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Ohio district closes schools after reported clown attack

by Associated Press on September 30, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati school district has closed schools after a woman reported being grabbed around the neck by a male dressed as a clown who she said made a threat against students. Reading Community City School District officials referred to the threat in a Facebook posting announcing district schools would be closed… Continue Reading

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Officer who shot Tyre King returns to the force in new role

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus police officer who fatally shot 13-year-old Tyre King has returned to the force, although not in his prior assignment as a patrol officer. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2duN85A ) 31-year-old Bryan Mason is performing administrative desk work at the police training academy while the investigation into King’s Sept. 14… Continue Reading

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Ohio’s minimum wage to increase by 5 cents starting in 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state minimum wage will increase by 5 cents next year to adjust for inflation. Officials say non-tipped workers must be paid an hourly wage of at least $8.15 beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Tipped workers are slated to receive a minimum of $4.08 an hour starting next year — a bump… Continue Reading

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Ohio launches system for those in crisis to text for help

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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