircraft for traveling around Ohio on official business.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1DEl9Qe ) reports the state spent $9.6 million and traded in two used planes to get the new aircraft this month. It bought a new, nine-passenger Beechcraft King Air 350i for $5.4 million and a six-passenger King Air 250 for $4.2 million.

That combined cost was less than the actual price...

April 30, 2015 - 7:17am
4 days 1 hour ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital say a police helicopter flying in the middle of the night made an emergency landing in a store parking lot.

WCMH-TV reports the pilot of the Columbus police helicopter landed it near a shopping plaza on the city's west side as a precaution after a warning light appeared.

After the unplanned landing around midnight, WBNS-TV says the helicopter returned to the police heliport early Thursday morning....

April 30, 2015 - 7:04am
4 days 4 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's Community Relations Board has apologized for several tweets that referenced other sites of tension between police and the public and invited comments on whether the city should "be burned down."

The board apologized on Twitter, saying it intended to spark dialogue about community-police relations but some of the messages this week from its new account were inappropriate. One questioned whether the city should burn like Baltimore or Ferguson,...

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