US agency reverses course on Lake Erie toxic algae decision

by Associated Press on January 18, 2018 at 12:11 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it shouldn’t have approved Ohio’s recommendation not to declare Ohio’s western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae. The agency’s reversal didn’t go as far as ordering the lake to be designated as an impaired watershed. But the EPA’s reversal sent in a letter… Continue Reading

Accreditation program begins for investigators, guards

by Associated Press on January 18, 2018 at 12:08 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is launching a voluntary accreditation program for Ohio’s licensed private investigators and companies that provide security services. The program’s standards were developed last fall by the Department of Public Safety’s Private Investigator Security Guard Services unit. Brandon Gardner, the unit’s executive director, says the goal is to raise standards… Continue Reading

Authorities: Ohio teen fatally shot by deputy in courtroom

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died after being shot by a deputy in an Ohio courtroom when a fight broke out. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says teenager Joseph Haynes was hit once in the abdomen during the afternoon hearing in a domestic relations courtroom in Columbus. Sheriff’s Office Investigations… Continue Reading

US judges rule for Mexican woman who was deported in 2017

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering U.S. immigration authorities to reconsider the case of a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children who was returned to Mexico last year amid criticism by Cincinnati’s Catholic archdiocese and Ohio’s governor. A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in… Continue Reading

Mayor says city will hire 30 more police officers for 2018

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 11:10 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus mayor says the city will hire an additional 30 police officers on top of already scheduled hires this year as Ohio’s biggest city struggles with record high homicide rates. The additional 30 officers announced Wednesday by Mayor Andrew Ginther would give the city about 100 new officers this year…. Continue Reading

Ohio police kill dog while responding to stove fire

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 8:21 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Toledo say an officer shot and killed a dog they say attacked him as he responded to a stove fire. Police Sgt. Kevan Toney says the dog charged the officer after he went into the home Tuesday afternoon to make sure everyone was out. The dog bit the officer’s… Continue Reading

Woman charged after leaving child in car that was taken

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 7:30 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 67-year-old grandmother has been charged with child endangering after she left a child in a running car that a man then drove off with. Janie Smith of Cincinnati has pleaded not guilty. No attorney was listed for her, but she has another court hearing Feb. 6. WXIX-TV reports she went into… Continue Reading

Fire that destroyed part of historic mansion ruled arson

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 5:17 am

FAIRLAWN, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say a fire that tore through and destroyed part of a historic Ohio mansion was arson. Fairlawn firefighters were called to the scene of the fire Saturday night to find part of the Cornus Hill Firestone Mansion engulfed in flames. The department spent nearly 12 hours fighting the blaze, with… Continue Reading

State wildlife division to introduce new K-9 program

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 12:12 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s Division of Wildlife is joining more than 20 states in adopting a wildlife K-9 program. One wildlife officer from each of Ohio’s five wildlife districts will become handlers of K-9s in the program. The dogs are trained to detect hidden wild game and other non-game scents like… Continue Reading

Ohio Guard names veteran pilot first female base commander

by Associated Press on January 17, 2018 at 12:07 am

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio National Guard has named a veteran pilot the first female commander of a Guard air base in the state. The Guard says Col. Allison Miller has supported numerous overseas deployments and has more than 400 combat hours flying over Iraq and Afghanistan. Miller is scheduled to take command of… Continue Reading