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Convicted ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has heard arguments about whether a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl should be removed from Ohio's sex offender registry. Judge Thomas Lipps held the hearing Thursday in Juvenile Court in Steubenville to consider the request of former ...

Teen denies charges in death of Ohio woman, 98

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has denied aggravated murder and other juvenile charges filed against him in the death of a 98-year-old woman found by police inside a closet at her northeast Ohio home. The teen made an appearance in a video link Wednesday in Medina County Juvenile ...

New sentencing date for man suspected of Bosnian war crimes

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for an Ohio man accused of hiding his membership in a Serbian special police unit that massacred more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 genocide. Federal prosecutors accused Oliver Dragic (DRAH'-gich) of immigration fraud in a ...

NTSB: Pilot had marijuana, alcohol in system during crash

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A federal report says a pilot who died when his small plane struck a zip line strung across an Ohio river had alcohol and marijuana in his system. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings this week. The ...

Bus leaves Cleveland for New York, ends up in Toledo

CLEVELAND (AP) — Greyhound says it is investigating how a bus meant to take passengers from Cleveland to New York ended up in Toledo. WEWS-TV reports that the bus left Cleveland several hours late on Thursday and was headed east through Pennsylvania when it started experiencing problems. The ...

Cincinnati officials offer apologies in trapped teen’s death

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati officials on Tuesday apologized to the family of a 16-year-old boy who died after he was trapped by a minivan's rear bench and police failed to find him, despite his 911 calls. Mayor John Cranley said Kyle Plush's death was ...

Woman hurt at Ohio fair gets $1.8M from ride owner, others

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million. A judge this week approved the settlement that calls for the ride's owner, Amusements of America, and two private inspection companies to pay ...

Sheriff backs investigative staff 2 years after 8 killed

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff says he remains confident in the staff investigating the unsolved killings of eight family members nearly two years ago. The anniversary of the April 22, 2016, slayings is Sunday. The case involves seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family who ...

Bus driver fired after young student left on alone bus

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A substitute school bus driver in southwestern Ohio has been fired after a sleeping child was left unattended on a bus. School officials in Mason tell WXIX-TV that the driver failed to do a mandatory check of the bus, leaving the young child behind. The student attends the ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Salvation Army worker

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a Salvation Army worker who was going out to collect money at one of the charity's kettles. William Jones was charged in the Dec. 2 slaying of Jared Fier-Plesec. Investigators say Fier-Plesec was wearing his ...

Kentucky bridge damaged in crash set for repairs

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Repairs are to begin Wednesday on a damaged Kentucky bridge over the Ohio River. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say work on the Roebling Suspension Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati is expected to be complete by May 1. The Kentucky Enquirer reports a ...

Cincinnati council to discuss death of teen trapped in van

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati City Council members are scheduled to hold a special meeting on the death of a 16-year-old boy who called 911 twice after getting trapped by a minivan's rear bench in his school's parking lot. The city's Law and Public Safety ...

Cincinnati newspaper wins Pulitzer for heroin reporting

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Enquirer's weeklong examination of the many ways the heroin crisis is impacting its community has won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Cheers, hugs and champagne toasts swept the newsroom Monday after the announcements ...

Cleveland street entertainer ‘Sax Man’ dead at 65

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who entertained people by playing his saxophone on the streets of Cleveland has died. Sharon Reedus-Sanders says her 65-year-old brother, Maurice Reedus Jr., was found dead in his bed in his apartment on Monday. Known as "Sax Man," Maurice Reedus was often found ...

Trial on hold, but attention remains on baby death case

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former high school cheerleader's trial on charges she killed and buried her newborn baby near her family's house in an Ohio village is on hold, as intense attention and speculation continue to swirl around the case. Attorneys for Brooke ...

Convicted ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge will decide whether a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party should be removed from Ohio's sex offender listings, as allowed by law. Judge Thomas Lipps scheduled a ...

Court overturns labor ruling against televangelist’s buffet

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that an Ohio televangelist did not violate labor laws by urging members of his congregation to volunteer at the church's for-profit restaurant. A lower court had ruled churchgoers were effectively employees of Cathedral Buffet, ...

Family, friends to gather at funeral for teen trapped in van

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati are continuing to investigate why police couldn't find a teenager who got trapped beneath a minivan's rear bench and died at a school parking lot. Family members and classmates will gather Monday morning for the funeral of 16-year-old Kyle ...

Museum to showcase items from glassmaker’s 200 year history

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo Museum of Art is planning an exhibit to mark 200 years of Libbey Glass. The museum founded by the Libbey family in 1901 features an extensive glass collection. Many of those items and others will be part of an exhibit opening on May 4 called "Celebrating ...

Operator who took 911 call from trapped boy to return to job

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 911 operator who took one of two calls from a teen who became trapped beneath a minivan's rear bench and died will return to work Wednesday. A Cincinnati police spokeswoman says it's not clear whether the 911 operator will face any discipline because an internal ...