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Man’s drowning at Ohio hotel pool not considered suspicious

RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police say the death of a 26-year-old man who drowned at a hotel pool near Cleveland doesn't appear to be suspicious. A detective says the man was with family members Wednesday at the Days Inn & Suites pool in Richfield when he started flailing and calling for ...

Chief: Ohio officer recorded using racial slur during arrest

CINCINNATI (AP) — A white officer in Cincinnati has had his police powers suspended for allegedly using a racial slur while trying to arrest a black woman at a nightclub last weekend. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that police Chief Eliot Isaac called such behavior unacceptable. In an ...

Ohio mail carrier dies after minivan hits postal truck

WADSWORTH, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says an Ohio mail carrier was killed on his route when a minivan hit the back of his U.S. Postal Service truck as he pulled into traffic and he was partly thrown from the vehicle. Troopers say 59-year-old Randy Irwin, of Macedonia, died at the ...

Cincinnati Zoo welcomes baby tamandua

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo has welcomed a baby tamandua. Zoo officials announced on Christmas Eve that the pup was born to first-time mother Isla on Dec. 20. They say the baby tamandua needs to develop and won't make its public debut for another couple months. The tamandua is a ...

North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500M

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. U.S. District Judge Beryl ...

Parolee reflects on her first year out of prison

By MARK CURNUTTE, Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — Before her parole and release from prison last Christmas Day, Tyra Patterson had to make a five-year plan. Her goals were to live independently, get a job, travel, see her family and begin speaking in public about criminal justice ...

Wrong-way driver killed after hitting tractor trailer truck

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — An Ohio man has died after the car he was driving the wrong way on a Connecticut highway slammed head-on into a tractor trailer truck. State police say 27-year-old Christian Alvarez Villarini, of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene early Monday morning. The ...

Doctors recommend nearly 4,500 in medical marijuana registry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced on Monday that the number of recommendations now totals 4,440, with at least 3,036 ...

Ohio capital to conduct national search for new police chief

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio's capital city says a national search will be conducted for the next chief of police. The announcement by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther marks a departure from past practice, when new chiefs were chosen from the ranks of existing officers. The Columbus ...

Christmas Eve house fire destroys home, 2 cars

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A Christmas Eve fire in southwest Ohio has destroyed a three-story home and two cars. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports fire crews arrived Monday afternoon to a building engulfed in flames in Wayne Township, some 130 miles east of Cincinnati. Fire ...

Barber tells Sen. Sherrod Brown he’s looking presidential

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio barber said he has a policy of not talking politics in his shop — but maintains the new haircut he gave to client and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made him look "more like a candidate for president." Carlo Sarti, 73, has run his shop in Garfield Heights ...

Kasich signs prison law changes named for slain OSU student

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Criminal sentencing law changes named for a slain Ohio State University student have been signed into law in Ohio. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) signed a bill containing part of the Reagan Tokes Act Friday. It gives state prison officials greater discretion in ...

Ex-corrections officer indicted for sexual assault of inmate

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate has been indicted on sexual battery charges. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said Friday that 23-year-old Franco Villella, of Troy, faces two counts in the Dec. 11, 2018, assault of a ...

Police: Suspect arrested in West Virginia for Ohio murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Police say they have arrested an Ohio suspect who law enforcement officials say was involved in a November murder. According to the Charleston Police Department, 36-year-old Silas Thomas Hill II was arrested early Saturday morning after police received ...

Shooting near Cincinnati playground injures 2

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say two people have been shot in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. WCPO-TV says police called the Saturday night shooting near Findlay Playground a gun battle in which a woman was shot in the head. TV stations report that her injuries are not ...

Kasich vetoes gun bill, bars gender identity discrimination

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich acted as expected Wednesday to veto a bill expanding gun-owner rights and, in a surprise move, also expanded a years-old anti-discrimination order to include gender identity. Both moves ...

Planned Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel clears final hurdle

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A proposal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, gaining approval of a Michigan panel created a week earlier in a dash to complete the deal before Republican ...

Air Force: Injured jogger led to ‘active shooter’ reaction

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A jogger who called a hospital employee screaming and crying in pain from a twisted ankle led to a series of miscommunications in a chaotic "active shooter" response that sent security forces scrambling across an Ohio air base, Air Force ...

Ex-cop accused of kicking handcuffed suspect pleads guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio policeman accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to using excessive force. The federal prosecutor in Columbus says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells pleaded guilty Wednesday to ...

Teen avoids juvenile detention after fatal prom night crash

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A teen driver in a prom night crash in Ohio that killed another teen will avoid juvenile detention. Judge Thomas Lipps sentenced 17-year-old Chynna Brandon Wednesday to six months in a rehabilitation center where she will receive mental health treatments. The judge ...