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Husted turns over public data to Trump panel; won’t give SS numbers, driver’s license info

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told President Trump’s voting panel to visit his website for publicly available data on Ohio’s 7.9 million voters. In a letter Monday, Husted told the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that his office won’t turn over driver’s license numbers or the last four digits of Social Security numbers because that information isn&rsquo...
Ohio to buy $6 million seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system

Ohio to buy $6 million seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system

Regulators of Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry got approval Monday to spend an additional $6 million over the next two years to set up a seed-to-sale tracking system, pay consultants and buy a licensing system. The Ohio Controlling Board gave the spending go-ahead to the state Department of Commerce and Pharmacy Board. It is expected that fees paid by the industry at a later date will...
Pharmacy robbery suspects plead not guilty, trial scheduled

Pharmacy robbery suspects plead not guilty, trial scheduled

Five of the eight men indicted for a string of Ohio pharmacy robberies pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court and had a trial date scheduled for Sept. 11. Calvin Tribble, Savon Davis, Martez Henderson, Kenneth Evans Jr. and Jamar Warren were arraigned in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for their roles in a 10-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to steal prescription drugs and sell them on...
Would having Sherrod Brown as VP have won Clinton the election?

Would having Sherrod Brown as VP have won Clinton the election?

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was on the shortlist to run with Hillary Clinton in 2016 and he thinks he would have helped the ticket win the key states that cost her the election. In an interview with The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, Brown said he may have had an impact in the Midwest states that made the difference in the Electoral College. Clinton ended up running with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine,...
Hamilton County judge dismisses charges against Ray Tensing

Hamilton County judge dismisses charges against Ray Tensing

A Hamilton County judge formally dropped the charges against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a hearing Monday morning.  Judge Leslie Ghiz denied a motion for acquittal from Tensing's attorney, but granted a dismissal of the charges with prejudice, meaning the state of Ohio cannot file the same charges against Tensing a third time, our news partners WCPO-TV...
8 indicted for fentanyl trafficking, one with ties to “Mall Boys” gang

8 indicted for fentanyl trafficking, one with ties to “Mall Boys” gang

Eight people have been federally indicted on charges of dealing fentanyl, tramadol and heroin, including one man with suspected ties to the “Mall Boys” gang that law enforcement said is responsible for bringing large amounts of drugs to the Dayton area. Darion Stargell, who Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said is suspected as being part of the Mall Boys, has three pending cases...
Sinclair considers buying 40 acres near I-675 for new learning center

Sinclair considers buying 40 acres near I-675 for new learning center

Sinclair Community College could spend between $6 million and $10 million to open a new learning center in southeast Montgomery County near Interstate 675. The college is considering buying 40 acres of land including a building at 5800 Clyo Road in Centerville, Sinclair officials told the Dayton Daily News. The 100,000-square-foot building is currently home to Far Hills Church. Sinclair has signed...
Review of $9B in Ohio tax breaks launched under pressure

Review of $9B in Ohio tax breaks launched under pressure

State legislative leaders acted under pressure recently to launch a panel of their own making that’s supposed to investigate the $9 billion-plus in tax credits, deductions and exemptions Ohio doles out each year. Senate President Larry Obhof named his appointees Tuesday to the Tax Expenditure Review Committee lawmakers, and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger named his Wednesday, The Columbus Dispatch...
Ohio set to resume executions this week, child killer awaits appeals

Ohio set to resume executions this week, child killer awaits appeals

Ohio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years. The last time that happened was January 2014 when a condemned inmate repeatedly gasped and snorted during a 26-minute procedure with a never-before-tried drug combo. Executions have been on hold since because the state had trouble finding new supplies of drugs, and death row inmates challenged Ohio’s plans for a...
1 reported missing in widespread flooding in Northern Kentucky

1 reported missing in widespread flooding in Northern Kentucky

Residents in Northern Kentucky are dealing with a mess this morning after heavy rains overnight caused widespread flooding that led to damages to vehicles and property. Up to 5 inches of rain fell overnight in Bracken and Mason counties, where flood waters lifted homes from foundations, set moored boats adrift and tossed vehicles into muddy ditches, according to coverage from our news partner in Cincinnati...
Pence calls for Obamacare repeal during Columbus visit

Pence calls for Obamacare repeal during Columbus visit

The Ohio GOP is anything but united these days: four well-known Republicans are jockeying to be governor, John Kasich recently took a public swipe at Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is walking a tightrope over health care reforms and state Treasurer Josh Mandel faces a primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race. Despite these squabbles, more than 1,000 Republican Party faithful packed...
Apple supplier Foxconn to announce in August if Ohio among three states to get operations

Apple supplier Foxconn to announce in August if Ohio among three states to get operations

Ohio is among seven states competing to land factories from Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn, a Taiwanese touchscreen maker. The company will announce locations of new U.S. operations in early August, according to the Associated Press, which would be built in three states. Ohio has made no mention of negotiations with Foxconn, but Governor John Kasich made a hastily planned trip to Japan in June...
Ohio Auditor: Withhold funding for giant online school

Ohio Auditor: Withhold funding for giant online school

State Auditor Dave Yost has asked the Ohio Department of Education to withhold “a significant portion” 2017-18 funding for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), the embattled online school at the center of multiple lawsuits over how many students attended the school. Yost doesn’t want the money paid until ECOT’s enrollment can be verified. ECOT has received more than...
Mandel slams civil rights group, stands with conspiracy theorists

Mandel slams civil rights group, stands with conspiracy theorists

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who often talks on the campaign trail about his Holocaust survivor grandparents, took to Twitter this week to slam the Anti-Defamation League as a “partisan witch hunt group,” and backed two controversial political operatives, including one tied to an unproven story last year that claimed the Hillary Clinton campaign was linked to a child sex trafficking ring...
Prison bus killing one of four inmate murders in Ohio this year

Prison bus killing one of four inmate murders in Ohio this year

Thirty-one state prisoners have been killed in homicides since 2000, including the strangulation of an inmate on a prison bus and the fatal beating of a notorious serial killer earlier this year. Records from the Ohio Highway Patrol, which investigates crimes at state prisons, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee document violent attacks involving bats, fists, shanks, razor blades...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says death of Linkin Park singer ‘a sad day’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says death of Linkin Park singer ‘a sad day’

You wouldn’t expect a state governor to release a statement on the passing of a new metal/rap band’s singer, but John Kasich was touched enough by the death of Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington’s death to release a statement on Twitter. “I’m still a big fan of Linkin Park,” Kasich tweeted on his personal account. “Met Chester in Columbus and he was...
Prison guards didn’t know inmate on bus was being murdered

Prison guards didn’t know inmate on bus was being murdered

Two-time convicted killer Casey Pigge sat in the very back of the prison bus on Feb. 1, out of sight of the three state corrections officers sitting up front. Just two days before Pigge was wrapped in a straitjacket as he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 murder of his cellmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institute, Luther Wade of Springfield. Pigge’s assault on Wade came after he was convicted...
Ohio, local leaders react to news Sen. John McCain has brain cancer

Ohio, local leaders react to news Sen. John McCain has brain cancer

The news that Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, has brain cancer drew reaction from across the country and in Ohio. Here’s what some local and Ohio leaders had to say: “I have had the privilege of working and traveling overseas with Senator John McCain to strengthen our Armed Forces. He has not only been a hero for our country but also a mentor to me. I have...
Centerville attorney suspended for overbilling by $87,000

Centerville attorney suspended for overbilling by $87,000

Attorney Patricia A. Pickrel of Centerville was suspended for two years, with one year stayed on conditions, according to a press release from the Ohio Supreme Court. While working for the Cincinnati office of the Ulmer & Berne law firm, Pickrel over-billed by more than $87,000 for non-attorney, document-review services, according to the release. The release said that starting in 2012, she worked...
Feds indict ringleader, 7 others for string of pharmacy robberies

Feds indict ringleader, 7 others for string of pharmacy robberies

Federal prosecutors have identified the ringleader of a suspected pharmacy robbery operation, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Eight serial pharmacy robbery suspects have been re-indicted as part of one conspiracy, according to a 10-count indictment filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Jamar “Boo” Warren, 21, of Dayton was named as the organizer of a plan to...
Longtime Ohio congressman dies

Longtime Ohio congressman dies

Former Congressman Ralph Regula, who represented the Canton region for nearly 40 years, died yesterday at 92. He served in Congress from 1973-2009. At the time, he was the second longest serving Republican member of the House. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, colleague and mentor,” U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci said today. Renacci, now a candidate for governor, has...
Kasich to skip opening state fair to monitor execution of child killer

Kasich to skip opening state fair to monitor execution of child killer

Gov. John Kasich will skip the opening of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday so that he can monitor activities at the Death House as the state carries out the first execution in more than three years, his spokesman said. Convicted child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning for the 1993 beating, rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The state has...
Colleagues react to Senator McCain’s cancer diagnosis: ‘Give it hell, John’

Colleagues react to Senator McCain’s cancer diagnosis: ‘Give it hell, John’

Former President Barack Obama issued a quick message on Twitter after news broke that U.S. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Obama and McCain were opponents during the 2008 presidential election. The  two were also colleagues in the Senate. Breaking News: John McCain has brain tumor removed  Other statements of support were issued throughout the night by the White...
Feds: Ex-defense contractors lied to Air Force investigators

Feds: Ex-defense contractors lied to Air Force investigators

Two former defense contractors face federal charges of lying to Air Force investigators about a contract awarded to their company by the F-22 program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brett O’Halloran and Joshua Deaville “knowingly and willfully made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement” in January 2015, according to bills of information filed in Dayton&rsquo...
Video: Mayoral candidate tells opponent, audience to ‘Go back to Africa’

Video: Mayoral candidate tells opponent, audience to ‘Go back to Africa’

Paul Congemi, a mayoral candidate in St. Petersburg, Fla., blasted a fellow candidate following a question with a, “Go back to Africa” comment. Congemi was responding to Jesse Nevel at a mayoral candidate forum, and his answer to a question about creating more opportunities for youth in the city.  “My commitment is to reparations to the community, to the black community...
Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the feds to drop marijuana from the list of controlled substances...
New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

Congress will allow the transfer of old U.S. Army pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program as a part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.  The 2016 NDAA allowed the release of 10,000 M1911 .45 caliber pistols to be released via a pilot program, but providions in the bill didn’t mandate the transfer of the guns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The new bill, passed by...
Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, hiding body in car heads back to Lorain Co.

Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, hiding body in car heads back to Lorain Co.

An Elyria man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her body into the trunk of his car that crashed Wednesday in Darke County is on the way back to Lorain County. Woman’s body found in trunk of car on Ohio 49 Body believed to be of Linnea Satterfield of Elyria Driver Roy Owens Jr. is suspect in Satterfield’s disappearance A Darke County judge set a $1 million bond today for...
Springboro moving ahead with medical marijuana prohibition

Springboro moving ahead with medical marijuana prohibition

The Springboro City Council is expected to take another step on Thursday toward declaring a moratorium on cultivation, processing and distribution of medical marijuana. RELATED: Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio The prohibition would replace a moratorium in place since last August in Springboro. The prohibition would not prevent research or use of medical marijuana...
KY GOP official accused of exposing himself in department store bathroom

KY GOP official accused of exposing himself in department store bathroom

A Kentucky dentist and chairman of his county’s Republican Party has lost his political post and is facing criminal charges following a weekend arrest in Tennessee on charges of indecent exposure and resisting arrest.  David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was arrested Saturday night at a Belk department store in Kingsport, Tennessee. WJHL in Johnson City, Tennessee, reported that Kingsport...
5 things to know about price hike at National Parks

5 things to know about price hike at National Parks

The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994. Here are five things you need to know: 1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. 2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118 of 417 National Park Service sites that charge admission. The...
Is former Attorney General Richard Cordray running for governor?

Is former Attorney General Richard Cordray running for governor?

Despite an already crowded field, there’s one possible gubernatorial candidate who might step into the race to run Ohio. Richard Cordray is the only high-profile Democrat that can win the Ohio governor’s race, according to Cleveland.com columnist Brent Larkin. “For Democrats in Ohio, it’s difficult to imagine a more important election than the 2018 contest for governor,&rdquo...
White House announces Trump rally in Ohio

White House announces Trump rally in Ohio

President Donald Trump will hold a rally Tuesday, July 25 in Youngstown, according to a release from the White House press office. The release said the event will be held at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre at 7 p.m.  Those wanting to attend can register for up to two tickets at this link on the Trump website.
Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot and killed John Crawford III at a Walmart nearly three years ago — has returned to full duty. Williams had been on administrative desk duty from when he returned to work several months after the Aug. 5, 2014 incident, per a decision by Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers. Williams was cleared by a Greene County special grand jury in...
John Kasich ranks 20th most popular governor in U.S., poll says

John Kasich ranks 20th most popular governor in U.S., poll says

When it comes to a ranking of America’s most and least popular governors, Republican John Kasich is smack dab in the middle with a 57 percent job approval rating, according to a new poll of registered voters from Morning Consult. RELATED: Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: If you break it, you own it The poll found that 30 percent of Ohio voters disapprove of the job Kasich is doing while...
Murder victim’s family mad suspect’s parents will be at birth

Murder victim’s family mad suspect’s parents will be at birth

Taylor Brandenburg was shot to death while babysitting. Now, her relatives are unhappy that a suspect indicted in Brandenburg’s death will be allowed to have her parents with her while and after she gives birth to her baby. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer granted a motion by Kara Parisi-King to allow Keith and Krista Hankins to be in the delivery room at Miami Valley...
Fastest growing paychecks: Study shows Ohio rankings

Fastest growing paychecks: Study shows Ohio rankings

A new study ranks the jobs with the fastest growing paychecks in each state and the overall increase in paychecks. Average annual pay for all Ohio jobs increased by 12.33 percent from 2010 to 2016, a new Pew Research Center study found. Economists told Pew that wage growth can mostly be attributed to a shortage in service workers, aging baby boomers’ growing demand for help at home and...
Which colleges pay off the least in the long run?

Which colleges pay off the least in the long run?

A list was recently released by the website 24/7 Wall St. to judge the value graduates will receive from their alma mater.  The list of 50 Top Ranked Colleges That Pay Off the Least compared the median earnings of former students against the cost and student debt. These colleges were chosen based on the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings of the 206 best national and liberal arts colleges...
Clark, Champaign County farmers to see changes in property tax bills

Clark, Champaign County farmers to see changes in property tax bills

The recently approved state budget included reforms to a decades-old formula that Clark and Champaign County farmers said will eventually provide some relief to property tax bills that in some cases have shot up as much as 300 percent in recent years. Agriculture contributes $105 billion to the Ohio economy and accounts for one in seven jobs in the state, according to information from the Ohio Farm...
Lawyer sued for ‘weekend raid’ of clients claims defamation

Lawyer sued for ‘weekend raid’ of clients claims defamation

The local attorney who allegedly conducted a “weekend raid” of clients from his former law firm has denied those allegations and made a counterclaim of defamation. Jack R. Hilgeman said in his answer to a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court lawsuit that Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal (HN&B) made false statements that were published across various print and social media, including...
Accused drug dealer pleads guilty to having 178 caps of fentanyl

Accused drug dealer pleads guilty to having 178 caps of fentanyl

An accused drug dealer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to intending to distribute 178 capsules of fentanyl in a case related to a Dayton man who approached plain-clothes police officers with a free sample. Daniel R. Gordon, 38, agreed to plead guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court in exchange for prosecutors dropping a weapons charge. Gordon could spend from 57 to 71 months in prison...
Sketch released of person of interest in deaths of 2 Indiana teens

Sketch released of person of interest in deaths of 2 Indiana teens

Indiana State Police have released a composite sketch of a man who they say is connected to the deaths of Abigail Williams and Liberty German in Delphi, Ind.  Police describe the man as a white male, between 5-foot 6-inches and 5-foot 10-inches tall, weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair, according to a media release.  Police said the sketch of the man depicts a hat that might...
Employers receive more than $1B in state rebates

Employers receive more than $1B in state rebates

Businesses and public employers in area counties are getting back tens of millions in Ohio worker’s compensation premiums as part of an almost $1.1 billion statewide rebate made possible by better-than-expected returns on an approximately $24.6 billion fund. “It’s not often the government says to business, here, have some of your money back,” said Andy Schwartz, corporate counsel...
Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio

Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio

Long-time natives and carpetbaggers. Construction magnates, toy tycoons, an Olympian and an heir to the Jim Beam whiskey fortune. These are some of investors vying to win approval to grow medical marijuana in Ohio. The state accepted 185 applications in June and now has to decide who gets the 24 cultivator licenses available. RELATED: New rules set for medical marijuana use in Ohio Ohio’s medical...
Former Ohio governor candidate on Trump election panel

Former Ohio governor candidate on Trump election panel

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell said he does not necessarily believe that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. But he doesn’t believe the nation’s system of voting is flawless, either. Blackwell, one of 12 current members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — there can be up to 15, not counting Vice...
Medical device company nearing 250 jobs as it adds shifts, workers

Medical device company nearing 250 jobs as it adds shifts, workers

A global medical device company moving from Fairborn to West Carrollton has added shifts and about 150 workers with plans to hire more as part of a $45 million expansion. NuVasive Inc. officials said the firm now employs about 150 at the West Carrollton site on Liberty Lane and has about 100 workers at its Herald Square location in Fairborn. The company is in the latter part of a transition as part...
Man convicted of 2 murders pleads not guilty to killing fellow inmate

Man convicted of 2 murders pleads not guilty to killing fellow inmate

Two days after inmate Casey Pigge appeared in court wearing a straitjacket and agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison, he strangled another prisoner to death in the back of a state prison bus, Pickaway County prosecutors allege. Pigge, 29, is pleading not guilty to an aggravated murder charge. A pre-trial hearing was held Friday in Pickaway County. Related: New Details: Prosecutor blasts prison...
Columbus region flooding force evacuations, road closures

Columbus region flooding force evacuations, road closures

Flash flooding in the Columbus region on on Thursday led some areas to evacuate, caused some road to become impassible and and forced a carnival to shut down, according to local media.  “A very moist atmosphere allowed for downpours and thunderstorms to produce flooding rains in areas like Columbus,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “The Miami Valley also dealt...
Man says he was to be paid $3K to deliver 100 pounds of pot in Dayton

Man says he was to be paid $3K to deliver 100 pounds of pot in Dayton

One of the two men caught with 400 pounds of marijuana told investigators he was to be paid $3,000 to deliver 100 pounds of it to a person in Dayton, according to court documents.   Victor Guadiana was the driver of a vehicle stopped for speeding on Poe Avenue July 20 in Montgomery County, according to a complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.   After that, two Ohio...
Township bans all but one company from growing medical pot

Township bans all but one company from growing medical pot

A proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility in Montgomery County’s German Twp. would be the only one allowed in the township after a resolution passed by trustees this month. Township trustees voted unanimously this month to “prohibit cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries of medical marijuana.” But the resolution doesn’t apply to an application already in the...
Springfield fire cadets train in the hot seat

Springfield fire cadets train in the hot seat

With humid air and temperatures soaring into the 90s, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. That especially goes for firefighters who battle scorching blazes while wearing heavy protective suits, helmets and more than 50 pounds of gear on the job. The Springfield Fire Rescue Division’s latest class of cadets is finding this out firsthand. "First of all, it's been brutal,&rdquo...
2 injured hikers rescued from Glen Helen Nature Preserve

2 injured hikers rescued from Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Two females, an adult and teenager, were injured today while hiking out at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve near Yellow Springs. The pair was climbing the stone steps to return to the parking lot when a 10-foot tree branch broke loose and fell, striking them both, according to Colin Altman, chief of Miami Twp. Fire Rescue. Firefighters assisted the adult in finishing the stairs and used a basket to...
Beavercreek nursing home employee under investigation for reported sex offenses 

Beavercreek nursing home employee under investigation for reported sex offenses 

Pristine Senior Living in Beavercreek said they are conducting an internal investigation, and are cooperating with Beavercreek police in their investigation of sex offenses involving an employee.  “Yesterday, an issue came to our attention regarding one of our employees which caused us to contact law enforcement,” a spokesman for the nursing home said in an emailed release. ...
Central State earns prestigious national award

Central State earns prestigious national award

Central State University was named the HBCU of the Year, a prestigious national honor that acknowledges the university’s grown and elevated public impact at the state, national and international level. The accolade was announced Friday in Washington, D.C., during the HBCU Digest Awards Ceremony. The university also received recognition for its women’s basketball coach, Sheba Harris, who...
NFL player with local ties caught on video in altercation with bouncer at Diamonds strip club

NFL player with local ties caught on video in altercation with bouncer at Diamonds strip club

Denver Broncos wide receiver and former Jefferson Twp. High School standout Cody Latimer was involved in an altercation with a bouncer at Diamonds Cabaret in Washington Twp. that ended with him being pepper sprayed, according to video released Sunday by TMZ. The video, shot in February but just released, shows Latimer outside of the strip club with a man TMZ identified as Latimer’s uncle. Latimer...
Weather has cyclists in town for annual event a little worried

Weather has cyclists in town for annual event a little worried

Hundreds of cyclists are streaming in today to get registered for the annual Greene Trails Cycling Classic. Tents are going up at the Greene County Fairgrounds and folks who haven't seen each other since last year's event are catching up.  People from all over the country come to enjoy the more than 330 bike trails that line the river corridors and natural areas of Southwest Ohio.  The fairgrounds...
What would you name your medical marijuana business? 

What would you name your medical marijuana business? 

The state is processing 185 applications from companies interested in growing and processing medical marijuana, and some of their names are unique to the newly legitimized business.  Themes often reflect agriculture and medicine. Greenleaf Gardens LLC has applications in for potential cultivation/processing sites in three northern Ohio communities; Quest Wellness Ohio LLC has applications in...
A third person rescued from river in Beavercreek Twp., hours after rescuers pluck 2 from the water

A third person rescued from river in Beavercreek Twp., hours after rescuers pluck 2 from the water

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.:  A second water rescue has taken place at or near the same location at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center in Beavercreek.  The girl who was the water apparently was on a kayak. Firefighter/rescuers pulled her out moments ago, just before 5:30 p.m. UPDATE @ 1:42 p.m.:  A male and female were rescued from the water. Neither is appeared to be injured.  Two people...
The Department of Justice releases full statement on on the Crawford Probe

The Department of Justice releases full statement on on the Crawford Probe

“The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced today that they have completed a thorough, independent investigation into the fatal shooting of John Crawford III on August 5, 2014, by Beavercreek Police Officer Sean Williams at the Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. This investigation revealed that the evidence...
Fiona meets her father for the first time

Fiona meets her father for the first time

The summer months are known for family gatherings, but this one has to be one of the cutest ever.  Fiona and her mother, Bibi, were united with Fiona’s father, Henry, for the first time on Tuesday, July 11. This gave Fiona the chance to bond with her father, as well as give Henry time to become acclimated to fatherhood.   Henry quickly learned when he would get too close to Fiona,...
Ohio among states pro-gay rights group targeting in 2018 election

Ohio among states pro-gay rights group targeting in 2018 election

Ohio is among the states that The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s leading gay rights groups, is targeting in a $26 million effort tied to next year’s election. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada are the other states being targeted. RELATED: Mandel announces another run for Senate In Ohio, the group will focus support on Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown&rsquo...
Ohio preparing for 1st execution in more than 3 years

Ohio preparing for 1st execution in more than 3 years

Ohio is following a mandatory checklist for putting inmates to death as it prepares for the state's first execution in more than three years, a prisons agency official said. The state wouldn't release documents related to those checkups to The Associated Press, saying open records law shields such information. "We can confirm, however, that to date all steps of Ohio's execution protocol have...
Appeals court ruling opens door to Ohio resuming executions

Appeals court ruling opens door to Ohio resuming executions

Ohio moved a step closer to resuming executions as a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in the state's favor in a case over its lethal injection process. In an 8-6 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed a judge's order that delayed three executions after he declared Ohio's lethal injection process unconstitutional. The three-drug method includes midazolam, a sedative...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor makes run for Ohio governor official

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor makes run for Ohio governor official

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has entered the 2018 gubernatorial race and says the great state of Ohio can be greater. Taylor made the move official Friday at the City Club of Cleveland. Taylor enters the crowded Republican field with the promised backing of GOP Gov. John Kasich. The 51-year-old Taylor is the final high-profile Republican expected to join the race to succeed Kasich, who is term-limited...
Vice President Pence to travel to Columbus

Vice President Pence to travel to Columbus

COLUMBUS — Vice President Mike Pence will attend the State Dinner in Columbus on July 22, according to a Ohio Republican Party news release. READ: Local news stories U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will be a featured guest at the event, according to the news release.  The dinner will be held at the Ohio Union located at 1739 North High Street.   
Troopers make thousands of drug arrests first half of year

Troopers make thousands of drug arrests first half of year

The first six months of the year troopers made 8,399 drug arrests, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Of the arrests from January through June, nearly 30 percent included one or more felony drug charges, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Many felonies that occur in our state will at some point involve our highways,” Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the Springfield...
17 die in crashes this Fourth of July holiday weekend in Ohio

17 die in crashes this Fourth of July holiday weekend in Ohio

Five of 17 traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July weekend in Ohio involved impaired driving, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today. Troopers across the state between Friday and Tuesday made 908 arrests for impaired driving and 624 arrests for drug-related charges. Troopers also responded to 807 crashes and made more than 43,000 traffic citations, according to the highway patrol. &ldquo...
How 11 Kasich vetoes affect Ohio schools; no overrides from House

How 11 Kasich vetoes affect Ohio schools; no overrides from House

The Ohio House of Representatives voted to override 11 of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes on Thursday, but did not touch any of the vetoes that affected K-12 education. For any of Kasich’s vetoes to be overturned, 60 percent of both the House and Senate would have to agree. The Senate is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11, but cannot add new override votes on vetoes that the House left untouched...
OSHP: Hillsboro woman ejected from motorcycle, killed

OSHP: Hillsboro woman ejected from motorcycle, killed

WILMINGTON – A 48-year-old Hillsboro woman was killed on Saturday after she was ejected from her motorcycle in New Market Twp., according to a Ohio State Highway Patrol news release.  Heidi K. Stevens was traveling on a Harley Davidson Sportster around 4:05 p.m. on New Market Road northeast of East Danville Road when she struck a deer, according to state police. The motorcycle continued...
Amber Alert: Children found, abduction suspect in custody in Illinois

Amber Alert: Children found, abduction suspect in custody in Illinois

Police in Anderson, Indiana, said 28-year-old Blake Rindahl was apprehended in Illinois, CBS4indy.com in Indianapolis reported. Rindahl was accused of abducting three young children, which sparked an Amber Alert after authorities said the children were “in extreme danger.” The three young children, 2-year-old girls Adyson and Peyton Rindahl and 8-month-old boy Jayden Rindahl were...
Possible remains of human hand found near Muskingum River

Possible remains of human hand found near Muskingum River

The remains of a possible human hand was found recently on a sandbar next to the Muskingum River. A person hunting for arrowheads in the Eagleport area on Ohio 559 in Morgan County made the discovery, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The Adult Parole Authority and Morgan County Probation Department helped with the search, where many items were collected including the skeletal...
Springfield man directing traffic struck, killed in Madison County

Springfield man directing traffic struck, killed in Madison County

A Springfield man was killed Saturday while directing traffic around his company’s dump truck that was struck by another car. David Lynch, 51, was standing in the northbound lanes of Ohio 56 just before noon in Somerfield Twp. in Madison County when he was struck by a car that hit the dump truck, then a pickup truck and then Lynch, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Lynch was taken...
Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

The ball Pete Rose smashed to left center field for his record-breaking hit No. 4,192 sold Saturday for more than $403,000 on Leland’s Auctions. Rose drove the ball for a single on Sept. 11, 1985, at the former Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to break the record of lifetime hits set by Ty Cobb in 1910. The ball comes with documentation, including copies of a notarized letter signed by Cincinnati...
Kasich stops effort to prohibit using credit cards for lottery tickets

Kasich stops effort to prohibit using credit cards for lottery tickets

Gov. John Kasich vetoed part of the state budget Friday night that would have prohibited the use of credit cards to buy lottery tickets in Ohio. The legislation passed by lawmakers would have removed “a payment choice available to Ohio Lottery customers since the program’s inception in 1974,” Kasich said in his statement on budget vetoes. RELATED: Latest lottery numbers Kasich said...
Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: ‘If you break it, you own it’

Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: ‘If you break it, you own it’

UPDATE, July 6: The Ohio House of Representatives took up 47 of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes, but Medicaid expansion was not one of them. In a fast-paced session debating Kasich’s vetoes, the House skipped over Issue 28, the enrollment freeze on Medicaid expansion. The House would need 60 votes to override Kasich’s veto. The House can still override Kasich at a later date. The deadline...
Dayton woman indicted in connection to group fight

Dayton woman indicted in connection to group fight

A Dayton woman was indicted in connection to a large fight last month, the Montgomery County Prosecutor announced Friday. Cierra Eubanks, 23, is charged with three counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of felonious assault causing serious physical harm for her role in the “planned fight.” Cierra Eubanks, 23, is charged with three counts of felonious...
Ohio will not give private voter data to Trump 2016 election commission

Ohio will not give private voter data to Trump 2016 election commission

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he will not give voters’ private information to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections. The request is for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public. “Voter registration information is a public record and is...
Is Montgomery County the nation’s leader for drug ODs? No one knows

Is Montgomery County the nation’s leader for drug ODs? No one knows

A series of stories produced by NBC News this month declared Montgomery County, Ohio, as the “most opioid addicted county” in the nation. The story gained more traction on the internet. But is the county really number one? The answer is no one really knows. The claim that Montgomery County tops all U.S. counties in overdoses came from a quote from Sheriff Phil Plummer, who said, &ldquo...
Local GOP senator calls for Kasich to veto Ohio Medicaid freeze

Local GOP senator calls for Kasich to veto Ohio Medicaid freeze

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has until the end of the day today to sign a two-year, $133 billion state budget, but that might not end the wrangling over one of the more controversial measures in the legislation. Kasich can veto individual line items in the budget, including a proposal to freeze new Medicaid signups for expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act. He will announce any vetoes by 11:30...
Indiana police arrest double shooting suspect

Indiana police arrest double shooting suspect

James Brandon Swift, who was wanted in connection with the shooting of two people, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. by Fishers Police in Hamilton County, Ind., according to a Indiana State Police news release.  Swift will be transported to the Henry County Jail and charged in the shooting of his estranged wife Sarah Swift and Caleb Broad, a Kennard man.  Indiana State Police are searching for...
Public employees in Ohio may lose sick days

Public employees in Ohio may lose sick days

City, county, school and college employees across Ohio could receive less annual sick leave under a bill introduced yesterday in the Ohio General Assembly. The bill reduces the number of sick days given to public employees to 10. This is already the maximum for state employees, but many local government employees get up to 15 days of sick leave a year. “We’re aligning what state workers...
Provision on wrongful imprisonment axed, but may get second life

Provision on wrongful imprisonment axed, but may get second life

A proposal to broaden who’s eligible for state money for being wrongfully imprisoned was removed from Ohio’s proposed state budget this week, but backers hope to bring it back as a standalone bill. “And we anticipate it passing,” said Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project. “This is merely correcting a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court that didn’t...
State softens plan to punish employers for not allowing guns on sites

State softens plan to punish employers for not allowing guns on sites

On Wednesday, the Ohio legislature reversed a plan to allow lawsuits for monetary damages if businesses violate a new law allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring guns onto other people’s property. After an outcry from business groups, the provision was changed in the state budget. The budget now goes to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Last week the Senate added the civil penalty provision for...
Ohio Senate passes Judy’s Law, day after burn victim dies

Ohio Senate passes Judy’s Law, day after burn victim dies

The day after Judy Malinowski died, the Ohio Senate voted to toughen penalties for people who disfigure crime victims. Malinowski was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend and had been hospitalized for nearly two years. The bill, which would allow longer prison sentences for crimes that disfigure victims, now heads to Gov. John Kasich. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says his office is working...
500K Ohioans could lose health care with freeze in Medicaid signups, Kasich says

500K Ohioans could lose health care with freeze in Medicaid signups, Kasich says

A Medicaid enrollment freeze included in the state budget approved on Wednesday by the Ohio legislature could cause more than 500,000 Ohioans to lose coverage under expanded Medicaid rules in place since 2014, according to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation. The legislature voted along party lines for the $133 billion 2018-2019 budget, sending it to Kasich to consider. A...
EPA reaches settlement on Superfund site in Beavercreek

EPA reaches settlement on Superfund site in Beavercreek

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Sunoco (R&M) LLC, one of dozens of companies named as defendants in the Lammers Barrel Superfund Site in Beavercreek.  The Pennsylvania-based gas and oil company must pay $85,253.85 to the EPA account set aside for remediation at the Lammers Barrel Superfund site, a 2.5-acre area near the northeast intersection of East Patterson...
Freeze on new enrollment under Medicaid stays in state budget

Freeze on new enrollment under Medicaid stays in state budget

A freeze on enrollment in Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program was approved by the Ohio legislature’s conference committee working on the two-year state budget Tuesday night. The committee approved its report by a 4-2 party-line vote and sent it to the House and Senate for floor votes on Wednesday before the budget goes to Gov. John Kasich. The committee also rejected efforts to repeal a small...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill

Less than an hour after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would pull the Senate version of a bill to replace the 2010 health care bill known as Obamacare, Sen. Rob Portman announced his opposition to the current draft.  "I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, and protects the most vulnerable...
Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’

Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has urged Sen. Rob Portman not to accept “a few billion” to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic in exchange for drastic cuts to Medicaid, saying that the former would be “like spitting in the ocean.” Kasich, appearing in D.C. Tuesday for a press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said he last spoke to Portman, who may be...
Husted says he offers new vision for Ohio

Husted says he offers new vision for Ohio

The youngest contender in the Republican race for Ohio governor went straight to the age issue on Monday when asked about 70-year-old Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s decision to run in 2018. When asked about the newest addition to the race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said, “‘New’ would not be the way to describe that.” Husted, 49, said he has “always...
Hay bails on trailer ignite in Darke County

Hay bails on trailer ignite in Darke County

Crews were called to extinguish large hay bails that caught fire this evening on the trailer of a moving truck in Darke County. The fire crews reached the truck near Jaysville St. John and Sebring Warner roads, our media partner BlueBag Media reported. The fire activity was reported in Greenville Twp. in the 5200 block of Folkerth Road, which was blocked due to the large bails of hay that were burning...
What people are saying about Mike DeWine’s run for governor

What people are saying about Mike DeWine’s run for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. He spoke as the DeWine Family Ice Cream Social. Here’s what some of the folks there had to say: “As far as his experience, as far as being able to address the needs of Ohio, everything from our children and education, which is so important to this state, to the opiate...
Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website was hacked today by a group claiming to support the Islamic State. The Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was also hacked. A screen appeared saying: “Anti: Govt all word. You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people. For every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I love Islamic state.” According to a report on CNN...
John Kasich against Senate health care plan; says don’t ‘rush’ it

John Kasich against Senate health care plan; says don’t ‘rush’ it

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday he is “against” the Senate Republican leadership health-care bill as written, although he said he is “encouraging” lawmakers to “fix it” and not “rush” into passing the measure this week. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Kasich said the GOP bill does not include enough money to provide care for the...
Mike DeWine running for governor

Mike DeWine running for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he is running for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination in 2018. “When I am governor our state will be fundamentally different,” said DeWine. “I will be ready to go on day one. I will walk through the door with a plan and I will...
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