Ohio News

New center at university to fight algal blooms

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A national research effort aimed at protecting freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms will be led by a new center in Ohio. Bowling Green State University announced in a release Monday that it's been awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Institute of ...

Sen. Lindsey Graham to campaign in Ohio for GOP candidates

CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is coming to Ohio to campaign for GOP candidates in two races in the Nov. 6 election. The South Carolina Republican is scheduled to be in Cincinnati on Tuesday to rally support for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine and for incumbent U.S. Rep. ...

Police: Van strikes bicyclist who dies

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a van has struck and killed a bicyclist in northeast Ohio. Lorain police say the van collided with a man on a bicycle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and then ran off the road and struck a row of trees. Police said the bicyclist who died from his injuries has been ...

Man convicted in future mother-in-law’s slaying sentenced

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man found guilty of fatally stabbing and shooting his future mother-in-law five days before he was supposed to marry her daughter has been sentenced in Ohio to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 33 years. A judge on Monday sentenced 21-year-old Jeffrey ...

Halloween venue hosts ‘Swastika Saturday’ on day of shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Halloween venue in Ohio that held a "Swastika Saturday" the day a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh killing 11 said "we screwed up big time." Haunted Hoochie in Pataskala put out a Facebook promotional post that day referring to "Swastika ...

Veterans’ lives, experiences celebrated at new Ohio museum

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Step lightly between two facing mirrors at a first-of-its-kind museum honoring and celebrating the experiences of military veterans, and it takes your breath away. Behind and in front of you, as far as the eye can see, are folded ...

VP Pence to campaign in Ohio for governor, House candidates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans a campaign stop in Ohio on behalf of two GOP candidates in tight elections. The Ohio Republican Party says Pence will attend a get out of the vote rally Wednesday in Mansfield on behalf of Republican Mike DeWine, running for governor, and ...

Ohio governor orders flags lowered after synagogue shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags lowered to half-staff following a gunman's attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. The governor's announcement came after Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill ...

Fired Ohio St assistant Smith pleads guilty to lesser charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife. Smith had been facing a criminal trespass charge stemming from ...

Man accused of selling drugs to billionaire’s son charged

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who authorities say sold a deadly mixture of drugs to the son of a Greek billionaire in Cleveland has been indicted in federal court. Cleveland.com reports 35-year-old Terry Lee Christian is charged with selling 34-year-old Sokratis S. Kokkalis a mix of heroin, cocaine ...

Fight over CEO school takeover law reaches state high court

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fight over an Ohio law that puts control of poor-performing school districts in the hands of unelected CEOs rather than publicly elected boards has reached the state Supreme Court. On Wednesday, it accepted the case that ...

Ohio announces investment in anti-elder abuse efforts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has announced it is spending $1.3 million to expand its anti-elder abuse efforts. The Department of Job and Family Services says the investment includes a federal grant of more than $920,000. The agency said Wednesday the money will help it launch a year-round ...

Police: Reported abduction was attempt at YouTube ‘prank’

GREENHILLS, Ohio (AP) — Police in an Ohio village say a reported attempted abduction this week was actually an attempt to pull a prank to post on YouTube. Earlier this week, Greenhills police had warned residents about how an 11-year-old boy reported two men pulled up beside him and told him ...

Inmates charged in 2 Ohio prison knife attacks

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio inmates have been charged in separate knife attacks at a prison in assaults that severely wounded a guard and injured four prisoners who were unable to defend themselves because they were handcuffed to a table. The ...

Suspect in crash that killed 4 has prior driving convictions

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio say a driver accused of causing a crash that killed four people, including a young boy, has four prior convictions for operating a vehicle under the influence. Donte Conard appeared Monday in an Ashtabula courtroom. The 48-year-old Ashtabula man is ...

Man arrested in connection with body found burning in park

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested in connection with a body found burning in a park in Ohio. A statement from police in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington says 27-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi was arrested Monday on arson and corpse abuse charges in connection ...

Ohio bill focuses on use, funding of school features like AC

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would have to study which of its schools have air conditioning, safety measures and certain other building features under a state lawmaker's proposal to direct some school construction money specifically for those ...

Court hears case of inmate who killed girlfriend’s parents

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the case of a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter. Shawn Ford Jr. was convicted by a Summit County jury in 2015 of aggravated murder and other ...

University of Cincinnati student president makes history

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati's current student body president is making history as the first black woman in the school's 199-year history to hold the position. UC senior Megdelawit Habteselassie, a Dayton native, says she credits a strong network of women encouraging her to ...

Brown, Renacci spar again in 2nd Ohio US Senate debate

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Candidates in Ohio's U.S. Senate campaign on Saturday argued in a second debate over different positions on taxes, immigration, gun control, climate change, the influence of money on politics and health care. In opening ...