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Man claims in lawsuit police hid DNA evidence before trial

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man acquitted of murder has sued the Cincinnati Police Department claiming detectives hid DNA evidence that eventually exonerated him. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports 28-year-old Joshua Maxton claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that police knew or should have known ...

Man convicted of killing bystander during store robbery

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a bystander who pepper sprayed him as he fled a convenience store robbery. The Akron Beacon Journal reports 27-year-old Jarvell Henderson entered pleas Friday to murder and other charges in Akron. He received a sentence of ...

Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Caito Foods LLC on Friday recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit ...

Ohio State to allow some off-duty officers to conceal carry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University trustees have approved a resolution allowing off-duty officers from a select number of law enforcement agencies to carry concealed guns on campus so they can serve as first responders if needed. WCMH-TV reports the policy approved Friday applies to ...

New sentencing date for man who tried to help Islamic State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing for an Ohio man convicted of trying to help the Islamic State group. U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus on Tuesday in Columbus rescheduled Aaron Daniels' sentencing from Thursday to July 6. Daniels pleaded guilty last July to a ...

Cincinnati police step up patrols following killings

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police are increasing patrols in a neighborhood where six people have been fatally shot in the past week. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has seen its deadliest eight-day period in at least 10 years. District 1 Commander Capt. ...

Dog finds adult human skull out in wooded area

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a family dog in Ohio brought a human skull home. Madison Township Police Chief Matthew Byers says the dog found the skull around 2 p.m. Monday in a wooded area in Madison Township. Police responded to the area with cadaver dogs and found the rest of the body ...

Ohio House vote set to resolve impasse over next speaker

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The paralyzed Ohio House has scheduled a vote Wednesday that could bring its nail-biting speakership impasse to an end. Law-making in the state has been at a standstill for weeks, as House Republicans spar over who ...

Ohio Democrats give chairman new 4-year term

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper has been unanimously re-elected as head of the state party for the next four years. The former Cincinnati councilman and Hamilton County commissioner has led the party since early 2015 after losing a bid to unseat Republican ...

Teen girl struck, killed after truck veers off road

EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say the driver of a truck that veered off a busy street striking and killing a 17-year-old female pedestrian was impaired. Maddisan Chase, of Eastlake, was struck Tuesday afternoon and died at a hospital. Eastlake police say 26-year-old Eric Dean Jones ...

Singing Ohio inmates connect with ill South African children

By PATRICK COOLEY, The Columbus Dispatch MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — For a few brief minutes each month, two groups of very different people are able to bridge the thousands of miles between them and the life-altering circumstances that bind them. A flat-screen TV and a Skype connection links ...

Ohio waste district educates residents on proper recycling

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio solid waste district has launched a campaign to teach residents proper recycling techniques because of a growing amount of contaminated recyclables. Christie Snyder is a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Solid Waste District in northeastern Ohio. ...

Demonstrators oppose plan to demolish closed Toledo church

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Politicians, residents and community activists are fighting a plan to demolish a long-shuttered Roman Catholic church in Ohio. Demonstrators urged the Diocese of Toledo on Saturday to reconsider its decision to tear down St. Anthony Church, once the parish home for many ...

Lawyer for Ohio terrorism suspect seeks reduced sentence

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A reduced prison sentence is appropriate for an Ohio man who tried to help the Islamic State group, a defense attorney argued ahead of a June 7 sentencing, citing the defendant's youth, his remorse and his mental health ...

Ohio medical marijuana program to bring $11 million in fees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that figure includes about $5.2 million in non-refundable application fees already collected from more than ...

Columbus workers start signing up for free bus passes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workers in downtown Columbus have begun signing up for free bus passes under a program aimed at boosting bus usage to address traffic and parking issues in Ohio's capital city. The Central Ohio Transit Authority approved what's known as CPASS in March. The $4.5 million ...

Key laws, residents vexed when legislative leaders resign

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When legislative leaders resign midterm, things can get messy. In Ohio, a speaker's departure has led to a stalemate that's brought lawmaking to a standstill. In Kentucky, lawmakers face a lawsuit over a bill they passed while a ...

Auditor wants to be part of case over e-school closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's auditor is asking to formally get involved in court proceedings over the dismantling of what used to be the state's largest online charter school. Republican Auditor Dave Yost's office took steps to preserve computer data from the now-closed Electronic Classroom ...

Ohio man guilty in stabbing death of mom with Alzheimer’s

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 76-year-old mother who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Michael Gleisinger pleaded guilty in an Akron courtroom on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and failing to care for someone who's impaired. Police ...

Former officer sentenced in assault of 13-year-old boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cleveland police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy when she worked as a teacher's aide has been sentenced to two years in prison. The boy's mother called Maria Velez a disgrace at her sentencing Tuesday. Velez pleaded guilty in ...