Ohio News

Live grenade found inside home under renovation

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man renovating a home in Ohio found a live hand grenade inside one of the walls. The man was working on the home in Mentor-on-the-Lake Sunday afternoon when he discovered the grenade. Police say the device was likely from World War II or the ...

Cleveland police plan to recruit more women, minorities

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Police Department plans to hire more women and people of color to better reflect the city's demographics. Cleveland.com reports the recruitment plan draft released Tuesday calls for the department to hire 75 women and 75 minorities by the end of next ...

Kasich signs order promoting technology for disabled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that will ensure disabled people receive more help from advanced technology. Kasich was flanked by a robot named Milo when he signed the order this past week. The initiative is designed to help those who use ...

Ohio bill would shift courts away from requiring cash bail

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges would assess defendants' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances based on a variety of factors instead of a strict system of cash bail, under measures being considered by Ohio lawmakers. The current bail system ...

Shuttle expected to ease parking headaches at Hocking Hills

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A weekend shuttle service is expected to ease parking headaches at popular attractions in southeastern Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park. Officials say the shuttle bus between downtown Logan and Old Man's Cave will run on weekends through Oct. 28. Other buses will loop ...

Chewie coming to Cincy this fall for comic expo

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati is getting the Wookiee treatment this fall. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" series, will be at the Cincinnati Comic Expo taking place Sept. 14-16. At 7 feet, 2 inches, the actor towered over other characters as Han Solo's co-pilot in the ...

WW II veteran gets high school diploma 74 years later

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Ohio is celebrating Memorial Day with a high school diploma. Circleville High School honored Robert Lockard at its graduation ceremony Sunday. Lockard was a student at Circleville who would have graduated in 1944, but he ...

99-year-old wows with art show at senior residence

By JAVONTE ANDERSON, The Blade SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — John Cook takes a sip of his white wine as he describes the portrait hanging on the wall. Cook remembers the scene like it was yesterday: three fishermen on a boat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each painting tells a story, representing ...

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 ...