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Ohio oil well output doubles in a year; natural gas triples

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:10 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State statistics show oil production has more than doubled and natural gas has tripled in Ohio in the past year.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3.5 million barrels of oil and 164 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the last three months of 2014. During the same quarter in 2013, Ohio wells produced 1.4 million barrels of oil and 43 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

The increase was fueled by a building boom of wells.

Police relations panel to hold forum in Toledo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:08 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group looking into police and community relations in Ohio plans to meet with the public in northwestern Ohio.

The latest in a series of meetings around the state will take place Thursday at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Auditorium.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) formed the 24-person committee of city council members, religious leaders and law enforcement officials after a several police-involved shootings in Ohio and across the country raised concerns.

Ohio man gets 11 years for raping woman holding child

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking a woman from a bus stop and raping her while she held onto her 3-year-old child.

Thirty-six-year-old Ronald Ayers was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this month to one count of rape.

Ohio National Guard to help form new cyber protection team

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A cyber protection team of soldiers from Army National Guard units in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will be among the first of three such teams beginning work this fall to support the military's cyber defense efforts.

Ohio's interim adjutant general said Wednesday that the team will consist of 39 soldiers. Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman says the three states have many soldiers who work as civilians in information technology and academic fields. Bartman says they can offer valuable expertise in cyber defense techniques.

Ohio troopers issue 100s of tickets during I-75 crackdown

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers wrote hundreds of citations last weekend during a coordinated multi-state crackdown on speeding, safety belt violations and drunken driving on Interstate 75.

The patrol in Ohio wrote 322 speeding tickets, 18 for seat belt violations and arrested eight people for impaired driving during the enforcement from Friday to Sunday.

Highway patrols in Kentucky and Michigan also participated in the I-75 enforcement.

Teen driver charged in Ohio crash that killed 4

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 06:26 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old driver has been charged in a crash that killed four members of the same family earlier this month in northwestern Ohio.

The Wood County prosecutor says the teen could face a maximum of 90 days in juvenile detention if he's convicted.

Authorities say the 16-year-old driver crossed the center line and hit a minivan on Feb. 5 just outside of Bowling Green.

Ohio marijuana case continued for NFL running back Bradshaw

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:22 PM

EATON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio marijuana possession case involving an Indianapolis Colts running back has been continued while authorities are waiting for crime lab results.

An Eaton municipal court judge Wednesday rescheduled a pretrial conference to April 8 for Ahmad (AH'-mahd) Bradshaw. Bradshaw pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge after being stopped this month by state troopers on a western Ohio interstate.

Imprisoned Ohio man avoids death penalty in fire deaths

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:07 PM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A man already serving a life sentence in Ohio has avoided being sentenced to death after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people in Lima.

A jury on Wednesday recommended two more life sentences for 30-year-old Hager Church.

Those same jurors found Church guilty last week of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the 2009 fire.

Prosecutors say Church confessed to starting the fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her boyfriend.

Coroner: Former US Rep. Traficant died of asphyxia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:03 PM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. died of positional and compression asphyxia after the vintage tractor he was driving tipped over backward and trapped him beneath it.

The accident occurred Sept. 24 at Traficant's family farm outside of Youngstown. The 73-year-old Traficant died at a hospice four days later.

Charges filed in Ohio house fire that killed 2 children

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 02:26 PM

EATON, Ohio (AP) — Felony child-endangerment charges have been filed against the mother of two young siblings who died in a house fire last weekend in western Ohio.

A complaint filed Wednesday in Eaton Municipal Court says 35-year-old Chastity Hall went out and left her 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son alone in the home before they perished in the early morning fire Saturday.

Authorities say the remains of Malea and Malachi Bradburn were found later in the home near West Alexandria.

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