Ohio News

First dispensaries in state ready to sell medical marijuana

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four dispensaries are ready to begin selling medical marijuana for the first time in Ohio. Two of the dispensaries opening Wednesday morning are in the southeast Ohio community of Wintersville, outside Steubenville. The other two dispensaries set to open are in Sandusky in ...

Federal food assistance arriving early because of shutdown

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February's benefits this week. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Jan. 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. The Trump ...

New governor sworn in at home before public inauguration

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Flanked by family and close friends, Mike DeWine became Ohio's 70th governor shortly after midnight today in private ceremony at his farm near Cedarville. Sworn in by his son, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Pat DeWine, the governor, 72, took the oath of office with his hand ...

Gambling revenue tops nearly $1.9 billion statewide

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's casinos and racinos recorded 1.86 billion in revenue last year, marking a record profit for the industry that launched in the state in 2012. Gambling revenue — the amount of money kept by the facilities after paying out winnings — rose more than 7 percent at the ...

Fire breaks out at apartment building, 6 hospitalized

CINCINNATI (AP) — Six people have been hospitalized after a large fire broke out at a Cincinnati apartment building. Fire crews responded to the blaze that started in the middle of the multi-story apartment building around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Resident Cheryl Dennis tells WCPO-TV neighbors ...

DeWine era to mark shift away from volatile Kasich, Trump

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable ...

WWII vet who got degree delayed by nearly 7 decades has died

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A World War II veteran who flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom has died, his family said. He was 97. Bob Barger died Wednesday at a Toledo retirement ...

Shoplifting suspect killed after brief police chase

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a shoplifting suspect who was leading officers on a brief chase crashed her car and died. Franklin police say the chase began Thursday after a Walmart manager told authorities a woman left the store without paying and left in a pickup ...

Bevin says he can work with new Ohio governor to fix bridge

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he can work with Ohio's incoming governor on a solution to fix a 57-year-old bridge the federal government has labeled obsolete. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Bevin told news outlets Thursday that he's confident he and Gov.-elect Mike ...

Defense challenge confession of mom charged in sons’ deaths

By HOLLY ZACHARIAH, The Columbus Dispatch BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — The woman sat emotionless, never once glancing at the images as photos from the autopsies of the three young sons she is accused of killing flashed on a giant screen. She didn't look when doctors pointed out the bruises on ...

Friday kicks off inaugurals for new Ohio officeholders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The swearing-in of Ohio's next state treasurer kicks off a long weekend of inaugural events for new statewide officeholders. All five of the state's executive offices opened up this year as a result of term limits. Republicans maintained control of all five. State Rep. ...

Attorney general files motion to toss redistricting lawsuit

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine in his current role as the state's attorney general has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit attempting to force Ohio to redraw its 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in March ...

Funeral arrangements for police officer killed on duty set

CINCINNATI (AP) — Funeral arrangements for a police officer in Ohio who was fatally struck by a pickup truck while he was redirecting traffic have been set. Forty-six-year-old Colerain Township Police Officer Dale Woods was hit by a vehicle Jan. 4 while working at the scene of a crash in the ...

Ohio couple accused in terror plot plead not guilty

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man and his girlfriend who are accused of obtaining guns and explosives for a foiled domestic terror attack have pleaded not guilty. Vincent Armstrong, and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Lecron, both 23, entered their pleas Thursday to multiple charges, including ...

Whistleblower alleging sex abuse at Ohio State is arrested

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man whose claims helped spur the investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor has been jailed in Columbus, where he's accused of telecommunications harassment. A warrant was issued for 50-year-old Mike DiSabato, of suburban Dublin, ...

Former speaker elected to again lead Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio House has chosen state Rep. Larry Householder as speaker, ending a months-long, contentious fight over the leadership position. Householder was elected House speaker Monday for the second time in his career. The Republican from Perry County received 52 ...

US Supreme Court won’t hear appeal from Craigslist killer

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from an Ohio man sentenced to death for killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers. The appeal from 59-year-old Richard Beasley was among those that the high court on Monday declined to hear. One of his ...

Police: Teen shot in head while playing Russian roulette

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy was shot in the head while playing Russian roulette in Ohio. Authorities say the teen was injured around 1 a.m. Saturday at a home in Akron. Police say the Louisville teen was playing with a 16-year-old boy from Green and a 20-year-old man ...

Ohio band leader among finalists for Grammy educator award

By ALISSA WIDMAN NEESE, The Columbus Dispatch DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — As a Grammy nominee, Jeremy Bradstreet is stopped and greeted with congratulations most everywhere he goes. But if the Dublin resident takes home the award in early February, it won't be for producing a radio hit or ...

Co-anchors in life: 2 broadcasters announce engagement

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two journalists who co-anchor news broadcasts at a television station in Ohio now plan to also co-anchor a life together as husband and wife. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Sheree Paolello (pah-LEL'-loh) and Mike Dardis of WLWT-TV in Cincinnati announced their Dec. 28 ...