Ohio News

Small Confederate monument to be displayed on private land

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Township officials say a small monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that sparked debate and its removal in August from its original location will be publicly displayed on private property in Ohio. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports  Franklin ...

High school lockdown drill turns real when handgun found

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A high school lockdown drill turned into the real thing when a handgun and ammunition clips were found in the backpack of a student in Ohio's capital city of Columbus. The Dispatch reports Walnut Ridge High School canceled its football game Friday night after the ...

Ohio woman charged in boy’s death from fentanyl at sleepover

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have charged a 60-year-old Ohio woman in the death of a 12-year-old boy who a coroner says died from a fentanyl overdose during a sleepover at her apartment. Sheila Hutchins was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the death ...

Manhunt underway in Ohio for suspect in slayings of 4

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A manhunt is underway in Ohio for a suspect in the shooting deaths of four people including a 7-year-old boy, whose body was apparently hidden in a home where the others were also found, authorities said. Warrants were issued ...

Backers of drug price issue to air documentary in 6 cities

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The frustrated promoter of an Ohio ballot initiative aimed at lowering prescription drug prices says his campaign plans to air an hour-long documentary around the state so voters can get a complete and accurate picture of what's being proposed. In a phone call Thursday, ...

Man convicted of national park shooting gets life sentence

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say an Ohio man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder for shooting a woman at a national park has been sentenced to life in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Ohio's northern district says 28-year-old DeZay Ely was sentenced Thursday in federal ...

Police: Concrete slab falls, killing construction worker

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who police say was killed when a concrete panel fell on him from an aerial lift in Cleveland. The worker has been identified as 56-year-old Joseph Matulis, of Akron. He was ...

Police: Man arrested after random 911 calls by cellphone

SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say they've arrested a man after receiving random 911 calls for months from his apparently malfunctioning cellphone. The Review in Alliance reports Sebring police arrested 33-year-old Nathan Hawkins Oct. 5 on a felony charge of disrupting public service. ...

Canadian sentenced after plane landing in Ohio with drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Canadian passenger on a plane forced to make an emergency landing in Ohio with 290 pounds (132 kilograms) of cocaine onboard has been sentenced to just over five years in federal prison. The Columbus Dispatch reports 46-year-old David Ayotte was sentenced to 63 months ...

3 adults shot dead, 1 stabbed; missing-child alert canceled

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities investigating three fatal shootings and a stabbing at a pair of southern Ohio residences canceled a missing-child alert for an 8-year-old boy from one of the homes but continued searching Thursday for a man they called a ...

Man sues city for arresting him over parody Facebook page

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A man acquitted of a felony for creating a fake Facebook page that parodied a suburban Cleveland police department is suing the city, saying they violated his right to free speech. Anthony Novak filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the city of ...

Another Ohio city adds safe zones for internet buys

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest city is joining a trend of communities creating safety zones where people buying and selling items on the internet can meet. Columbus on Wednesday announced the creation of five such purchase zones around the city, all located at police substations. The ...

Mom sentenced after causing multiday search for Ohio teen

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to probation after prosecutors say she took a teen from her Ohio home so her son could have a friend. Cleveland.com reports Renee Hanson said during her sentencing hearing Wednesday that she acted in poor judgment. The 44-year-old ...

Police: Student arrested after Snapchat threats

MONROE, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old student has been arrested in Ohio after officials say he threatened to kill fellow students in a video posted to the mobile messaging app Snapchat. Court documents report the student at Lakota East High School, near Monroe, said in the video he would ...

Federal grand jury indict 13 on charges including bank fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal grand jury has charged 13 people from Ohio with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The U.S. attorney for Ohio's southern district said Wednesday the indictment alleges that from September 2016 until August 2017 defendants conspired to unlawfully ...

3 people fatally shot in southern Ohio, 8-year-old missing

IRONTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three people have been fatally shot, a fourth person stabbed and an 8-year-old boy is missing in southeast Ohio. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to an Elizabeth Township trailer around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday where three adults ...

Absentee voting begins for Ohio’s fall election

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Absentee voting is beginning for Ohio's fall election. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says Wednesday marks the first day of absentee voting for the general election on Nov. 7. The deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming election was Tuesday. Voters ...

Dad of boy who died after scalding bath sentenced to 7 years

By LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old Ohio boy who died after his stepmother put him in a scalding bath was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. Robert Ritchie was sentenced in a Warren ...

Retired school workers to see cost-of-living increase frozen

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The School Employee Retirement System in Ohio will freeze cost-of-living increases for three years for 75,000 pensioners and is pushing for a similar change for more future retirees. The Columbus Dispatch reports the SERS board voted on Monday to move forward with ...

Police: Teen says he shot dog with arrow

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy has acknowledged he shot an Ohio family's yellow Labrador retriever with an arrow. The Redicks say they had to take their dog Cosmo to a clinic for emergency surgery last week to remove the arrow. Chatfield Redick says the veterinarian found ...