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Driver dies after train hits his SUV at Ohio rail crossing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 02:30 PM

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after his SUV collided with a train in southwestern Ohio.

West Chester Township police say the 70-year-old Liberty Township man died from injuries he suffered Tuesday afternoon at a railroad crossing on state Route 747 in Butler County.

Police say he was ejected when the CSX train hit his SUV.

It's not clear why the collision occurred. Police say rail crossing gates were functioning properly at the time, and drugs and alcohol weren't factors in the crash.


The Latest: Sheriff pleads not guilty to drug, theft charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 02:05 PM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a sheriff accused of theft, drug charges (all times local):

2 p.m.

A northern Ohio sheriff has pleaded not guilty to charges that include illegally obtaining prescription drugs and misusing department funds.

A judge on Wednesday set bond for Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer at $150,000.

Overmyer was in handcuffs and wearing an orange jail uniform when deputies led him into court.


Ohio attorney general appeals suit over abortion law changes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 01:09 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a July decision that allowed a Cleveland abortion clinic to proceed with legal action challenging several abortion restrictions placed into a 2013 state budget bill.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said in the filing Monday that Preterm-Cleveland has no standing to speak in court for doctors and hospitals regulated by the provisions.


Strickland uses TV ads to explain job losses, spending

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:32 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. candidate Ted Strickland is using new television spots to counter claims about job and economic losses Ohio experienced while he was governor.

Strickland says in a seven-figure ad-buy that he led during the crisis of a national recession and used Ohio's rainy-day fund to bolster education and maintain local police and fire services. Strickland notes in the 30-second spot that Ohio's budget was balanced each of his four years as governor. That's the case for all Ohio governors because of a constitutional requirement.


Ohio court upholds death sentences for 2 condemned killers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:13 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend's ex-husband and for a man who killed a woman he lived with and her two children.

A shortage of lethal drugs means executions are likely years away.

The court voted 6-1 Wednesday in favor of the resentencing of Nathaniel Jackson, convicted in the 2001 murder of Robert Fingerhut near Warren in northeastern Ohio.


Ohio sheriff to be arraigned on drug, theft charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:07 AM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio sheriff is expected to be in court on charges that include illegally obtaining prescription drugs and misusing department funds.

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer was being held in jail Tuesday night after a grand jury indicted him on 43 counts.

Overmyer was expected to be arraigned Wednesday.


Court official in Ohio summit to combine anti-drug forces

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:30 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials are trying to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic at a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit U.S. states.

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor has opened a three-day conference in Cincinnati aimed at identifying best practices for treatment, sharing prescription drug data and generally learning more about working across borders and jurisdictions.


Ohio mom charged with murder in 21-year-old daughter's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 08:20 AM

EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police near Cleveland say a woman suspected of causing the death of her 21-year-old daughter has been arrested and charged with murder.

Court records show 50-year-old Sandra Speck was charged Tuesday. Eastlake police haven't explained publicly why they believe Speck is responsible for the death of her daughter, Mindy.

Willoughby Municipal Court records show the Lake County Public Defender's Office is representing Speck. A message seeking comment on her behalf was left at that office on Wednesday.


Woman gets prison time for putting toddler in scalding bath

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 03:35 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman is heading to prison for holding her 2-year-old daughter in a bathtub filled with scalding water last year.

Twenty-seven-year-old Monique Smith was sentenced Tuesday to five years behind bars. She pleaded guilty earlier this year to felonious assault and child endangering.


Ohio ex-cop's trial in black driver's death delayed by 1 day

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 12:31 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The trial for a white former University of Cincinnati policeman charged with killing a black motorist has been pushed back a day.

The judge moved the start date for the trial of former officer Ray Tensing to Oct. 25 due to other trials and grand jury proceedings. The judge says the move is necessary because of the large number of people needed for the jury pool.

Authorities say Tensing fatally shot Sam DuBose during a traffic stop last summer. Tensing had pulled DuBose over for a missing front license plate.


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