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Plane crashes into front yard of rural Ohio home; 2 dead

APPLE CREEK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two pilots are dead after a plane crashed into the snow-covered front yard of a rural Ohio home shortly after taking off from a private airfield nearby. The State Highway Patrol says initial reports indicate the plane had engine trouble Monday morning ...

Stole priest wore at DeWine inauguration had special meaning

By JULIE CARR SMYTH COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For members of Ohio's large new first family, the stole worn by Father Tom Hagan throughout Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's inaugural weekend was a way to involve their beloved late daughter in the celebration. First lady Fran DeWine sewed the ...

Jesse Jackson meeting with GM workers about racist threats

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be meeting with auto workers suing General Motors after racist graffiti and nooses were discovered at their plant in Ohio. Jackson will be in Toledo on Tuesday to talk with the workers who say they're facing ongoing racial harassment. A group ...

Interns work on prison inspections at short-staffed watchdog

CLEVELAND (AP) — The legislative watchdog evaluating Ohio's prisons is so short-staffed that unpaid interns are working on inspections, prompting concerns from critics about oversight of the prison system. But the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee's inspection reports are up to ...

Man hurt in jail fight dies; charges expected for 2nd inmate

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — A coroner says an inmate hurt in a fight at an Ohio jail died a day later at a hospital. The Dayton Daily News reports the Montgomery County Coroner's Office hasn't ruled on what caused the Saturday death of 54-year-old James Richards. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office ...

Patient’s widow: Hospital safeguards ‘failed tremendously’

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 44-year-old excavator was taken to the emergency room with shortness of breath. Breathing trouble also sent a 64-year-old woman to the same hospital. A third patient, a 79-year-old woman with health problems, was transferred from ...

Attorney: New racist threats at GM plant where nooses found

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Workers who sued General Motors after nooses and racist graffiti were found at its largest U.S. transmission plant nearly two years ago are still facing racial harassment, their attorney said Thursday. Just this week, one of the workers ...

Man convicted of killing 2 women gets life sentence

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting two women before shooting himself after a police standoff has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole. Authorities said James Geran (GEHR'-uhn) killed a woman they described as a business associate in a ...

New suits filed over pain meds given to near-death patients

By KANTELE FRANKO and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man said Wednesday he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife's hospital death last year was caused by a doctor's order for a fatal dose of pain medication. David Austin said he called an ...

Authorities: Space heater caused fire that killed teen

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Fire officials say a house fire that killed a 14-year-old boy in Ohio was caused by a space heater. The Repository in Canton reports Plain Township fire officials have ruled that the fire that killed Christian Werstler on Monday was an accident. Firefighters were called ...

Lieutenant governor to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new lieutenant governor will be the featured speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in the state's capital city. Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) is speaking at noon Thursday at the event at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown ...

Federal judge allowing open phone line during execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is once again allowing the use of an open phone line to his courtroom during an Ohio execution. Tuesday's decision by Judge Michael Merz permits use of a system created in 2017 when defense attorneys tried unsuccessfully to stop an execution based on the ...

Ohio man sentenced in terrorism funding case

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of two brothers from Ohio who admitted giving money to a friend who sent it to an al-Qaida leader has been sentenced to five years in prison. A federal judge in Toledo sentenced Sultane Salim on Tuesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to concealing the financing of ...

First dispensaries in state ready to sell medical marijuana

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four dispensaries are ready to begin selling medical marijuana for the first time in Ohio. Two of the dispensaries opening Wednesday morning are in the southeast Ohio community of Wintersville, outside Steubenville. The other two dispensaries set to open are in Sandusky in ...

Federal food assistance arriving early because of shutdown

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February's benefits this week. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Jan. 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. The Trump ...

New governor sworn in at home before public inauguration

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Flanked by family and close friends, Mike DeWine became Ohio's 70th governor shortly after midnight today in private ceremony at his farm near Cedarville. Sworn in by his son, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Pat DeWine, the governor, 72, took the oath of office with his hand ...

Gambling revenue tops nearly $1.9 billion statewide

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's casinos and racinos recorded 1.86 billion in revenue last year, marking a record profit for the industry that launched in the state in 2012. Gambling revenue — the amount of money kept by the facilities after paying out winnings — rose more than 7 percent at the ...

Fire breaks out at apartment building, 6 hospitalized

CINCINNATI (AP) — Six people have been hospitalized after a large fire broke out at a Cincinnati apartment building. Fire crews responded to the blaze that started in the middle of the multi-story apartment building around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Resident Cheryl Dennis tells WCPO-TV neighbors ...

DeWine era to mark shift away from volatile Kasich, Trump

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable ...

WWII vet who got degree delayed by nearly 7 decades has died

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A World War II veteran who flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom has died, his family said. He was 97. Bob Barger died Wednesday at a Toledo retirement ...