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$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 ...

Klan group plans another rally in Dayton; mayor upset

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Ku Klux Klan group that caused tensions with a rally in Ohio last year has applied to hold another one this year. The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana recently asked for a permit for a Sept. 5 rally in Dayton. Montgomery County's administrator said the application ...

Ohio accepting applications for hemp cultivation, processing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Agriculture began accepting online applications Tuesday from those interested in growing and processing hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant with numerous industrial uses. Applications are for the 2020 growing season. Cultivators are required to ...

Universities follow similar playbook in sex assault response

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As mass sexual assault scandals, some dating back decades, roil universities across the country, the schools are seemingly drawing from the same playbook in their responses. Whether a large state school like the University of Michigan, or ...

Fans seek John Glenn statue to mark milestones at Statehouse

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fans of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn are working to bring a statue of his likeness to the Ohio Statehouse to mark major future milestones, such as his birthday and the anniversary of his famous space flight. Thursday ...

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on divvying up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the national tobacco ...

Conservative group seeks end to death penalty in Ohio

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newly formed conservative group is seeking an end to the death penalty in Ohio at a time when executions have ground to a halt in the state and the House speaker has questioned whether capital punishment should be ...

Court affirms alleged Islamic State recruiter’s conviction

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court in Ohio has affirmed the convictions of a North Carolina man who was accused of trying to recruit people to conduct terrorist attacks in the name of the Islamic State group. Authorities alleged that Erick Jamal Hendricks, arrested in Charlotte, North ...

Dayton gunman’s friend to be sentenced on unrelated charges

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A friendof a gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Dayton, Ohio, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on unrelated federal firearms charges. Ethan Kollie, 24, pleaded guilty in November to lying on a federal firearms form ...

Cincinnati mayor exploring 2022 Democratic bid for governor

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati said Friday he is exploring a run for Ohio governor in 2022. The Democrat said he thinks Ohio is "falling behind and must do better." He pointed to Cincinnati's growth and progress in recent years that have seen more riverfront development ...

Bank fires workers for stealing customer info in fraud ring

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fifth Third Bank has fired a small number of employees who stole customer information and gave it to people outside the company in what was an orchestrated fraud ring, the bank said Friday. The Cincinnati-based bank said it has identified about 100 customers who were ...

Man gets prison for selling fatal drugs to billionaire’s son

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for selling cocaine laced with heroin and fentanyl to a Greek billionaire's son who was found dead in a Cleveland hotel room. Terry Lee Christian, 36, pleaded guilty in October to charges related to selling the drugs ...

Sheriff convicted of posting confidential reports to resign

BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in Ohio who was convicted of posting confidential child abuse reports to the department's website and Facebook page agreed to step down in exchange for avoiding an indictment on new felony charges. Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns will resign March 17, ...

Ohio teen accused of planning explosion at school indicted

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A teenager who planned to set off an explosive device at an Ohio high school and called police about a hoax hostage situation at a Kansas elementary school has been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said Friday. Allen Martin ...

Trump budget targets loan program that could help Lordstown

TOM KRISHER and JOHN SEEWER Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration's budget proposal scraps a loan program that could help an upstart electric vehicle company's plans to reuse the now-closed General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio. In a summary of the budget for the ...