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Judge won't toss millionaire businessman's prison time

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:01 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has refused to throw out the prison sentence of an Ohio telemarketing millionaire who was convicted of witness tampering but acquitted on charges related to campaign contributions made by employees, relatives and others.

The Repository in Canton (http://bit.ly/1PZkOSv ) reports 74-year-old Benjamin Suarez has served most of his 15-month sentence at a minimum-security facility in West Virginia.

Ohio air travelers choose Florida for holidays, site says

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The travel website Priceline.com says Florida is the top out-of-state destination for Ohio residents who are flying somewhere for the holidays.

The analysis of thousands of airline ticket purchases found that the Sunshine State is the top choice for air travelers from Ohio at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

At Thanksgiving, the next most popular destinations for Ohioans traveling by air are Texas, California and New York, in that order.

Uncle: Girl who survived deadly home shooting doing OK

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 06:32 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The uncle of a 12-year-old Ohio girl wounded in a shooting that killed her parents and 7-year-old brother says she could be released from the hospital soon.

Jason Lozier told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his niece was doing well two days after the shooting.

Columbus police say a man shot Lozier's brother, John Anderson II, as well as Anderson's wife, Christina, and their son, Landon, at their Columbus home on Monday. The suspect, 50-year-old Barry Kirk, was shot by officers responding to the scene and later died.

Ohio Statehouse to see increased security measures next week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 05:22 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Security procedures are increasing at the Ohio Statehouse next week.

The State Highway Patrol says beginning Monday, visitors to the public building must pass through a metal detector. Troopers will continue to inspect bags and purses, but backpacks will be prohibited.

Police: Suspect in boy's shooting is found dead in street

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 04:47 PM

NORTHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Police in northern Ohio say a man suspected in a shooting that critically hurt a 7-year-old boy at a home was later found dead just a block away.

Officers in Northwood, near Toledo, are trying to sort out the connections in the Tuesday shootings.

They say the 26-year-old man found dead in a street Tuesday night was the suspect in the shooting of the boy, who was hit in the face. Police say the boy was inside a house when shots were fired from outside into a dining room.

Body buried in Ohio yard is identified as California man

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 03:13 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A body found buried in the backyard of a vacant Cleveland home has been identified as a 31-year-old California man who was fatally shot in the head.

Police say an officer following up on a missing-person investigation went to the address Friday afternoon and spotted an area where the ground had been disturbed. A police cadaver dog helped discover the body, and a handgun also was found.

Ohio woman fined for trashing worker's office with glitter

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 10:58 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been fined $1,000 and sentenced to probation after being convicted of trashing a former co-worker's office with glitter and purple Silly String.

A judge in Akron also ordered 25-year-old Samantha Lockhart on Tuesday to complete 50 hours of community service and to write an apology.

She had been a clerk for the Summit County Fiscal Office when police say in January she smashed photos, threw glitter and sprayed Silly String in the office after sending a resignation notice.

Ohio State: man pulled from lake jump with medical emergency

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:55 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says a man with a medical emergency had to be pulled from a campus lake where students were gathered for the annual lake jump held before the Ohio State-Michigan football game.

City police dispatchers say the man was in cardiac arrest when he was pulled from Mirror Lake early Wednesday morning. Students annually jump into the lake on the Tuesday night before the two universities' football matchup.

Patrol reminds Ohio motorists to wear vehicle safety belts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 06:57 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol is reminding Ohioans that safety belts provide the single most effective way for motorists to protect themselves as large numbers of people are expected to take to the roads over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The Patrol also urges drivers to follow all traffic laws and not drive impaired.

Twenty-three people were killed in 20 fatal crashes on Ohio roads last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend period. Seven of those fatalities, or 30 percent, resulted from impaired drivers.

Ohio awards $2.5M to house those in alcohol, drug recovery

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 06:53 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials have awarded $2.5 million in grants to expand housing for Ohioans recovering from drug and alcohol problems.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials say that brings the state's investment in recovery housing to $12.5 million over three years. The grants will go to 25 projects in 18 counties, adding a total of about 200 new beds.

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