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Ohio SWAT officer cleared in fatal shooting of hostage-taker

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer and member of a regional SWAT team has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man holding a woman hostage in February. The Record-Courier reports the Portage County prosecutor has sent a letter to Kent's police chief saying Hudson police Sgt. ...

Man suspected of Bosnian war crimes will change plea in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — A change of plea hearing is scheduled for an Ohio man accused of hiding the fact that he had been in a special police unit in Bosnia and took part in the Serb massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosnians during the 1995 genocide. The U.S. government accused Oliver Dragic ...

Police: Officers shoot 2 suspects in exchange of gunfire

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say officers shot and injured two suspects in northern Ohio after one fired at police and another pointed a gun at them. None of the officers were hit in the exchange of gunfire. Police in Toledo say the shooting happened Wednesday night at a carryout while ...

Ohio grand jury indicts 2 parents in unrelated child deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury in Columbus has indicted a mother and a father in unrelated child deaths. The Dispatch reports a Franklin County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 26-year-old Steven Wallen on involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges for the accidental shooting ...

Woman, 10-year-old arrested for package theft

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — A woman and a 10-year-old boy have been arrested for stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise in packages taken from homes in Ohio. Police say the duo was arrested Tuesday after someone witnessed the boy taking a package off a porch in Mentor and getting into a car. Officers ...

Attorney general files amicus brief in tea party IRS case

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's attorney general wants to unseal testimony made by two former IRS officials at the center of a 2013 tea party tax scandal. A federal judge previously sealed the depositions of Lois Lerner and Holly Paz after their lawyers said the two received death threats. ...

Ohio amendments on community rights clear ballot board

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two proposed ballot issues that supporters say would restore Ohio communities' rights to challenge corporate incursions have been cleared for signature-gathering. The Ohio Ballot Board certified the Ohio Community Rights Amendment and a companion measure extending ...

FedEx driver foils mail scam, saves couple thousands

EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police say an alert package delivery driver saved an elderly Ohio couple from losing thousands of dollars in a scam by someone claiming the pair needed to send money to keep their son out of prison. Eastlake police say a scammer called the couple saying he was a New ...

House approves Ohio bill to expand flying of POW/MIA flag

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill to expand when the POW/MIA military flag is flown is on its way to the Ohio Senate for consideration. The legislation requires the flag be flown at state-operated buildings on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA ...

Student pleads for thief to return mother’s ashes

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university student is pleading for a suspected thief to return her mother's ashes after her car was broken into. Callie Futey says she was staying at her boyfriend's home in Toledo when the ashes were stolen from the backseat of her car along with other items ...

Mother of boy who fatally OD’d on cocaine gets probation.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old Ohio boy who fatally overdosed on cocaine has received probation instead of prison. The sentencing Tuesday for 38-year-old Raenell Allen, of Youngstown, on a child endangering charge comes days after her boyfriend, 38-year-old Kevin Gamble, ...

Ex-Obama appointee pledges to run government ‘the Ohio way’

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray said Tuesday that he will focus his campaign for governor on improving the lives of Ohio's families and maintain a tone unlike the one he encountered in Washington. At a hometown diner ...

Man gets 3 years for drunken stabbing in fast-food fight

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio college student convicted in his roommate's fatal stabbing after an alcohol-fueled argument about fast food has been sentenced to three years in prison. Twenty-three-year-old Kendal Scheid, of Norwalk, was sentenced Tuesday in Akron. He could have received up to 11 ...

Man challenges death sentence after actual killer given life

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for a condemned Ohio killer say it's "patently unfair" that he received the death sentence for killing a friend during a burglary when his accomplice, who delivered the fatal knife wounds, received a life sentence. The ...

Cincinnati Zoo to open expanded gorilla habitat

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati zoo's gorillas can be viewed by the public year-round at the facility's new expanded gorilla habitat, which includes an indoor viewing area. The zoo drew global attention in 2016 when a special response team killed a gorilla after a small child fell into his ...

High waves cause temporary shutdown of Michigan oil pipeline

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — State officials say the flow of crude oil through twin underwater pipelines has been halted temporarily because of high winds and waves in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. The Michigan Agency for Energy says the temporary shutdown of Enbridge Inc.'s ...

Famed Navy Blue Angels to fly at Dayton Air Show next year

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels are set to soar over Dayton for the first time in four years. The Dayton Air Show, scheduled for June, was without a headline military jet team the past two years after crashes grounded both the Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force ...

Pilot killed after single-engine plane crashes into home

CLEVELAND (AP) — One man has been killed after a single-engine airplane crashed into a home outside of Cleveland. It's unclear when the crash happened, but the family living at the Shalersville Township home discovered the wreckage around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the pilot was ...

Man critically injured in Cleveland home explosion

CLEVELAND (AP) — One man has been hospitalized with severe burns after a home explosion in Cleveland. Fire officials say the explosion happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the east side of the city. The force of the explosion blasted out windows on the first and second floors of the home, and ...

Ohio city councilman arrested for disorderly conduct

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city councilman has been arrested after an altercation with police following a birthday celebration. Police say they were called to a Lorain home early Saturday morning after receiving reports of an intoxicated man who refused to leave. Arriving officers found ...