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CINCINNATI — Shares of Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. stock soared nearly 16 percent yesterday as word spread that a Hollywood hedge fund had bought a large stake in the Cincinnati company.
A 39-year-old Delaware County man died after shooting himself in southern Morrow County this afternoon. He had hidden from law-enforcement officers for six hours in a cornfield, the State Highway Patrol said. He was identified tonight as David Allen Yocum of 157 Columbus Ave. in Delaware.
Dozens of firefighters from at least nine departments battled a fire in a newly constructed barn at the Trillium Farms egg facility near Johnstown.
A Utica 11-year old was killed Sunday when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving without permission flipped. Antwone Cephas, a fifth-grader at Utica Elementary, died at the scene of a private fund-raising event hosted by the Big 3 Motorcycle Club on a property at 2560 National Rd., near Hebron, across from the National Trail Raceway.
The Ohio Innocence Project is suing Columbus police over their refusal to release investigative records for a closed murder case in which the killer has exhausted his appeals. An attorney with the group based at the University of Cincinnati College Of Law filed the public-records action Friday in the Ohio Supreme Court.
A former Detroit police officer has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for supplying a criminal ring that ran illegal drugs into Athens County. County Common Pleas Court Judge George McCarthy sentenced Brandon J. Allen on Friday after he pleaded guilty to 12 crimes, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, or racketeering.
As another round of state report-card data in Ohio shows a significant performance gap between low-income and wealthier districts, one key state lawmaker says it’s time for Ohio to get serious about addressing the “crisis.”
TOLEDO — The Lucas County Emergency Management Agency will review its policy on the use of tornado sirens after the alarms were incorrectly employed on Saturday evening.
NEW LEBANON — Authorities in southwestern Ohio say four juvenile inmates have been charged in an attempted escape and assaults on staff members at a detention facility. Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies headed to the Center for Adolescent Services in New Lebanon at 7:10 p.m. Saturday on reports that an escape attempt was underway.
The University of Dayton has received a $12.5 million gift aimed at making it a national leader in sustainability education. The school said it’s the largest single donation in the Catholic university’s history. The George and Amanda Hanley Foundation gift will go to the Hanley Sustainability Institute.
CINCINNATI — Police in Cincinnati said they believe a murder suspect fatally shot himself. They had been seeking 36-year-old Freddie Johnson on murder charges in the fatal shooting late Friday of 25-year-old Brittany Kimble. Police said they received a report of a possible suicide at Spring Grove cemetery on Saturday morning and found Johnson badly wounded.
Gamblers who hit jackpots in Ohio won’t be the only winners if they owe back child support. An “intercept program” that cross-checks large gambling winnings against a database of debtors recently expanded to include Ohio casino checks for overdue child support.
Republican Jon Husted and Democrat Nina Turner are both fighters, but the secretary of state candidates’ hardworking, no-quit attitudes were shaped by vastly different experiences.
An 11-year-old boy was killed when an all-terrain vehicle rolled on top of him yesterday afternoon in a field across from the National Trail Raceway in Licking County, authorities say.
The candidates for Ohio attorney general are both lawyers who are competitive and have boundless energy. Beyond that, Republican incumbent Mike DeWine and Democrat David Pepper share little common ground.
After a huge toxic-algae bloom in the western part of Lake Erie contaminated Toledo’s public water supply this summer, environmentalists, politicians and scientists scrambled.
The posted speed limit on a roughly 3-mile-long commercial stretch of Rt. 23 between Circleville and the DuPont plant in Pickaway County is 60 mph. And officials say even that is too fast. They have asked the Ohio Department of Transportation for help. The State Highway Patrol, the Pickaway County sheriff’s office, local business and industry leaders and Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy are among those who want the speed lowered and are considering their options.
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Authorities in southwest Ohio say both people aboard a small plane have died in a crash in a suburban area south of Middletown. The crash was reported to authorities just before 9 a.m. today. The plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Liberty Township, some 25 miles north of Cincinnati in Butler County. Liberty Township authorities say there are no reports of injuries to residents of the area.
National Hunting and Fishing Day will be held on Saturday. Don’t expect to hear a lot about it on TV, at least until beer companies can figure out a way to turn it into another cause to party.
ALBANY, Ga. — A federal jury convicted the owner of a peanut plant and two others yesterday in a salmonella outbreak that prompted one of the largest U.S. food recalls ever, sickened hundreds across the country and was linked to nine deaths, including two in Ohio.
Underscoring the new wide-open spaces of how political campaigns are funded, checks of up to $50,000 are being solicited by the Ohio Republican Party for a Wednesday gathering to help GOP candidates.
The meeting last month was amicable, with officials from Berkshire Township, the city of Delaware and the village of Sunbury shaking hands and agreeing in principle to share the proceeds of a proposed joint economic development district.
The candidates for Ohio treasurer disagree about how to prevent another bribery and kickback scandal like the one that blew up on former Treasurer Kevin Boyce’s watch.
There are plenty of DeWines to go around in the first salvos in the TV ad war in the Ohio attorney general’s campaign, which also are the first ads in a 2014 statewide down-ticket race.
State engineers located the source of the leak in the earthen dam that holds back the 337 acres of Lake White in Pike County.
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