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2 teens charged in central Ohio school bomb threats

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 04:02 AM

PATASKALA, Ohio (AP) — Sheriff's deputies have arrested two 15-year-old boys in connection with two bomb threats emailed to the principal of a central Ohio high school this week.

The threats were sent to the principal of Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh), east of Columbus, on Tuesday and Thursday. The first led to an evacuation of the school, and the second led to a lockdown.

Ohio native to graduate at top of class at Air Force Academy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 03:46 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio native is the top graduating cadet this year at the Air Force Academy.

Rebecca Esselstein of Dayton has placed first among her graduating class of 840 cadets with a grade point average of 3.98, The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1Fck1o6 ). She graduated Thursday at the Colorado campus, having earned her bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering.

Ohio shopkeeper sentenced to 9 years for food stamp scam

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 03:31 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio storekeeper has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $1 million in a food stamp scam.

Forty-five-year-old Johnnie Byrd III was sentenced Thursday in Akron following his conviction last week on charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, grand theft, money laundering and illegal use of food stamps.

Ohio University choir chosen to back Rolling Stones

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 03:16 AM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio University Singers know it's only rock 'n' roll, but they're still elated to be performing onstage with The Rolling Stones this weekend in Columbus.

Thirty-two members of the southeastern Ohio college's most select choir will perform the backing vocals during the band's rendition of its 1969 song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.

Hiring an area choir to back the band during that song is a longtime concert staple for the Stones.

Ohio man charged with running prostitution ring from jail

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 03:02 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 28-year-old Cleveland man has been charged with running a prostitution ring from a county jail by asking someone to recruit prostitutes for him.

Darius Clark was charged Thursday after authorities say they learned in November that he was running a prostitution ring from Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Jail. Clark was jailed in September on charges of felonious assault, aggravated burglary and criminal damaging for an alleged attack on a 17-year-old girl at a suburban nursing home.

Vet, 92, receives diploma after dropping out to fight in war

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:41 AM

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Ohio has received his high school diploma after dropping out at the age of 17 to fight in the war.

Charles Benning, of Springfield, wore a cap and gown Thursday as he was escorted by his grandson Sean Jenkins to receive an honorary diploma from Yellow Springs High School.

Jenkins says his grandfather regrets most never graduating from high school. That's why he called the school and explained to them his grandfather's situation.

Ohio company sentenced for dumping wastewater from drilling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 02:42 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio company has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the illegal dumping of wastewater from gas and oil drilling into a storm sewer 33 times between October 2012 and January 2013.

A judge on Thursday fined the company $75,000 and ordered it to pay $25,000 to be split between Friends of the Mahoning River and Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association.

Company owner Ben Lupo of Poland, Ohio, pleaded guilty in March 2014 to a federal dumping charge and was sentenced to 28 months in prison in August.

2 Ohio girls admit to charges in assault of autistic girl

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 02:26 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A juvenile court spokeswoman in Cleveland says two 12-year-old girls have pleaded guilty to delinquency charges in an assault last month on an 11-year-old autistic girl.

The two girls pleaded guilty to abduction, rioting and assault on Wednesday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Juvenile Court. The spokeswoman says the girls have been ordered not to contact the victim and remain under home detention. Their sentencing is scheduled for June 10.

Ohio school district under civil rights investigation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:09 PM

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating racial discrimination complaints brought against a southwest Ohio school district by three mothers of children who were students there.

The federal agency and Lebanon school officials confirmed the investigation Wednesday.

Judge dismisses case from Ohio pair trying to keep pet bear

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 07:44 AM

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has dismissed a civil case by a northeast Ohio couple who want to keep their toothless, 41-year-old black bear despite not getting a required state permit.

A Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) County judge ruled the court could have jurisdiction to consider an injunction if the animal were seized but can't appropriately address that yet because the state hasn't tried to remove the bear.

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