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Ohio man sentenced for raping child, recruiting hit man

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 01:46 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio man has been sentenced to spend 31 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to raping a child and then trying to hire a hit man to kill the victim and the victim's father.

A Montgomery County judge on Tuesday sentenced 41-year-old John. P. Friend III of Dayton on two counts each of conspiracy to commit murder, rape of a child under age 10, and gross sexual imposition. His attorney declined comment after sentencing.

Central Ohio to get marijuana facility if Issue 3 is passed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 12:40 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a new marijuana advocacy group will build a $24 million research facility in central Ohio and offer medical marijuana insurance if voters pass a constitutional amendment legalizing pot.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1FUTuTi ) reports the International Cannabinoid Institute plans to rent land from pro-marijuana investors in Licking County if ResponsibleOhio's measure gets the green light Nov. 3.

Ohio panel clears charter overhaul lauded as major step

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:23 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters say Ohio has shown residents and the nation it's serious about operating quality charter schools with committee passage of a major overhaul of accountability, performance and reporting standards.

A bill that cleared a compromise committee unanimously Tuesday heads to the full Legislature on Wednesday.

The legislation takes aim at poor-performing schools and low-rated operators, requires more thorough reporting and gives access to financial and attendance records to state officials and the public.

Green Party withdraws backing of Ohio monopoly ban

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:21 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Green Party has withdrawn its support for a statewide ballot issue that would ban monopolies from the state Constitution.

In a statement Tuesday, the party said it now recommends a "no" vote on Issue 2. Leaders said a closer legal review revealed ambiguous wording that presents "too many potential problems."

State lawmakers who wrote Issue 2 and sent it to the ballot contend the wording is sound. It takes aim at a network of 10 authorized growing sites created in Issue 3, a marijuana legalization question.

Police now say Cleveland school van wasn't hit by gunfire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 10:54 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a school van wasn't hit by gunfire as reported earlier after the van's rear window shattered with three juveniles inside.

A police spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that detectives couldn't find any evidence that the window had been hit by gunfire or pellets. Police earlier Tuesday said the driver and three juveniles told police they had heard a popping sound before the window shattered at around 8:30 a.m. as the van traveled on an east side street.

Plea hearing set for $8.7M Ohio embezzlement suspect

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 08:53 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for an accountant arrested along the Appalachian Trail, six years after he fled after being accused of embezzling $8.7 million.

Fifty-three-year-old James Hammes (HAM'-uhs) of Lexington, Kentucky, will appear Oct. 23 before U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott (duh-LAHT') in Cincinnati.

The trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but court documents first obtained by The Associated Press show a plea deal was reached.

Newly painted barn along Ohio Turnpike highlights history

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 07:28 AM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Turnpike and a group that promotes the state's history have teamed up to pay tribute to a former president from the Buckeye State.

A newly painted barn that sits along the toll road near the northern Ohio city of Fremont depicts President Rutherford B. Hayes.

The 19th U.S. president made his home in Fremont. It's also home to his presidential library and burial site.

Fired police chief from Ohio resort island to go on trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 07:05 AM

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A fired Ohio island police chief is set to go on trial.

Former Put-in-Bay chief Ric Lampela is accused of blocking a sexual assault investigation involving one of his former officers.

His trial was scheduled to start Tuesday in the Lake Erie city of Port Clinton.

Lampela was fired in August, about six months after being charged with dereliction of duty, falsification and other misdemeanors.

Ohio senator wants more cash for aging water infrastructure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 06:35 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator is making another pitch to get more federal money to fight sewage overflows that contribute to algae growth in lakes and rivers.

Sen. Sherrod Brown said Monday that he's reintroducing a proposal that would allow $1.8 billion to be spent on reducing sewage overflows over the next five years.

Brown made his pitch at Toledo's water treatment plant, where just over a year ago toxins from algae in Lake Erie overwhelmed the city's drinking water supply.

Ohio suburb expected to change under-21 smoking ordinance

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 04:03 AM

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A suburb of Ohio's capital is expected remove a provision that criminalizes the possession of cigarettes and other tobacco products by anyone younger than 21.

The council in Grandview Heights last month approved the ordinance, which makes the underage user guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor, a low-level offense.

City council members say they are going to take up Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw's objection to the provision at their Oct. 19 meeting. DeGraw is expected to present a revised ordinance.

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