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Ohio man convicted in slayings labeled a sexual predator

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northeast Ohio has classified a man facing a possible death sentence in the slayings of two women as a sexually violent predator. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports Ashland County Judge Ronald Forsthoefel made the finding Friday based on testimony during ...

Judge hears arguments on medical pot grower’s complaint

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge could soon decide whether Ohio's embattled program for licensing medical marijuana growers should be put on hold. Ohio Releaf LLC, a marijuana grower passed over for a cultivator license, is suing the Ohio Department of Commerce, saying the state hasn't provided ...

Advocacy group wants private hospital patients protected

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legal advocacy group is asking the state to protect patients at a private Ohio psychiatric hospital subject to complaints and investigations. A report from Disability Rights Ohio highlighted continued "violations of essential patient safety, care and treatment ...

Ohio man charged with murder in teenage grandson’s death

OAKWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his teenage grandson in western Ohio. The Paulding County Sheriff's Office says William Miller II was arrested Thursday night after shooting 19-year-old Evan Holcombe in the chest. ...

Millions’ worth of heroin, meth seized in traffic stop

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says it has seized millions of dollars' worth of heroin and methamphetamine during a traffic stop along a central Ohio interstate. The patrol says in a statement it stopped a rental truck with Virginia plates Thursday morning for following a ...

Man accused of kidnapping woman at Cincinnati bus stop

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police have arrested a man who they say abducted a woman from a Cincinnati bus stop. Authorities in Cincinnati say 48-year-old Roger Rust has been charged with kidnapping. Police say Rust forced a woman into his vehicle Thursday morning and then drove into Kentucky where ...

Judge overseeing opioid suits seeks steps to address crisis

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal judge overseeing more than 600 lawsuits filed by government entities collectively seeking billions of dollars to address the nation's opioid crisis said Thursday he will continue to push for solutions to the problem while ...

Prosecutor: Man’s drink scam defrauded Ne-Yo, Brian McKnight

CINCINNATI (AP) — A New Jersey man is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam that bilked singers Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight, who invested in a sports drink company. Kevin Foster, of Montclair, faces 16 charges including wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax ...

Cincinnati police officer injured in 2-car morning crash

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say a Cincinnati police officer was injured in a two-car crash and taken to the hospital for evaluation. The accident happened around 7 a.m. Thursday on the city's west side. Investigators say the accident happened when a car was trying to turn when a police ...

Ex-North Korean captive from Ohio reacts to detainee release

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man held in North Korea for six months in 2014 says he is sure three newly released American detainees are "ready to come home." Jeffrey Fowle was arrested in May 2014 for intentionally leaving a Bible in a nightclub and released in October of that ...

Audit: Online school inflated time students spent learning

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's then-largest online charter school may have broken the law by withholding information used in calculating payments and inflated the amount of time students spent learning, the state auditor said Thursday. The now-shuttered ...

Police release video of family escaping shootout in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — A surveillance video recently released by police in Ohio show a man and two children escaping from what appears to be a shootout in a convenience store parking lot. WEWS-TV in Cleveland reports the video released by Cleveland police from the Feb. 19 shootout shows occupants ...

Republicans pledge to show Ohio is still ‘a Trump state’

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Republicans are pledging to show the swing state is still Trump country, and the president is cheering them on while getting return fire on Twitter from a Barack Obama appointee seeking the governorship. Primary ...

Cincinnati votes to ban bump stocks

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bump stocks are now illegal in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cincinnati City Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to ban bump stocks within city limits, with Republicans Amy Murray and Jeff Pastor casting no votes. Bump stocks are attachments that turn ...

Judge to briefly open court during opioid lawsuits talks

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge hoping to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by government entities over the opioid crisis is planning a brief open-court session as settlement talks continue. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland is presiding over lawsuits filed by more than 600 local ...

Judge orders 90-day pause in suit over soccer team’s move

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has ordered a 90-day pause in a lawsuit that seeks to stop a Major League Soccer team's proposed move to Austin, Texas. The Columbus Dispatch reports Franklin County Judge Jeffrey Brown issued the order on Tuesday. The lawsuit filed by the Ohio attorney ...

Audit due for giant Ohio e-school closed amid funding fight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor is releasing his latest audit of Ohio's largest online charter school, which closed in January while challenging how the state tallied student participation to determine the e-school should repay nearly $80 million in public funding. Auditor Dave Yost ...

Off-duty firefighter killed in motorcycle crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An off-duty Columbus firefighter has died in a motorcycle crash in the city's downtown area. Columbus police say 32-year-old Derek Walton was riding his motorcycle Tuesday night when he lost control for an unknown reason. The motorcycle fell on its side and slid into a ...

Prosecutor plans to discuss probe into trapped teen’s death

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor plans to discuss his investigation into the death of a 16-year-old boy who became trapped in a minivan. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turs) subpoenaed police records on May 2 about the response to Kyle Plush's two 911 calls. Deters says he ...

Obama man Cordray, populist Kucinich in Ohio governor fight

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former consumer watchdog under President Barack Obama is fighting an unexpectedly close Democratic gubernatorial primary in Ohio against an ex-congressman with a catchy populist slogan. In final ads headed into Tuesday's primary, ...