Ohio News

Authorities: Man killed by deputies was sex assault suspect

WASHINGTON C.H., Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an armed 72-year-old man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies in central Ohio was a suspect in the sexual assault of a juvenile. The Record Herald reports the Fayette County Sheriff's Office has identified the man killed Wednesday as Pickaway County ...

Synthetic pot exposure sickened Pennsylvania prison workers

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Officials say the substance that sickened more than two dozen Pennsylvania state prison employees in the past month and led to a statewide lockdown was synthetic marijuana. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel says they believe the liquefied drug, also known as K2, is ...

Couple indicted for roles in Ohio slaying, dismemberment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A husband and wife have been charged for their alleged roles in the slaying of an Ohio woman whose limbs were found in a freezer. Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Herrmann and 27-year-old Michelle Lee Ihlenfeld were indicted Thursday in Mahoning County. Herrmann is ...

Meyer’s texts raise open records question for Ohio State

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts said following a two-week ...

Governor orders all flags in state lowered for John McCain

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has ordered all flags at public buildings and grounds in the state be flown at half-staff to honor the life and service of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'sik) on Sunday evening ordered the flags lowered effective immediately ...

Police:15-year-old girl fatally shot; teen boy arrested

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a 15-year-old girl has been fatally shot and a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on a charge of murder in her death. Columbus police say officers were called to a reported shooting just after 8 p.m. Saturday and found that 15-year-old Tamara Lynette ...

Firearms group says hunting a $1.4B industry in state

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group associated with the firearms industry says hunting generates more than $1.4 billion for Ohio's economy. The newly formed Hunting Works for Ohio recently released its finding. The group is one of at least 18 state chapters organized through a project of the ...

Wright State University faculty announce October strike date

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The faculty union at Wright State University in Ohio has set Oct. 1 as a date to strike if its members reject a fact-finder's report. Union president and WSU Lake Campus professor Martin Kich says the strike will happen if at least 60 percent of the members reject the ...

Police agencies split $3M for drug education in schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 150 law enforcement agencies around Ohio are sharing in about $3 million in grants for drug use prevention education programs in public schools. The Ohio Attorney General's Office says that funding goes to police and sheriff's offices to create or maintain such ...

Police: Man struck, killed by train

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say a man has been struck and killed by a train. WTOL-TV reports 46-year-old Wayne Bell was found dead Sunday morning on CSX railroad tracks in Findlay. Police say a southbound train tried to stop before it struck the Findlay man, who was ...

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at ...

Man sentenced for harassing voicemails left at synagogues

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of leaving harassing voicemails at Jewish houses of worship in two Cleveland suburbs has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $700. Court records show Abdulrahman Abukhalil was sentenced Wednesday on telephone harassment charges. He ...

Ohio measure eases drug crime penalties, may trim sentences

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans will vote in November on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences. Issue 1 would reduce purchase, possession or use of a host of drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and LSD, from ...

Dad charged in death of baby in hot car pleads not guilty

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was found unresponsive in a hot car last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering. Christopher Stewart entered his plea Thursday in county court. The 22-year-old Lodi man was indicted this ...

JOANN Fabric creates online petition over tariffs

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The national chain JOANN Fabric and Craft has created an online petition asking customers to support the privately held company's efforts to obtain exemptions for tariffs on products imported from China. A spokeswoman for the Hudson, ...

Anthem insurance will cover medical airlifts in some states

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthem health insurance is now covering emergency medical flights in several states, including Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports an agreement between Anthem and Air Methods transportation became effective Aug. 15. The agreement includes Anthem plan holders in ...

Agents with expired vests vented, prepared for ‘misfortune’

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. Emails released by Republican ...

Free amusement park admission for Ohio teachers this weekend

MASON, Ohio (AP) — An amusement park in Ohio is offering free admission to teachers for the last weekend in August to celebrate the beginning of the school year. Kings Island says teachers will receive free admission with valid school identification or teaching licenses from Aug. 24-26. ...

Police say 1 man killed, 3 injured in shooting

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a shooting in Cleveland has killed one man and injured three others. Cleveland police say the shooting in the city's Kinsman neighborhood occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday and may have resulted from a fight over drugs. Authorities say a 26-year-old man was found ...

5 faith leaders arrested in immigration protest at prison

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Five clergy members protesting the detention of immigrants at a prison in Ohio have been arrested on trespassing charges. Organizers of the protest say the five wanted to give communion to detainees who have been denied spiritual services. About 40 people took part ...