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Five years later and two years into legalized casino gambling in Ohio, the promises made during the 2009 campaign remain largely unfulfilled. And it appears doubtful they ever will be fulfilled. At the same time, some of the consequences critics feared, such as increased crime around the casinos, have not materialized.
A 22-year-old man aboard a sinking boat drowned early yesterday in Logan County’s Indian Lake, a recreational hot spot for central Ohioans, especially on holiday weekends.
An Urbana man died early this morning in a car crash in Madison County. The State Highway Patrol says that 19-year-old Matthew J. Miller was driving his 2002 Acura TSX northbound on Rt. 29, near Rt. 38, at 4:14 a.m. when he crossed the center line, went off the left side of the road and hit a concrete culvert.
CINCINNATI — The Ohio Army National Guard is postponing most of its planned training in early September because of federal budget issues.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle crash in Knox County that killed a man yesterday. A man was operating a 2005 Harley-Davidson in Route 657 near Krause Road when he went over a hill crest and lost control of the bike at about 6:25 p.m., patrol said.
DELAWARE, Ohio — With a dentist’s precision, Larry Vance drills, scrapes and deftly sands the brickwork on a century-old storefront. His job is to remove years of wear and neglect from proud but aging buildings, to realign sagging bricks and, ultimately, to produce a gleaming new look.
CLARINGTON, Ohio — Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Some 200 people held signs and chanted yesterday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.
A man drowned yesterday in the same Licking County pond where a child died in 2001. The body of Jeffery Everetts, 36, was found about 7:40 p.m., almost four hours after the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department was called to the pond at 3320 Van Fossen Rd. NW in Bennington Township, northeast of Johnstown.
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Police say fights on the field and in the stands forced the stoppage of a season-opening high school football matchup in Ohio.
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.
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