Man accused of shooting father, Ohio deputy heads to trial

by Associated Press on March 23, 2017 at 7:53 am

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of shooting and injuring his father and a southwest Ohio sheriff’s deputy is slated for trial Monday after a judge clarified what evidence can be presented. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) reports the Warren County judge won’t allow the deputy’s bloody undershirt as evidence in 20-year-old Mohammed Laghaoui’s… Continue Reading

Columbus area, not Cleveland, has most residents in new data

by Associated Press on March 23, 2017 at 7:13 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate that Ohio’s most populous county is no longer the one that includes Cleveland but the one that includes Columbus. The estimates have Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County losing about 5,700 people last year while Franklin County gained over 14,000 residents. That would leave each county with a population… Continue Reading

Man killed in 2-car crash in Ohio county

by Associated Press on March 23, 2017 at 7:09 am

GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Licking County say a 31-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash. Police tell WBNS-TV ( ) the crash occurred on state Route 661 in McKean Township around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say Thomas Hagley’s car was struck when he pulled out in front of a Freightliner cab. Investigators… Continue Reading

Ohio auditor: Ex-worker didn’t comment on fraud allegations

by Associated Press on March 23, 2017 at 12:25 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor’s office says a former deputy director at a southern Ohio halfway house facing fraud allegations didn’t respond to an opportunity to comment on the charges. An audit of STAR Community Justice Center in Scioto (sy-OH’-tuh) County says center officials spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, hotels, travel… Continue Reading

Grand jury to consider OVI case against Ohio state lawmaker

by Associated Press on March 23, 2017 at 12:12 am

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state lawmaker accused of impaired driving and mishandling a gun has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Rep. Wes Retherford waived that right Wednesday in a Hamilton courtroom in southwestern Ohio. The case will now be sent to a Butler County grand jury for consideration. The Republican lawmaker… Continue Reading

Man, woman found shot to death inside Columbus home

by Associated Press on March 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two people have been found shot to death inside a Columbus home. Police say a U.S. Postal carrier “observed signs of criminal activity on the front porch” Wednesday afternoon and called police. When officers arrived they found 39-year-old Donte Moorer and 33-year-old Janelle Reese with gunshot wounds inside the home. They… Continue Reading

Sheriff: Family kept decomposing body in home, took benefits

by Associated Press on March 22, 2017 at 5:58 pm

WAINWRIGHT, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in Ohio says they found a family living with a Vietnam veteran’s decomposing body and stealing his benefits. Investigators think the 71-year-old had been dead for several months. The Tuscarawas (tuhs-kuh-RAH’-wuhs) County sheriff said Wednesday that deputies checked on the man after being told he was living with the… Continue Reading

Ohio Senate unanimously OKs $7.8B transportation bill

by Associated Press on March 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A $7.8 billion transportation budget that sends additional funding to local roads and bridges, lowers fees on high-volume commercial truck fleets and makes it easier for municipalities to share road maintenance and repair responsibilities has cleared the Ohio Senate. Senators unanimously approved the two-year spending measure Wednesday. It returns to the… Continue Reading

Ohio attorney general program to help children of addicts

by Associated Press on March 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced a program to help families hurt by parents’ addiction to painkillers and heroin. The $3.6 million program unveiled Wednesday will aid children abused or neglected due to parental drug use in 14 southern Ohio counties. Parents of children referred to the program will also… Continue Reading

Authorities: Woman admits to burglaries against Ohio Amish

by Associated Press on March 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman confessed to burglaries against the Amish in northeast Ohio after detectives arrested her and found jars of loose change, cash and other items in her vehicle. The Geauga (jee-AW’-guh) County Sheriff’s Office says detectives stopped the vehicle last week after a burglary victim in Portage County reported… Continue Reading