Top Ohio headlines
The day after a fire ravaged his Union Street neighbors, left his restaurant without a kitchen and likely changed downtown Athens forever, Art Oestrike got the most ironic package of his life.
The U.S. Postal Service is investigating how and why a group of absentee ballots apparently was lost before being delivered late to Liberty Township and Powell voters just days before the Nov. 4 election.
CLEVELAND — A police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun within two seconds of his cruiser pulling up and the officer allegedly ordering the boy three times to put up his hands.
Air Force officials say Ohio’s largest military base is among four in the country being considered for an Air Force center that could result in hundreds of jobs.
The Obama administration proposed more-restrictive regulations on smog yesterday, prompting cheers from environment and health advocates and criticism from Republican politicians and power companies, who say the tighter rules would cost too much.
One week ago, a rape suspect walked out of the Cuyahoga County jail a free man, not because he was proved innocent, but because it took too long to charge him. The rape occurred in 1993, but the suspect’s identity was not discovered until this year, when a DNA match was made and the man was arrested. But Ohio has a 20-year statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault, so a judge tossed out the case.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s announcement yesterday that he won’t seek re-election has some potential statewide implications. Some believe the Democratic mayor - an ally of Republican Gov. John Kasich - is preparing to run for U.S. Senate against GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is trying to decide if he should run for re-election or run for president in 2016. Coleman said yesterday he hasn’t been approached but isn’t ruling out a Senate run as a possibility.
AKRON — A Dallas nurse who has recovered from Ebola is requesting refunds from the northeastern Ohio bridal shop she visited, but the store says the reimbursements aren’t feasible because it had to temporarily close and lost significant business.
CINCINNATI — A man who was convicted after a young witness lied came to Cincinnati yesterday to thank the law project that worked to win his freedom after nearly four decades in prison.
CLEVELAND — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway yesterday while protesting a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun.
LANCASTER, Ohio — Former Fairfield County Prosecutor David L. Landefeld said yesterday that he plans to run for county Municipal Court judge next year.
CLEVELAND — An attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure was immediately suspended from practicing law by the state Supreme Court. The Lorain County Bar Association filed an emergency motion last week with the court seeking the suspension of Sheffield Village lawyer Michael Fine. The court suspended Fine on Monday.
If the legislature doesn’t keep a requirement that phone companies must provide landlines, Gov John Kasich will veto House Bill 490, one of his cabinet directors testified today.
The final four-lane stretch of I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland has been widened to six just in time for the holidays. The Ohio Department of Transportation has removed construction barrels that segregated a new third lane in each direction on an 11-mile stretch of the highway between Rt. 61 and Rt. 95 in Morrow County, opening it for travel. Opening that lane is the culmination of 15 years of work to widen the busy highway, notorious for Friday afternoon and holiday weekend backups.
An Ohio legislator wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving — an effort that comes as Macy’s, the holiday’s quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day. Both are attempts to counter frustration among workers and their families over holiday store hours that have expanded into the holiday.
An Ashville man died yesterday after he lost control of his semitrailer and crashed on Rt. 316 in the Pickaway County village of South Bloomfield. Robert Mercer, 51, lived just a few miles away, on Rt. 104, and had just left the Circle K grocery in South Bloomfield, where he regularly parks his semi, said South Bloomfield Police Chief Kendall McCoy.
Changes that animal advocates said would weaken the state’s “puppy mill” law apparently will be stripped out of pending legislation by the Ohio Senate, state officials said yesterday.
Wading into a major environmental controversy, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal regulators should consider financial costs when they decide to impose new restrictions on emissions of mercury and other pollutants emitted by electrical utility plants.
AKRON, Ohio — A Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola is requesting refunds from the Ohio bridal shop she visited, but the store says the reimbursements aren’t feasible because it had to temporarily close and lost significant business.
The chants of “no means no” echoed through Duke University’s storied basketball arena when Maryland basketball player Dezmine Wells stepped to the foul line. The taunts by opposing fans were aimed at the man who had been branded a rapist the previous year after Xavier University expelled him for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student. But the case against the prominent athlete fell apart.
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said yesterday. The boy was confronted on Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who appeared to be pulling a gun in and out of his pants.
Could Ohio really play host to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2016? The probability became closer to a reality yesterday after the Democrats narrowed down their choices of where they will pick their presidential nominee in 2016. The picks? Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Columbus, Dispatch Washington reporter Jessica Wehrman writes.
CLEVELAND — Three teens who admitted to dumping urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old autistic classmate during an ice-bucket prank were ordered yesterday to perform community service and write letters of apology to the victim and his family.
A request to annex 250 acres in Berkshire Township into the village of Sunbury is intended to set up a possible second interchange in the increasingly competitive area around the interchange of I-71 and Rts. 36 and 37.
ATHENS, Ohio – About 100 Ohio University students gathered at Baker University Center last night to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.
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