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Governor’s proposed gas tax increase to be formally released

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's administration is expected to formally announce his recommendation for increasing the state gas tax by 18 cents a gallon to address a revenue shortfall in spending for maintaining roads and bridges. The Republican governor said Wednesday in a ...

State patrol: Prison inmates planned possible escape, riot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says inmates at an Ohio maximum security prison were plotting "a possible escape attempt and possible riot" when the plan was interrupted. The patrol is investigating the Feb. 12 incident in which authorities confiscated three fake handguns, ...

Student abducted, killed had complained to police about man

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A woman abducted from an Ohio college campus and later fatally shot in Kentucky had complained to police about her ex-boyfriend abusing her, police records show. The Mansfield News Journal reports that the records include allegations of sexual assault, stalking, ...

Police: Pickup truck fatally hits pedestrian in crosswalk

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a driver of a pickup truck hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Ohio and then drove away without stopping to check on the woman, who later died from her injuries. Cincinnati police say 37-year-old Holly Burns was on her way to work when she was struck around 6:30 ...

State’s high court won’t hear appeal in baby death case

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by a former high school cheerleader charged with killing and burying her newborn baby. Lawyers for Brooke Skylar Richardson appealed to the high court after a lower court ruled doctors can testify in the Warren County ...

Ohio lawmakers studying error that could ban some guns

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A mistake in writing up an Ohio bill could inadvertently ban several types of already legal guns and must be fixed quickly, gun rights advocates say. At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty ...

Ohio firefighters monitor blaze in docked ship; no injuries

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — A fire continues to burn inside a Lake Erie docked vessel as Ohio firefighters try to cool the ship in an incident with no injuries. The fire broke out on the deck of the St. Clair Saturday night at the Port of Toledo in northern Ohio. The cause is still ...

Lawyers seek new sentencing for teen in Ohio school shooting

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager who shot and wounded a classmate at school and was sentenced to 23 years in prison has filed an appeal for a new sentencing. Lawyers for Ely Serna said in court documents the trial court judge erred in giving their client the maximum sentence for the 2017 ...

College named for John Glenn wishes widow happy 99th

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A public affairs college named for astronaut John Glenn is wishing his widow a happy 99th birthday. Annie Glenn overcame a debilitating stutter to become a leading advocate for Americans with communicative disorders. She turned 99 on Sunday. John Glenn died in 2016 at ...

Police officer who offered money for sex back on duty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus police officer who was suspended after he admitted he offered to pay a woman for sex is now back on duty. Twenty-six-year-old Officer Helal Daoud, who has been with Columbus police for two years, was placed on leave in November. The Columbus Dispatch reports ...

Ohio prosecutor: no charges in police officer’s death

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck that struck a police officer who died won't face charges, a prosecutor said Friday. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said "after a ... very complete, thorough investigation," he decided against filing ...

New leader named for Cleveland FBI office

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio native who served as a special assistant to the FBI's three most recent directors in Washington is the new leader of the agency's Cleveland field office. Eric Smith assumed his role as special agent-in-charge earlier this month. The 49-year-old Smith replaces ...

Lawsuits continue 4 years after Ohio Walmart police shooting

By KEITH BIERYGOLICK, The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — After he shot John Crawford III, Officer Sean Williams charged down the Walmart pet aisle. He ran past stacks of cat litter and dog food, yelling "get down, get down, get down." For a moment, it looked like he missed. Crawford ...

Report: Congressman suspects theft from campaign account

CLEVELAND (AP) — The re-election committee for an Ohio Republican congressman told the Federal Election Commission it suspects the campaign's former treasurer stole tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign's bank account, according to a published report. A letter sent Friday from Rep. ...

Officials approve $10.8 million for marsh cleanup

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have released $10.8 million earmarked to clean up a marsh damaged by salt pollution over the last 50 years. Cleveland.com reports the state controlling board approved releasing the money for Mentor Marsh in Lake County this week. Funding for the project ...

Hearing set for Ohio inmate accused in 2 knife attacks

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A hearing was planned Tuesday for an Ohio inmate accused in a 2017 knife attack on four other prisoners handcuffed and unable to defend themselves and in a stabbing attack the following year on a guard who is still recovering from ...

Ohio abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ returns to Legislature

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Ohio proposed again on Monday one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation, and this time around, they have the governor's support. New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has indicated he would sign ...

Police: Man accused of having 3 wives is in custody in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Maine man who is accused of being married to three different women in three different states is behind bars in Ohio. A warrant was issued when 43-year-old Michael Middleton missed a court appearance Thursday in New Hampshire. A day later, he was arrested in Ohio. The ...

Program to help farmers reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is collaborating with local agriculture and conservation partners to help farmers reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie. The state says the Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery ...

Voters purged from rolls will have new chance at registering

CLEVELAND (AP) — Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he is reaching out to Ohioans who were recently purged from Ohio's voting rolls. A spokesperson for LaRose said Monday that he will reach out to an estimated 267,000 Ohioans who were removed in January after not responding to a "last ...