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Man who impregnated 3 Ohio sisters sentenced on rape charges

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities said impregnated 14-year-old twins and their 12-year-old sister while living in their home was sentenced to 27 years in prison on rape and sexual battery charges. Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Jennifer McLaughlin said before ...

State attorney general sues DuPont in chemical leak case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general has sued DuPont over the company's decades-long release of a chemical from a plant in West Virginia. At issue is the dumping of the chemical C8 into the Ohio River from the DuPont Co. Washington Works plant, near Parkersburg, West Virginia. The ...

High school apologizes for racist chants at basketball game

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials at an Ohio high school have issued an apology for racist and homophobic taunts lobbed at an opposing team's players during a basketball game. In a statement issued Monday, Elder High School Principal Kurt Ruffing says the Cincinnati school has put new rules in ...

Trump accuser takes #MeToo message to voters in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rachel Crooks' allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump have been dismissed by the president and his supporters, so she has a new approach to ensure her message is heard: She's running for office. The 35-year-old ...

Sheriff’s Office investigates possible county jail suicide

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio sheriff's office is investigating a woman's possible suicide at the county jail. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Summit County deputies found the 53-year-old Norton woman hanging in her cell Sunday afternoon. Jail Commander Bill Holland says deputies and ...

Police: Man fatally stabbed, 2nd man injured at gas station

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 52-year-old man has been stabbed to death and a second man injured at a Columbus gas station. Columbus police say officers responded to the gas station shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. Both men were taken to a hospital where Harry Wright Jr. was pronounced ...

Pipeline builder offers $7.5M, land to settle lawsuits

GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio city is considering whether to accept a $7.5 million offer to settle lawsuits with a company building a high-pressure natural gas pipeline. The Green City Council was expected to vote Wednesday night whether to accept an offer that also includes 20 acres ...

Superintendent charged with child rape takes plea deal

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A school superintendent charged with child rape for allegedly assaulting a young girl accepted a plea deal Wednesday as his trial was set to begin in western Ohio. Patrick O'Donnell, the former superintendent for Indian Lake Local Schools in Logan County, entered ...

Funeral home billboard targeting homicides stirs community

By THEODORE DECKER, Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The billboard is blunt by design. "Black Lives SHOULD Matter, Especially to BLACK PEOPLE. STOP THE VIOLENCE. We don't want your business That bad." The bearer of this message is Marlan J. Gary, and his business is ...

Ohio will have lottery for tickets to Kasich’s annual speech

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich's office will have an online lottery for Ohioans seeking tickets to the Republican's final State of the State speech in suburban Columbus. This year's address will take place at Otterbein University on March 6 in Westerville, near where the governor ...

Court throws out death sentence for Ohio boy’s 1985 slaying

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a three-decades-old death sentence for a man convicted in the rape, torture and murder of a 12-year-old Ohio boy. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati says death row inmate Danny Hill can't be executed because he is ...

Off-duty officer shoots armed teen suspect after robbery

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — Police say an off-duty officer shot and wounded a 17-year-old suspect who pointed a gun at him after a robbery at a southwestern Ohio gas station. Investigators say the Miami Township officer saw the teen pointing a gun at cars Monday afternoon in an apparent ...

Seattle Seahawks’ Frank Clark loses father in house fire

CLEVELAND (AP) — Seattle Seahawks player Frank Clark has confirmed his father and three other family members have died in a Cleveland house fire. Clark wrote in a tweet posted Sunday evening that his father, 44-year-old Frank Clark III, died in the fire in the city's East Side on Jan. ...

Cause of death undetermined for boy buried in his backyard

CLEVELAND (AP) — A medical examiner hasn't been able to determine what caused the death of a 5-year-old boy who was found buried in the backyard of his Cleveland home. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the death of Jordan Rodriguez has been ruled ...

In drug crisis hotbed, hoping for action on Trump’s words

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Monday to make Cincinnati-area stops focusing on the new tax overhaul — though some in a state with one of the nation's highest overdose rates would rather hear more about his plans for the drug ...

Most suspended Ohio State fraternities resume recruitment

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly all the Ohio State University fraternities whose activities were suspended in November, most for hazing and alcohol, have been cleared to resume recruitment events and, in many cases, social events. The university suspended ...

Human trafficking investigations rise in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Human trafficking investigations in Ohio rose last year to its highest level since the state started keeping track of such numbers. The state's attorney general's Human Trafficking Commission issued a report last week that showed authorities investigated 202 human ...

Ohio awards $1M contract to company for marijuana help line

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has issued a $1 million contract to a New Jersey company to operate a toll-free help line for medical marijuana patients, caregivers and physicians. Cleveland.com reports the help line will be operated by Extra Step Assurance from a call center in Bellefontaine ...

Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender's tough childhood on his behavior. But ultimately, Geiger voted in favor of death ...

Ohio convention center to add restaurant built in old plane

CLEVELAND (AP) — A convention center in Cleveland says it's turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience. The Plain Dealer reports the Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter used for mid-flight refueling had been ...