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Teen pours affection for animals into volunteering

By ALLISON WARD The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seventh-grader Rebekah Weiner volunteers weekly at Columbus Humane, walking dogs, cuddling cats and playing with lonely animals. The 13-year-old has always had a passion for helping creatures, large and small. Rebekah Weiner ...

Spring hunting season for wild turkeys to begin

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's spring hunting season for wild turkeys begins this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the state is divided into two wild turkey-hunting zones — one in southern Ohio and the other in the northeast part of the state. Hunting in the south zone is ...

Authorities: Trench collapses at construction site; man dies

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a trench has collapsed at a home construction site in Ohio and a worker has died. The Greene County Sheriff's office says residents of a neighborhood in Sugarcreek Township noticed a piece of heavy machinery running with no operator at the site ...

New rules to prevent fraternity hazing begin at university

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — New rules aimed at preventing fraternity hazing have taken effect at Miami University in Ohio where a student recently reported being beaten and forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol in a fraternity hazing. A university incident report stated last month that the ...

Patrol: Series of I-90 crashes leave 1 dead, others injured

CLEVELAND (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a series of crashes have occurred on Interstate 90 in Ohio, leaving one person dead and injuring several others. The patrol reports two men loading a damaged vehicle onto a trailer alongside I-90 around 3 a.m. Sunday were hit by a vehicle that ...

Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

By DAN SEWELL and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to federal authorities. The FBI said Brian Rini had made false ...

Crane operator’s arm nearly severed in accident 300 feet up

CINCINNATI (AP) — A crane operator in Cincinnati had to call 911 for rescue after his arm was partially severed in an accident nearly 300 feet up in the air. A fire official says the crane operator made the call after a cable sliced underneath his arm Friday. Rescue crews used a basket to ...

State addressing disclosure of personal information

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio says it's taking steps to address the disclosure of personal information for hundreds of people who use a state benefits portal. The departments of Administrative Services, Medicaid and Job and Family Services said Friday the Ohio Benefits System breaches happened ...

Health officials: E. coli cases affecting more than 70

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The federal government is investigating an E. coli outbreak affecting more than 70 people in Kentucky and four other states. The Courier Journal reports 46 cases have been reported in Kentucky. Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokeswoman Barbara Fox says six ...

Prosecutor: Authorities skeptical early of man’s abuse claim

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a man who allegedly claimed to be a long-missing child from Illinois (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A federal prosecutor says a man who claimed to be a long-missing boy raised immediate suspicions after he declined to be ...

Kent State says journalist Bob Woodward to speak at college

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University says journalist Bob Woodward is scheduled to speak at the school next month. Kent State President Beverly Warren announced that Woodward, an associate editor for the Washington Post, will speak at the university's student center May 4. She described ...

General Motors seeks dismissal of union lawsuit on closures

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for General Motors have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the automaker sidestepped an agreement with union workers through its plans to idle three plants, including one in Ohio. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports GM's motion argues the ...

Police: 14-year-old girl fatally shot in Ohio

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old girl has been fatally shot in Ohio. Canton police say the Canton Fire Department responding to a report of an unconscious person around 4 a.m. Saturday found the girl in an alley. Authorities say she had been shot in the head. The Repository in ...

Police: Woman struck, killed by vehicle that left scene

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a woman has been struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene of the crash in Ohio's capital city. Columbus police say they were called shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday and found the woman dead. Police say evidence found at the scene showed the woman ...

Couple’s dream school purchase led to ghosts, bankruptcy.

By KEITH BIERYGOLICK The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — Darrell Whisman is sitting in a chair by his living room window. His shirt is unbuttoned, and he is smoking a small chocolate-flavored cigar. He looks outside at an empty playground. Like many people, the Whismans' living room ...

Judge drops Infowars’ Alex Jones from Ohio flag-burning suit

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed Infowars radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and two of his associates from a lawsuit filed by a man claiming his rights were violated when police arrested him for trying to burn an American flag during the 2016 Republican National ...

Father, daughter attend law school, take bar exam together

By STEPHANIE WARSMITH Akron Beacon Journal AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Some families have a swear jar. The Smiths have a bar jar. Every time Tim or his daughter Sarah talk about the bar or any legal topic, they must put $1 into the jar. It fills up quickly. The Akron father and daughter attended ...

Ohio Senate passes bill legalizing hemp, hemp product

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to legalize hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, a move that could create an industrial hemp industry in the state. The bill, which was unanimously approved on Thursday, would allow for cultivation of hemp as long as it contains less ...

Man indicted in slayings of 3 people in Ohio

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities say killed three people in early February has been indicted in southern Ohio on charges that could result in a death sentence if convicted. The Chillicothe Gazette reports 39-year-old James Rinehart Jr. was indicted Friday in Ross County on ...

Ohio police chief apologizes to family of man fatally mauled

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief has apologized for the delayed response of two officers in providing first aid to a man fatally mauled by a dog in 2017. The Dayton Daily News reports Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl called the mother of 60-year-old Maurice Brown to apologize for ...