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9 hospitalized after northeast Ohio apartment fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:06 AM

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Fire officials say at least 9 people were injured and sent to local hospitals after an apartment fire in northeast Ohio.

The Canton Fire Department says reports of a fire at a large multi-unit apartment complex around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Responding fire crews caught at least three children dropped by their parents from third-floor windows. A man jumped from the same floor, injuring his ankle, and a woman was taken down a ladder.

Fire officials say four children, four adults and a firefighter were injured.

Ohio officer convicted in K-9's heatstroke death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:07 AM

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A municipal court judge has ordered a northeast Ohio police officer to pay a $500 fine after finding him guilty of animal cruelty for allowing a police dog to die of heatstroke in the back of a cruiser.

Following a bench trial Wednesday, Montville Township police Sgt. Brett Harrison was found guilty of one count of companion animal cruelty but not guilty of a second count. Harrison had pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges.

Memorial park for victims of Ohio school shooting in works

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 07:21 AM

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A committee is working to raise funds and finalize design plans for a memorial park to honor the victims of a 2012 northeast Ohio school shooting.

The News-Herald in Willoughby reports (http://bit.ly/1LTpGca ) committee members presented the design this week to the Chardon School Board. The memorial will honor the three students killed and several others injured during a shooting at Chardon High School on Feb. 27, 2012.

Ohio teacher accused of sexually assaulting students resigns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 06:36 AM

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (AP) — The board of education for a central Ohio school district says an elementary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting students has resigned.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/18WCUCM ) the board of education for Olentangy Local Schools in Delaware County accepted the resignation of 39-year-old Matthew Rausenberg, who was arrested March 16 on single felony counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

Court records allege Rausenberg sexually assaulted multiple minors on school grounds beginning in 2006.

Police: Ohio woman's slaying case presented to grand jury

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 06:10 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say evidence is being presented to a grand jury in the case of a northeast Ohio woman who was fatally stabbed in broad daylight on a downtown Cleveland street two years ago.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1Bq9vaT ) Cleveland homicide detectives have handed their investigation into the death of 53-year-old Aliza Sherman to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor's Office.

Senators OK transportation bill, minus 75-mph speed limit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 03:14 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators have passed Ohio's transportation budget after a committee dropped a proposal that would have raised the speed limit to 75 mph on certain rural freeways and the turnpike.

The $7 billion spending blueprint cleared the Senate on a unanimous vote Wednesday. The House planned a Thursday vote.

The measure lays out transportation and public safety priorities for the two years beginning July 1. The bulk of the money goes to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

House again OKs 'heartbeat' abortion ban; Senate fate dim

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 03:12 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ban on most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has once again cleared the Ohio House, leaving the rest of the two-year session for advocates to lobby the bill's opponents in the Ohio Senate.

Wednesday's approval followed a startlingly emotional floor debate in which one veteran female lawmaker revealed she'd been raped and had an abortion, and one male legislator cried as he recounted praying that his stillborn child would take a breath.

Convicted Ohio judge pleads not guilty to amended charge

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 03:10 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A convicted southwest Ohio juvenile judge has pleaded not guilty to a new amended charge of misusing a county credit card.

Judge Tracie Hunter was convicted in October of unlawful interest in a public contract. Prosecutors filed the amended charge to fix a legal technicality that restricted jurors in her first trial from considering it in the original case.

Defense attorney Clyde Bennett II says the not-guilty plea for Hunter was entered Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

More charges expected in rash of Ohio shelter burglaries

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 03:06 AM

MT. GILEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff's detective in north-central Ohio says two men arrested recently in a break-in at a county animal shelter are expected to be charged with burglarizing other shelters around the state.

Twenty-nine-year-old James Blankenship and 36-year-old Corby Creech were charged last week in the Jan. 9 burglary at the Morrow County Humane Society shelter in Mt. Gilead.

Morrow County sheriff's Det. Marissa Gibson says the men are expected to be charged in other shelter burglaries in the next couple weeks.

Bill to reduce Lake Erie toxic algae heads to Ohio governor

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 03:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have passed a wide-ranging proposal containing new rules for farmers that are aimed at reducing the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The measure cleared the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is expected to sign it.

The bill would stop northwestern Ohio farmers from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. It also would bring an end to the dumping of dredged sediment in the lake within five years. Both are thought to be contributing to the growth of algae in the lake.

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