Ohio News

AP analysis finds partisan map-making advantage in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A political map-making process controlled by Ohio Republicans resulted in the party winning nearly two more U.S. House seats and five more Ohio House seats in the last election than would have been expected in neutral ...

Tech sergeant released from hospital after air show accident

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A technical sergeant has been released from a hospital hours after an Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 left the runway and flipped over after landing during preparation for an air show in Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2t6puT1 ) Technical Sgt. Kenneth ...

Toledo Zoo’s Louie the elephant arrives at new Nebraska home

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Louie the elephant has arrived at his new home in Nebraska after a 700-mile trip from the Toledo Zoo. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2s7D6Jb ) Toledo Zoo officials say there weren't any problems during the 13 ½ hours trip that ended Friday at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo ...

3 people killed in accident while headed to Cedar Point

HELENA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says three people have died when their car collided with a semitrailer in Sandusky County as they headed toward Cedar Point amusement park. The patrol says the accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Friday on U.S. Route 6. Those killed were ...

Accident reported involving military plane at Ohio air show

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a military jet apparently practicing for an Ohio air show has been involved in an accident. Penelope Reed of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Dayton says a report was received at 12:31 p.m. Friday of a jet off the end of a runway and on its top. ...

Jury deadlocks in cop’s murder retrial; judge says try again

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Jurors in the retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer charged in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist said Friday that they are deadlocked, but a judge told them to keep deliberating. The Hamilton ...

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven ...

Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River ...

Air Force Thunderbirds, jet trainer set for Ohio air show

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Lockheed Martin's newest jet trainer will be featured at annual air show this weekend in southwestern Ohio. Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show say Lockheed Martin's new T-50A aircraft will be featured at the event Saturday and ...

Councilman asks if city can stop responding to overdoses

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A city councilman in southwest Ohio has asked if it's possible for city emergency crews to stop responding to drug overdose calls as costs for those calls mount. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports (http://bit.ly/2sG0uPL ) Middletown City Council member Dan ...

Police: Man faces charges after stealing more than 500 signs

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers. John Hoelzl, of Avon Lake, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of receiving stolen property. Police say the signs, valued at ...

Ohio village officials’ thefts lead to fiscal emergency

MOUNT STERLING, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor has declared a fiscal emergency in a central Ohio village where he says thefts by former officials have taken a "heavy financial blow." The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2t1ONWN ) Mount Sterling's budget deficit was $270,000 deficit at ...

Ex-deputy in Ohio gets probation for threat-related charges

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio sheriff's deputy has received probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for allegedly threatening to kill a sheriff's detective who served as his supervisor. The Port Clinton News-Herald reports (http://ohne.ws/2rK9ZfD ) 50-year-old John ...

Remains found off Pennsylvania shore could be crash victim’s

By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press Remains found by someone fishing in Lake Erie might belong to one of three victims unaccounted for in a plane crash that killed six people just off the Cleveland shore last year, a Pennsylvania coroner said Friday. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook hopes DNA tests ...

Governor names attorney to head Ohio’s health department

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The governor has named an attorney as director of the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has announced that Lance Himes will head the cabinet agency. Himes has served as interim director since March 31, after former director Rick Hodges left for ...

Ohio officers shoot and kill suspected active shooter

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials are investigating after an Ohio deputy shot and killed a man suspected of shooting at a moving train. A Butler County dispatcher says the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Clair Township. Police were responding to the area after receiving ...

Ohio man sentenced to 20 years for wife’s shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man who called 911 and reported he shot and killed his wife has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Jeffrey Hawkins had previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault following the death of his wife, Jo Ann. Hawkins told ...

To North Korea and back: Otto Warmbier’s strange, sad trip

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and ...

Mother who forgives daughter’s killer fights for his release

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a pregnant woman slain by her boyfriend, a former Ohio police officer, has forgiven the man and persuaded prison officials to allow the couple's surviving child to visit him behind bars. Patty Porter, 70, also is working for the early release of Bobby Cutts ...

Teen, child killed in head-on collision in northeast Ohio

SHREVE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man and a young girl have been killed in a head-on collision in northeast Ohio. The state Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Victor DiGiacomo, of Shreve, was driving south on State Route 3 in Wayne County around 11:30 p.m. Friday when his car went left of ...