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Former Ohio House page faces forgery, identity theft charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 01:19 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio House page faces felony charges related to a letter prosecutors say he forged in last year's primary.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1MXlvJj ) that a one-time aide to state Rep. Jim Butler has been charged with forgery and attempted identity theft, both fifth-degree felonies. Carlos Arrigo is to be arraigned April 1 in a Franklin County court.

1 dead, another wounded in fight outside Fairfield bar

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:13 AM

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police in Fairfield say one man is dead and a second has been hospitalized after violence broke out in the parking lot of a local bar.

Officers were called to Wise Guys Bar and Grill on Dixie Highway at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on reports of a large fight. As they made their way to the scene, they received word that shots had been fired.

They arrived to find a 55-year-old black male dead on the pavement. A second victim was transported to University Hospital in Cincinnati. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Ohio museum, university create artifacts for Kentucky site

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:01 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A museum and a university in southwestern Ohio are working together to create artifacts for a new display at a northern Kentucky historic site.

Xavier University in Cincinnati will use 3D scanning and printing technology to create replicas of fossils and molds from collections at the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of a revitalization project for Big Bone Lick Historic Site.

Columbus police: Officer shot man during struggle

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:54 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say an officer shot and killed an armed man who attacked while the officer was taking a police report about threats the man's family said he had made against them.

Police officials say 42-year-old Jason L. Smith returned to the home in the 4600 block of Summit Street, on the city's near north side, around 6 p.m. Saturday while the officer was inside collecting information from family members about Smith's threats.

Records show Ohio governor uses clemency power infrequently

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 09:27 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show that Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) used his executive clemency power in his first term less frequently than any other governor in the past three decades.

Data reviewed by the Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/18HbEIl ) show the governor granted clemency in just 66 of 1,521 non-death penalty cases that he received and acted on from 2011 through 2014.

Changes proposed to Ohio's 2015-2016 hunting season dates

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 09:23 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are proposing to provide additional time between gun and muzzleloader hunting seasons this coming winter.

The proposed dates were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council at a recent meeting. Hunters had sought more time between the two days of gun hunting in December and muzzleloader season. The initial dates had raised concerns about conflicting with holiday travel.

The newly proposed dates for the December gun hunting are Dec. 28 to 29, while those for muzzleloader season are Jan. 9 to 12.

Wildlife researcher: Ohio bald eagle population is thriving

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 09:21 AM

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A wildlife researcher for the state of Ohio says the state's bald eagle population appears to be thriving after an increase in nests and hatchlings last year.

The (Lorain) Morning Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1FMwRxn ) that wildlife crews with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources calculated that there were 200 bald eagle nests in Ohio in 2014 compared with an estimated 189 the year before, and that the number of eaglets hatched jumped from 189 in 2013 to 347 last year.

Compromise close on Lake Erie algae legislation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 09:18 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are moving closer to agreeing on a plan to fight the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

But there's still a sticking point when it comes to dealing with farmers and livestock manure.

This all comes after the Ohio House made changes two weeks ago to the plan. Those changes would allow farmers to avoid penalties if they violate a proposed ban on applying manure on frozen or rain-soaked fields.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has called for the ban as one way to reduce the pollutants feeding the algae.

Ohio's replica of the Liberty Bell returns to Statehouse

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 04:01 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's replica of the Liberty Bell is back at the Statehouse and on display after it was moved during the building's restoration.

According to the advisory board that oversees the Capitol, the Ohio bell is one of 55, full-size replicas produced in 1950 and given to the states and U.S. territories. The bells were commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department and used to promote a savings bond drive.

9-year-old Galion boy dies when father's car hit by train

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 05:59 PM

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a Galion man was injured and his 9-year-old son was killed when their vehicle was struck by a train while crossing the tracks in Morrow County.

Forty-two-year-old Benjamin Berry was traveling southbound on Twp. Rd. 32 in Washington Township at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday when his 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan entered a railroad crossing and was struck by a westbound CSX train. Berry's son, Gage, was in the back seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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