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GOP congressmen in Ohio lay low amid town hall push

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 11:46 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans concerned about repeal of the Affordable Care Act and stoked by liberal groups opposed to President Donald Trump’s actions have organized town halls across the battleground state during this week’s congressional recess. Most Republican congressional representatives are skipping the events. GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a conservative and 10-year House veteran,… Continue Reading

Bipartisan effort launched to update Ohio crime laws

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 11:39 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed legislation would keep Ohio offenders on parole who commit technical violations like missing mandatory meetings from being automatically returned to prison. The bipartisan legislation announced Wednesday would also allow more offenders to petition to have their records sealed and give judges more discretion when sentencing inmates to parole. The legislation… Continue Reading

Jail officer admits providing inmate phones for drug dealing

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio jail officer accused of facilitating drug trafficking by trying to sell phones to inmates has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Investigators alleged that former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer Michael Rose Jr. arranged to provide cellphones to multiple inmates in exchange for thousands of dollars. The 29-year-old… Continue Reading

Late Ohio distance swimmer Poenisch named to hall of fame

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — The late long-distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (PAYN’-ish) of central Ohio has been named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is in the “pioneer” category in the hall’s 2017 class, set for an induction weekend Aug. 25-27 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The hall says the record-breaking marathon swimmer used… Continue Reading

Late Ohio distance swimmer Poenisch named to hall of fame

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — The late long-distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (PAYN’-ish) of central Ohio has been named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is in the “pioneer” category in the hall’s 2017 class, set for an induction weekend Aug. 25-27 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The hall says the record-breaking marathon swimmer used… Continue Reading

Late Ohio distance swimmer Poenisch named to hall of fame

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 6:38 am

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — The late long-distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (PAYN’-ish) of central Ohio has been named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is in the “pioneer” category in the hall’s 2017 class, set for an induction weekend Aug. 25-27 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The hall says the record-breaking marathon swimmer used… Continue Reading

Toledo City Council votes to fund more police body cameras

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo city officials have voted to fund the purchase of more body cameras for police. WTOL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kL1zFg ) that Toledo City Council voted unanimously to allocate $156,000 in grant money toward body cameras for the police department late Tuesday. Lt. Joe Heffernan says the department already has 54 body cameras…. Continue Reading

Fiery crash leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt in Akron

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 3:16 am

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Akron say a multiple vehicle crash has left one person dead and three injured. Fire officials say an accident involving four vehicles caused another collision involving two cars near the U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 77 exit ramp around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities say a vehicle in the… Continue Reading

Controversial anti-crime program to be expanded in Columbus

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 12:58 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An anti-crime summer initiative by police will be expanded to a year-round program in Ohio’s capital, where it has drawn criticism from protesters following fatal shootings by officers. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2lqvWxI ) Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther plans to announce changes to the initiative in his State of the City… Continue Reading

Costs may go up for Ohio license plates, driver’s licenses

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 12:53 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio drivers may be paying more to get their license plate or driver’s license under proposed changes to the state transportation budget. One change proposed Tuesday by the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee would allow county commissioners to levy a new $5 fee for Ohio license plates. Money collected through… Continue Reading