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Toledo police are searching for 3 thieves who stole 3 Jeeps

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:25 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo police are searching for three suspects who stole three Jeeps from the city's Chrysler Assembly Plant parking lot this past weekend.

WTVG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1i5Sykf ) the theft occurred sometime after 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

Police say plant administrators have increased security after the Jeep Grand Cherokees were taken.

Sgt. Mike McGee says the thieves correctly timed the security gate's opening for another person and drove the cars off the property.

Funeral home director faces more abuse of a corpse charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 05:08 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of an Ohio funeral home where bodies were found in a state of decay has been charged with several new counts of abuse of a corpse.

The charges announced Thursday in Toledo bring the number of abuse of a corpse counts to nine against funeral director Robert Tate Jr.

In late May, authorities removed 11 bodies intended for cremation, including some that were stored in a garage at Tate Funeral Services in Toledo.

The board that oversees Ohio funeral homes already had suspended Tate's license.

Backers of pot issue challenge ballot wording in Ohio court

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:18 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of a plan to legalize marijuana are challenging the proposal's ballot wording and title at the Ohio Supreme Court.

The ResponsibleOhio campaign — which got the issue on Nov. 3 ballots — is objecting to what it calls misleading and inaccurate ballot descriptions of where marijuana establishments would be permitted and the amount of marijuana people could purchase, among other issues.

Police: Man shot at Ohio hospital in struggle with officers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:43 PM

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty policeman working security at a Cleveland-area hospital shot and critically wounded a man who tried to rip away the officer's handgun and used the officer's stun gun on police and a nurse.

A Garfield Heights detective says the 45-year-old man was at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights for a psychiatric evaluation early Thursday. Sgt. Jim Mendolera says the security officer, two hospital police officers and a nurse struggled to control the man.

Fence to be put on central Ohio dam for replacement work

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:33 AM

MILLERSPORT, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a 6-foot, chain-link fence will be installed on the earthen dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake to block off a construction zone as work begins to replace the deteriorated structure.

The fence will sit between the water's edge and several hundred homes that have been built into the dam.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded houses and other structures have weakened the 4.1-mile dam and it's at risk of failing, so the state plans to install a new barrier over the next few years.

Funds sought to mark 3 boys' graves; mom charged in deaths

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 08:32 AM

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A former classmate of the Ohio mother suspected of suffocating her three young sons is collecting donations in hopes of providing markers for their graves.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1VdiQzj ) reports 4-year-old Gavin Pilkington, who died in April, has an unmarked grave, just like his 3-month-old brother, Noah, who was buried Wednesday. Another infant brother, Niall, died last year and has only a dirty metal nameplate at his plot.

Lawyer wants Cincinnati campus cop's murder trial moved

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 07:47 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for a University of Cincinnati policeman charged with murder for shooting a driver he stopped over a missing front license plate is asking a court to move the trial elsewhere.

The attorney argues 25-year-old Ray Tensing can't get a fair trial in Cincinnati because of extensive pretrial publicity and what the lawyer describes as inflammatory comments by a prosecutor.

Tensing's trial is scheduled Nov. 16 in Hamilton County. Court records show the request for a change of venue was filed Wednesday.

New panel looks at how to improve Ohio infant mortality rate

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 06:50 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state panel assessing Ohio's efforts to address infant mortality hopes to produce a report with its recommendations by the end of the year.

Members of the Infant Mortality Commission want to improve accountability and coordination around the state's initiatives to prevent infant deaths. The panel had its first meeting Wednesday.

Ohio's infant mortality rate is among the worst in the nation.

500-plus layoffs possible in Ohio uranium plant cleanup

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 06:46 AM

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — A company is warning of over 500 potential layoffs for the workforce decontaminating and decommissioning a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio.

It's the latest development in the lengthy cleanup of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, which produced enriched uranium for defense and commercial uses until 2001. Its shutdown left chemicals and radioactive areas to be addressed, along with huge buildings to be demolished.

Northeast Ohio man gets 10 years for June vehicular assault

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:23 AM

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man will serve 10 years in prison for severely injuring two people when he crashed into a vehicle while trying to evade police.

The Canton Repository reports (http://bit.ly/1Jx9iH5 ) 31-year-old Brandon Nicsinger pleaded guilty to four felony charges, including two counts of vehicular assault, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and driving under suspension.

A judge revoked the Canton resident's driver's license for life at sentencing Wednesday.

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