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Columbus workers start signing up for free bus passes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workers in downtown Columbus have begun signing up for free bus passes under a program aimed at boosting bus usage to address traffic and parking issues in Ohio's capital city. The Central Ohio Transit Authority approved what's known as CPASS in March. The $4.5 million ...

Key laws, residents vexed when legislative leaders resign

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When legislative leaders resign midterm, things can get messy. In Ohio, a speaker's departure has led to a stalemate that's brought lawmaking to a standstill. In Kentucky, lawmakers face a lawsuit over a bill they passed while a ...

Auditor wants to be part of case over e-school closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's auditor is asking to formally get involved in court proceedings over the dismantling of what used to be the state's largest online charter school. Republican Auditor Dave Yost's office took steps to preserve computer data from the now-closed Electronic Classroom ...

Ohio man guilty in stabbing death of mom with Alzheimer’s

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 76-year-old mother who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Michael Gleisinger pleaded guilty in an Akron courtroom on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and failing to care for someone who's impaired. Police ...

Former officer sentenced in assault of 13-year-old boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cleveland police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy when she worked as a teacher's aide has been sentenced to two years in prison. The boy's mother called Maria Velez a disgrace at her sentencing Tuesday. Velez pleaded guilty in ...

Live grenade found inside home under renovation

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man renovating a home in Ohio found a live hand grenade inside one of the walls. The man was working on the home in Mentor-on-the-Lake Sunday afternoon when he discovered the grenade. Police say the device was likely from World War II or the ...

Cleveland police plan to recruit more women, minorities

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Police Department plans to hire more women and people of color to better reflect the city's demographics. Cleveland.com reports the recruitment plan draft released Tuesday calls for the department to hire 75 women and 75 minorities by the end of next ...

Kasich signs order promoting technology for disabled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that will ensure disabled people receive more help from advanced technology. Kasich was flanked by a robot named Milo when he signed the order this past week. The initiative is designed to help those who use ...

Ohio bill would shift courts away from requiring cash bail

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges would assess defendants' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances based on a variety of factors instead of a strict system of cash bail, under measures being considered by Ohio lawmakers. The current bail system ...

Shuttle expected to ease parking headaches at Hocking Hills

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A weekend shuttle service is expected to ease parking headaches at popular attractions in southeastern Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park. Officials say the shuttle bus between downtown Logan and Old Man's Cave will run on weekends through Oct. 28. Other buses will loop ...

Chewie coming to Cincy this fall for comic expo

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati is getting the Wookiee treatment this fall. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" series, will be at the Cincinnati Comic Expo taking place Sept. 14-16. At 7 feet, 2 inches, the actor towered over other characters as Han Solo's co-pilot in the ...

WW II veteran gets high school diploma 74 years later

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Ohio is celebrating Memorial Day with a high school diploma. Circleville High School honored Robert Lockard at its graduation ceremony Sunday. Lockard was a student at Circleville who would have graduated in 1944, but he ...

99-year-old wows with art show at senior residence

By JAVONTE ANDERSON, The Blade SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — John Cook takes a sip of his white wine as he describes the portrait hanging on the wall. Cook remembers the scene like it was yesterday: three fishermen on a boat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each painting tells a story, representing ...

Judge wants state, US EPA to take lead on Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit in Ohio says he wants state and federal regulators to take serious steps to find and implement solutions to Lake Erie's persistent algae problem instead of leaving the issue to the courts. U.S. District Judge James Carr met earlier ...

Condemned killer blames attack on ‘homosexual panic’

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a "homosexual panic" of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago. Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was ...

Ex-police chief pleads guilty to stealing from dead man

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a former Ohio police chief and coroner's investigator has pleaded guilty to stealing money from a dead man while removing his body from a home. The Attorney General's Office says 42-year-old Richard Jamrozik, of Campbell, pleaded guilty Thursday in ...

Deputy shoots, wounds man on interstate in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — A sheriff's deputy has shot and killed a man who witnesses say crashed his car and began attacking people who had stopped to help him on an interstate in Cleveland. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday identified the man as 33-year-old ...

Case worker: Mom delayed shooting report, hoped to keep guns

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A social worker says the Ohio mother of an 8-year-old boy who repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister delayed reporting it and seeking medical help because she was afraid they would lose the firearms they use to hunt for food. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports the case ...

Ohio toddler dies a day after being struck in street race

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A toddler has died a day after police say she and her mother were struck by two Florida teenagers who were street racing. John Reisinger of Tampa told the Tampa Bay Times that his niece's 21-month-old daughter Lillia died Thursday. The girl's mother, 24-year-old Jessica ...

Kasich to address graduates of Harvard Kennedy School

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is delivering the spring graduation address at the Harvard Kennedy School. The former presidential candidate addresses the school of government's class of 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wednesday. Kasich's focus on national policy ...