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2-year-old among 3 dead after residential explosion and fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 2-year-old girl and two adults were found dead after an explosion ignited a fire at an Ohio home, police said Thursday. The cause of Wednesday evening's blast in a neighborhood several miles southeast of downtown Columbus remains unclear, so homicide detectives are ...

Sam Wyche, boundary-pushing coach of Bengals, dead at 74

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Sam Wyche, who pushed the boundaries as an offensive innovator with the Cincinnati Bengals and challenged the NFL's protocols along the way, has died. He was 74. Wyche, who had a history of blood clots in his lungs and had a heart transplant in 2016 in Charlotte, ...

Firefighters battle New Year’s blaze at abandoned factory

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze at a long-abandoned Ohio factory on Wednesday, with smoke visible for miles. No injuries were reported as the fire burned at the former paper plant in Middletown in southwestern Ohio. Fire was first reported early Wednesday ...

Feds say man threatened Ohio State during Michigan game

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man accused of saying he was going to shoot up Ohio State University and hurt players on the football team in a threat made during the university's 2018 game with the University of Michigan, ...

Ohio police investigate multiple New Year’s Eve shootings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police across Ohio had their hands full New Year's Eve and early Wednesday with multiple reports of shootings, including a woman who police say was fatally shot after her boyfriend started firing his gun right after midnight. In Cleveland, police reported 10 separate ...

Toolkit helps houses of worship prep responses if attacked

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have developed a free, online toolkit to help houses of worship discuss and prepare for how they would respond if they were attacked. The toolkit provides guidance for tabletop preparedness exercises that can be used for congregations of various sizes, ...

State auditor criticizes Ohio city for alleged funds misuse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city improperly spent money from its water, sewer and environmental funds and should repay the money from the general fund, the state auditor said. Youngstown should not have spent $4.4 million from those funds in 2017 and 2018, which included improper ...

Ohio school district brings back in-school driver’s ed class

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district has brought back in-school driver's ed classes to help more students earn licences before they turn 18 as a way of finding employment. Akron city schools is piloting the program, which takes place after school at a discounted cost, with scholarships ...

Ohio police investigate multiple New Year’s Eve shootings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police across Ohio had their hands full New Year's Eve and early Wednesday with multiple reports of shootings, including a woman who police say was fatally shot after her boyfriend started firing his gun right after midnight. In Cleveland, police reported 10 separate ...

Man arrested after claiming to be missing child due in court

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge will hear next week whether a plea deal has been reached in the case of a 24-year-old man authorities say claimed to be a long-missing child. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett has a Jan. 8 status conference set in the case ...

Not-guilty pleas for dad, 2 women charged after boy’s death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Not-guilty pleas were entered Tuesday for three adults charged after the death of a 10-year-old Ohio boy who authorities say had long been abused at home. Investigators in Dayton allege Takoda Collins was mistreated by his father. Police were called to the home about the ...

Court to consider jurisdiction over juvenile sex offenders

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to clarify how long juvenile court judges have jurisdiction over youthful sex offenders. At issue is a Cincinnati-area defendant who sexually abused two young relatives when he was 14, ...

Judge suspends prosecutor after state asked for his removal

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A county prosecutor who faced allegations of sexual harassment of female employees before pleading guilty to negligent assault was suspended Tuesday, a day after the state filed a complaint to remove him. Sandusky County Judge Jeremiah Ray ordered that county Prosecutor ...

Trooper reunites boy with favorite stuffed toy, ‘booboo’

An Ohio state trooper reunited a young boy with his favorite stuffed toy, 'booboo', that was dropped out of a car window on a highway. Leah Sharkey shared on Facebook that she was driving on the Ohio Turnpike on Sunday when she heard her 3-year-old son screaming from the backseat about his ...

Dalton leads Bengals over Browns 33-23, Kitchens later fired

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton took the snap and went to his knee, finishing a double-digit victory that might suffice as his farewell to Cincinnati. On the Browns sideline, Freddie Kitchens hugged Baker Mayfield at the end of a disappointing season that would ...

Document review slows state lawsuit against e-school founder

CLEVELAND (AP) — A review of thousands of documents is delaying a state lawsuit aimed at recouping millions of dollars from the founder and leaders of what was once Ohio's largest online charter school. Lawyers for the defendants tied to the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow said in ...

Over 100,000 in Ohio lose power as high winds roll through

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 100,000 customers around Ohio were left without electricity as high winds blew through the state, utilities said. It brought gusts of up to 60 mph overnight, taking out trees and power lines. Nearly 50,000 customers of AEP and South Central Power had no ...

Doctor charged in 25 deaths sues hospital for defamation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor accused of ordering drug overdoses in the deaths of 25 hospital patients has sued his former employer for defamation, arguing that he did nothing wrong and did not deviate from hospital policy on end-of-life care. Dr. William Husel, who is accused of ...

Ex-deputy ensures road projects leave room for responders

By MARC KOVAC The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On Tuesday mornings, Franklin County Engineer Cornell Robertson and members of his staff typically can be found presenting the county commissioners with plans and funding requests for road and bridge projects. It takes a lot of work ...

Football-making town sets record for most thrown at once

ADA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio town long associated with the manufacturing of footballs has set a Guinness World Record for the most thrown at the same time. The organization certified the record after the attempt was made Oct. 25 by 950 people simultaneously throwing a football on the Ada War ...