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BRECKSVILLE -- A body found in a river in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has been identified as a woman who was reported missing last week.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS -- The T&G Flight Club will hold a candlelight vigil in a field near the Cuyahoga County Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday to remember the four young men killed when a plane they rented crashed after takeoff, the club’s Larry Rohl said.
AKRON -- A jury acquitted a northeastern Ohio pain doctor of all but one of the 27 sexual-misconduct counts filed against him in a case that centered on accusations that he improperly touched 11 female patients.
A Columbus clinic will no longer offer surgical abortions, reducing the number of abortion providers across Ohio to eight. The decision by Complete Healthcare for Women, on Cleveland Avenue, leaves Columbus with two abortion clinics. As recently as last year, the state had 13 clinics that performed abortions.
The money train keeps rolling for Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. The board of trustees for the public university in Athens voted yesterday to raise McDavis’ base pay to $465,000 a year, about an 8 percent increase. The board also voted unanimously to give McDavis an $85,000 bonus.
TOLEDO, Ohio — The cost of making sure drinking water is safe in Toledo will cost nearly $2 million more than the city expected. City officials say they will spend about $4.7 million this year on chemicals to treat the water. That’s $1.7 million more than in normal years.
More than 6 million registered voters in Ohio will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot today, but do you know when you can vote in the Nov. 4 election? It’s easy to understand why Ohioans might be confused. Lawmakers earlier this year changed when voters could head to the polls early, eliminating “golden week,” when Ohioans could register to vote and then vote in one visit. And now a lawsuit is pending against Secretary of State Jon Husted for his directive on standardizing early-voting hours among all of Ohio’s 88 counties.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio’s top education official tells a newspaper that he’s unhappy with the progress of improvements in Youngstown’s beleaguered city schools. A special commission was appointed four years ago after the city school district failed to meet adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years on the state report card.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for the parents of a man fatally shot by police in a southwestern Ohio Wal-Mart said they were encouraged by their meeting with a federal prosecutor about the investigation.
DAYTON — A drone taking aerial photos near a southwestern Ohio hospital caused the landing of an emergency medical helicopter to be delayed for nine minutes, but the health of the patient onboard wasn’t compromised, officials said.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor acknowledged “the elephant in the room” - judicial pay - when she spoke to hundreds of the state’s judges yesterday. Ohio’s judges have not had a pay raise since 2007, dropping the $121,350 annual salary of trial-court judges to $20,300 below the national average and 42nd among the 50 states.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make a decision until after the November elections. An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa, which will hold the first presidential contests of 2016.
NEWARK, Ohio — Two longtime veterans of the Licking County sheriff’s office left this week, but it’s unclear whether it had anything to do with problems in the department. Capt. Dave Starling retired after 25 years of service, and Sgt. Misty VanBalen, a 14-year veteran, resigned immediately. Sheriff Randy Thorp said he didn’t speak with either of them, and neither gave a reason for leaving.
A Michigan truck driver already serving prison time for trying to hide evidence in a fatal Pickaway County crash pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular manslaughter. Tracy Ferrell, 42, received the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charge, 90 days, but it won’t add anything to his prison term. Ferrell already is serving 15 months for attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony, in the Sept. 11 death of 42-year-old Amy Schneider.
When visitors pull into the driveway of the Trimmer home in Lancaster, they’re greeted by a 13-inch-high white wooden cross and a small American flag in a flower pot. The cross is a symbol of Christian faith that Frances and Lowell Trimmer believe is being erased from the public mindset. During the past two years, Mr. Trimmer and a small crew of volunteers have made 16,000 of the crosses for free distribution in Lancaster and across Ohio and the U.S.
Electricity customers who want nothing to do with the “smart meters” being deployed in the state might get stuck with a big bill in return. American Electric Power Ohio is asking state regulators to impose a $31.80-a-month charge on those who don’t want one of the meters. Duke Energy, which serves about 690,000 customers in southwestern Ohio, is asking for even more: a one-time charge of as much as $1,073.10 and a monthly fee of $40.63.
As chairwoman and CEO of KeyBank, one of the nation’s largest banks, Beth Mooney has a bird’s-eye view on how the economy is doing after the nation’s worst recession since the Great Depression. Mooney, who became the bank’s top executive in 2011, believes that the economy is stronger than many people think and that consumers have become more cautious about how they handle their money.
CLEVELAND — A teenage girl who became romantically involved with her foster father pleaded guilty yesterday to killing her foster mother.
Toledo’s newest exotic resident weighs 440 pounds, is old enough to be considered a living antique and hails from a volcanic archipelago near the equator revered for its unique and diverse ecosystems.
The developers of a proposed complex of retail and office buildings, along with warehouse and sports facilities, have agreed to spend up to $19 million for a new I-71 interchange south of Rts. 36/37. The agreement comes on the condition that other developers, Delaware County and the Ohio Department of Transportation agree to pitch in the remaining funding, which would bring the total road improvements to about $53 million, according to NorthGate Development, a collaboration between developers Pat Shivley and James Klingbeil.
The U.S. attorney’s office asked a federal judge today to sentence fugitive Amer Ahmad in absentia because Ahmad fled to Pakistan in April while he was awaiting sentencing. The former Ohio deputy treasurer pleaded guilty in December to a $3.2 million bribery and kickback scheme in Columbus and was released on bond. He traveled to Mexico and then to Pakistan, where he was arrested for using fake documents to enter the country.
LEBANON, Ohio — An Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.
CLEVELAND — Sabrina Zunich, a 19-year-old who became romantically involved with her foster father, pleaded guilty today to aggravated murder in the death of her foster mother. Prosecutors want her to serve at least 30 years in prison; Zunich’s attorney is asking for the minimum sentence of 20 years.
BEAVERCREEK — The parents of a man fatally shot by police at a southwestern Ohio Wal-Mart will speak with a federal prosecutor to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to handle the shooting investigation and begin a civil-rights probe.
LEBANON — Authorities have apprehended an inmate who was missing from a southwestern Ohio jail for more than 24 hours after she went on leave for a dentist appointment. A judge granted Melissa Rae Helton, 26, temporary furlough from the Warren County jail on Tuesday. Authorities said she did not show up for her appointment and she did not return to the jail by her 2 p.m. deadline.
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