Ohio News

Police: Car crashes into pole; 2 die

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a car has crashed into a pole and the two people in the vehicle have died. Dayton police say another driver came upon the scene after the crash that occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday and called police. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has ...

Task Force nears 800 indictments from rape kit probes

CLEVELAND (AP) — A sexual assault kit task force in an Ohio county has opened cases connected to more than 7,00 rape kits and is nearing 800 indictments from those investigations. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports Rick Bell, chief of special investigations with the Cuyahoga ...

Ohio Republicans defending state congressional map in court

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for Ohio Republican officials will call witnesses this week to defend the state's congressional map. A federal trial enters its second week Monday in a lawsuit by voter rights groups that say the current seats resulted from "an ...

Community college to offer degree in cloud computing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new two-year program at Columbus State Community College aims to teach students about cloud computing. The college says the new associate of applied science degree in software development will be developed in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College and ...

Last car to roll off assembly line at Ohio GM plant

By MARK GILLISPIE and TOM KRISHER Associated Press LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A sprawling General Motors' assembly plant near Youngstown will be idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by months' ...

Ohio governor pushes gas tax hike, water quality in speech

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State speech Tuesday to push lawmakers to raise the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents to fix crumbling roads and dangerous bridges and to announce plans to focus on the state's deadly ...

A look at General Motor’s Lordstown assembly plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Some facts and figures about northeast Ohio's Lordstown assembly plant, which General Motors is idling Wednesday after the final U.S.-made Chevrolet Cruze sedan rolls off the assembly line, eliminating the jobs of nearly 1,700 hourly workers: — The plant opened in ...

Zoo, foundation agree on plan to return gorilla Ndume to zoo

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio zoo and a California group the zoo loaned a male silverback gorilla to in 1991 have agreed on a plan for the gorilla's court-ordered return to the zoo. Documents in federal court in San Francisco state the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Gorilla ...

Pence to headline oil-and-gas industry event in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Ohio to headline a fundraiser for the oil-and-gas industry. The Republican vice president is to appear Friday at the annual meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a trade association for companies that explore, produce and ...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine promises focus on health issues

Gov. Mike DeWine has promised a new push to address health issues in Ohio including opioid overdose deaths and infant mortality. The Republican governor announced in Tuesday's State of the State speech the creation of a new public health fund that will use public and private dollars on ...

New Ohio governor to deliver 1st State of the State speech

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to bolster arguments for raising the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents, promote programs to improve children's lives and discuss plans for fighting the opioid epidemic in the Republican governor's first State ...

Ex-sheriff admits taking bribes; could get 15-year sentence

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff who resigned amid an FBI investigation has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from people arrested in prostitution and gambling stings. Authorities say former Allen County sheriff Sam Crish also took $50,000 from someone who was later hired to work at the ...

Patrol made more drug arrests in 2018 than in previous year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol has reported it made more drug arrests in Ohio in 2018 from the previous year. A patrol statement says troopers made 16,956 drug arrests last year for about a 2 percent increase compared with 16,653 in 2017. The patrol says the quantities of ...

Mayor supports bill that would increase state gas tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio's capital city and other area leaders are supporting a bill that would increase the state's gas tax by 18 cents a gallon to help maintain roads and bridges. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other central Ohio leaders said in a statement Monday they ...

Document: Councilors admit to breaking law on secret texts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Five members of the Cincinnati City Council are admitting they broke the law by holding secret text conversations about city business. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city will pay $101,000 to settle a lawsuit brought over a series of texts between five council members, ...

Autoworker upheaval: Families split, children left behind

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of workers at four General Motors plants slated to close by January are facing a painful choice: Take the company's offer to work at another factory — possibly hundreds of miles away — even if that means leaving behind their ...

Federal judges to hear challenge to state’s US House maps

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal trial set to begin in Cincinnati will examine whether Ohio's congressional map is constitutional. Voter rights groups who sued the state say Republicans used a "partisan gerrymander" to ensure a 12-4 majority in Ohio's ...

Donor endows curator position at Cleveland museum

CLEVELAND (AP) — A retired businessman and his wife have donated $3 million to endow the position overseeing American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Retired former president and CEO of Westlake-based Nordson Corp. William Madar and his wife Amanda Madar made the donation that ...

Union appeals firing of officer who fatally shot boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — A police union says it has appealed the firing of a white Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun. Henry Hilow, an attorney for the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, and union President Jeff Follmer say the appeal ...

Northeast digs out after storm closes schools, slows commute

NEW YORK (AP) — Businesses and homeowners across the northeastern U.S. are digging out after an overnight snowstorm that closed schools and slowed the morning commute. The storm was expected to drop about 5 to 8 inches on much of the region, with northern New England expecting up to 10 ...