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  • State Rep. Sandra Williams found guilty of profiting from Ohio State football tickets

    State Rep. Sandra Williams entered a no-contest plea and was found guilty this morning of a pair of first-degree misdemeanors related to her sale of Ohio State football tickets that she purchased with campaign funds. Williams, 46, a Cleveland Democrat, purchased four Ohio State football season tickets in 2010 for $2,255 using campaign money. That is legal. But what is not legal is for a lawmaker to then sell those tickets and pocket the money. According to charges signed yesterday by Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe, Williams purchased the tickets for $2,255 in 2010 and listed the expense on her report as “tickets for campaign volunteers.”

  • Pickaway County sheriff lays off 10 amid budget trouble

    Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff had warned they were coming, that a projected $140,000 budget shortfall this year would mean layoffs at his office. And that’s what happened this week.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Supreme Court candidate O'Donnell asked to take ad down by bar association

    Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John P. O’Donnell, a Democrat running for Supreme Court, is being asked by an Ohio State Bar Association committee to take down his television ad because "These depictions cross the line and falsely imply that justice is for sale in Ohio," according to the bar's Judicial Election Campaign Advertising Monitoring Committee.

  • Sentencing delayed for former Ohio deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan

    Ohio’s disgraced former deputy treasurer won’t be sentenced in federal court next week after all. The scheduled 10 a.m. Thursday hearing for Amer Ahmad was postponed yesterday. The U.S. attorney's office would not say why.

  • Democrats fight to win back votes of Ohio women

    Ohio Democrats have not made their case to women voters this year, a big reason the party’s candidates are struggling in statewide races.

  • Trooper’s sex victim: ‘Why didn’t they believe me four years ago?’

    If someone had just believed Natalie Shull four years ago, the victims’ list of former State Highway Patrol Trooper Bryan D. Lee might have been shorter. “When he was done with me, I think he thought, ‘Oh, well. I got away with that. I wonder how far I can go?’” said Shull from her home in Jersey Township, near New Albany in Licking County. As Shull’s costumed children ran excitedly around their home awaiting trick-or-treating — their mother’s fingers still stained with green paint from turning her young son into The Hulk — the anger, hurt and frustration easily welled up in the 28-year-old Shull.

  • Whirlpool wins Ohio trial over ‘moldy’-odor washers

    CLEVELAND — Whirlpool Corp. was found not liable yesterday in the first suit to go to trial accusing the company of selling front-loading washing machines containing a design flaw that made them prone to developing mold.

  • More Ohioans turning to food pantries, study shows

    More than 1 in 6 Ohioans – more than 2 million people – don’t have enough to eat and turn to pantries for food each year, according to a new report. The study released today by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks showed a 40 percent increase in hunger from four years ago.

  • Ex-trooper coerced sex from women he stopped

    The cruiser video that the Highway Patrol supervisor watched raised red flags. The sergeant saw the trooper flirt with two women in a car that he’d stopped for suspected drunken driving. Then he turned off his microphone. It was that September 2013 incident that led this month to charges against now-former Trooper Bryan D. Lee, who authorities say failed to charge women he’d pulled over in exchange for sexual favors. Lee, 30, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Columbus to four counts of violating the civil rights of four female motorists, as well as one count of engaging in cyberstalking.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Boehner blasts Obama administration over Netanyahu comments

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, ripped the Obama administration regarding an anonymous comment from someone in the administration in The Atlantic. The source said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “chickensh--.” POLITICO’s Lauren French writes that Boehner said, “When the president discusses Israel and Iran, it is sometimes hard to tell who he thinks is America’s friend and who he thinks is America’s enemy.”

  • Turner calls attack ad ‘racist’; election experts disagree

    The week before Election Day, the lone African-American candidate for statewide office in Ohio this year accused her opponent of racism. Nina Turner says an attack ad from her opponent, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, is “ vicious, racist and sexist.” Political observers, however, say Turner’s charge of racism appears unfounded.

  • Trial delay sought in quadruple slaying

    BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — Defense attorneys have asked a court to delay the trial for a defendant charged with killing four men found in their homes in this small, northern Ohio city.

  • Cop killer loses death-sentence appeal

    The nature of a police officer’s killing during a traffic stop — shot four times in the head at close range — outweighed arguments that the killer panicked out of fear he would be attacked by the officer, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday in upholding the defendant’s death sentence by a single vote.

  • Most allowed back home after fracking-well blowout in eastern Ohio

    From his fishing boat on a rural Jefferson County pond, Mike Poole could see the natural-gas wellhead less than a tenth of a mile away. Poole spent part of his Tuesday afternoon on that boat with a friend and his dog. The well, at that time, was just part of the landscape. By Tuesday evening, though, it had forced him from his home in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

  • FitzGerald urges his volunteers to action

    Saying that “democracy depends on more than 30 seconds,” Democrat Ed FitzGerald exhorted supporters last night to counteract the TV advertising of Gov. John Kasich by talking personally to voters.

  • Portman addresses drug abuse, algae blooms

    When Sen. Rob Portman asked yesterday what concerns he should take back to the U.S. Capitol, several Fairfield County residents called for help in taming the opiate crisis in Ohio. In a town hall in Pickerington, Portman listened to constituents’ concerns about the drug-addiction epidemic, and also algae blooms in local waterways.

  • Mortgage, tax fraud lead to one-year federal prison sentence

    The fifth time was the charm to sentence a Canal Winchester woman in federal court for tax fraud, mortgage fraud and money laundering.

  • Scotts’ new subsidiary Hawthorne focuses on urban, indoor gardening

    Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is launching a subsidiary that will focus on the emerging areas of indoor and urban gardening. Hawthorne Gardening Co., based in New York, will offer brands such as Whitney Farms, a regional line of organic lawn and garden products, and AeroGarden, a soil-free indoor garden made by AeroGrow International.

  • State Rep. Mallory pleads guilty to improperly accepting, disclosing gifts from lobbyists

    Four-term State Rep. Dale Mallory pleaded guilty this morning to a pair of misdemeanor charges related to improperly accepting and disclosing gifts from lobbyists. And one more lawmaker, Rep. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, is expected in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday to face a pair of misdemeanor charges likely related to misuse of campaign funds.

  • Many Ohio businesses didn’t claim part of settlement

    Plenty of Ohio businesses left money on the table when it comes to the $420 million settlement over workers’ compensation premiums.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Turner says Husted's ad attacking her is 'vicious, racist and sexist'

    Democrat Nina Turner, running for secretary of state, had some harsh words about an attack ad her opponent Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted is running against her. Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Andrew Tobias reports that Turner, a state senator from Cleveland, said the ad is "vicious, racist and sexist."

  • Cuyahoga County inspector general rips FitzGerald on driver’s license

    Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald — the Democratic candidate for governor — committed a “ breach of public trust” by driving on county business without a regular driver’s license, the county’s inspector general says.

  • Delaware council approves outlet mall taxing district

    DELAWARE, Ohio --The Delaware City Council voted 5-1 yesterday to approve a development agreement with Berkshire Township that will divide income tax proceeds from a proposed outlet mall near I-71 and Rts. 36/37. The joint economic development district, or JEDD, would encompass roughly 150 acres surrounding and including a Simon-Tanger outlet mall to be built in 2016.

  • Ohio Democrats pushing voting-rights update

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty said yesterday that they are working to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 in the Senate and House, respectively, to improve voter access before Election Day.

  • Ohio not ruling out strict Ebola quarantines

    Ohio will stick with its plans for monitoring doctors, nurses and others returning from countries with Ebola outbreaks, and is not mandating quarantines for health-care workers returning from western Africa. But officials here won’t rule out stricter requirements, including those that have proved to be controversial in other states, considering the dynamic nature of the threat, said Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Melanie Amato.

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