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Parolee reflects on her first year out of prison

By MARK CURNUTTE, Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — Before her parole and release from prison last Christmas Day, Tyra Patterson had to make a five-year plan. Her goals were to live independently, get a job, travel, see her family and begin speaking in public about criminal justice ...

Wrong-way driver killed after hitting tractor trailer truck

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — An Ohio man has died after the car he was driving the wrong way on a Connecticut highway slammed head-on into a tractor trailer truck. State police say 27-year-old Christian Alvarez Villarini, of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene early Monday morning. The ...

Doctors recommend nearly 4,500 in medical marijuana registry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced on Monday that the number of recommendations now totals 4,440, with at least 3,036 ...

Ohio capital to conduct national search for new police chief

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio's capital city says a national search will be conducted for the next chief of police. The announcement by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther marks a departure from past practice, when new chiefs were chosen from the ranks of existing officers. The Columbus ...

Christmas Eve house fire destroys home, 2 cars

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A Christmas Eve fire in southwest Ohio has destroyed a three-story home and two cars. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports fire crews arrived Monday afternoon to a building engulfed in flames in Wayne Township, some 130 miles east of Cincinnati. Fire ...

Barber tells Sen. Sherrod Brown he’s looking presidential

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio barber said he has a policy of not talking politics in his shop — but maintains the new haircut he gave to client and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made him look "more like a candidate for president." Carlo Sarti, 73, has run his shop in Garfield Heights ...

Kasich signs prison law changes named for slain OSU student

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Criminal sentencing law changes named for a slain Ohio State University student have been signed into law in Ohio. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) signed a bill containing part of the Reagan Tokes Act Friday. It gives state prison officials greater discretion in ...

Ex-corrections officer indicted for sexual assault of inmate

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate has been indicted on sexual battery charges. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said Friday that 23-year-old Franco Villella, of Troy, faces two counts in the Dec. 11, 2018, assault of a ...

Police: Suspect arrested in West Virginia for Ohio murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Police say they have arrested an Ohio suspect who law enforcement officials say was involved in a November murder. According to the Charleston Police Department, 36-year-old Silas Thomas Hill II was arrested early Saturday morning after police received ...

Shooting near Cincinnati playground injures 2

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say two people have been shot in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. WCPO-TV says police called the Saturday night shooting near Findlay Playground a gun battle in which a woman was shot in the head. TV stations report that her injuries are not ...

Kasich vetoes gun bill, bars gender identity discrimination

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich acted as expected Wednesday to veto a bill expanding gun-owner rights and, in a surprise move, also expanded a years-old anti-discrimination order to include gender identity. Both moves ...

Planned Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel clears final hurdle

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A proposal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, gaining approval of a Michigan panel created a week earlier in a dash to complete the deal before Republican ...

Air Force: Injured jogger led to ‘active shooter’ reaction

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A jogger who called a hospital employee screaming and crying in pain from a twisted ankle led to a series of miscommunications in a chaotic "active shooter" response that sent security forces scrambling across an Ohio air base, Air Force ...

Ex-cop accused of kicking handcuffed suspect pleads guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio policeman accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to using excessive force. The federal prosecutor in Columbus says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells pleaded guilty Wednesday to ...

Teen avoids juvenile detention after fatal prom night crash

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A teen driver in a prom night crash in Ohio that killed another teen will avoid juvenile detention. Judge Thomas Lipps sentenced 17-year-old Chynna Brandon Wednesday to six months in a rehabilitation center where she will receive mental health treatments. The judge ...

New Michigan panel to consider Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A recently established state panel could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday in St. Ignace, Michigan. The ...

State Medical Board confirms complaint records on OSU doctor

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Medical Board has acknowledged for the first time that it has confidential records about the investigation of a complaint involving former Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss who is accused of widespread sexual ...

Police: 3 found dead in home may be double homicide, suicide

DOYLESTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say they have found a man and his parents dead at their home in northeastern Ohio in what investigators believe may be a double homicide and suicide. Doylestown police said at a news conference Tuesday that an officer making a requested check on the family's ...

Skeletal remains ID’s as those of woman missing since 2017

MORAINE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say skeletal remains found in southwestern Ohio in September have been identified as those of a woman missing since 2017. The Ohio Attorney General's Office says in a statement released Tuesday that DNA analysis has matched the remains found in Moraine to ...

Air Force to release report into ‘active shooter’ reaction

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force base in Ohio plans to release its findings into a chaotic "active shooter" false alarm after a 911 call to base security. The base command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton had a review board study the Aug. 2 scare, the response to it, and any ...