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Volunteers to search for teen who vanished three weeks ago

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Volunteers plan to search this weekend for a 14-year-old Ohio boy who went missing three weeks ago. Police in Port Clinton have released little new information over the past two weeks about the disappearance of Harley Dilly. He was last seen leaving home on the ...

Judge won’t compel health system to fund doctor’s defense

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor's defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in ...

Suspect headed to Ohio over alleged football game threat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered a man be sent to Ohio to face a criminal charge that he threatened to shoot up Ohio State University and hurt players on the football team. A September indictment unsealed last month in federal court in Columbus accuses ...

Company owner sentenced in minority contracting fraud case

CINCINNATI (AP) — The head of an Ohio company who allegedly schemed to win contracts that were intended for minority-owned businesses was sentenced to prison. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett ordered Doug Evans to serve 21 months in prison and pay a fine of $25,000 in Cincinnati federal ...

Background report set for man who claimed to be missing boy

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal background report is due March 25 for an Ohio man who pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft for claiming to be a child who disappeared at age 6. A federal judge Wednesday told 24-year-old Brian Michael Rini of Medina his ...

Prosecutors recommend probation for teen’s hoax SWAT calls

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who admitted in court to making hoax phone calls to authorities in a half-dozen states should receive a one-year sentence with credit for time served, an Ohio prosecutor said. David Dorbish Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court in Youngstown to ...

University gets collection of thousands of bags to exhibit

By KATIE BYARD Akron Beacon Journal AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An unusual new collection is in the bag at the University of Akron. Roughly 12,000 bags — made of paper, plastic, metal and even glass — and bag-related pieces make up the Lee L. Forman Collection of Bags. The big batch of bags ...

Coroner: Columbus-area drug overdose deaths still rising

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of fatal overdoses in the county that includes Ohio's capital city jumped during the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, the county coroner reported Monday. Franklin County recorded 421 drug deaths through September 2019, a 15% ...

Parents’ trial set to start in death of baby found in well

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — The trial for an Ohio couple charged in the death of their months-old son, whose body was found in a well, has been scheduled to start Monday. Jessica and Daniel Groves have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the death of their son, Dylan, ...

Shooting victim in ambulance that crashed dies

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who had been shot and was en route to a hospital when the ambulance transporting him crashed has died, Cleveland police said Sunday. The 29-year-old man was shot late Friday night in a convenience store parking lot, police said. The ambulance transporting him to a ...

County set to begin foreclosure proceedings against mall

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A county in Ohio is set to begin foreclosure proceedings against a mall over unpaid property taxes, according to officials. The Chapel Hill Mall in Akron owes more than $166,000 in back taxes, and a bill going out this month for just over $400,000 will include the back ...

Report: Allegiant flight in emergency landing, no injuries

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — An Allegiant Air flight bound from Ohio to Florida with 151 passengers and six crew made an emergency landing in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, and there were no injuries, an airline spokeswoman said. Allegiant spokeswoman Sonya Padgett told media outlet WLOS ...

2-year-old among 3 dead after residential explosion and fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 2-year-old girl and two adults were found dead after an explosion ignited a fire at an Ohio home, police said Thursday. The cause of Wednesday evening's blast in a neighborhood several miles southeast of downtown Columbus remains unclear, so homicide detectives are ...

Sam Wyche, boundary-pushing coach of Bengals, dead at 74

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Sam Wyche, who pushed the boundaries as an offensive innovator with the Cincinnati Bengals and challenged the NFL's protocols along the way, has died. He was 74. Wyche, who had a history of blood clots in his lungs and had a heart transplant in 2016 in Charlotte, ...

Firefighters battle New Year’s blaze at abandoned factory

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze at a long-abandoned Ohio factory on Wednesday, with smoke visible for miles. No injuries were reported as the fire burned at the former paper plant in Middletown in southwestern Ohio. Fire was first reported early Wednesday ...

Feds say man threatened Ohio State during Michigan game

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man accused of saying he was going to shoot up Ohio State University and hurt players on the football team in a threat made during the university's 2018 game with the University of Michigan, ...

Ohio police investigate multiple New Year’s Eve shootings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police across Ohio had their hands full New Year's Eve and early Wednesday with multiple reports of shootings, including a woman who police say was fatally shot after her boyfriend started firing his gun right after midnight. In Cleveland, police reported 10 separate ...

Toolkit helps houses of worship prep responses if attacked

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have developed a free, online toolkit to help houses of worship discuss and prepare for how they would respond if they were attacked. The toolkit provides guidance for tabletop preparedness exercises that can be used for congregations of various sizes, ...

State auditor criticizes Ohio city for alleged funds misuse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city improperly spent money from its water, sewer and environmental funds and should repay the money from the general fund, the state auditor said. Youngstown should not have spent $4.4 million from those funds in 2017 and 2018, which included improper ...

Ohio school district brings back in-school driver’s ed class

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district has brought back in-school driver's ed classes to help more students earn licences before they turn 18 as a way of finding employment. Akron city schools is piloting the program, which takes place after school at a discounted cost, with scholarships ...