State & Regional News

July 25, 2015 - 7:30am
3 days 12 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The city of Cincinnati has announced a new lineup of Saturday concerts at Fountain Square in the wake of a large July 4 brawl that canceled a previously scheduled hip-hop concert series.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) the new Summer Sampler series will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every Saturday until the end of August.

Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., organizers of the event, says...

July 25, 2015 - 7:01am
3 days 13 hours ago

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A southern Ohio county hit hard by the state's heroin epidemic has received a $100,000 grant to fight the problem.

Ross County was chosen as the pilot site for a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies working to reduce heroin deaths.

The Heroin Partnership Project will provide money, technical assistance, law enforcement support, treatment providers and prevention specialists to battle heroin addiction in the...

July 25, 2015 - 6:30am
3 days 13 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New figures from the state show that Ohio's four casinos produced about 7 percent less tax revenue in the second quarter of this year.

The Ohio Department of Taxation reports that $64.2 million was collected in tax revenue in April, May and June. That was $4.6 million less than in the first quarter of 2015, but nearly the same as in the last quarter of 2014.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that of those...

July 25, 2015 - 6:11am
3 days 14 hours ago

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's utility regulator says a March explosion that destroyed a house in suburban Columbus was due to a city employee inadvertently turning on an abandoned and mismarked gas line.

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission said Friday that Columbia Gas was at fault in the March 21 blast that leveled a house in Upper Arlington. No one was home at the time and nobody was hurt.

The report said Columbia Gas had shut off the...

July 24, 2015 - 5:11pm
4 days 2 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 23-year-old northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 35 years in the April 2013 drug-related slayings of four people at an Akron townhome.

Deshanon Haywood was sentenced on Friday in Akron. He had faced the possibility of the death penalty but the jury that convicted him recommended life instead. He was convicted of four counts of aggravated murder on June 19.

It was his second...

July 24, 2015 - 3:14pm
4 days 4 hours ago

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a suspect in the shooting death of a woman whose slaying is one of several deaths and disappearances troubling a southern Ohio city.

The Ross County Sheriff's Office says Jason McCrary is charged with murder in the death of Timberly Claytor earlier this year.

The indictment announced Friday in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) also alleges the 37-year-old McCrary is a repeat violent offender under...

July 24, 2015 - 12:17pm
4 days 7 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati detectives are investigating the burned remains of a male body found in a car on the city's west side.

Police say a car was reported on fire shortly before 4 a.m. Friday in the Westwood neighborhood of Cincinnati. Firefighters found the body in the backseat of the car after the fire was extinguished.

The body was badly burned but the coroner's office was able to determine the victim was male. The manner and cause of...

July 24, 2015 - 10:25am
4 days 8 hours ago

GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff says an inmate found hanging in his county jail cell in southern Ohio has died and the state is investigating.

Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger's statements Friday say 29-year-old Jeremiah Hall was found around 8 p.m. Thursday and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Wenninger's office is referring calls to the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

BCI spokeswoman Jill Del Greco says the sheriff's office...

July 24, 2015 - 9:00am
4 days 11 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge says a reputed member of New York's Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti can resume working at the scrap yards he operates in southeast Cleveland.

Cleveland police arrested 55-year-old Carmine "The Bull" Agnello of Bentleyville on July 15 for what authorities say was a $3 million scam involving stolen cars and scrap metal. A Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas judge freed Agnello on bond but ordered him to stay away...

July 24, 2015 - 8:56am
4 days 9 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 19-year-old Indiana man accused of running across the field during a Cincinnati Reds game has been arrested in Ohio.

Justin Buchanan of Noblesville, Indiana was arrested Thursday night at the Cincinnati police headquarters and is charged with criminal trespassing on a place of public amusement, a first degree misdemeanor.

Police say Buchanan entered the field at Great American Ballpark during the eighth inning of Wednesday night's...

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