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Judge wants state, US EPA to take lead on Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit in Ohio says he wants state and federal regulators to take serious steps to find and implement solutions to Lake Erie's persistent algae problem instead of leaving the issue to the courts. U.S. District Judge James Carr met earlier ...

Condemned killer blames attack on ‘homosexual panic’

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a "homosexual panic" of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago. Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was ...

Ex-police chief pleads guilty to stealing from dead man

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a former Ohio police chief and coroner's investigator has pleaded guilty to stealing money from a dead man while removing his body from a home. The Attorney General's Office says 42-year-old Richard Jamrozik, of Campbell, pleaded guilty Thursday in ...

Deputy shoots, wounds man on interstate in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — A sheriff's deputy has shot and killed a man who witnesses say crashed his car and began attacking people who had stopped to help him on an interstate in Cleveland. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday identified the man as 33-year-old ...

Case worker: Mom delayed shooting report, hoped to keep guns

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A social worker says the Ohio mother of an 8-year-old boy who repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister delayed reporting it and seeking medical help because she was afraid they would lose the firearms they use to hunt for food. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports the case ...

Ohio toddler dies a day after being struck in street race

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A toddler has died a day after police say she and her mother were struck by two Florida teenagers who were street racing. John Reisinger of Tampa told the Tampa Bay Times that his niece's 21-month-old daughter Lillia died Thursday. The girl's mother, 24-year-old Jessica ...

Kasich to address graduates of Harvard Kennedy School

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is delivering the spring graduation address at the Harvard Kennedy School. The former presidential candidate addresses the school of government's class of 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wednesday. Kasich's focus on national policy ...

Plea agreement for Ohio man tied to gun that killed police

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A court filing indicates a plea agreement has been reached for a man charged with providing the gun used to kill two central Ohio police officers. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Gerald Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, bought the handgun that 31-year-old Quentin Smith ...

Ohio man sues officer who shot him after subduing intruder

CLEVELAND (AP) — A black man who was shot and critically wounded by a white police officer while subduing an intruder inside his northeast Ohio home has sued the officer and the city employing him. Brendan Hester filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking unspecified damages. The lawsuit says ...

Lawyers want 2nd look at death sentence for killer of friend

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer wants the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision upholding his death sentence even though a co-defendant who fatally stabbed the victim received a life sentence. Death row inmate Austin Myers was sentenced to die for the 2014 killing in ...

Uber driver sentenced for sexual assault of passenger

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Uber driver convicted of sexually assaulting a woman after giving her a ride to her northeast Ohio home has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison. The Akron Beacon Journal reports 34-year-old Brandon Franklin, of Tallmadge, was sentenced Tuesday in Akron on a ...

City settles with man kicked in head by officer for $30,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city has agreed to pay a $30,000 settlement to a man who was kicked in the head by a police officer. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Columbus City Council on Monday unanimously approved the payment to 27-year-old Demarko Anderson. A cellphone video ...

A fourth-grade teacher, a donor and ‘an angel on earth’

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Eva Evans is 10 years old and desperately needs a new kidney to live a normal life. Mrs. Thomas, a smiling fourth-grade teacher at Eva's school, wants to give her one. They barely knew each other before. Eva was in a different ...

2 Ohio inmates recaptured after correctional center escape

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two inmates were recaptured less than a day after they fled an Ohio correctional facility. The Warren County Sheriff's Office says the inmates escaped from the Community Correctional Center in Warren County in southwestern Ohio about 8:30 p.m. Saturday ...

Child service testimony opposed in death of 4-year-old girl

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors oppose allowing children service workers to testify in the case of an Ohio woman and her boyfriend charged in the death of the woman's 4-year-old daughter. A medical examiner says Aniya Day-Garrett died in March in Euclid (YOO'-klihd) from a stroke caused by ...

Suspect dies in struggle with bystanders who chased him down

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a suspected robber has died after a struggle with a group of bystanders who witnessed the robbery and chased him down. Investigators say the bystanders pursued the man Sunday after seeing him rob a woman at a Columbus gas station. Police and medics ...

Man walking home from train station followed by pig

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig following him home from a train station. A North Ridgeville, Ohio, officer arrived on the scene early Saturday to find the man was very sober and a pig was in ...

Top Ohio wines are recognized by state agriculture director

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio agriculture director has honored the state's top wines as evaluated by a panel of judges in an annual event. Agriculture Director David Daniels announced the Director's Choice recipients last week at a Statehouse event for retailers, distributors, ...

Ohio killer says he can’t afford shoes thanks to court costs

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Court-ordered costs owed by a death row inmate who killed his girlfriend and her 83-year-old father are keeping the prisoner so poor he can't afford basics like shoes or boots, civil rights lawyers say. While condemned prisoner ...

Ohio Senate OKs bill to stop suspensions of young students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has unanimously approved a bill preventing schools from imposing out-of-school suspensions to young students who have committed minor infractions. The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio elementary schools have handed out 35,000 suspensions in each of the ...