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PATASKALA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teen was fatally shot after another teen pointed a gun laser in his eyes to distract him during a video game, and then pulled the trigger, according to authorities. A complaint filed in juvenile court in Licking County in central Ohio Monday charged a ...

High number of flu cases closes entire Ohio school district

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school system plans to reopen Tuesday after a high number of flu cases canceled classes for the entire district on Monday. Close to one in four students at Zane Trace Local schools in Ross County in southern Ohio was sick, and staff were also feeling ill, ...

Police say no clues to woman’s disappearance Christmas Day

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — Police say they don't have any new leads in the search for an Ohio woman who hasn't been seen since walking away from a family gathering Christmas Day. Parris Hopson, 26, of Columbus, left her grandparents' house in Massillon in northeastern Ohio the afternoon of Dec. ...

Court rejects use of system to assess candidates for bail

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a recommendation that tools used to measure offenders' suitability for being released after an arrest be made available to all judges as they make bail decisions. Requiring the availability of ...

Growing number of high school girl wrestling teams in Ohio

By STEVE BLACKLEDGE The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ask any of the nearly 500 girls statewide participating in high school wrestling why they do it, and expect a wide variety of answers. "As a female, it's empowering to be in a sport that features physicality," said Olentangy ...

Ohio Air National Guard to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — The 200th Red Horse squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard will deploy to Puerto Rico to aid in relief efforts after the island experienced multiple earthquakes earlier this month. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation authorizing squadron members ...

What’s hiding in Ohio police department’s evidence room?

By KAITLIN DURBIN The Blade TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Every time Sgt. Edward Mack passes the box of evidence in Jane Doe's unsolved 1987 homicide, he raps his knuckles on the cardboard and tells her, "I'll find you." And sometimes, she seems to answer back — once after pulling her box he said ...

Amusement park to open new roller coaster this spring

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island amusement park in Ohio has announced the opening date of its new steel roller coaster. The Orion will open to the public at the Mason park on April 11, the first day of its 2020 season. Kings Island officials have said it will be the tallest and fastest ...

Police investigating after body found in dumpster

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — A body was found in a dumpster in Ohio, and a criminal investigation was started into the death, police said. Kettering police were working to discover the circumstances surrounding the death of the person who was found in the large trash bin Saturday. Police in the ...

Police: SUV crashes into building; driver and passenger die

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An SUV crashed into a building in Ohio's capital city on Sunday, and the driver and his passenger died, police said. Vehicle and road evidence indicated that Jonathan Mitchell, of Columbus, apparently lost control of the vehicle on an exit ramp of Interstate 671 and ...

Ohio homeowners may be eligible for tornado safe room rebate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio homeowners who want to construct a tornado shelter on their property may be eligible for a rebate of up to 75%, according to state emergency officials. The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program began taking applications Jan. 6, and the application process will continue ...

Disabled couples navigate red tape on way to altar

By RITA PRICE The Columbus Dispatch LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — As the wedding photographer snapped away, Sherri and Bill Adams leaned over their wheelchairs for a kiss. One felt good, so they enjoyed another. And another. "That's enough!" someone teased. Sherri beamed. How long had she waited ...

Ohio State doctor abuse investigation, suits have cost $9.8M

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation and related lawsuits about alleged sexual abuse decades ago by an Ohio State University team doctor have cost nearly $10 million so far, according to the school. The total was about $9.8 million as of December, ...

Ohio prosecutor who pleaded guilty resigns amid pressure

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A county prosecutor who was accused of sexual harassment by female employees and later pleaded guilty to negligent assault resigned Friday under pressure from state officials. Sandusky County Prosecutor Tim Braun had faced a court hearing next week where Ohio's attorney ...

Coyote bites officer helping motorist in Ohio’s largest city

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's largest city shot and killed a coyote after it bit an officer who had stopped to help a stranded motorist, the police department said. The coyote appeared out of nowhere Thursday night and first tried to attack a state road worker also helping the ...

OSU student dies after apparent fall at construction site

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an Ohio State University student was found dead Friday at a construction site on campus. A university spokesman said foul play is not suspected in the death of Corey Ray Bias, 20, of Johnstown. Bias was a third-year student majoring ...

Mayor slows plan to relocate bocce court over tree concerns

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Anger over the removal of several trees to make room for a new bocce ball court has prompted an Ohio mayor to announce he's slowing down the project for more study. The court in downtown Warren in northeastern Ohio is an important part of the city's annual ...

Test for self-driving shuttles to run in Ohio neighborhood

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Self-driving shuttles will do a circuit through a residential neighborhood in Ohio's capital city as part of a year-long pilot program starting in late January. Three, 12-passenger, disabled-accessible electric shuttles will travel the 2.8-mile (4.5 kilometer) route in ...

Report: Over $17,000 missing from school vending machine

WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — More than $17,000 from an Ohio school's vending machine went missing over a six-year period, officials said. The losses at Linworth Alternative School in Worthington took place from 2013 to 2019, with payments to vendors for the pop machine exceeding the cash ...

New U.S. Attorney for southern Ohio formally sworn in

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The new top federal prosecutor for southern Ohio was formally sworn into office Friday at a ceremony attended by federal judges, federal agents, defense attorneys, county and state law enforcement officials and others. David DeVillers, 53, took over in November from ...