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  • Ohio's deadly force standard for police states 'life is of the highest value'

    Ohio’s first-ever statewide standard on police use of deadly force counsels officers to consider the consequences of pulling the trigger. Stating “the preservation of human life is of the highest value in the state of Ohio,” the standard says police officers must only use deadly force to protect themselves and others from serious injury or death.

  • Ex-mayor of Akron warned by police about peeing in public

    AKRON (AP) — A retired Akron mayor was given a verbal warning by police officers for public urination on the University of Akron campus.

  • Morrow County teen killed after wrecking ATV during police chase

    A 17-year-old driving a suspected stolen all-terrain vehicle was killed after he crashed early Thursday while being chased by Morrow County deputies. According to deputies, Devon Abbott of Marengo was one of four juveniles, the youngest 14, suspected in a burglary at Extreme Tec ATV near Westview Drive in Mount Gilead about 1:30 a.m.

  • Akron Police escort daughter of slain officer

    AKRON (AP) — The daughter of a slain Ohio officer received a police escort to school on her first day of kindergarten.

  • High-school football: Massillon gets live tiger mascot for season opener

    MASSILLON, Ohio -- A high school football team that has had a live tiger cub at games for decades started the season with its traditional mascot on hand, even though the district hasn't proved to the state that the mascot's display would meet stricter rules for possessing exotic animals.

  • Man admits killing elderly couple, gets life in prison

    A northeastern Ohio man avoided the death penalty on Friday in Coshocton when he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and killing an elderly couple, then burning their bodies.

  • Man found guilty in slayings of father, 2 kids in Akron robbery

    A jury has convicted a man of aggravated murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of a father and his children, ages 14 and 18, during a home-invasion robbery on Dec. 31, 2013.

  • Democratic Party shuts their fair booth over Confederate-flag sales

    The local Democratic Party has closed its booth at a county fair in northeastern Ohio because officials won’t ban the sale of Confederate flags at the event.

  • Ohio Politics Now: Hillary Clinton's 'terrorist' comment draws GOP ire

    A comment Hillary Clinton made while in Cleveland Thursday is drawing ire from the GOP, Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes. The former secretary of state and a Democratic presidential candidate said, “Now, extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be president of the United States.”

  • Off-duty officer shoots man shot at hospital after struggle with cops

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An off-duty police officer working security at a Cleveland-area hospital shot and critically wounded a man early Thursday after the patient tried to rip away the officer’s holstered handgun and used the officer’s stun gun on police officers and a nurse, a police detective said.

  • Supporters of Ohio charter-school reforms urge passage of bill

    Local school leaders, the state’s largest teachers union and others are urging Ohio legislators to pass a bill implementing widespread reforms of tax-funded, privately operated charter schools.

  • Your itchy eyes are right: Ragweed season has begun

    As predictable as pollen in the August air, claims that this is the WORST RAGWEED SEASON IN YEARS have started to fly. Yes, ragweed pollen is tainting our air, just like it does every year about this time. And a lot of rain-free days have left it free to float around, making it feel as if we haven’t had much reprieve lately. But so far, the data from the nearest air monitoring station in Dayton shows a typical year. And experts say they have no way of knowing whether that’ll hold up through September or 2015 will go down as a ragweed-a-thon.

  • Voters Guide seeks candidates

    If you are a political candidate competing in Ohio's November 3 general election, The Dispatch would like to include you in our upcoming Voters Guide.

  • Ohio oil, gas production still rising despite price drop

    Ohio oil and gas production continues to grow to record levels despite warnings that sharply falling oil prices will cause the industry to decline. Concerns persist, however, that low energy prices will eventually cause Ohio production to slow.

  • Ohio minister charged with stealing from elderly woman

    BARBERTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a visiting minister at a northeastern Ohio church stole up to $50,000 from an elderly member of the congregation under the guise of helping others “in the name of the Lord.”

  • Jail death prompts review

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio corrections department will conduct a review of the jail where a woman was found dead in a cell last month to help officials determine what happened.

  • Packed jail resulting in leniency for some

    LEBANON, Ohio — Judges in a southwestern Ohio county say they are frequently releasing female drug offenders without punishment because the county jail is at capacity.

  • Lawyer wants Cincinnati campus cop's murder trial moved

    CINCINNATI -- An attorney for a University of Cincinnati policeman who fatally shot a driver he stopped over a missing front license plate is asking a court to move the trial elsewhere.

  • Northeast Ohio officer charged with selling guns to felons

    CLEVELAND -- A police officer outside Cleveland who authorities say sold guns to felons has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that 29-year-old Kevin Lumpkin was charged Wednesday with two counts of unlawful sale of firearms to a felon.

  • Brittany Pilkington's parents rejected care plan, limiting agency

    The parents of three boys whose mother is suspected of suffocating them rejected the state’s care plan for the family earlier this year, according to records released Thursday, shedding light on the state’s inability to refer the couple for psychological assessments.

  • Toledo funeral director faces more charges

    TOLEDO (AP) — The owner of a Toledo funeral home where bodies were found in a state of decay has been charged with several new counts of abuse of a corpse.

  • Sen. Rob Portman: Cultural-attitude changes needed to stop human trafficking

    While laws are changing to reflect the reality that child prostitutes are victims, cultural attitudes also need to change, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday after hearing from experts and a survivor of child trafficking.

  • Mass layoff possible in Portsmouth uranium cleanup

    Workers decontaminating and decommissioning a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio are again being notified about hundreds of potential layoffs because of an anticipated funding gap, a reprise of warnings they heard a year ago for the same reason.

  • Lancaster battery recycler facing OSHA fines

    Federal safety regulators have cited a Lancaster battery-recycling plant for failing to fix previously identified problems that expose employees to lead and other harmful substances. Retriev Technologies Inc. faces proposed penalties of $74,250 for nine violations, including eight repeat violations.

  • Pro pot group goes to Ohio Supreme Court over ballot language

    The Ohio Supreme Court has a short timetable to decide an appeal filed on Thursday challenging state-approved wording on Issue 3, a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana.

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