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Lawmaker touts life change since his impaired driving arrest

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker seeking re-election after being convicted of impaired driving says he hasn't had a drink since his early morning arrest 10 months ago. Republican state Rep. Wes Retherford, of Hamilton, tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that he has made ...

Dennis Kucinich files paperwork to run for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and DAN SEWELL, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich filed paperwork Monday indicating plans to join the race to become Ohio's next governor. The outspoken liberal Democrat's filing with the Ohio Secretary of State's ...

Police officer sentenced for drinking alcohol at gun range

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati police officer has pleaded guilty to a probation violation of drinking alcohol during firearms training at a gun range. WXIX-TV reports the judge told 46-year-old Officer David Jenkins "you need to get a handle on it," before sentencing him Monday to continue ...

Inmate, sheriff’s deputy injured amid fight at youth jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a sheriff's deputy and a juvenile inmate suffered cuts during a fight at a youth jail in Cleveland. Officers quickly responded to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center late Monday after a report of a disturbance. A county spokeswoman says 12 inmates were ...

Cincinnati shot-tracker shows most gunfire isn’t reported

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say data from high-tech devices installed to track the sound of gunfire in the city show that people call 911 in only about one out of every six of those incidents. The city began using a ShotSpotter system in August that covers the Avondale neighborhood ...

Governor names second Ohio poet laureate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has named the state's second poet laureate to a two-year position. Dave Lucas of Cleveland Heights succeeds the first person to hold that job, Dr. Amit Majmudar, a doctor in suburban Columbus. Lawmakers created the laureate position in 2014. Lucas ...

Panel suggests ride safety review after fatal fair accident

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state advisory board has agreed to form a new committee to review the amusement ride inspection process in an effort to improve the public's perceptions about ride safety after a deadly accident last summer at the Ohio State Fair. Ride operators described the accident ...

City seeks dismissal of lawsuit by robber injured by cop

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a convicted robber who was shot in the back and paralyzed by a police officer because he'd lied during a deposition. Cleveland.com reports 24-year-old Alex Littlejohn said in the deposition he gave a gun used ...

Ohio woman charged for throwing live dog into trash bag

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman has been charged with animal cruelty for putting a sickly dog into a trash bag for collection. The Springfield News-Sun reports 53-year-old Tracy Brown, of Springfield, appeared in court Friday and asked for a public defender. Police say Brown ...

State opposes reconsideration of family slain autopsy ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the state Supreme Court shouldn't reconsider its decision rejecting requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. Attorneys for the office say arguments by two newspapers for a new ...

Teen school shooting suspect’s case to stay in adult court

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — The case of a teenage boy charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students will remain in adult court. The Springfield News-Sun reports a Champaign County judge on Wednesday made the ruling after hearing arguments on defense motions in Ely Serna's case. Serna ...

Feds announce new charges against alleged Ohio MS-13 members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The federal government says four more alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang have been charged in Ohio. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury charged the four on Dec. 14 on counts including extortion, money laundering and drug dealing. The indictment was ...

Ohio businessman to be deported after 38 years in US

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman who called the U.S. home for 38 years is scheduled to be deported to Jordan. The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports 57-year-old Amer Othman will leave Youngstown with his wife on Sunday after fighting for years to remain in the country. Othman says ...

Woman enters no contest plea in grandson’s methadone death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 46-year-old woman has been found guilty of charges related to the methadone overdose death of her grandson in Cleveland. Cleveland.com reports Norma Carraballo-Vasquez could receive 11 years in prison after pleading no contest Wednesday in a Cleveland courtroom to ...

Ohio officer says felt ‘imminent threat’ in Walmart shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black man in a Walmart store says he believed he faced an "imminent threat," while also acknowledging he never saw the man point what turned out to be an air rifle or threaten anyone. Beavercreek officer police officer ...

Ohio’s oldest barbershop to close its doors this weekend

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's oldest barbershop hung up its clippers this weekend after over 2 centuries in operation. Ron's Barber Shop in Orrville opened in 1870 and stands as the oldest continuous barbershop in the state. The Wooster Daily Record reports current owner Judy Laurene planned ...

Columbus records 1st homicide 14 minutes into New Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a record number of homicides last year, Columbus experienced its first killing just 14 minutes into the New Year. Police say a 30-year-old woman died at a hospital of injuries from a gunshot wound at 12:14 a.m. Monday. Investigators say officers found Ashley ...

Ohio offers new job-readiness seal for high school diplomas

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will use a new seal on high school diplomas to recognize students who demonstrate certain workplace characteristics that aren't explicitly reflected in their grades, such as reliability, leadership and a commitment to being drug-free. Ohio employers helped identify ...

Father, son both retire from Ohio fire department

By SHEILA VILVENS, The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — Together they served a combined total of 112 years in the fire service. On Dec. 31 the long, storied careers of Richard "Rosie" Rose, 83, and Matt Rose, 58, end as they both retire. The elder Rose, a 70-year fire service veteran, ...

911 texting capability coming to central Ohio in new year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio residents with emergencies will soon have the option to text 911 in addition to placing a call. Local governments in Delaware and Franklin counties plan to test technology in the first three months of 2018 allowing the emergency texts, the Columbus Dispatch ...