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A move by state lawmakers to name a road after a central Ohio soldier killed in Afghanistan has run into opposition from local officials, Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow writes.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio teacher whose skull was crushed by a rock dropped onto her vehicle from a Pennsylvania overpass is recovering from her sixth surgery.
The day after a fire ravaged his Union Street neighbors, left his restaurant without a kitchen and likely changed downtown Athens forever, Art Oestrike got the most ironic package of his life.
It took more than two years, but the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with a pipeline company that repeatedly spilled thousands of gallons of drilling slurry into wetlands and streams in eastern Ohio.
KETTERING, Ohio — A suburban Dayton veteran’s dog tags finally have been returned after they were missing for more than 40 years along the coast of Vietnam.
Legislators have named public thoroughfares in honor of 110 Ohio service members killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan — nearly 40 percent of the state’s 280 casualties in the two conflicts. That’s why Brent McDaniels was stunned when his family ran into pushback in London in Madison County, west of Columbus, to name a state route running through town in honor of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Josh McDaniels.
A father in northwestern Ohio has been charged with murder in the death of his 2-month-old son after he allegedly threw the infant forcibly into a car seat. Kenneth Troutman, 32, was originally charged with felonious assault after he was accused of injuring his son on Nov 19. Troutman was arraigned on murder charges on Tuesday after the infant died of his injuries at the hospital.
A serial rapist who has been convicted for a 12th time in northeastern Ohio asked a judge to keep him behind bars as long as possible. Michael Irby, who told investigators that he has raped as many as 25 women, was sentenced on Monday in Cleveland to another 11 years in prison on top of the 75 years he’s already serving on previous convictions.
A kindergarten teacher in northwestern Ohio who has since resigned has pleaded no contest to attempted child endangerment after a surveillance camera appeared to show her pushing one of her students and grabbing his face and shirt.
A federal proposal to tighten limits on ozone, or smog, to better protect public health will affect the Akron-Cleveland area, but the required changes will not be overly sweeping.
MANSFIELD, Ohio — Owners and managers of an apartment complex say community support has been overwhelming after a fire displaced dozens of residents last week.
An indoor pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio. Sinclair Community College officials say the 40-foot-high pavilion resembling a traditional aircraft hangar will be built next to a building in Dayton that houses some of its education and training programs in unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, and aviation.
The U.S. Postal Service is investigating how and why a group of absentee ballots apparently was lost before being delivered late to Liberty Township and Powell voters just days before the Nov. 4 election.
CLEVELAND — A police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun within two seconds of his cruiser pulling up and the officer allegedly ordering the boy three times to put up his hands.
Air Force officials say Ohio’s largest military base is among four in the country being considered for an Air Force center that could result in hundreds of jobs.
The Obama administration proposed more-restrictive regulations on smog yesterday, prompting cheers from environment and health advocates and criticism from Republican politicians and power companies, who say the tighter rules would cost too much.
One week ago, a rape suspect walked out of the Cuyahoga County jail a free man, not because he was proved innocent, but because it took too long to charge him. The rape occurred in 1993, but the suspect’s identity was not discovered until this year, when a DNA match was made and the man was arrested. But Ohio has a 20-year statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault, so a judge tossed out the case.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s announcement yesterday that he won’t seek re-election has some potential statewide implications. Some believe the Democratic mayor - an ally of Republican Gov. John Kasich - is preparing to run for U.S. Senate against GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is trying to decide if he should run for re-election or run for president in 2016. Coleman said yesterday he hasn’t been approached but isn’t ruling out a Senate run as a possibility.
AKRON — A Dallas nurse who has recovered from Ebola is requesting refunds from the northeastern Ohio bridal shop she visited, but the store says the reimbursements aren’t feasible because it had to temporarily close and lost significant business.
CINCINNATI — A man who was convicted after a young witness lied came to Cincinnati yesterday to thank the law project that worked to win his freedom after nearly four decades in prison.
CLEVELAND — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway yesterday while protesting a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun.
LANCASTER, Ohio — Former Fairfield County Prosecutor David L. Landefeld said yesterday that he plans to run for county Municipal Court judge next year.
CLEVELAND — An attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure was immediately suspended from practicing law by the state Supreme Court. The Lorain County Bar Association filed an emergency motion last week with the court seeking the suspension of Sheffield Village lawyer Michael Fine. The court suspended Fine on Monday.
If the legislature doesn’t keep a requirement that phone companies must provide landlines, Gov John Kasich will veto House Bill 490, one of his cabinet directors testified today.
The final four-lane stretch of I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland has been widened to six just in time for the holidays. The Ohio Department of Transportation has removed construction barrels that segregated a new third lane in each direction on an 11-mile stretch of the highway between Rt. 61 and Rt. 95 in Morrow County, opening it for travel. Opening that lane is the culmination of 15 years of work to widen the busy highway, notorious for Friday afternoon and holiday weekend backups.
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