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Ohio launches system for those in crisis to text for help

by Associated Press on September 30, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has launched a system allowing people in stressful situations to text counselors for help, day or night. Tracy Plouck (PLOWK), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services director, says the program doesn’t replace counseling but allows for people feeling completely overwhelmed to connect with someone. Plouck says that while… Continue Reading

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Man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, son loses appeal

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 slayings of his ex-girlfriend and their 5-year-old son. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/2duJyID ) reports the Ninth District Court of Appeals denied 42-year-old Daniel Tighe’s appeal in the killings of 31-year-old Wendy… Continue Reading

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Boy arrested for bringing BB gun to Ohio high school

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a teenager who took a BB gun to a southwest Ohio high school was arrested after a classmate tipped off the staff. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/2doAYcs ) reports the BB gun wasn’t fired and no one was hurt before it was confiscated and the boy was removed from Middletown… Continue Reading

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Ohio asks 12,000 doctors to comply with pain pill monitoring

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some 12,000 Ohio doctors are being warned they appear to be violating a 2015 law that requires them to check patients’ prescription histories against a state website before recommending prescription painkillers. The state Pharmacy Board identified physicians who either aren’t registered with the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System as of August… Continue Reading

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Ex-officer facing 2nd trial pleads guilty in wife’s death

by Associated Press on September 29, 2016

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio policeman imprisoned for over a decade in his wife’s death before his conviction was overturned has pleaded guilty to charges alleging he hired her killers, though the deal lets him maintain innocence and remain free on probation. Former Springboro Lt. Thomas “Jim” Barton was scheduled for a new… Continue Reading

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2 accused of chaining girl in basement now charged with rape

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A father and son accused of chaining a teenage girl in their Ohio basement as punishment have now been charged with rape. Timothy and Esten Ciboro (SIH’-bohr-oh) were indicted Thursday on the new rape charges. The men are being held in jail and are due to go on trial in October…. Continue Reading

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Ohio official: No attempted intrusion into voter database

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief is expressing confidence in the security of the swing state’s voting equipment and its voter registration database. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (HYOO’-steds) says there’s been no attempt to breach the state’s registration system. His remarks to reporters Thursday come a day after the FBI’s director told… Continue Reading

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Sentencing rescheduled in Ohio for US Capitol plot suspect

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Sentencing has been rescheduled for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group. Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell pleaded guilty last month to three charges stemming from his January 2015 arrest. Sentencing for Cornell had been set for Oct. 31. Cincinnati federal judge… Continue Reading

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Senate OKs short-term funding for Ohio uranium plant cleanup

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s U.S. senators say a resolution passed by the Senate continues short-term funding for cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio where workers have been warned about the threat of layoffs for years. Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman say the continuing resolution approved Wednesday provides the… Continue Reading

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Ohio man sentenced to 15 years in heroin overdose case

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who authorities say sold a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose of a southwestern Ohio man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Federal authorities announced Thursday that 46-year-old John Wade was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati in the 2015 death… Continue Reading