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Woman found dead in barrel identified; cause of death sought

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A woman whose body was found in a barrel at an Ohio home last week has been identified, but the cause of her death remains under investigation. The Butler County coroner's office said the remains of 21-year-old Cecily Cornett of Somerville were found June 30 in the ...

Ohio capital removes statue of namesake Christopher Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio capital named for Christopher Columbus removed a large statue of him outside its city hall on Wednesday, taking down what the mayor described as a symbol of divisiveness and oppression. The national outcry in recent weeks over racial injustice has amplified ...

Father accused of abusing son is indicted on murder charges

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A father accused of abusing his 10-year-old son, who died last year, is now facing murder charges in a new indictment that also brings more counts against his girlfriend. Al-Mutahan McLean, 31, faces four counts of murder, two counts of child endangerment and single ...

Attorney charged in bribery scheme to stay free until trial

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A private attorney accused along with four Toledo City Council members of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme will be allowed to remain free while the case proceeds, a judge has ruled. Federal prosecutors had sought to have Keith Mitchell detained until his ...

Ohio priest indicted on federal child pornography charges

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Roman Catholic priest has been accused in a federal indictment of posing online as a female to persuade boys to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves and threatening to tell their parents if they did not send more images, the U.S. Attorney's ...

New color-coded alert system assesses virus risk around Ohio

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is using a new color-coded, county-by-county coronavirus alert and advisory system to assess which areas may be seeing flare-ups of cases and should take additional precautions, Gov. Mike DeWine said ...

Pence to reveal electric truck at former GM plant in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence heads to Ohio on Thursday for the unveiling of a new all-electric pickup truck built by the startup that took over the General Motors assembly plant shuttered last year. The Republican vice president plans remarks after the reveal of the ...

Ohio governor not in favor of removing Columbus statue

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that while he's not in favor of the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, he's open to discussions that arise about people's place in history. DeWine addressed last week's removal by ...

DeWine tested for virus as daily cases see slight decrease

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press Ohio reported a slight decrease in daily coronavirus cases, with 590, following a series of higher-than-average day-to-day increases. Gov. Mike DeWine, along with first lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, got tested for the virus ...

TSA officers find 2 pistols at Columbus airport checkpoints

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers discovered two pistols in carry-on bags at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the TSA said. One of the weapons was loaded and the other was not. The weapons were found during different security screenings on ...

Ex-fraternity president pleads guilty in deadly hazing case

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The former president of a now-defunct fraternity at Ohio University has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from hazing that led to a student's death two years ago. Elijah Wahib, 22, of Westlake, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts each of felony obstruction of justice ...

Columbus bans police use of tear gas, limits pepper spray

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press The city of Columbus on Tuesday prohibited police use of tear gas and limited use of pepper spray to clear streets and disperse peaceful demonstrators following weeks of global protests over the death of George Floyd. Mayor Andrew Ginther ...

Federal funds obtained to send absentee ballot form requests

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press Every registered voter in Ohio will receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail through the use of federal funding, in a move some officials say could help mail-in voting in the critical battleground state go more smoothly in ...

Ohio governor questions holding August Hall of Fame weekend

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday it's "highly unlikely" that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony in August. "If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely ...

Ohio announces 5th coronavirus death of prisons worker0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A guard at a private prison is the fifth corrections worker in Ohio to die from the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine and the prison announced Tuesday. Terry Loomis, a guard at Lake Erie Correctional Institute in northeastern Ohio, died Tuesday after being hospitalized on ...

Ohio court strikes down order restricting future commentary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge's order forbidding a man from making Internet postings in the future about two family members is unconstitutional, the Ohio Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling. At issue before the court were social media and other comments by a western Ohio man accusing ...

Ohio to test all staff members in state’s nursing homes

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS (AP) — All staff members in the state's nursing homes will be tested for the coronavirus, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, announcing a ramped-up effort in Ohio's hard-hit long-term care facilities. The governor said testing will ...

E-signature rule for ballot campaigns stayed as Ohio appeals

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal court panel temporarily stopped Ohio ballot campaigns Tuesday from proceeding under less restrictive signature-gathering rules they'd been granted amid the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. ...

Police: Barricaded suspect killed after firing at officers

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — Police officers shot and killed a man after he emerged from an Ohio home after an hours-long standoff and fired at them, police said. Parma Heights police said they responded to a report at about 8:45 p.m. Monday that a man had pointed a gun at another man's head. Officers ...

Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in lake at campground

PEEBLES, Ohio (AP) — The body of a 5-year-old boy who went missing at a southern Ohio campground this week has been found in a lake there, authorities said. Cameron Walters was last seen around 5 p.m. Monday at the Mineral Springs Lake Resort, a 350-acre campground in Peebles. Emergency ...