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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 ...

State lawmakers hope to prevent crashes with rumble strips

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to ...

Talks resume in lawsuits over sex abuse by Ohio State doctor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers are resuming mediation toward a potential settlement in lawsuits against Ohio State by men who collectively allege two decades of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased team doctor. Nearly 250 men are plaintiffs in about a dozen lawsuits against the university over ...

Wright State University names provost as its next president

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — Wright State University has named its provost as the school's next president. The university's Board of Trustees announced in a release Monday that Provost Susan Edwards will assume the presidency of the school in southwestern Ohio on Jan. 1. She will succeed President ...

British subsidiary to establish HQ for Americas in Cleveland

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A subsidiary of an international business headquartered in London plans to build its Americas headquarters in Cleveland. London Stock Exchange Group's ELITE business services initiative announced the deal Monday in collaboration with JobsOhio, a private nonprofit ...

Ohio plans to increase payments to relatives caring for kids

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio plans to increase payments to approved relatives caring for children who were taken from their parents even when the family members aren't licensed caregivers, as more kids are being removed from their homes amid the opioid ...

Developers plan luxury hotel in basket-shaped building

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Developers plan to turn the iconic, basket-shaped building in Ohio that was once headquarters for The Longaberger Company into a hotel. One of the developers who bought the seven-story building in Newark in 2017 announced plans Monday to transform it into a luxury hotel ...

Man sentenced to 10 years to life in sex assault of girl, 11

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities say sexually assaulted and impregnated an 11-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison in Ohio. The Canton Repository reports 27-year-old Juan Leon-Gomez, a Guatemalan citizen in the country illegally, pleaded guilty to rape and ...

2nd ex-manager at plant sentenced in worker’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A second former manager at an Ohio manufacturing plant has been sentenced for what authorities say was an attempt to cover up circumstances surrounding a worker's 2012 death. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports Paul Love, former safety coordinator at Extrudex Aluminum near ...

Ohio court hears fight about ‘takeovers’ of troubled schools

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law that changed how Ohio intervenes in repeatedly poor-performing school districts should be found unconstitutional, a school board and school employees' unions argued Wednesday in front of the state's Supreme Court. At issue is a ...

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial ...

General: Georgia soldiers died when vehicle fell from bridge

By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Soldiers were training in darkness when their armored vehicle fell from a bridge and landed upside down in water below, killing three of those inside and injuring three others, the commanding general of Fort Stewart said Monday. Maj. ...

Governor orders flags lowered to honor Ohio soldier killed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered flags in parts of the state lowered to half-staff to honor an Ohio soldier killed in an Army training accident in Georgia. Ohio's Republican governor on Tuesday ordered U.S. and Ohio flags flown at half-staff at all public buildings and ...

Judge issues insanity ruling against man accused of arson

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of starting a fire that killed his mother and injured his brother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. A judge in Dayton made the decision Monday, ruling that 25-year-old James Dennis will remain at a mental health facility. A prosecutor ...

Fired TV weatherman pleads not guilty to child porn charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former television weatherman accused of downloading pornographic images depicting children has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to four child pornography-related charges. Sixty-year-old Mike Davis pleaded not guilty Monday in Columbus to counts of pandering ...

News groups push ahead in bid for gunman’s school records

CINCINNATI (AP) — News organizations seeking school records of a gunman who killed nine people in Dayton have appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court after a lower court rejected their bid for access to the files. The organizations filed a notice of appeal Monday over the decision by three 2nd ...

Is Ohio in play? GOP tilt working against Democrats

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn't changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were ...

2 killed in Columbus collisions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two people have been killed and two seriously injured in collisions in a Columbus intersection. Police in central Ohio say the driver of a Toyota Camry and a female passenger were dead at the scene, while another female passenger had life-threatening injuries after the ...