Ohio News

State gives more money for firefighter health protection

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's workers compensation agency is increasing its financial effort to help protect firefighters from carcinogens they face on the job. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation announced a new plan Tuesday that will provide $2.7 million in ...

Nursery in Ohio prison lets inmate moms bond with their kids

By JOHN CANIGLIA, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — One-month-old Javon Jackson fidgets with his mom's jacket as he drinks from his bottle and holds her hand. His mom coos. Her friends laugh, and a precocious, 2-year-old toddler stops by and waves hi. In all, it is a ...

Man charged with biting trooper’s ear to have treatment

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of biting off part of an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper's ear has been found currently not competent to stand trial. A judge in Lorain County this week ordered mental-health treatment for 44-year-old Cornelius Carey Jr. and set a September hearing to ...

GOP’s Kasich delivers ‘odd’ and final State of the State

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — In a State of the State speech infused with philosophy, religion and a pinch of nostalgia, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday urged people to tap the values he believes all people have "written on our hearts" to live a life bigger ...

Man who admitted to string of killings could be released

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of two brothers who admitted stalking, raping and killing young women during a string of eight murders in the 1980s is close to walking out of prison. Nathaniel Cook confessed to three murders in all with his older brother, the ...

Prosecutor: After boy, 8, shot sister, mom went back to work

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An 8-year-old boy loaded a rifle, repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister at home and then informed their mother, who left work to check the girl's injuries, cleaned up a bloody bed cover and returned to work, leaving the children alone again, a prosecutor said. Alyssa ...

Feds announce charges in online dating financial scam

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says eight people have been charged with laundering money obtained from online romance scams based in Ohio. Federal prosecutors say the individuals created false profiles on online dating sites including Match.com and MillionaireMatch.com and contacted ...

County coroner: Fentanyl fueled big spike in overdose deaths

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The coroner in a southwestern Ohio county says accidental overdoses spiked more than 20 percent last year, driven in large part by the rise of fentanyl and other powerful opioids. Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix said Tuesday that her office investigated 232 overdoses ...

GOP’s Kasich says last State of the State speech will be odd

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says listeners can expect a "very odd" final State of the State speech from him. The term-limited Republican delivers the address Tuesday at Otterbein University in suburban Columbus. Playing with expectations for the speech isn't ...

Ex-official now regrets bowing to National Rifle Association

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat who helped overturn local assault weapons bans as a state lawmaker and before being ousted as Ohio's attorney general said in a column published Sunday that he "was in the pocket of the National Rifle Association" to ...

Some churches drop ‘Baptist’ from names to gain new members

By DANAE KING, The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Dan Brown is one of several Baptist pastors leading his congregation to change the church's name in hopes of bringing more people through the doors. Though First Baptist Church of Sunbury will stay Baptist in doctrine, the ...

Great Lakes advocates to ask Congress for water protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A coalition of Great Lakes advocates is urging Congress to provide funds for cleaning up the region's waters and strengthening its water infrastructure. Groups representing businesses, industry, environmentalists, cities, states and tribes will make their annual ...

Muslim officer works with immigrants in Ohio capital city

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After 10 years in hotel management, Khaled Bahgat grew accustomed to defusing tense situations involving out-of-control banquet hall parties. Often, he had the situation in hand by the time police showed up. One day, an officer ...

Ohio inmate whose execution halted dies of natural causes

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A twice-convicted murderer whose execution in November had to be halted when a usable vein couldn't be found to administer execution drugs died Saturday morning of natural causes, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and ...

Eagles nest in Cleveland for 1st time in more than 100 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — Naturalists say bald eagles are nesting in Cleveland for the first time in more than 100 years. The Plain Dealer reports a historical interpreter for the Cleveland Metroparks spotted a pair of eagles last year carrying sticks into a tree on a bluff overlooking the Cuyahoga ...

Ohio set to market its tourist attractions to Indianapolis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's tourism agency says it's expanding its outreach to Indianapolis this spring. TourismOhio's "Find It Here" campaign uses emotional connections to attract visitors to the Buckeye State. The latest move adds to outreach around the state and in Detroit and ...

Ohio man convicted of indecent exposure for 6th time

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man has been convicted for at least the sixth time for publicly exposing himself. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a Hamilton County jury deliberated several hours Friday before convicting 50-year-old Gerald Fornshell of felony public indecency. Prosecutors say the ...

Ohio company says bonuses, higher pay because of tax cuts

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio-based payments-processing giant said Friday it's giving bonuses, upping pay and improving benefits while crediting the GOP tax cuts. Worldpay Inc. detailed its plans as Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman toured the company, formed ...

Snow storm downs power lines, close schools in NE Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — The front edge of the storm causing havoc on the East Coast dropped as much as a foot of snow on parts of northeast Ohio with heavy winds leading to power outages and school closings. Cleveland-based National Weather Service meteorologist Marty Mullen says wind gusts from ...

2 Democrats for Ohio offices want open redistricting process

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Democrats seeking statewide offices in Ohio released a proposal Friday that they say would guarantee the state's process for drawing congressional district maps is transparent to the public. Former U.S. Attorney Steven ...