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Some of Ohio’s wealthiest families are financing an effort backing the presidential campaign of Gov. John Kasich, according to documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Abigail S. Wexner, wife of Leslie Wexner, founder of The Limited, contributed $1 million while John P. McConnell, the chief executive officer of Worthington Industries, contributed $500,000 to Kasich’s effort.
CINCINNATI -- A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing appeared at his arraignment wearing a striped jail suit, with his hands cuffed behind him. He was indicted Wednesday in the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose, of Cincinnati, during a traffic stop.
MEDINA, Ohio -- The father of a toddler whose badly decomposed body was found in a crib at an Ohio apartment is being held on $1 million bond. Thirty-four-year-old Eric Warfel appeared today in a Medina County courtroom on an abuse-of-a-corpse charge. A cable television technician found 21-month-old Ember Warfel's body Wednesday.
It’s make-or-break day for ResponsibleOhio which must come up with at least 29,509 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters if its for-profit marijuana legalization issue is to make the fall ballot. ResponsibleOhio, the group backing the constitutional amendment, has until 11:59 p.m. today to submit additional signatures to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. Husted spokesman Josh Eck said staff will remain after business hours, if necessary, to accept the supplemental filing.
A 21-year-old Marysville man has died following a Wednesday night crash that also injured his passenger. Brett M. Madden died this morning at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Madden lost control of his Dodge Neon Madden and struck a tree along Rt. 245 near Middleburg Plain City Road in Allen Township just after 7 p.m., according to the Union County sheriff’s office.
CLEVELAND -- A woman says she saw her severely depressed son fatally shoot his pregnant girlfriend at a Cleveland home before killing himself. Mary Scruggs tells WKYC-TV that Christian Marie Njorodge begged Christopher Scruggs not to shoot her.
Gov. John Kasich inched closer to securing a spot in next week’s prime-time GOP presidential debate in Cleveland. A new Quinnipiac University Poll this morning showed him tied for 8th place. Fox News is taking the top 10 finishers in an average of five unspecified national polls to determine who gets into the main debate a week from today, and which candidates are relegated to an earlier matchup among the also-rans.
Rep. Kevin Boyce, D-Columbus, said Wednesday the police body camera footage that led to the indictment of a University of Cincinnati officer “illustrates where the body camera is an effective resource to have when trying to get the facts. We recognize not all footage is going to tell all the facts. But here’s a case where clearly the footage contradicts what was reported and allows for justice to be served.”
The indictment of a University of Cincinnati police officer on a murder charge after his body camera contradicted his statement about a July 19 traffic stop didn’t further convince state Rep. Kevin Boyce that Ohio should require all officers to wear such cameras. That’s because the Columbus Democrat didn’t need more convincing. He continues to work this summer on legislation that would make body cameras a requirement for law enforcement.
In January, Kristin Young traveled to Nicaragua for two weeks, although her visit wasn’t exactly one for the travel books.
When Bernie Sanders said “enough is enough” via a mammoth projector screen in the Ohio Democratic Party’s Columbus headquarters Wednesday night, a crowded room pulled out their cellphones and signed up to help on his presidential campaign.
Authorities continue to investigate why a van carrying vacation Bible-school students crashed through a crossing gate and into the side of a train at a southwestern Ohio rail crossing on Tuesday, killing an adult passenger and injuring nine children and the driver.
Across America, hundreds of phones are ringing. Those who answer will determine whether Ohio Gov. John Kasich qualifies for prime time in the first official GOP 2016 presidential matchup a week from today in Cleveland.
Lawmakers are zeroing in on a range of reforms to Ohio’s home health-care industry, but the licensing of agencies is not on the list. Instead, state Rep. Mark Romanchuk is drafting legislation that would require workers to be certified as meeting certain core competencies if they provide home care to patients.
It was a day of a would-be butter bride, butterflies, big bears and bat boxes for Gov. John Kasich as he toured the Ohio State Fair after opening the celebration of all things agricultural this morning. And, there was a pesky contingent of reporters shadowing his every step to pelt the Republican presidential hopeful with questions about his campaign.
The man who has been Liberty Township’s interim administrator since May was hired for the job on a permanent basis after a special trustees’ meeting on Monday.
A college student accused of putting her newborn daughter in a plastic bag and leaving her to die entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on Wednesday. Emile L. Weaver, 20, who was a sophomore at Muskingum University in New Concord, made her plea in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court to charges of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Ohio’s smoldering marijuana legalization debate flared up on Wednesday as Secretary of State Jon Husted launched an investigation of ResponsibleOhio’s petition and the group countered with a harassment allegation written by a former Ohio Supreme Court justice. All this came on the eve of Thursday's make-or-break deadline for ResponsibleOhio to submit at least 30,000 valid signatures of registered voters needed to qualify for the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
West Nile virus has sickened at least two Ohioans — one man in the Cleveland area and another in the Cincinnati area, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The 34-year-old Cuyahoga County man had a fever and the 77-year-old Hamilton County man developed encephalitis, a life-threatening complication. Both men were alive as of today. West Nile, which is carried by a specific type of mosquito, routinely shows up in people in the summer, though the number of confirmed cases varies widely. Last year, the state reported 11 cases. In 2013, there were 24 reported West Nile cases.
A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing.
There has been a lot of talk about early polling even though we are just under a year away from the Republican national convention in Cleveland where we will find out who the GOP’s presidential nominee will be. And that’s because of next week’s first GOP presidential candidate debate hosted by Fox News in the same city. Only the top 10 of the 16 candidates will make the stage for the 9 p.m. primetime event.
One of America’s favorite pastimes just got a little more American. Apex Sports, based in Zanesville, is the first company to produce softballs in the United States in more than 30 years.
A pair of central Ohio lawmakers are proposing $5,000 grants to help people make their homes more accessible, while advocates for the disabled say a new study shows people appreciate those modifications more than some might think. A growing number of baby boomers are aging and having difficulty getting around, but the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council says few homes have been built with “visitable” features such as wider doorways, sloped entrances and first-floor bathrooms.
He remembers hearing the helicopter’s engine whine strangely, suddenly losing power, and how his last words were “oh no” before everything turned black. Leo Boucher woke up three days later in OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. From his chest down, he couldn’t feel anything.
A pushback against Planned Parenthood continued Tuesday with rallies across the country as lawmakers on both the state and federal level called to defund the organization. At the Ohio Statehouse, a crowed of more than 100 cheered as Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, announced plans to introduce a bill that would strip state funding from Planned Parenthood, after secretly recorded videos were released showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the organizations supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
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