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Judge: Administrators not liable for Ohio school shooting

By MARK GILLISPIE, The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Five former administrators at a northeastern Ohio school district where three high school students were fatally shot and a fourth permanently disabled are not liable for the shootings six years ago, a judge presiding over a lawsuit ...

Hamilton County leads Ohio in sending people to death row

By DAN HORN, The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — No one ends up on Ohio's death row by getting lucky. The road there is paved with bad decisions, terrible crimes, determined prosecutors and juries that reject pleas for mercy. Raymond Tibbetts and Robert Van Hook, whose executions are ...

Ohio county to distribute bags that deactivate drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county is distributing bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the state's opioid epidemic. The Franklin County effort is an alternative to flushing pills or mixing them in coffee grounds or cat litter. The Columbus Dispatch reports ...

Ohio woman killed by gunshot fired from outside home

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a gunshot fired from outside a home in southwest Ohio has killed a 22-year-old woman standing inside the residence. Authorities have identified the woman killed Friday night as Keyona Murray, of Dayton. She died at a Dayton hospital from a gunshot wound to the ...

Police: Store owner fatally shot during robbery in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a store owner has been fatally shot during a robbery in Cleveland. A Cleveland police spokeswoman says three suspects entered Priceless Consignment Boutique Store through an unlocked door around 4 a.m. Saturday, opened fire and shot the 27-year-old ...

Cincinnati area shaken by racial taunts, insults in schools

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Some schools have been plagued this winter by outbreaks of racism in and around a city that's been revitalized in recent years following racial violence. From a middle-school teacher's warning to a black student that he could get lynched to ...

41 children to be tested after worker tests positive for TB

CINCINNATI (AP) — A county health department in southwest Ohio says children, staff members and others will be tested for tuberculosis because of concerns that a former day care center worker may have exposed them to the infectious bacterial disease. WCPO-TV reports Hamilton County Health ...

State says more than 10,000 Ohioans hospitalized for flu

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Health says nearly 11,000 people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season. Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru Feb. 10 as ...

3 men found hours after escaping from Ohio regional jail

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three men who escaped from a community based correction facility in northeast Ohio have been captured. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office says the men who escaped around 6:45 p.m. Friday from the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility in ...

Ruling opens possibility trans teen will get hormone therapy

CINCINNATI (AP) — A transgender Ohio teen's grandparents have been granted custody and will be allowed to decide whether the 17-year-old can pursue hormone therapy at a hospital after he's evaluated by a psychologist not affiliated with the hospital, a judge in Cincinnati ruled Friday. Judge ...

Girl, 4, fatally shot inside car; suspect arrested

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern Ohio has been arrested. Police say 31-year-old Darnell Bitting was arrested around 4 p.m. Saturday in Akron Akron police spokesman ...

Funeral procession, services for Ohio officers fatally shot

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at ...

College named for John Glenn to honor widow’s 98th birthday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Admirers of Annie Glenn will be able to watch a videotaped 98th birthday tribute to her online and leave the widow of astronaut John Glenn well wishes. A spokesman for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University says faculty and staff will tape the ...

Ohio says error inadvertently excluded marijuana grower

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Human error led to a company's inadvertent exclusion from the proposed list of the dozen big growers in Ohio's new medical marijuana program, the state Department of Commerce said Thursday. The agency uncovered the mistake this ...

Backers to rally for Ohio nuclear plant in danger of closing

PERRY, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of an Ohio nuclear plant that's in danger of being shut down are planning to rally this weekend. School and county leaders who stand to lose out on millions of dollars in tax money are organizing Saturday's rally at the high school near the Perry nuclear plant ...

Gibbons lands support for US Senate bid from Rand Paul

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons has landed the endorsement of Republican Rand Paul in his bid for U.S. Senate. The second-term senator from Kentucky on Thursday called Gibbons a fiscal and constitutional conservative who can be trusted to "stand up and fight for smaller ...

Man accused of selling gun used to kill police due in court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge plans to consider bond for a man accused of providing the gun used in the fatal shooting of two Ohio police officers. Federal prosecutors say Gerald Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, bought the handgun for shooting suspect Quentin Smith last summer. A criminal ...

Prosecutor: Ring was bringing guns from Ohio to New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a gun trafficking ring was transporting illegal firearms from Ohio to New Jersey. Officials say the guns, including assault rifles, were sold to criminals in Camden. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewel will announce arrests during a news conference ...

Transit authority finds $7.9 million in surplus cash

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority says it has found $7.9 million in surplus cash, and it plans to use the money to replace its aging bus fleet. SORTA Chair Kreg Keesee says the money was discovered during a yearlong review of the agency's balance sheets. He says ...

Ohio man pleads no contest to slaying of woman, 94

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — An 18-year-old Ohio man has pleaded no contest to aggravated murder and attempted rape charges in the 2015 slaying of a 94-year-old neighbor. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports Jacob LaRosa entered the plea and was found guilty Tuesday in northeast Ohio's Trumbull ...