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Gang member in murder, racketeering case sentenced in Ohio

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors who pursued cases against 20 members of a central Ohio gang have wrapped up that work with the remaining defendant’s sentencing. Thirty-six-year-old Lance Green was sentenced Monday in Columbus for a fatal shooting in 2005 and paying for a second killing in 2006. Authorities say he pleaded guilty to… Continue Reading

Gang member in murder, racketeering case sentenced in Ohio

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors who pursued cases against 20 members of a central Ohio gang have wrapped up that work with the remaining defendant’s sentencing. Thirty-six-year-old Lance Green was sentenced Monday in Columbus for a fatal shooting in 2005 and paying for a second killing in 2006. Authorities say he pleaded guilty to… Continue Reading

ACLU asks Ohio city to stop charging overdose survivors

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 11:45 am

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking an Ohio community to end the practice of charging drug users revived by emergency responders using an overdose antidote. The ACLU’s Ohio chapter says the practice is dangerous because it discourages people from calling for help when a loved one overdoses. Police… Continue Reading

Columbus passes ban on using conversion therapy for minors

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy for minors in the city. The Columbus City Council voted to ban the practice in a meeting Monday night. Conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Professionals in the medical community say the practice… Continue Reading

Cincinnati status unclear under warning to sanctuary cities

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 8:27 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. attorney general’s latest warning that so-called sanctuary cities could lose federal funding has raised more questions about whether Cincinnati might be in jeopardy of losing grants after adopting that legally ambiguous label. Some sanctuary cities block cooperation between city police and federal immigration authorities. The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/2ncvnqN ) reports… Continue Reading

Cleveland budget includes more police, home demolition help

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 7:51 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland is slated to add 90 police officers, new staff to promote rental property inspections and health department employees focused on youth violence under a new spending plan for this year. It gets a boost from $83 million in new tax revenue anticipated from the city income tax increase voters approved last… Continue Reading

Sheriff: Ohio jail inmate dies after apparent hanging

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a female inmate was pronounced dead at a hospital after being found unresponsive in her cell at a northwest Ohio jail. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it appears the woman hanged herself in the jail. The office says a corrections officer making rounds at the jail found… Continue Reading

Report finds less poverty among Ohioans in 2015 than in 2011

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 6:27 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report indicates nearly 15 percent of Ohioans lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2015, down from 16.4 percent in 2011. The annual report from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies highlights the 93,000 Ohioans who were caretakers for their grandchildren. About 22 percent of them… Continue Reading

Columbus passes ban on conversion therapy

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 3:52 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy in the city. The Columbus City Council voted to ban the practice in a meeting Monday night. Conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Professionals in the medical community say the practice is illegitimate… Continue Reading

Feds: Ohio school broke law in handling sex assault reports

by Associated Press on March 28, 2017 at 12:31 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says a small, private Ohio university violated federal law in handling complaints related to sexual assaults and has agreed to make some changes. Complaints filed in 2011 and 2013 alleged Wittenberg University in Springfield didn’t promptly, equitably respond to reports of students being sexually assaulted. Each… Continue Reading