Ohio News

Halloween venue hosts ‘Swastika Saturday’ on day of shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Halloween venue in Ohio that held a "Swastika Saturday" the day a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh killing 11 said "we screwed up big time." Haunted Hoochie in Pataskala put out a Facebook promotional post that day referring to "Swastika ...

Veterans’ lives, experiences celebrated at new Ohio museum

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Step lightly between two facing mirrors at a first-of-its-kind museum honoring and celebrating the experiences of military veterans, and it takes your breath away. Behind and in front of you, as far as the eye can see, are folded ...

VP Pence to campaign in Ohio for governor, House candidates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans a campaign stop in Ohio on behalf of two GOP candidates in tight elections. The Ohio Republican Party says Pence will attend a get out of the vote rally Wednesday in Mansfield on behalf of Republican Mike DeWine, running for governor, and ...

Ohio governor orders flags lowered after synagogue shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags lowered to half-staff following a gunman's attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. The governor's announcement came after Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill ...

Fired Ohio St assistant Smith pleads guilty to lesser charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife. Smith had been facing a criminal trespass charge stemming from ...

Man accused of selling drugs to billionaire’s son charged

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who authorities say sold a deadly mixture of drugs to the son of a Greek billionaire in Cleveland has been indicted in federal court. Cleveland.com reports 35-year-old Terry Lee Christian is charged with selling 34-year-old Sokratis S. Kokkalis a mix of heroin, cocaine ...

Fight over CEO school takeover law reaches state high court

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fight over an Ohio law that puts control of poor-performing school districts in the hands of unelected CEOs rather than publicly elected boards has reached the state Supreme Court. On Wednesday, it accepted the case that ...

Ohio announces investment in anti-elder abuse efforts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has announced it is spending $1.3 million to expand its anti-elder abuse efforts. The Department of Job and Family Services says the investment includes a federal grant of more than $920,000. The agency said Wednesday the money will help it launch a year-round ...

Police: Reported abduction was attempt at YouTube ‘prank’

GREENHILLS, Ohio (AP) — Police in an Ohio village say a reported attempted abduction this week was actually an attempt to pull a prank to post on YouTube. Earlier this week, Greenhills police had warned residents about how an 11-year-old boy reported two men pulled up beside him and told him ...

Inmates charged in 2 Ohio prison knife attacks

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio inmates have been charged in separate knife attacks at a prison in assaults that severely wounded a guard and injured four prisoners who were unable to defend themselves because they were handcuffed to a table. The ...

Suspect in crash that killed 4 has prior driving convictions

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio say a driver accused of causing a crash that killed four people, including a young boy, has four prior convictions for operating a vehicle under the influence. Donte Conard appeared Monday in an Ashtabula courtroom. The 48-year-old Ashtabula man is ...

Man arrested in connection with body found burning in park

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested in connection with a body found burning in a park in Ohio. A statement from police in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington says 27-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi was arrested Monday on arson and corpse abuse charges in connection ...

Ohio bill focuses on use, funding of school features like AC

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would have to study which of its schools have air conditioning, safety measures and certain other building features under a state lawmaker's proposal to direct some school construction money specifically for those ...

Court hears case of inmate who killed girlfriend’s parents

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the case of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter. Shawn Ford Jr. was convicted by a Summit County jury in 2015 of aggravated murder and other ...

University of Cincinnati student president makes history

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati's current student body president is making history as the first black woman in the school's 199-year history to hold the position. UC senior Megdelawit Habteselassie, a Dayton native, says she credits a strong network of women encouraging her to ...

Brown, Renacci spar again in 2nd Ohio US Senate debate

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Candidates in Ohio's U.S. Senate campaign on Saturday argued in a second debate over different positions on taxes, immigration, gun control, climate change, the influence of money on politics and health care. In opening ...

4 killed in car struck by pickup truck at Ohio intersection

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say four people inside a car struck by a pickup truck that failed to stop at an intersection have died in northeast Ohio. The accident occurred late Friday in Ashtabula. The State Highway Patrol has identified the victims as 18-year-old Giovanni Miller, ...

Ohio woman 2nd person charged in daughter’s rape, slaying

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio woman has become the second person charged in the rape and beating death of her 13-month-old daughter last year. The Ashtabula Star Beacon reports the indictment Wednesday of 23-year-old Kelsie Blankenship, of Conneaut, on a murder charge in ...

City council scraps proposed anti-barking dog ordinance

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Akron City Council has scrapped legislation that could have imposed jail time on dog owners whose pets bark loudly. City Council on Monday voted to follow the recommendation of its Public Safety Committee to not approve legislation calling for the increased penalties. ...

Nearly 1 million absentee ballots requested in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election officials say nearly a million absentee ballots have been requested ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. The Ohio Secretary of State's Office says 910,982 voters requested an absentee ballot as of Oct. 10, and 42,470 have been cast by mail or in ...