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Ohio National Guard to help form new cyber protection team

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A cyber protection team of soldiers from Army National Guard units in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will be among the first of three such teams beginning work this fall to support the military's cyber defense efforts.

Ohio's interim adjutant general said Wednesday that the team will consist of 39 soldiers. Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman says the three states have many soldiers who work as civilians in information technology and academic fields. Bartman says they can offer valuable expertise in cyber defense techniques.


Ohio troopers issue 100s of tickets during I-75 crackdown

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers wrote hundreds of citations last weekend during a coordinated multi-state crackdown on speeding, safety belt violations and drunken driving on Interstate 75.

The patrol in Ohio wrote 322 speeding tickets, 18 for seat belt violations and arrested eight people for impaired driving during the enforcement from Friday to Sunday.

Highway patrols in Kentucky and Michigan also participated in the I-75 enforcement.


Teen driver charged in Ohio crash that killed 4

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 06:26 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old driver has been charged in a crash that killed four members of the same family earlier this month in northwestern Ohio.

The Wood County prosecutor says the teen could face a maximum of 90 days in juvenile detention if he's convicted.

Authorities say the 16-year-old driver crossed the center line and hit a minivan on Feb. 5 just outside of Bowling Green.


Ohio marijuana case continued for NFL running back Bradshaw

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:22 PM

EATON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio marijuana possession case involving an Indianapolis Colts running back has been continued while authorities are waiting for crime lab results.

An Eaton municipal court judge Wednesday rescheduled a pretrial conference to April 8 for Ahmad (AH'-mahd) Bradshaw. Bradshaw pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge after being stopped this month by state troopers on a western Ohio interstate.


Imprisoned Ohio man avoids death penalty in fire deaths

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:07 PM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A man already serving a life sentence in Ohio has avoided being sentenced to death after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people in Lima.

A jury on Wednesday recommended two more life sentences for 30-year-old Hager Church.

Those same jurors found Church guilty last week of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the 2009 fire.

Prosecutors say Church confessed to starting the fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her boyfriend.


Coroner: Former US Rep. Traficant died of asphyxia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:03 PM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. died of positional and compression asphyxia after the vintage tractor he was driving tipped over backward and trapped him beneath it.

The accident occurred Sept. 24 at Traficant's family farm outside of Youngstown. The 73-year-old Traficant died at a hospice four days later.


Charges filed in Ohio house fire that killed 2 children

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 02:26 PM

EATON, Ohio (AP) — Felony child-endangerment charges have been filed against the mother of two young siblings who died in a house fire last weekend in western Ohio.

A complaint filed Wednesday in Eaton Municipal Court says 35-year-old Chastity Hall went out and left her 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son alone in the home before they perished in the early morning fire Saturday.

Authorities say the remains of Malea and Malachi Bradburn were found later in the home near West Alexandria.


Ohio governor's State of the State speech

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:01 AM

The text of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech Tuesday in Wilmington, Ohio.

Thank you.

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A little nervous tonight? First time? Yeah. Give him a great round of applause. Our brand-new speaker.

(Applause.)


Ohio man due in court on charges of supporting terrorism

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 09:29 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is due in court on charges of supporting terrorism and money laundering over the past year and a half.

A prosecutor's motion to set a $2.5 million bond for Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-DEE'-RAH'-mahn shayk moh-HAH'-mud) alleges he provided material support or resources or electronic devices to people engaged in Middle East terrorism and traveled there.


Youngstown State faculty, trustees approve new contract

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:02 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Faculty members at a northeast Ohio university have a new contract after months of negotiations.

Trustees at Youngstown State University on Tuesday approved the contract that calls for a wage freeze this year, then 1 and 2 percent raises over the next two years.

The faculty union approved the agreement last week. The three-year contract includes step increases in salary and bonuses based on academic rank.


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