Teacher ban on “Large Afros,” other styles, hits sour note

by Associated Press on December 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — A middle-school music teacher has hit a sour note with a letter warning students against having “Mohawks, Large Afros, or other outlandish” hairstyles for an upcoming school concert. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the letter touched off a social media firestorm over the weekend, with commenters saying it was targeting black students. Students… Continue Reading

House fire kills 5 children, injures mother

by Associated Press on December 10, 2018 at 8:21 am

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a house fire has killed five children in northeastern Ohio. Youngstown Fire Capt. Kurt Wright says the first floor of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Wright says three children were ages 9, 3 and 2 and the other two were 1-year-old… Continue Reading

Local newspapers end print run after photographer’s shooting

by Associated Press on December 10, 2018 at 12:10 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio newspaper company has said it will no longer publish its local newspapers after the shooting of the newspapers’ photographer by a sheriff’s deputy who said he mistook a camera tripod for a rifle. KBA News LLC owner Dale Grimm and his son Andy made the announcement last week, saying… Continue Reading

SkyStar observation wheel to remain through next summer

by Associated Press on December 10, 2018 at 12:08 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber says the large SkyStar observation wheel will now remain in the city through June 2019. Officials say the mobile observation wheel was supposed to be moved on Dec. 2. WCPO-TV reports an estimated 100,000 people have ridden the attraction since it first arrived in August. SkyStar official… Continue Reading

Sheriff: 2 killed when car fleeing traffic stop crashes

by Associated Press on December 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in central Ohio say a vehicle fleeing from a traffic stop ran off the road, killing the driver and an adult passenger and injuring two children in the car. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after the car’s driver… Continue Reading

Patrol: Pickup truck strikes, kills man at bus stop

by Associated Press on December 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a pickup struck and killed a man waiting at a bus stop in southwestern Ohio. The patrol says the pedestrian was struck around 6 p.m. Saturday while waiting at a bus stop on Ohio 741 in Miami Township in Montgomery County. The patrol says the man… Continue Reading

Lawmakers OK bill creating database of violent offenders

by Associated Press on December 9, 2018 at 1:57 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved creation of a statewide database of violent offenders under legislation named for a college student who disappeared while bicycling and was found slain. The bill named for Sierah Joughin (JAW’-gihn) and known as “Sierah’s Law” was approved this week. It will take effect if it’s signed by… Continue Reading

Police: Man found shot in street dies

by Associated Press on December 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man has been found shot in a Cleveland street and has died. Cleveland police say officers responded around 3:30 p.m. Saturday to a report of an unconscious man lying in the street in the Union-Miles neighborhood on the city’s East Side. Police say the man had been shot in… Continue Reading

IceFest to feature Pikachu, Mario sculptures

by Associated Press on December 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Classic video game characters will take center stage at this year’s IceFest in a southwestern Ohio city. The festival sponsor chairman tells The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that ice sculptures of Pikachu, Mario and Yoshi will be included as part of this year’s “Game Night” theme. Chairman Taylor Welch says the Pikachu sculpture… Continue Reading

Ohioans turn over 45,000 pounds of prescription drugs

by Associated Press on December 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans turned in 45,000 pounds of prescription drugs this fall during an effort to get rid of old and expiring medication. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says Ohio had the fifth-highest amount among all states during the latest National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October. Only California, Texas, Wisconsin and… Continue Reading