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Ohio abortion clinic lands license needed to stay open

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Dayton area's last abortion clinic has prevailed in a years-long battle over Ohio’s stringent new licensing requirements and will remain open. The Ohio Department of Health has granted Women’s Med Center a surgical facility license. The center in Kettering had ...

State agency says Ohio suicide deaths rose 45% since 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of suicides in Ohio increased 45% from 2007 to 2018 amid a growing national public health crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health. Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton said suicide has also increased by more than ...

Prosecutors: Teen killed girl, 14, thinking she was pregnant

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a teen fatally shot a 14-year-old girl because he believed a false rumor the girl was pregnant and thought he was the father. The Repository in Canton reports the 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday in Stark County Juvenile Court. His trial ...

Man sentenced to death for killing girlfriend’s 2 teenagers

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to death for fatally shooting his girlfriend’s teenage son and daughter. Prosecutors say Matthew Nicholson shot 19-year-old Giselle Lopez and 17-year-old Manuel Lopez in front of their mother after a heated argument with her in September 2018 ...

Police chief says ‘hearts are broken’ over slain detective

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says hearts are broken over the death of a detective shot while serving a drug-related warrant. Dayton Chief Richard Biehl called Det. Jorge Del Rio a "noble, selfless public servant" during funeral services Tuesday for the 30-year police veteran at ...

Future of Ohio Bitcoin program, deemed illegal, in limbo

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Resuming Ohio's attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state's top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost ...

Nurses’ hearings set over drug doses for patients who died

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Administrative hearings have been set for the 25 Ohio nurses accused of giving excessive painkillers to patients who died and not questioning the medication ordered by a doctor now charged with murder. Those nurses from the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus aren't ...

County to buy trauma kits for mass shootings, other violence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county's commissioners have approved a $350,000 contract to purchase kits meant to help civilians handle injuries from mass shootings or other violent attacks. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Franklin County commissioners approved the contract ...

Wife of minister convicted of sex charges enters plea deal

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The wife and stepdaughter of a former Ohio minister convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl have pleaded guilty to witness tampering. Prosecutors had accused the two women of abducting the victim and warning her not to testify at the trial of Anthony Haynes ...

Governor signs measure to strengthen amusement ride safety

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a measure aimed at strengthening Ohio's amusement ride safety program. The bill signed by the Republican governor on Wednesday seeks to strengthen safety inspection standards, define qualifications for ride inspectors and outline ride owner ...

$100M deposited in Ohio accounts for those with disabilities

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Contributions to tax-advantaged savings and investment accounts that Ohio offers to eligible children and adults with disabilities have exceeded $100 million. Republican Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague said the STABLE Account program his office administers hit the mark ...

Exhibit celebrating military dogs’ heroism travels to Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A traveling exhibit celebrating the service and heroism of military working dogs and the sacrifices they make during battle will be displayed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio. The exhibit titled "Canine Warriors — Courage and Sacrifice, Always Beside ...

Cedar Fair says attendance, pass sales up at amusement parks

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Cedar Fair Entertainment says its amusement and water parks have seen another jump in attendance this year. The Sandusky, Ohio-based company says helping drive the increase are its popular Halloween and winter events along with new nighttime festivals at some of its ...

Ex-postal employee sentenced for stealing gift cards, cash

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Cleveland found guilty of stealing gift cards and cash from mail has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Federal authorities say Jennifer Riccardi was sentenced this week to four years and eight months and must pay over ...

Buster Douglas to promote long odds against Tyson to inspire

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buster Douglas will mark the 30th anniversary of his upset boxing victory over Mike Tyson with a campaign aimed at inspiring others who face long odds. Douglas, 59, joined organizers at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday to announce a ...

2 more Ohio executions delayed amid lack of lethal drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio's continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs. James Galen Hanna was scheduled to die Dec. 11 for the murder of his cellmate in 1997. DeWine, a Republican, on Wednesday moved his execution ...

Air National Guard’s 178th Wing to get 1st female commander

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The 178th Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is set to get its first female commander. Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald is scheduled to assume duties as commander of the 178th Wing from Col. Gregg Hesterman during a ceremony Sunday at the Springfield Air National Guard ...

Mom charged in newborn’s death wants trial moved

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who authorities say put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 wants her upcoming trial moved to another county. Gail Eastwood-Ritchey pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County in ...

Man accused of defrauding Cleveland Clinic receives 5 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of defrauding the Cleveland Clinic of $2.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Cleveland.com reports 44-year-old Wisam Rizk, of Westlake, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy, wire fraud and false statements. He was sentenced ...

2 people die, 2 injured after touching downed power lines

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's State Highway Patrol says two people have died and two have been seriously injured after touching power lines downed when a car crashed into a utility pole. The patrol's Elyria post says the car ran off a road in Lorain County around 3 a.m. Sunday and struck the ...