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Police say 7-week-old baby abducted by mother's ex-boyfriend

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:44 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland say a 7-week old girl has been abducted by the ex-boyfriend of the baby's mother.

Police issued an Amber Alert for the child, Kemyra Foust, following her disappearance Thursday night.

A police report says the suspect was last seen walking from the baby's house and is considered dangerous and is known at times to carry a weapon.

The girl was wearing a pink shirt, pink pants and red socks when last seen.

Church leaders seek potential victims of priest abuse

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:32 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are looking for potential abuse victims of a deceased priest who once served at a Toledo high school and who the leaders confirm abused a minor more than a dozen years ago.

The Toledo-Detroit Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales as well as the Toledo and Detroit Catholic dioceses announced the accusations earlier this week through their websites.

Feds direct pipeline company to investigate alternatives

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:58 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency has directed the Texas-based company behind a proposed northeastern Ohio natural gas pipeline to investigate an alternative route that would relocate the $2 billion project to less populated areas.

The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark County into southern Stark and Wayne counties, then western Wayne, Medina and Lorain counties.

Ohio man arrested again on charge of impersonating officer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:34 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio have arrested a man for impersonating a police officer, a charge the 19-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to less than a year ago.

Police in Barberton in suburban Akron say 19-year-old Michael Bollinger portrayed himself as an officer while helping two women and a man when their car broke down a week ago.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1yhKjDn ) a pretrial hearing was set for early May following Bollinger's arrest on Monday.

Investigation ongoing in blaze that led to firefighter death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:16 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — State and local authorities are investigating the cause of a blaze that led to the death of a veteran Cincinnati firefighter.

Fire chief Richard Braun says department policies and procedures will be reviewed to try to learn from the death.

Braun says the department is mourning the loss of firefighter Daryl Gordon, on the force for 29 years, calling him a hero.

Youngstown officials want more information on truancy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 06:05 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A commission trying to guide Youngstown city schools out of academic difficulties wants more information about how truancy is dealt with.

Members of the Youngstown City School District Academic Distress Commission say they want to hear directly from the district's truant officer.

The Vindicator reports (http://ohne.ws/1E9r462 ) that the commission heard from the district Thursday that only a few schools met attendance goals in January and February.

Ohio prisons agency reviews programs to help freed inmates

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 05:40 AM

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Officials with Ohio's prisons agency are emphasizing the importance of preparing inmates for life outside bars.

Mark Hooks, warden at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) in southern Ohio, says the agency wants to release people better off than when they entered prison.

The Chillicothe Gazette reported Thursday (http://ohne.ws/1E9r462 ) that a conference hosted by Ohio University's Chillicothe branch focused on educating offenders and making their prison time productive.

Bill would allow Ohio cities to have outdoor drinking areas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:14 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill passed in the Ohio House would allow bars and restaurants in Ohio's larger cities to designate outdoor areas where people would be allowed to drink alcohol.

The sponsors of the bill passed Thursday say it's about economic development and bringing more people to bars and restaurants. They say it will cut down on the red tape required to create outdoor refreshment areas for specific events.

Proposed changes to Ohio budget due to House panel on Friday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:12 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel reviewing the governor's $72.3 billion state budget proposal expects to get some ideas on how to change it Friday.

House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith says he anticipates getting more than 800 amendments by the afternoon.

His committee has recently heard hours of testimony on a provision to phase out independent health providers.

Toledo Zoo showing off aquarium after $25 million renovation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:10 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo Zoo is ready to show off its updated aquarium after a multiyear $25 million renovation.

The zoo, one of only ten nationwide that operates both a zoo and on-grounds aquarium, planned to open the new facility Friday.

The Toledo Blade (http://bit.ly/19TiV9q ) reports the centerpiece is the new Pacific Reef exhibit, holding 90,000 gallons, compared with only 7,600 gallons for the largest single tank before the renovation.

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