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Ohio clerk accused of leaking search warrants indicted

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio authorities said Thursday a longtime clerk of courts employee has been fired and now faces felony charges alleging she leaked confidential information from search warrants that allowed potential law enforcement targets to be ...

Experts: Failed execution attempt may cause legal challenges

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's failure to execute a condemned killer with poor veins despite multiple claims by the state that the veins were accessible will lead to new challenges of the state lethal injection process, death penalty experts ...

Ohio deputy shoots self in foot firing at attacking dog

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio sheriff's deputy shot himself in the foot while fending off an attacking dog during a drug raid. The shooting happened Thursday morning in Marion as a police task force searched a suspected drug house. The Marion Star reports Deputy Mike Wheeler ...

Patrol: crashes, fatalities jumped after Ohio went to 70 mph

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state highway patrol says crashes and fatalities jumped after Ohio adopted a 70 mph speed limit on many roads and highways. A patrol report released Thursday found a 24 percent increase in crashes on 70 mph roads, including 22 percent more fatal and injury ...

Ohio campaign targets bullying, promotes support of youth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state has launched an ad campaign targeting bullying and promoting the support of at-risk Ohio youth. The "Be Present" campaign from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services encourages friends, classmates and siblings to support youth experiencing ...

Change of plea for Ohio man suspected of Bosnian war crimes

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set a change of plea hearing for an Ohio man accused of hiding the fact that he had been in a special police unit in Bosnia and took part in the Serb massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosnians during the 1995 genocide. The U.S. government accused Oliver Dragic ...

Police report multiple injuries after car strikes home

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say multiple people have been seriously injured after a flaming car crashed into a Cleveland home. Authorities say the crash happened around 11 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses say the car hit another vehicle at an intersection before striking the home. Police say the ...

Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate’s vein

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state's execution team were unable to find a vein to insert an IV that would administer the lethal ...

Ohio set to execute inmate with walking, breathing problems

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio plans on Wednesday to execute a condemned killer who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death. Inmate Alva Campbell was sentenced to die for killing a teenager during a carjacking two decades ago. The U.S. Supreme Court on ...

Lawsuit seeks to stop work on Appalachian gas pipeline

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups are asking a court to stop construction of a natural gas pipeline that will run across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada, the latest in a series of challenges against pipelines being built to transport gas ...

Wounded suspect in officers’ shooting is transferred to jail

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) — A wounded suspect accused of injuring two police officers in an exchange of gunfire at an Ohio car dealership has been moved from a medical center to a jail to await his first court appearance. Thirty-one-year-old Timmothy Schmidt was hospitalized after being ...

Man dead, woman hospitalized after touching power line

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed and a woman seriously injured after they were electrocuted while trimming trees in Ohio. The Akron Fire Department says the pair were working for a private contractor in Akron Tuesday afternoon when the 38-year-old man made contact with a ...

3 Ohio pastors indicted on child sex trafficking conspiracy

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex. A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted the Rev. Cordell Jenkins, the Rev. Anthony Haynes and ...

Ohio county mulls plate scanners to find crime-linked cars

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio county that includes Cleveland is considering installing license plate scanners at intersections to help police find vehicles used during crimes. Cleveland.com reports the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Council expects to spend nearly $900,000 to install 18 ...

Lawyers for convicted Ohio serial killer quit case

CINCINNATI (AP) — The attorneys representing convicted Ohio serial killer Anthony Kirkland have quit because they say he discussed his case with another attorney and they cannot ethically represent him. The judge says he will appoint new defense attorneys and Kirkland will return to court in ...

Ohio city hopes conduct pact with police will serve as model

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A coalition representing minority groups in Ohio's fourth-largest city hopes a code of conduct signed with police to improve relations between the two can be a model for other cities. The pact outlines how people in the city should be ...

Police: 3 stabbed at a home; 18-year-old suspect in custody

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old suspect is in custody after three people were stabbed in a suburban Cleveland home. Investigators say officers responding to a reported disturbance found the three people hurt on Sunday night in Parma, a few miles south of downtown Cleveland. It ...

Suit: Hospital wrongly released man hours before 3 slayings

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that an Ohio man previously imprisoned for killing his pregnant girlfriend was improperly discharged from a hospital hours before fatally shooting three people. The Dayton Daily News reports the lawsuit by the three victims' estates says ...

Leading Senate candidate in Ohio GOP primary mum on Moore

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican U.S. Senate primary in Ohio that's barely registered with the public suddenly has a dividing line: Roy Moore. Josh Mandel, the 40-year-old state treasurer considered the front runner, declined to state a position on ...

Reward up to $20K for info in killing of pregnant mother

GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The reward for information leading to a conviction in the 2013 death of a pregnant mother in southern Ohio has been increased to $20,000. The Brown County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that two $5,000 anonymous donations would be added to the existing reward for ...