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  • WWII vet, 86, beaten outside Ohio hospital

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An 86-year-old World War II veteran was recovering today after being beaten outside a southwest Ohio hospital where he was visiting his ailing wife, authorities said.

  • Report: Pilot in crash that killed four Ohio students was trying to turn back

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of a small plane was trying to return to a suburban Cleveland airport last week when the aircraft plummeted to the ground, killing all four college students aboard.

  • Put-in-Bay police officers accused of excessive force, harassment

    PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Allegations of unlawful arrests and heavy-handed tactics against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay are being investigated by a county sheriff and a state agency. Numerous complaints from residents and business owners on South Bass Island sparked the investigation into the police department, said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

  • Implosion demolishes more of Toledo smokestack than planned

    The first thought from several spectators after a demolition team took down most of the last smokestack at east Toledo’s old Acme power plant site on Friday morning was that what remained was too short.

  • Man killed, 2 others hurt riding in golf cart in northeastern Ohio

    A man was killed and two other people were injured early Saturday when a golf cart went off the road and over an embankment in Wayne County, the State Highway Patrol said.

  • 2 Lake Erie beaches remain under health advisories for algae

    TOLEDO — Two Lake Erie beaches — at South Bass Island State Park and Maumee Bay State Park — remain under public-health advisories for swimming because of high levels of toxic algae, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

  • West Jefferson Ox Roast provided fun end to summer

    There is no question as to what was served at the West Jefferson Ox Roast — well, it actually was “ox” roast beef sandwiches, sold only yesterday starting at noon.

  • Did wedding guest have sticky fingers?

    DAYTON (AP) — Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds.

  • Dissolving village of Orient proves not to be easy

    ORIENT, Ohio — Acorns have sprouted tiny oaks in the gutters of Orient Village Hall, and on the community bulletin board out front, staples hold only the tattered corners of the announcements that blew away long ago. It has been nearly a year and a half since residents voted to dissolve the Pickaway County village — with its 88 homes and about 200 residents — and allow the land to be absorbed by surrounding Scioto Township. But a state audit, the crucial step to legally wrap things up, still hasn’t been done.

  • Lake White water level dropping to repair leaky dam

    WAVERLY, Ohio — Randy Miller had big plans for Labor Day at his waterside home on Lake White. “We were supposed to have a bunch of people down here and have a vacation on the lake,” a barefoot Miller, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, said yesterday. “That didn’t happen.”

  • Contractors, hotels gain state incentives to comply with Ohio regulations

    A recently introduced state program is looking to give some Ohio businesses more reason to follow the rules.

  • Bellefontaine man, 24, drowns in lake when boat sinks

    A 24-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. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, which investigated, has identified the man as Joshua Keith of Bellefontaine.

  • Ohio casinos’ revenue promises haven’t panned out

    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.

  • Man, 22, drowns after boat sinks in Indian Lake

    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.

  • Urbana man, 19, dies in Madison County crash

    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.

  • Ohio National Guard puts off training to save cash

    CINCINNATI — The Ohio Army National Guard is postponing most of its planned training in early September because of federal budget issues.

  • Man dies in Knox County motorcycle crash

    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.

  • Fracking fire points out failings

    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.

  • Brick guru spruces up downtown Delaware

    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.

  • Rally held for man shot by police

    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.

  • Man drowns in pond near Johnstown

    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.

  • Ohio prep football game halted after fights

    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.

  • Body is that of woman missing since Aug. 19

    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.

  • Flight club to hold vigil for 4 killed in crash

    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.

  • Doctor acquitted of all but one sex charge

    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.

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