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Pregnant woman killed in murder-suicide; baby delivered

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 04:56 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a 34-year-old pregnant woman was fatally shot by her domestic partner in an apparent murder-suicide, but doctors were able to deliver her baby girl.

A statement Wednesday from a Cleveland police spokeswoman said the baby was in a pediatric intensive care unit.

Officers had responded to a report of a shooting at a home on the city's east side around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she died of a gunshot wound to the head and the baby was delivered.

Authorities: Man drowns in Lake Erie in northeast Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 04:54 AM

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a struggling swimmer drowned after he went underwater and didn't resurface in Lake Erie in northeast Ohio.

Rescue crews were called to the scene in Euclid at about 5 p.m. Tuesday for reports of two swimmers struggling to get back to shore. Police say one person had jumped in to save 31-year-old Christopher Hall, but became exhausted and swam back to shore.

Crews spotted the Cleveland man around 6:30 p.m. about 100 feet from shore. He was taken to Euclid Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Presidential hopeful Gov. Kasich helps open Ohio State Fair

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 03:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) wife and twin daughters have joined the presidential hopeful to kick off the Ohio State Fair.

The Republican governor also was joined by state officials Wednesday as he toured the grounds in Columbus.

The event features several changes this year. The state canceled all poultry shows as part of an effort to protect Ohio's $2.3 billion poultry industry from a deadly bird flu virus.

Ohio city to host discussion on skilled immigrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 03:16 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal Labor Department official will be part of a discussion on highly skilled immigrants and a southwest Ohio city's efforts to attract them.

The Welcome Dayton initiative is hosting the roundtable Wednesday morning. Labor Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu will join local officials and community leaders.

Ohio board working on statewide deadly force standards

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 03:05 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's public safety director says incidents such as the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist by a University of Cincinnati police officer underscores the need for strong relationships between police departments and the communities they serve.

Director John Born says the work being done by a new Ohio police standards board can't prevent tragedies from happening, but is meant to ensure that when something bad occurs the community and police are working together, not against each other.

OSU coach Meyer, Brutus celebrated in butter at fair

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 07:07 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man.

The Ohio State University football coach, along with Buckeyes mascot Brutus, is being honored with a butter sculpture at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus.

The life-size sculptures are joining the traditional butter cow and calf in a 46-degree cooler in the American Dairy Association display. There's also a national championship trophy and two Buckeyes football helmets. All made out of butter. About 2,000 pounds of it.

Family of late black golfing great accused of $1M theft

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 04:46 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of the late black golfing pioneer Charlie Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him.

Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. Both are 48. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping.

Ohio Homeland Security leader Baron dies after illness

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 04:12 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety says Ohio's homeland security chief, Richard Baron, has died after an illness.

A department spokesman says the 54-year-old Baron died Tuesday in Columbus at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital.

The agency says Baron worked in public safety and emergency services for three decades. He served with the State Highway Patrol for 25 years and had led Ohio Homeland Security since 2011.

Ohio discourages swimming, wading in Grand Lake St. Marys

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 02:01 PM

CELINA, Ohio (AP) — The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.

Public health officials are also encouraging boaters and jet skiers to understand the risk of exposure to higher levels of the toxin microcystin (meye-kro-SEYE'-stihn), which can include rashes, hives and skin blisters.

Craig Butler, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency director, said Tuesday that the higher toxin levels are likely the result of record rainfall this year.

Sheriff's employees get diversity training after firings

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:47 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — All 450 employees of the Montgomery County Sheriff's office in southwest Ohio were given diversity training after two employees were fired and another three were placed on leave for sending racist text messages.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ON0KRh ) reports Monday's diversity training was the first time all employees were brought together for such an exercise in 10 years.

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