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Police: Ohio man who started fatal fire won’t be charged

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in central Ohio say a man who accidentally caused a fatal fire won't face criminal charges after investigators couldn't determine whether he was impaired by marijuana at the time. The Westerville police and fire departments issued a joint statement Thursday ...

Defense to focus on Haslam relationship with conspirator

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's relationship with one of the chief conspirators in a scheme to defraud customers at the truck stop chain controlled by the Haslam family is becoming a focus for the defense in the fraud trial of the company's former ...

Ohio voters reject drug-price measure, back victims’ rights

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and DAN SEWELL, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters rejected a proposal Tuesday that sought to curb prescription drug prices paid by the state for prisoners, injured workers and poor people while supporting a crime victims' rights amendment with no ...

Ohio has 35,000 pounds of prescription drugs safely disposed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say Ohioans turned in more than 35,000 pounds (15,876 kilograms) of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs last month during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event promoted by the Drug Enforcement Administration is intended ...

Officials move trailers stored as evidence in family killing

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio have moved four trailers being stored as evidence in the still-unsolved slaying of eight family members last year. Officials in Pike County in the southern part of the state moved the trailers on Nov. 2 from a now-closed chemical company warehouse to ...

Ohio crime victims’ rights issue could face court challenge

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union was weighing a legal challenge to the crime victim rights amendment a day after it was overwhelmingly approved by Ohio voters. Issue 1, dubbed Marsy's Law, amends the Ohio Constitution to give ...

Akron Metro RTA executive director placed on paid leave

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority board has placed its executive director on paid administrative leave following two separate investigations. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Metro RTA board of trustees unanimously approved placing Richard Enty on leave ...

Ex-school leader who’s banned from district elected to board

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio school superintendent who resigned amid an investigation and was later banned from district property has been elected to its school board. Voters in Toledo's Washington Local district gave Patrick Hickey one of three open spots on the school board ...

Standup comedian says he won’t seek 3rd term as Ohio mayor

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — A veteran standup comedian acquitted of all charges after he was accused of abusing his power as mayor of a small Ohio city says he won't seek a third term. Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings made the announcement Monday during an interview with the BBC at the offices of ...

New sentencing date set for Ohio man who plotted US attacks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has set a new sentencing date for an Ohio man who admitted he plotted to kill military members in the U.S. Defendant Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-dee-RAH'-mahn shayk moh-HAH'-mud), of Columbus, pleaded guilty in August 2015 to supporting terrorism and ...

Ohio voters to decide ballot issues, mayoral races

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and DAN SEWELL, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters will decide ballot issues on Tuesday that would place limits on drug prices and expand victims' rights in criminal proceedings, along with several mayoral races. While low voter turnout is typical in ...

Power outages force Ohio counties to find new polling places

CLEVELAND (AP) — Election directors in northeastern Ohio have been scrambling to find new polling locations after a severe storm over the weekend knocked out power across the region. Damage from the storm on Sunday along with the power outages has closed some schools and churches that were ...

Teen pleads guilty to shooting Ohio sheriff’s deputy

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An 18-year-old has pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting and wounding of a sheriff's deputy in northwestern Ohio following a search near the Michigan state line. Jeshua Gilmore, of Toledo, entered a guilty plea Monday to several counts that include attempted ...

Ohio boy, 12, charged over school threat posted on Instagram

NORTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old Ohio boy accused of posting a threat to his middle school on social media has been suspended and charged with making false alarms. Administrators of Norton Middle School near Akron were notified about the threat Monday morning, and the student was ...

Ohio city refuses to give up fight against gas pipeline

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — As a partnership between companies based in Canada and Detroit begins the first steps in building a $2 billion natural gas pipeline, a northeast Ohio mayor is vowing to continue his city's fight to get the pipeline moved away from his ...

Inquiry blames speed, wet runway for Thunderbirds crash

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A Thunderbirds pilot was going too fast in bad weather and without enough stopping distance when landing on a wet runway, causing a crash that destroyed a $29 million F-16D jet during practice for the Dayton air show, the U.S. Air Force ...

Statehouse event to feature Ohio foods, book signings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A smorgasbord of Ohio foods and books will be showcased at the Ohio Statehouse Museum Shop's upcoming "Taste of Ohio" event. The Nov. 15 event features products from five Ohio companies and signings of three books highlighting aspects of the state. Food offerings are ...

Former Ohio principal faces sex charges involving students

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio principal of the year has been charged with multiple counts of sexual battery that authorities say involve two former high school students. The Chillicothe Gazette reports 35-year-old Jeffrey Fisher was issued a summons Friday in southern Ohio's Ross ...

University of Cincinnati police to be re-issued stun guns

CINCINNATI (AP) — University of Cincinnati police officers will once again be allowed to carry stun guns. The university said Thursday that stun guns will be re-issued to officers after being taken away six years ago following a student's death. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the university ...

Ohio pair charged with securing child to bed with duct tape

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old boy have been charged criminally after the boy told police his mother sometimes bound his arms and legs with tape to secure him to a bed in the basement of their home outside of ...