Ohio prison system investigates suspected inmate overdoses

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it’s investigating a series of nonfatal drug overdoses of inmates at a central Ohio prison this weekend. Grant Doepel (DOH’-puhl), a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, on Tuesday confirmed the investigation at Pickaway Correctional Institution. But he said further details weren’t available. Doepel says… Continue Reading

Ohio GOP lawmaker won’t sponsor payday lending reform bill

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who vowed to push payday lending reform in Ohio has decided not to sponsor such a bill during her final two-year term, marking a setback for those hoping to further crack down on that industry. Rep. Marlene Anielski tells ( ) it’s an important issue but she… Continue Reading

Ohio police: Boy shot, wounded in reported robbery attempt

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeastern Ohio say a 10-year-old boy was shot and wounded during a confrontation that was reported as an attempted robbery. Massillon police tell The Independent ( ) that the boy was shot in the shoulder area on Monday afternoon and the injury wasn’t considered life-threatening as he was taken… Continue Reading

Ohio gas prices dip slightly, remain under national average

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio have dipped slightly in the past week. The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $2.09 in Tuesday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s three pennies cheaper than a week ago but significantly higher than the… Continue Reading

University of Toledo’s board approves master plan

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 6:12 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The University of Toledo has approved a financial plan for campus-wide renovations. The Blade reports ( ) that the board of trustees approved a $275 master plan on Monday. A combination of donations, state funds and bonds will cover the overhaul. Administrators plan to update the campus in two phases over… Continue Reading

Public would have limited access to Ohio drug death reviews

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 12:23 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor has proposed allowing counties to create committees that would review overdose fatalities, and the public would have limited access to the findings. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports the committees would probe each overdose death in the county and maintain a database that would include victims’ demographic information, where… Continue Reading

Ohio State museum asks public to help buy dinosaur skeleton

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 12:21 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A geological museum at Ohio State University wants to buy a new dinosaur skeleton for its collection, and it’s hoping the public will pitch in to make that happen. The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports the Orton Geological Museum is aiming to raise $80,000 next month for the addition. Why? As… Continue Reading

Ohio bill would require teaching cursive writing in schools

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 12:19 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some state lawmakers want to bring back cursive handwriting as a requirement in Ohio’s elementary schools. Republican Reps. Andrew Brenner and Marilyn Slaby have proposed legislation that would again make cursive instruction mandatory between kindergarten and fifth grade. Thirteen representatives have signed on as co-sponsors. The bill would require schools to… Continue Reading

NE Ohio officer kills suspect after 9-hour hostage standoff

by Associated Press on February 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Police say an officer fatally shot a man who held a woman at knifepoint during a nine-hour standoff in northeastern Ohio. Authorities say the man took the woman hostage in the laundry room of a Kent apartment complex when officers investigating possible drug activity tried to make contact with him Sunday… Continue Reading

Dad found safe in Ohio after mysterious Texas disappearance

by Associated Press on February 20, 2017 at 11:26 am

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say they’ve safely located a man whose mysterious disappearance from the San Antonio area spurred weeks of searching by his family and volunteers. Police tell the Akron Beacon Journal ( ) that a tip led them to 44-year-old Lee Arms in a community near Bath Township. They say… Continue Reading