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Cleveland on pace to hire hundreds more police officers

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — While police departments deal with a shrinking pool of job candidates, Cleveland plans to add several hundred new officers over the next year thanks to an aggressive recruiting plan aimed at making its department look more like the ...

Firm hired to investigate lawmaker also donated to him

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law firm that cleared one of Ohio's most powerful state lawmakers of a sexual harassment allegation in April contributed to the politician's campaign while the probe was going on, state campaign finance filings show. Taft, ...

School district to beef up security in response to billboard

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district says it's stepping up security just days after a sheriff took out a billboard ad blasting school safety. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he met with Hamilton City School District officials Wednesday, and they have agreed to arm school ...

Grand jury: Officers acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

TIRO, Ohio (AP) — Two officers who killed a man who fired a shotgun at a State Highway Patrol trooper in Ohio won't face charges. The Mansfield News Journal reports a Crawford County grand jury determined Tuesday that Shelby police Capt. David Mack and Sgt. Aaron Bushey acted in self-defense ...

Ohio museum to use $15K grant to fight Appalachia stigma

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art and history museum is preparing to use a new national grant to help combat stigmas of poverty and addiction in Appalachia. The Massillon Museum is one of two Ohio institutions that received 2018-19 Big Read grants of $15,000 through the National Endowment ...

Court’s ruling hits teachers unions, but how hard is unclear

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Teachers unions are hoping that recent grass-roots protests over pay and working conditions will blunt the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees and help persuade dues-paying members not to abandon them. The court said ...

Relative of family killed in 2016 massacre died from gunshot

LATHAM, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman found dead in Ohio woods who was a relative of people killed in a 2016 family massacre died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Authorities have said they have no reason to believe her death is linked to the 2016 slayings. Thirty-five-year-old Violet ...

Sheriff raises billboard criticizing school’s security

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio sheriff has taken out a billboard ad criticizing a local district's school security. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the ad by Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones questions the safety provided by the Hamilton school board. Jones says ...

Mother sentenced to prison in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teen who was charged with stabbing her 1-year-old daughter to death has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Columbus Dispatch reports a judge sentenced 18-year-old LaChelle Anderson Monday after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, felony ...

Police: Man accidentally drives over friend, killing him

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say two friends were working on a truck when one accidentally drove over the other man who was taken to a hospital where he died. WEWS-TV reports Akron police say the men were working on a pickup truck in a driveway Saturday morning when the accident occurred. ...

Newspaper gives $5K of Pulitzer Prize money to benefit child

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Enquirer is donating $5,000 of its 2018 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting to benefit a little girl featured in the newspaper's winning report on heroin. The Enquirer reports the money will be the first deposit in a fund to assist Elliana Russ. The ...

Ohio puppy mill restrictions could set new national standard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative compromise aimed at reining in abuses by high-volume dog breeders while heading off a ballot effort to place puppy mill restrictions in the state's Constitution is headed to Gov. John Kasich. Legislation satisfying terms of a deal struck between majority ...

Officials identify man reported missing in river

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have released the identity of a man reported missing in the Hocking River in southeast Ohio. The Athens County Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday said the missing man has been identified as 27-year-old Devin Gargia, of Athens. The Athens Fire Department ...

Far from Southwest, children of workplace raids await fate

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Two of the largest workplace immigration raids yet under the Trump administration, carried out just weeks apart in Ohio, have upended the lives of hundreds of children caught in the middle. Unlike the migrant children removed from their ...

Gambino crime family ex-member to fund slain girl’s funeral

CLEVELAND (AP) — A lawyer says a former member of the Gambino crime family will pay for the funeral of a 9-year-old girl who police say was killed by crossfire during a shootout between two groups while waiting in a car in Cleveland. The lawyer for Carmine "The Bull" Agnello tells ...

Woman found guilty in toddler’s drowning death at day care

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been found guilty in the death of a toddler who crawled beneath a fence and drowned in a swimming pool at her home day care. The Morning Journal reports a Lorain County judge found 49-year-old Elizabeth Zenda, of Pittsfield Township in northeast Ohio, ...

Man faces charges in buggy crash that killed teen, hurt 2

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man who struck an Amish buggy from behind, killing a teenage boy and injuring his father and younger brother, has been jailed and charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. The Columbus Dispatch reports the crash ...

Ohio settles lawsuit with ex-inmate over strip search claim

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has agreed to pay a former inmate $72,500 to settle a lawsuit that claimed guards wrongfully strip searched him at a southeast Ohio prison. Cleveland.com reports 37-year-old Jose Irizarry, of Cleveland, said in his federal lawsuit that guards were acting on bad ...

Firefighters suspended over porn tape leaving department

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron officials say one firefighter has resigned and another won't be allowed to return to work after they were suspended without pay for making a sex tape on city property. The Akron Beacon Journal reports a city document released Friday says provisional fire Lt. Deann ...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

By KANTELE FRANKO and COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those ...