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Carson eyes private sector as tool to offset housing cuts

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers "bang for the buck," partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration. In an ...

Ohio man charged with kidnapping neighbor to be in court

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man accused of kidnapping a neighbor and keeping her trapped in a small pit is to appear in court on a charge of kidnapping. Blanchester police say 45-year-old Dennis Dunn is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in Clinton County Municipal Court in ...

Police: Officer dragged by car as he fatally shot driver

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say an officer was being dragged alongside a car when the officer shot and killed the driver. Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner identified the deceased man as 32-year-old Jason Thomas Christian, of Whitehall. Weiner says Christian was stopped at a gas ...

Ohio zoo euthanizes 29-year-old polar bear that had cancer

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio says it has euthanized a 29-year-old male polar bear after veterinarians determined he had liver cancer with limited treatment options. The bear euthanized Wednesday, Nanuq (NAN'-nook), fathered five surviving offspring in a species ...

911 call: Man wants police dog to search for stolen heroin

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him. WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/2pnvmVR ) reports a 20-year-old man in Bath Township, near Akron, made the call in January. The recording was released this week. When the ...

Ohio police trying to identify owners of dog that killed man

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio are still trying to identify and locate the owner of a pit bull that mauled a man to death. They say no one has come forward as the caretaker of the dog that police killed early Tuesday in Dayton. Three other dogs were removed from the same residence by ...

FirstEnergy pushes for rate hike to help Ohio nuclear plants

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The head of northern Ohio's largest electric utility is telling state lawmakers that a proposal to keep alive its two nuclear plants along Lake Erie is more than just a bailout. FirstEnergy Corp. President Chuck Jones says the plants need to keep operating to ensure Ohio ...

Feds: Ohio men killed 2 witnesses of drug activity, beating

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says two Ohio men have been arrested on allegations of killing two women to keep them from talking to police about drug activity and a severe assault. Federal prosecutors say Antwan Hutchinson and Michael Favors killed the women Feb. 23 because they were ...

Agency to look into demolition costs in Michigan, Ohio

DETROIT (AP) — An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program — TARP ...

Fired bus driver indicted for killing Cleveland pedestrian

CLEVELAND (AP) — A bus driver fired by an Ohio transit authority has been indicted on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge for killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk in downtown Cleveland. Thirty-five-year-old Antoinette Peterkin, of the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights, also faces a ...

Partner of cop who shot Rice: ‘I didn’t know it was a kid’

CLEVELAND (AP) — The partner of a Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir (tuh-MEER') Rice recalls pleading for a faster response from medics as the wounded boy's condition worsened. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2oZdxvu ) reports the newly public recorded police interviews were ...

Ohio governor, ex-GOP presidential candidate, publishes book

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich's new book, "Two Paths: America Divided or United," provides a rare, and sometimes raw, behind-the-scenes look at being a 2016 presidential candidate. The book, released Tuesday by Thomas Dunne Books, is roughly ...

Ohio police officer injured in shooting range accident

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — An official says an Ohio police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg at a shooting range owned by a school that provides career training to adults and high schoolers. The police officer was injured at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin. He was ...

House budget pumps $170M into solving Ohio’s opiate epidemic

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A plan unveiled Tuesday by majority House Republicans includes funding for a smartphone app, a 24-hour hotline and other inventive ways to tackle Ohio's opioid crisis. Speaker Clifford Rosenberger, Finance Chairman Ryan ...

Pit bull breaks away from chain, mauls man to death in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a pit bull apparently broke away from a chain and mauled a man to death in Ohio. Dayton police responded to a report about a man screaming for help amid the sound of barking dogs at around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday. Lt. Mark Ponichtera (PAHN'-uh-tehr-uh) says police ...

Ohio governor, ex-GOP presidential candidate, publishes book

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new book by Ohio Gov. John Kasich looks at what Kasich calls the positivity of his presidential campaign compared with the election cycle's negativity. Kasich's "Two Paths: America Divided or United" is being published Tuesday. The book reflects on Kasich's career, ...

Trial to begin in 2014 deaths of 2 Toledo firefighters

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Jury selection is ready to begin for the trial of a property owner facing murder charges in the January 2014 deaths of two Toledo firefighters. The Blade newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2ozWaib ) that a visit to the site is planned after jurors are seated in a selection ...

Girl, 14, finds man dead of overdose while mowing grass

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a 14-year-old girl was mowing the grass at her grandfather's apartment building when she stumbled upon a man dead of an apparent overdose. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2oCTHTx ) the girl found the body Saturday morning. It was in bushes ...

Police: Boy, 10, set fire at Ohio store with people inside

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated arson after a fire at an Ohio discount store caused damage estimated at more than $200,000. Middletown police Lt. Jim Cunningham says about 10 people were inside the Family Dollar store when ...

Father remembers son killed in hammer throw at track meet

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The father of an Ohio college student who died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a suburban Chicago track meet remembered his son as a strong Christian. The Rev. Mark Roser says 19-year-old Ethan Roser of Cincinnati shared his faith with others and it ...