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Seventh-grader who shot himself in school bathroom dies

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A seventh-grader who died a day after shooting himself inside a middle school restroom had fireworks and extra ammunition in his backpack, police said on Wednesday. Investigators were reviewing cellphones and other electronics found at the boy's home, but it was too ...

Treasurer candidate wants private prison spending study

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A candidate for state treasurer says the office should determine the impacts of prison privatization on Ohio taxpayers. In a Wednesday letter, Democrat Rob Richardson asked Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') to conduct a fiscal and economic impact study ...

Students tell police school shooting plot was a joke

ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Police have arrested five Ohio high school students for a school shooting plot that the students claim was a joke. Authorities say the five Alliance High School students, all freshmen, were overheard discussing their plan by other students. Police say the students ...

Army Corps reaches settlement over Cleveland harbor dredging

CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has settled a lawsuit with the state of Ohio over the dredging of Cleveland's harbor. Cleveland.com reports the settlement revealed in a court filing Wednesday requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ...

Ohio businessman, deported after 38 years in US, vows return

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Amer Othman's life turned upside down in an instant. The Ohio entrepreneur, who came to the United States 38 years ago and won praise for helping revive once-blighted downtown Youngstown, was arrested during what he thought was another ...

Low-lying areas see river flooding in south, east Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Roads and businesses in some low-lying areas have had to close along the Ohio River after days of rain swelled waterways past their banks. Some businesses were flooded over the long weekend in the city of Pomeroy and other parts of southeast Ohio. Riverside areas along the ...

Historic building collapses, nearby businesses close

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A historic building has collapsed in Ohio, leading officials to close nearby businesses until it is stabilized or torn down. Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter says the back canopy of the three-story Medina building collapsed Sunday during the town's Ice Festival. He says ...

Judge stops village from cutting water to mobile home park

MALVERN, Ohio (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary restraining order to stop an Ohio village from cutting off water to residents of a mobile home park. The Canton Repository reports the village of Malvern was about to stop water service at Sandy Creek Estates Mobile Home Park because those ...

Fleeing car crashes into tree during police chase, killing 2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a suspected stolen car fleeing police in a high-speed chase crashed into a tree in Cleveland, killing two people in the vehicle. The crash around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday split the fleeing vehicle into several pieces and scattered debris in the yards of several ...

Judge: Administrators not liable for Ohio school shooting

By MARK GILLISPIE, The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Five former administrators at a northeastern Ohio school district where three high school students were fatally shot and a fourth permanently disabled are not liable for the shootings six years ago, a judge presiding over a lawsuit ...

Hamilton County leads Ohio in sending people to death row

By DAN HORN, The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — No one ends up on Ohio's death row by getting lucky. The road there is paved with bad decisions, terrible crimes, determined prosecutors and juries that reject pleas for mercy. Raymond Tibbetts and Robert Van Hook, whose executions are ...

Ohio county to distribute bags that deactivate drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county is distributing bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the state's opioid epidemic. The Franklin County effort is an alternative to flushing pills or mixing them in coffee grounds or cat litter. The Columbus Dispatch reports ...

Ohio woman killed by gunshot fired from outside home

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a gunshot fired from outside a home in southwest Ohio has killed a 22-year-old woman standing inside the residence. Authorities have identified the woman killed Friday night as Keyona Murray, of Dayton. She died at a Dayton hospital from a gunshot wound to the ...

Police: Store owner fatally shot during robbery in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a store owner has been fatally shot during a robbery in Cleveland. A Cleveland police spokeswoman says three suspects entered Priceless Consignment Boutique Store through an unlocked door around 4 a.m. Saturday, opened fire and shot the 27-year-old ...

Cincinnati area shaken by racial taunts, insults in schools

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Some schools have been plagued this winter by outbreaks of racism in and around a city that's been revitalized in recent years following racial violence. From a middle-school teacher's warning to a black student that he could get lynched to ...

41 children to be tested after worker tests positive for TB

CINCINNATI (AP) — A county health department in southwest Ohio says children, staff members and others will be tested for tuberculosis because of concerns that a former day care center worker may have exposed them to the infectious bacterial disease. WCPO-TV reports Hamilton County Health ...

State says more than 10,000 Ohioans hospitalized for flu

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Health says nearly 11,000 people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season. Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru Feb. 10 as ...

3 men found hours after escaping from Ohio regional jail

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three men who escaped from a community based correction facility in northeast Ohio have been captured. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office says the men who escaped around 6:45 p.m. Friday from the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility in ...

Ruling opens possibility trans teen will get hormone therapy

CINCINNATI (AP) — A transgender Ohio teen's grandparents have been granted custody and will be allowed to decide whether the 17-year-old can pursue hormone therapy at a hospital after he's evaluated by a psychologist not affiliated with the hospital, a judge in Cincinnati ruled Friday. Judge ...

Girl, 4, fatally shot inside car; suspect arrested

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern Ohio has been arrested. Police say 31-year-old Darnell Bitting was arrested around 4 p.m. Saturday in Akron Akron police spokesman ...