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Man sues city for arresting him over parody Facebook page

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A man acquitted of a felony for creating a fake Facebook page that parodied a suburban Cleveland police department is suing the city, saying they violated his right to free speech. Anthony Novak filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the city of ...

Another Ohio city adds safe zones for internet buys

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest city is joining a trend of communities creating safety zones where people buying and selling items on the internet can meet. Columbus on Wednesday announced the creation of five such purchase zones around the city, all located at police substations. The ...

Mom sentenced after causing multiday search for Ohio teen

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to probation after prosecutors say she took a teen from her Ohio home so her son could have a friend. Cleveland.com reports Renee Hanson said during her sentencing hearing Wednesday that she acted in poor judgment. The 44-year-old ...

Police: Student arrested after Snapchat threats

MONROE, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old student has been arrested in Ohio after officials say he threatened to kill fellow students in a video posted to the mobile messaging app Snapchat. Court documents report the student at Lakota East High School, near Monroe, said in the video he would ...

Federal grand jury indict 13 on charges including bank fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal grand jury has charged 13 people from Ohio with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The U.S. attorney for Ohio's southern district said Wednesday the indictment alleges that from September 2016 until August 2017 defendants conspired to unlawfully ...

3 people fatally shot in southern Ohio, 8-year-old missing

IRONTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three people have been fatally shot, a fourth person stabbed and an 8-year-old boy is missing in southeast Ohio. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to an Elizabeth Township trailer around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday where three adults ...

Absentee voting begins for Ohio’s fall election

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Absentee voting is beginning for Ohio's fall election. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says Wednesday marks the first day of absentee voting for the general election on Nov. 7. The deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming election was Tuesday. Voters ...

Dad of boy who died after scalding bath sentenced to 7 years

By LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old Ohio boy who died after his stepmother put him in a scalding bath was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. Robert Ritchie was sentenced in a Warren ...

Retired school workers to see cost-of-living increase frozen

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The School Employee Retirement System in Ohio will freeze cost-of-living increases for three years for 75,000 pensioners and is pushing for a similar change for more future retirees. The Columbus Dispatch reports the SERS board voted on Monday to move forward with ...

Police: Teen says he shot dog with arrow

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy has acknowledged he shot an Ohio family's yellow Labrador retriever with an arrow. The Redicks say they had to take their dog Cosmo to a clinic for emergency surgery last week to remove the arrow. Chatfield Redick says the veterinarian found ...

Police: 2-year-old found wandering in traffic

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 60-year-old Ohio man has been charged with child endangerment after his grandson was found wandering in rush hour traffic. WHIO-TV reports traffic slowed to a standstill Monday after the 2-year-old was found in a busy Springfield intersection. Several motorists and ...

2 Ohio teens found fatally shot in car parked behind home

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo police say two 18-year-olds have been found fatally shot inside a car parked behind a home. The teens have been identified as Gregory Stone and Deiyana Porter. Officers were called to the home early Tuesday afternoon. Police say the teens were dating and that Stone ...

Family of black driver shot by white officer sues over death

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — The family of an unarmed black driver fatally shot by a white policeman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. It alleges in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday, that Euclid is responsible for practices that led to Officer Matthew Rhodes ...

Burger King tries to burn Wendy’s with its own spicy nuggets

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King is adding spicy nuggets to its menu and firing up a rivalry with burger chain Wendy's, which pulled the peppery snack from most of its restaurants earlier this year. Burger King said Tuesday that its version of spicy nuggets ...

Police seek person who shot dog with arrow

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police are searching for the person who shot a yellow Labrador retriever with an arrow. Wayne County resident Chatfield Redick says a neighbor found his 9-year-old dog Cosmo with an arrow in his chest Wednesday afternoon near Wooster. Redick says Cosmo had gotten ...

Police: Man rushed at responding officers with tomahawk

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police near Cincinnati say a naked man tried to use a tomahawk and bayonet to attack officers responding to a call at a home and is now charged with felonious assault. Colerain Township police say the 52-year-old man rushed toward officers and repeatedly asked them to kill ...

Faculty union OKs tentative agreement with Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The faculty union at Youngstown State University in northeast Ohio says union members have approved a tentative agreement for a three-year contract that includes salary increases. The Vindicator reports that faculty members approved the tentative agreement with ...

Ohio court upholds use of evidence in illegal warrant search

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the use of evidence obtained by police who illegally enter a residence while executing a search warrant. The court said in a 6-1 decision Tuesday that the "knock-and-announce" principle offers different protections than those in ...

Ohio gun groups split with NRA, say don’t ban bump stocks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gun groups say they oppose any bans on a gun accessory called bump stocks used by the Las Vegas mass shooter to turn semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire automatic weapons. The Dispatch reports the Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry say a ...

Teen: Officer slammed me to ground, put hands around throat

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman who spent five days in jail for what police internal affairs investigators concluded was a false charge of assaulting a police officer said the officer choked her and slammed her to the ground. Cleveland.com reports 18-year-old Angelina Martinez, of Lakewood, said in ...