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Man trying to rescue his dog drowns in river; pet survives

WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A 67-year-old man has drowned in a central Ohio river while trying to rescue his dog, which was able to get out of the water on its own. Police say Joseph Crites was walking his dog in the Columbus suburb of Worthington late Thursday morning when the dog jumped into ...

Judge gives preliminary OK to $3.5M settlement of IRS case

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a $3.5 million settlement of a lawsuit against the IRS over alleged targeting of tea party groups and other conservative organizations. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett set a July 10 ...

Council lays out plan to investigate city manager turmoil

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati City Council has laid the groundwork to investigate their city manager who is accused of bullying employees and retaliating against those who disagreed with him. The council voted for the plan Wednesday that gives two council members broad authority to lead ...

High winds, flooding leave behind damage across Ohio

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have been rescuing people from their homes and cars who've been stranded by flooding in western and central Ohio in the aftermath of three tornadoes. Firefighters in Fairfield County near Lancaster shuttled out at least a dozen people early Wednesday after ...

Jurors want death for man convicted in Ohio student killing

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Jurors are recommending the death penalty for an Ohio man convicted of killing a college student who disappeared while bicycling. The jury came back with its decision on Wednesday against James Worley after convicting him last week in the 2016 death of Sierah Joughin ...

State tells insurers they can’t block lower drug price talk

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's insurance regulators are telling health insurers not to enforce gag orders that stop pharmacists from telling customers about the lowest drug price available. The Ohio Department of Insurance also is prohibiting charging customers more for their prescription ...

Barge owners: Human error caused Ohio River fertilizer spill

CINCINNATI (AP) — A barge that cracked in half on the Ohio River released more than 400,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of fertilizer, and now the boat's owners say "human error" caused the spill. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday that Kentucky issued three environmental violation ...

Kasich renews Ohio membership in bipartisan governors’ group

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich restored Ohio's membership in the National Governors Association as he seeks to shore up credibility for bipartisan deal-making that could bolster a 2020 bid for president. An invoice produced in ...

Feds asks to join settlement talks over opioid lawsuits

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice wants to join settlement talks in federal court involving hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The government says it can provide information and expertise to parties in the case and facilitate ...

Officials hope youth center inspires, helps students

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Community leaders in suburban Columbus hope a new youth center will help at-risk teens. WBNS-TV reports the Foundations 4 Youth center in Circleville will open Tuesday. The program is a partnership between Circleville City Schools, the Circleville Police Department ...

Teen accused of shooting 2 students opts for trial by judge

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A teen accused of shooting two students at an Ohio high school will be tried in front of a judge, not a jury. The Springfield News-Sun reports 18-year-old Ely Serna recently waived his right to a jury trial. Serna has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges, ...

Ohio treatment center owner target of Medicaid fraud probe

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A man viewed as a local superhero with a matching car collection and a penchant for completing daring feats for charity is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar Medicaid fraud scheme at his two Ohio ...

Marshals arrest Ohio man wanted in ex-girlfriend’s slaying

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fugitive task force has arrested a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a garbage can at an abandoned house in Cleveland. A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says 35-year-old Yaphet Bradley rammed a task force vehicle and tried to flee before ...

Bond reduced for Ohio woman accused in stepfather’s slaying

BELLAIRE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has reduced the bond for an eastern Ohio woman charged with using money from her stepfather's bank account to pay for his murder. The Martins Ferry Times Leader reports a judge on Friday reduced 35-year-old Meredith Broome's bond from $1 million to $20,000 in an ...

Ohio sets catch limits for Lake Erie walleye, yellow perch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has set its Lake Erie catch limits for walleye this season. The department says that from May 1 until March 1, 2019, the daily bag limit will be six walleye of at least 15 inches in length. The limit is four until April 30. The ...

Jury awards $229K to haunted house owners in sale to school

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A jury has decided the owners of a popular haunted house in suburban Columbus should receive $229,000 from a school district that wants the property for a bus turnaround. The Columbus Dispatch reports a Delaware County jury spent around two hours this week deciding how ...

Congressman files papers clarifying lobby registration dates

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A congressman who failed to disclose nearly $50,000 in political contributions while registered as a Washington lobbyist filed papers clarifying the date the registration was deactivated, his campaign said Friday. A spokesman for ...

Ohio mayor seeks special counsel to investigate city manager

CINCINNATI (AP) — The mayor of Cincinnati says he will ask the City Council next week to approve hiring a special counsel to examine allegations of inappropriate behavior by the city manager he's been trying to force out. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Mayor John Cranley said in a statement ...

Avery Marz accepts courage award with Lauren Hill’s parents

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Avery Marz had just returned from her latest rehab session during her recovery from a stroke. The Saint Joseph's freshman turned on the television and watched Lauren Hill — another college basketball player dealing with an unthinkable ...

Competition fierce for open mid-Ohio congressional district

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A rare opening for a U.S. House seat in central Ohio that Republicans have held for 35 years and which Democrats now see as competitive has attracted 18 candidates. Republican Pat Tiberi retired from the 12th congressional district ...