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Authorities: Missing toddler drowns in neighborhood pond

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A toddler who walked away from his family's home in Ohio's capital city was later found drowned in a small pond in his neighborhood. Columbus police say 2-year-old Birane Talla was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by a relative. Officers soon began searching ...

Ohio nears 1M unemployment claims over 5 weeks amid virus

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 1 million people have filed unemployment claims in the past five weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order continues to depress the economy and lead to widespread layoffs, the state reported Thursday. For the week ending April ...

Man gets life sentence in fatal shooting of pregnant woman

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who fired shots into a home, killing a pregnant woman inside the residence, was sentenced Thursday to 30 years to life in state prison. Brandon Leigh was 17 when the shooting occurred in Dayton in February 2018. The case was soon moved to adult court and he was ...

Ohio logs more jobless claims in 2 weeks than in all of 2019

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state human services agency reported more than 272,000 jobless claims for last week, and the attorney general sped up the placement of 300 new police recruits onto Ohio streets. A look at coronavirus-related developments in ...

Virus outbreak creates new challenges for addiction recovery

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Charlie Campbell, nearly 13 years sober, is feeling tested today more than ever to stay that way. His dad is recovering from COVID-19 in a suburban Seattle hospital. His mom, who has dementia, lives in a facility ...

Ohio woman who lost 3 family members urges people stay home

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman whose brother, mother and father died of coronavirus pleaded for people to stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines, while President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for Ohio and ordered ...

Officers find an alligator while responding to robbery

COLUMBUS (AP) — Columbus Police discovered a live alligator while responding to an alleged robbery involving a gun and an Xbox. Police said that a caller reported a man with a gun in a dispute over the return of a Microsoft Xbox Monday afternoon, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Police ...

Authorities capture man sought in triple fatal bar shooting

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A man sought in a shooting at northwest Ohio bar that left three people dead has been captured. Deontray Forrest, 24, of Lima, was arrested without incident Wednesday at an apartment in Cleveland by officers with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. He was being ...

Next primaries offer contrast between nation’s past, future

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Sharing the primary calendar Tuesday are two states that represent different pieces of America: Ohio, a largely white state that's barely growing and looking to rebound from a decline in manufacturing, and Arizona, a state where one-third ...

Despite virus, 4 states push forward with primary

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona are pushing forward with Tuesday's primary election, although the coronavirus is causing headaches as polling places need to be moved and workers afraid of catching the disease drop out. The ...

Cincinnati shooting leaves man dead, 2 other people wounded

CINCINNATI (AP) — A street shooting in Cincinnati has left one man dead and two other people hospitalized, authorities said. The victims were found by police responding to reports of shots fired around 4:15 p.m. Sunday in the city's Avondale section. Delmaris White, 25, was pronounced dead ...

Party’s over: 4 states close bars, restaurants over virus

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press On Saturday night, revelers in many parts of the country ignored warnings against attending large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On Sunday, it became clear that in many places, the party is over. Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington ...

3-week school closure begins; Election Day prep underway

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A mandatory three-week closure of schools to stem the spread of the coronavirus began Monday, bars and restaurants were closed indefinitely, and the state continued preparations for Election Day Tuesday. A look at the latest ...

Canceled classes, voting with Q-tips: Virus concerns grow

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cancellations and closings are sweeping across Ohio as coronavirus concerns grow. A look at developments related to the virus that causes COVID-19 as the state tests for additional cases after confirming its first five, and after ...

$1M bail set for clergyman charged in baby’s shaking death

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bail was set Thursday at $1 million for a clergyman charged in the death of his 6-month-old niece. The Rev. Ronnie Nelson Jr., 33, of Toledo, is charged with aggravated murder. He did not speak during the brief hearing held in Toledo Municipal Court, and a preliminary ...

Districts scramble as governor orders schools closed 3 weeks

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered Ohio schools closed for three weeks beginning at the end of the day Monday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. A look at the decision: LENGTH The order takes effect at the close of ...

Ex-jail officer who assaulted female inmates gets 20 years

POMEROY, Ohio (AP) — A former jail officer in Ohio convicted of sexually assaulting or trying to sexually assault a dozen female inmates and probationers has been sentenced to 20 1/2 years in prison. Former Meigs County corrections officer Larry Tucker was convicted in May on charges of ...

Progressive challenger seeks to unseat Ohio congresswoman

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four-term U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat in a reliably blue central Ohio district, is facing one of her stiffest challenges Tuesday, from a political newcomer positioned at the party's far left. Democrat Morgan Harper, 36, has ...

Indicted Cincinnati council member resigns under pressure

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati City Council member resigned under pressure Monday less than a week after being indicted on federal charges alleging that she tried to sell her vote. Democrat Tamaya Dennard said in a statement released by her attorney that she ...

2 convicted in slaying of 3-year-old boy on Ohio interstate

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two men face up to life in prison after being convicted in a shooting on Interstate 75 that killed a 3-year-old as his family headed home from a Thanksgiving gathering. A jury on Monday convicted K'veon Giles, 19, and Matthew Smith, 18, of aggravated murder, murder and ...