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Fire truck, SUV collide in northeast Ohio, injuring 4

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:52 AM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three firefighters and another driver were hurt when a fire truck responding to a call was struck head-on by a sport utility vehicle in northeast Ohio.

The injured drivers of the Munson Township fire truck and the SUV were rushed to a hospital after the crash Thursday afternoon in Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County. The SUV driver was reported to have very serious injuries. The township fire department described the truck driver's injuries as minor.

Two other firefighters were taken to a hospital and later released.

Ohio home pelted by eggs for a year; police can't crack case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:30 AM

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An 85-year-old man says his suburban Cleveland home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, but police haven't cracked the unusual case.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1BNXAZj ) reports Euclid police suspect the eggs are launched a block or two away. Homeowner Albert Clemens Sr. says whoever is responsible has "phenomenal" accuracy, launching five or six at a time and often hitting the front door.

Police: Pepper spray, tear gas used correctly at Ohio State

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:01 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deputy chief says Columbus police correctly used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds after Ohio State's football championship, but he concedes the response could have been handled better.

Police estimated 5,000 people converged on a campus-area street after the Buckeyes beat Oregon on Jan. 12. The department has said revelers ignored requests to clear the streets and emergency personnel couldn't get through to respond to fires.

Man arrested after calling 911 to say wife stole his cocaine

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 06:00 AM

ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a northeast Ohio man called 911 to report that his wife stole his cocaine and was then arrested himself.

The Review newspaper in Alliance reports officers responding to the Wednesday night call discovered he had a marijuana pipe and was wanted on a warrant for failing to pay hundreds of dollars in costs in an earlier court case.

Central Ohio teen sentenced to 17 years in slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:12 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio boy who was 14 when he fatally shot a man who came to his mother's house to buy marijuana has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The boy, now 16, had entered an Alford plea last month to charges including aggravated robbery and involuntary manslaughter. That means he didn't admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors have enough evidence to get a conviction.

He was sentenced in Columbus on Thursday.

Ohio sexting probe yields no charges against students

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:08 AM

HARRISON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor in southwest Ohio has decided not to seek criminal charges against any students after an investigation into sexting at a high school.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters says the matter will be handled by parents, police and Harrison High School.

Harrison police began investigating in January after getting complaints that students were texting explicit photos of themselves and others. Police say they confiscated and will destroy seven electronic devices found to have inappropriate photos of minors.

Ohio State will require students to be vaccinated

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:08 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Incoming Ohio State University students won't be allowed to schedule classes next fall if they're not up to date on their vaccinations.

Students starting at OSU will have to provide evidence that they've had shots to prevent a list of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1DQmCUn ) reports that the move by the university comes in response to a mumps outbreak on and around campus last year that sickened almost 500 people.

Ohio prison officials want release for incapacitated inmates

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prison officials want to be able to save money by releasing inmates who require round-the-clock medical care or are otherwise incapacitated.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction chief Gary Mohr (moor) asked for the change during his budget testimony Thursday before an Ohio House subcommittee.

He wants to be able to allow judicial medical release in cases recommended by the department, although it wouldn't cover inmates serving life or capital punishment sentences.

Ohio health department to release flu hospitalization data

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials are ready to provide new data on flu-related hospitalizations as an unusually severe season winds down.

Last week the Ohio Department of Health reported 119 flu-related hospitalizations from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21, down from 130 a week earlier.

Those figures brought the season's total hospitalizations to 7,852. The state doesn't report adult flu deaths but has recorded the deaths of six children. Individual county health departments have reported several adult deaths.

Ohio to release unemployment rate, jobs data for January

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 03:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is planning to release Ohio's unemployment rate for January, along with other job figures for the start of the new year.

The Friday morning report coming from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will look at employment data across sectors, including construction, manufacturing, health care, leisure and hospitality.

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