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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they’re continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
Trina Wiater’s heart sank as she read the Facebook message last week. A body had been found in Athens County, it said. She called the Athens Police Department. “I heard that a body was found. Is it my son?” No, she was told, it was not.
A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on an eastern Ohio village’s municipal building.
An Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation employee improperly accessed her son-in-law’s case file as he sought benefits for an on-the-job injury, according to an investigation by the state inspector general.
Ohio’s utility regulatory agency has a new leader for what Gov. John Kasich says is “a challenging time.” The governor issued the oath of office yesterday to Thomas Johnson, the new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and made comments critical of electricity deregulation.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s expertise has fallen more into the areas of budgets and tax policy in the past. But when he dropped his opposition to gay marriage a little more than a year ago, the Ohio Republican became a lightning rod for the issue.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black has stayed his order forcing Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed out of state. However, the judge said the state must recognize the marriages of four same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit against the state. “The federal appeals courts need to rule, as does the United States Supreme Court,” Black added.
PARMA — An attorney says video footage could help show that a substitute teacher isn’t guilty of a child-endangering charge stemming from allegations that a developmentally disabled teenager was struck and bullied in gym class at a suburban Cleveland school.
MANSFIELD — Police say an Ohio man suspected of breaking into a restaurant overnight became stuck in a ventilation duct, triggered a fire alarm and had to be rescued by emergency responders.
A 22-month-old Licking County boy died on Monday, three days after he was pulled from the family’s pond.
NEWARK, Ohio — City officials say they plan to try to recoup some of the cost of demolishing a century-old building downtown from the building’s owner. Manuel Vela, owner of the three-story brick building that was deemed unsafe and ordered demolished by the city, responded, “I’ll see you in court.”
STRATTON, Ohio (AP) — A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter at an eastern Ohio village’s municipal building. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the claim by the mayor of Stratton that it’s constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Winter temperatures are refusing to go away in northwestern Ohio. The thermometer dropped to 19 degrees in Toledo this morning, breaking a 139-year-old record for the same date set in 1875.
The state is asking a federal judge to hold off implementing his decision in the same-sex marriage case because it could trigger “premature” reactions such as couples hurriedly traveling to other states to get married.
After an hour of wasted time trying to pay his local taxes on Monday night, Kyle Clark figured he’d log back on to the website when it wasn’t so busy. So at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, he opened his eyes. He signed into his account with the Regional Income Tax Agency, paid what he owed the city of Ashville and went back to bed.
For the second day, a divided Ohio Board of Education debated a proposal to ban discrimination of teachers and school personnel based on sexual orientation. Supporters of the proposal told board members that protective language is needed to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender educators are judged based on their performance, not their sexual orientation.
CLEVELAND — Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won’t drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games.
Environmental officials approved the dredging of Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River but said the sediment can’t be dumped in Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 225,000 cubic yards of material and deposit it in designated confined disposal facilities, but not in the open lake.
Republicans have referred to the Democrats’ million-dollar running mate, attorney Sharen Neuhardt. And Democrats have long pointed to the sizable portfolio of Gov. John Kasich.
The body found on Thursday in an Athens County creek has been identified, Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith said today. Dental records were used to identify Sammie Steven Donato, 22, who was on a walking trip from his home in Mt. Orab in Brown County to the East Coast, Smith said in a news release.
A Knox County woman died this morning from injuries sustained in a car crash yesterday. Kathy Reed, 63, of Fredericktown, died about 5:30 a.m., about 17 hours after she was struck by a semi traveling north on state Rt. 3. Reed, the wife of Knox County Commissioner Roger Reed, had pulled in front of the truck’s path from Sychar Road in Mount Vernon.
The first TV ad from either side in the 2014 gubernatorial election will come from Republican Gov. John Kasich and begin airing today, several sources told The Dispatch. The 60-second commercial, titled "Deliver," will air for one week.
AKRON, Ohio — Deputies in northeast Ohio say dozens of pairs of pricey athletic shoes seized in a drug case are going to be distributed to needy kids. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the 48 pairs of sneakers were seized by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office from three men who were convicted in February of trafficking heroin.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won’t drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games.
As vote counting continues in Afghanistan’s presidential election, House Speaker John Boehner met this weekend with U.S. officials in Kabul and urged that the U.S. maintain enough troops in the country to stabilize the government after more than a decade of conflict.
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