State & Regional News

March 25, 2015 - 6:36am
4 days 12 hours ago

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (AP) — The board of education for a central Ohio school district says an elementary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting students has resigned.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the board of education for Olentangy Local Schools in Delaware County accepted the resignation of 39-year-old Matthew Rausenberg, who was arrested March 16 on single felony counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.


March 25, 2015 - 6:10am
4 days 12 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say evidence is being presented to a grand jury in the case of a northeast Ohio woman who was fatally stabbed in broad daylight on a downtown Cleveland street two years ago.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports ( ) Cleveland homicide detectives have handed their investigation into the death of 53-year-old Aliza Sherman to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor's Office.

Police say Sherman was...

March 25, 2015 - 3:14am
3 days 19 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators have passed Ohio's transportation budget after a committee dropped a proposal that would have raised the speed limit to 75 mph on certain rural freeways and the turnpike.

The $7 billion spending blueprint cleared the Senate on a unanimous vote Wednesday. The House planned a Thursday vote.

The measure lays out transportation and public safety priorities for the two years beginning July 1. The bulk of the money goes...

March 25, 2015 - 3:12am
3 days 19 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ban on most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has once again cleared the Ohio House, leaving the rest of the two-year session for advocates to lobby the bill's opponents in the Ohio Senate.

Wednesday's approval followed a startlingly emotional floor debate in which one veteran female lawmaker revealed she'd been raped and had an abortion, and one male legislator cried as he recounted praying that his stillborn child would take a...

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

CINCINNATI (AP) — A convicted southwest Ohio juvenile judge has pleaded not guilty to a new amended charge of misusing a county credit card.

Judge Tracie Hunter was convicted in October of unlawful interest in a public contract. Prosecutors filed the amended charge to fix a legal technicality that restricted jurors in her first trial from considering it in the original case.

Defense attorney Clyde Bennett II says the not-guilty plea for Hunter was...

March 25, 2015 - 3:06am
4 days 14 hours ago

MT. GILEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff's detective in north-central Ohio says two men arrested recently in a break-in at a county animal shelter are expected to be charged with burglarizing other shelters around the state.

Twenty-nine-year-old James Blankenship and 36-year-old Corby Creech were charged last week in the Jan. 9 burglary at the Morrow County Humane Society shelter in Mt. Gilead.

Morrow County sheriff's Det. Marissa Gibson says the men are...

March 25, 2015 - 3:04am
3 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed a wide-ranging proposal containing new rules for farmers that are aimed at reducing the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The measure cleared the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is expected to sign it.

The bill would stop northwestern Ohio farmers from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. It also would bring an end to the dumping of dredged sediment in the lake...

March 25, 2015 - 3:02am
4 days 15 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for robbing and assaulting a U.S. mail carrier.

Prosecutors said 29-year-old Gregory Braxton of Columbus was sentenced to 53 months in federal prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty last October to using force and violence to rob a U.S. Postal Service worker.

Court records say Braxton approached a postal worker who delivering a package in January 2014 and said...

March 24, 2015 - 6:03pm
4 days 16 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued for two dismissed University of Dayton basketball players charged in a series of burglaries on campus.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says 21-year-old Jalen Robinson and 20-year-old Devin Scott are accused of breaking into a number of dormitory rooms at the University of Dayton on Dec. 14 and stealing property. Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says there was video surveillance evidence, and the two men were identified....

March 24, 2015 - 2:37pm
4 days 19 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio authorities say state crime lab tests found no other illegal drugs in the vehicle a veteran pro football player was driving when he was charged with a misdemeanor marijuana count.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey tells The Associated Press that a small amount of marijuana has been confirmed in the case involving running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Troopers had sent some other unidentified substances for testing.


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