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Jury picked for new trial in 4 slayings at Ohio townhome

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 06:31 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A jury has been chosen in the new trial for a man who was found guilty of gunning down four people at a northeast Ohio townhome and then had his convictions vacated.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1HvPZNM ) reports the jury chosen Tuesday comprises eight women and four men, plus six alternates. They were sworn in, then visited the crime scene.

Midafternoon shooting kills 15-year-old boy in Cincinnati

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 06:04 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in midafternoon in a neighborhood northeast of downtown, and they're searching for a suspect.

Police say Nathaniel Scott Jr. died at a hospital after the Tuesday shooting in the Walnut Hills neighborhood, a few blocks from where another shooting last month killed one teenager and injured two others outside a party.

Police Capt. Maris Herold tells WCPO-TV (http://bit.ly/1LE80gb ) that Tuesday's shooting occurred an area that is usually "pretty calm."

Ohio school district pays $25K to develop brand standards

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 04:18 AM

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio high school is finally getting official logos — for a price.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1FO968I ) the Grandview Heights school board voted last week to pay Stacy Buttari of Whitespace design firm up to $25,000 to develop brand standards for the district.

Grandview Heights High School currently has 17 variations of a logo. With the move, it joins other area districts rethinking their brands.

Ohio board president quits after writing support letter

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 04:16 AM

MACEDONIA, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school board president has resigned amid criticism that he wrote a letter in support of a former board president sentenced to prison for having child pornography.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1cgw1hc ) reports that Nordonia Hills School Board President Jim Virost resigned Tuesday after a petition and Facebook page were started last week pressuring him to quit.

Man gets 2 years in prison in unintentional death of cousin

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 04:13 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old northwest Ohio man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the 2014 death of his cousin is headed to prison.

The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/1chZNSH ) a judge sentenced 20-year-old Nicholas Braylock to two years in prison Tuesday. Authorities say the Toledo man was fooling around with a gun when Thomas Braylock was unintentionally shot to death in October.

During the hearing, Nicholas Braylock turned to his family and said he was sorry.

Ohio man sentenced for killing 9-week-old son

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 04:00 AM

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 22-year-old southwest Ohio man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing his infant son earlier this year.

Austin Morris pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced in Butler County, near Cincinnati.

A detective said Morris shook 9-month-old Benjamin and threw him against the wall in January. Morris initially lied to his wife about it, and it was 36 hours before the child was taken to the hospital.

Benjamin suffered a skull fracture and two strokes before he died a few days later.

Ohio Senate committee approves overdose antidote bill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 03:46 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would expand the use of a drug overdose antidote across Ohio.

The proposal is aimed at reducing the state's record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, which are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

Ohio Senate leaving tight window for budget compromise

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 03:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has laid out a timeline for action on the next state operating budget that will leave less than two weeks to work out differences with the House.

Senate Finance Chairman Scott Oelslager (OHL'-slay-gur) has set Wednesday as the deadline for proposed amendments to the $71.5 billion, two-year spending blueprint. A revised bill would hit committee June 8, with a Senate floor vote likely June 17.

Bill to shift Ohio's 2016 primary poised for Senate vote

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 03:16 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The date of Ohio's presidential primary would be pushed back a week next year under a bill before the swing state's Senate.

The election is currently set for March 8, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on legislation that would move the 2016 primary to March 15.

House to vote on banning pure caffeine, powdered alcohol

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 03:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio representatives are set to vote on a measure to prohibit the sale of pure caffeine products, along with the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol.

The House previously passed legislation banning powdered alcohol, though that bill is pending in the Senate.

The powder is sold online and can be added to any beverage to make it an alcoholic drink.

A House panel changed the caffeine-related bill Tuesday to include powdered alcohol.

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