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Police: Arrest made after fake cop abducts, assaults girl, 9

by Associated Press on September 30, 2016

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A man who police say abducted and sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl in northern Ohio has pleaded not guilty to rape and kidnapping charges. Forty-five-year-old Dennis Menefee Jr., of Port Washington, appeared Friday in Massillon Municipal Court, where a judge set a $2 million bond. He’s being assigned a public defender…. Continue Reading

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Judge allows Ohio review of online charter school’s records

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge is allowing the state to review certain attendance records at Ohio’s largest online charter school that could jeopardize the school’s $106 million in annual funding. Franklin County Judge Jenifer French on Friday sided with the Ohio Department of Education against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT. French rejected… Continue Reading

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Driver charged in Ohio trooper’s death pleads not guilty

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A driver accused of fatally striking a state trooper along a Cleveland interstate has pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide charges. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2d1WrVl ) reports 37-year-old Joshua Gaspar entered the plea Friday in county court for the collision that killed Trooper Kenneth Velez on Sept. 15. Velez was hit while conducting… Continue Reading

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Authorities: Man found dead in Ohio jail cell hanged himself

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man found dead in his jail cell in western Ohio hanged himself. Clark County sheriff’s deputies say they found the 43-year-old man while doing night checks in the county jail in Springfield. They say they began administering CPR but weren’t able to save the man. Jail Administrator Lt…. Continue Reading

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Ohioan alleges police slammed his head, cracking windshield

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LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A man suing a northeast Ohio police department alleges his rights were violated by an officer who slammed his head into a cruiser’s windshield with enough force to crack the glass. The federal lawsuit filed last month says 32-year-old Pele (PAY’-lay) Smith, of Lorain, received hospital treatment afterward. A dash cam… Continue Reading

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Ohioan convicted of drowning daughter; gets life sentence

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BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities say drowned his 4-month-old daughter in a river has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading no contest to an aggravated murder charge in southwest Ohio Clermont County’s prosecutor says 24-year-old Charles Crawford pleaded no contest and was sentenced Friday in Batavia. A message… Continue Reading

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Ohio district closes schools after reported clown attack

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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