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Ohio college grad accused of killing 4 told officers: ‘I freed them’

A recent college graduate charged with fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat told authorities he “freed them,” according to police reports released Friday. Orion Krause, 22, was naked and covered in mud and cuts when officers found him at a neighbor’s house, according to the documents. He told officers: “I murdered four people.&rdquo...
Ohio lawmakers may change how congressional lines are drawn

Ohio lawmakers may change how congressional lines are drawn

State lawmakers plan to take another run at changing how Ohio’s congressional districts are carved out — a politically charged issue that has eluded reform for years. Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said this week that legislative leaders will announce details on a congressional redistricting study group this week. “Regardless of which side of the aisle you fall on,...
Sexting and teens: Ohio looks to set up diversion program as problem grows

Sexting and teens: Ohio looks to set up diversion program as problem grows

Sexting is rampant among teens, putting them at risk for criminal charges, school expulsion and images of their privates being displayed and shared in the digital world. The behavior is so common that Montgomery and Clark counties set up diversion program for young offenders. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, introduced a bill in the Ohio House to ban sexting by anyone...
Ohio considers ban on abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed

Ohio considers ban on abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed

Kelly Kuhns rejected Down syndrome testing the first three times she got pregnant; the 36-year-old nurse from central Ohio always knew she’d never terminate a pregnancy. But after her third pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she decided with the fourth to take the test. Her hope was to help doctors guide her to a healthy outcome. What she got was a positive result for Down syndrome — and...
Feds charge 2 men for trafficking at least 11 pounds of cocaine

Feds charge 2 men for trafficking at least 11 pounds of cocaine

Two men who stayed at a Miller Lane Hotel in June have been accused of trafficking more than 11 pounds of cocaine, with one man telling investigators they sold most to a drug dealer in Detroit and some in Dayton. Jorge Enriquez, 25, and Jose Sloss, 34, face charges in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to a complaint written by a Homeland Security Investigations special agent. Enriquez...
Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

A Cleveland area native who was believed to be the only Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the 9/11 memorial site in New York was expected to be laid to rest Sunday in this hometown. John Seelie died at age 94 last month and was also believed to be the last eyewitness to see the Japanese attack on Wheeler Army Air Field near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune...
Ex-jail officer disciplined for actions that spurred federal lawsuit

Ex-jail officer disciplined for actions that spurred federal lawsuit

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer recently sued for his 2015 take-down of a 60-year-old woman was disciplined for his actions. Personnel records obtained by this news organization show former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer David E. Stemp was given a letter of caution for failing to notify supervisors of an escalating situation. RELATED: Video shows...
AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers

AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers

Faced with fewer people running this year, Air Force Marathon organizers may consider changes to the series of races to push up numbers on the starting line in 2018. The marathon, a series of races with 5K and 10K contests and half- and full-marathons, may add a new race of a shorter distance, and increase opportunities to participate in more than one event, according to marathon director Rob Aguiar...
Would you ride in a car with a brain?

Would you ride in a car with a brain?

What makes a smart car so smart? For starters, a computer “brain.” Artificial intelligence and machine learning allow smart cars to make decisions for drivers and are the key to development of the fully autonomous vehicles that experts say are the future of transportation. It will likely be a few decades before fully autonomous cars are common on American roadways. But smart car technology...
Ohio State named most valuable college football team, UC makes top 100

Ohio State named most valuable college football team, UC makes top 100

A new study has found that Ohio State University’s football team is the most valuable college team in the country. Ohio State’s team is valued at $1.5 billion, according to a study conducted by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus whose findings were published in The Wall Street Journal this week. RELATED: Demonstration at Wright State sparks...
Major pension changes considered for public workers in Ohio

Major pension changes considered for public workers in Ohio

Ohio’s five state pension funds are all considering changes that impact millions of public workers around the state. From teachers to police, firefighters and prison workers everything is being considered from changes to cost of living increases to changes in health plans. Here’s a look at what’s being talked about: Ohio’s biggest public pension system is considering cutting...
Ohio AG DeWine ‘aggressively monitoring’ Equifax data breach

Ohio AG DeWine ‘aggressively monitoring’ Equifax data breach

While Massachusetts filed suit against Equifax over its massive data breach, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is “aggressively monitoring” the situation and offering tips to consumers on how to protect themselves. “Our office cannot confirm or deny consumer protection investigations of this nature unless litigation is filed. Because we cannot comment on those lines, I can only note...
Indiana Task Force 1 departs WPAFB for Hurricane Maria deployment

Indiana Task Force 1 departs WPAFB for Hurricane Maria deployment

Indiana Task Force 1 departed today from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and arrived in Dover, Delaware, their last stop before Puerto Rico. Nearly 30 members of IN-TF1 are headed to the island after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Authorities said Puerto Rico will be without power for weeks following the devastation. Nearly 30 members of Indiana Task Force 1 staying tonight at a Beavercreek hotel...
1 million Ohio public employees, retirees may see pension cut

1 million Ohio public employees, retirees may see pension cut

Ohio’s biggest public pension system is considering cutting the cost of living allowances for its 1-million members as a way to shore up the long-term finances of the fund. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System trustees on Wednesday discussed options that could affect all current and future retirees, including tying the cost of living allowance to inflation and capping it and delaying the...
Dayton murder suspect pleads no contest, to be sentenced next month

Dayton murder suspect pleads no contest, to be sentenced next month

Joshua Verdell entered a no contest plea to murder and other charges and was found guilty Wednesday in the December 2016 shooting death of 27-year-old Stephan Shyne. Verdell, 28, was to go to trial next week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Instead, he pleaded as charged. His attorney, Jay Carter, said Verdell wants to challenge on appeal evidence gathered by police that Judge Barbara Gorman...
Ex-Dayton drama teacher accused of obscenity wants evidence suppressed

Ex-Dayton drama teacher accused of obscenity wants evidence suppressed

Former Dayton Public School teacher John S. Findley, indicted on seven counts of pandering obscenity of a minor, has a suppression hearing scheduled for Nov. 1. Findley, 34, appeared in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a scheduling conference. The former Stivers School for the Arts drama teacher is out on bond with conditions. “The investigation’s just beginning, really...
Newspaper series led to Ohio Senate bill on child marriage

Newspaper series led to Ohio Senate bill on child marriage

After a Dayton Daily News investigation found more than 4,400 cases of underage teens marrying across the state, Ohio lawmakers are working to prohibit marriage before age 16. Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, is introducing a bill that would raise the marriage age to 18 for both the bride and groom, allow marriage at age 16 or 17 with judicial and parental consent and prohibit...
Woman pleads to lowest count in case involving 26 pounds of meth

Woman pleads to lowest count in case involving 26 pounds of meth

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.) Haley N. Bigelow pleaded and was found guilty Wednesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court of interstate traveling to support a business enterprise involving controlled substances. Bigelow, 21, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12 for a crime that carries a zero- to 5-year sentence. “Guilty,” Bigelow said when asked by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose for how...
Repeal of automatic defense cuts gaining momentum, Rep. Turner says

Repeal of automatic defense cuts gaining momentum, Rep. Turner says

A push to repeal sequestration, or automatic defense budget cuts military leaders have derided as damaging to defense readiness and replacing aging weapons, has gained “momentum” in Congress, a Dayton congressman said. U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Jim Banks, R-Indiana, received classified briefings Tuesday at Wright-Patterson and toured the National Air and Space Intelligence...
Silicon Valley fighting Portman’s efforts to end sex trafficking

Silicon Valley fighting Portman’s efforts to end sex trafficking

Sen. Rob Portman’s fight to keep websites from selling children and women online for sex is being met with resistance by Silicon Valley. Portman, R–Ohio, who along with a small group of senators has waged a years-long battle against Backpage, a classified site infamous for being the leading online market to purchase children for sex, is trying to amend a 1996 law in order to make it harder...
Craigslist killer appeals death sentence to Ohio Supreme Court

Craigslist killer appeals death sentence to Ohio Supreme Court

The Craigslist Killer is appealing his death sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, saying the huge swell of national publicity deprived him of a fair trial in Summit County. The high court will hear oral arguments next week from Richard Beasley, one of two people convicted in the murders of three men lured to a southeastern Ohio farm with job postings on Craigslist.org in 2011. Beasley was convicted...
Lawmakers look to toughen Ohio’s vicious dog laws

Lawmakers look to toughen Ohio’s vicious dog laws

Almost three years after a Dayton woman was mauled to death by her neighbors’ two dogs, state lawmakers are pushing legislation to make it easier to hold owners of dangerous dogs accountable when their pets kill or seriously injure people. State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, and state Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, are introducing identical bills in the Senate and House this week. It is no sure...
Portman: Pelosi & Schumer’s DACA meeting with President Trump ‘helpful’

Portman: Pelosi & Schumer’s DACA meeting with President Trump ‘helpful’

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said a recent meeting between President Trump and top Democrats over the immigration provision known as DACA was “helpful.” MORE: Portman, internet companies differ over sex trafficking approach Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earlier this month. After the meeting, the two Democrats...
Ohio Supreme Court to decide on new abortion laws

Ohio Supreme Court to decide on new abortion laws

By all accounts, abortion opponents have been racking up win after win in the Ohio Statehouse over the last six years, making it more difficult for women to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Now the Ohio Supreme Court could cement or unravel those wins, depending on how it decides two pending legal challenges. The high court heard arguments on Capital Care Network of Toledo versus the Ohio Department...
Ohio lawmakers seek more honors for John Glenn

Ohio lawmakers seek more honors for John Glenn

In his 95 years on earth, John H. Glenn, Jr. earned a long list of honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a public affairs college that bears his name at Ohio State University. His fans in the Ohio General Assembly — Democrats and Republicans — have a few more honors they’d like to see bestowed on Glenn, who died in December. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger...
Ohio’s first center for drug-addicted babies set to open in Kettering

Ohio’s first center for drug-addicted babies set to open in Kettering

Ohio hospitals treated more than 2,000 drug-addicted babies as the opioid epidemic grew, but a Kettering center soon will offer infants and families help as the state’s first crisis care nursery. Brigid’s Path will open this week and will begin treating infants and training parents by the end of October. “The need is huge and still growing,” said Jill Kingston, a co-founder...
Grieving mom says baby’s ashes mishandled by funeral home, files suit

Grieving mom says baby’s ashes mishandled by funeral home, files suit

Thomas Funeral Home allegedly lost the cremains of a mother’s stillborn daughter and covered up their actions by giving her four containers allegedly filled with the baby’s ashes, according to a lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Brandy Davis’ baby, Bradleigh Lee Black, was stillborn Sept. 16, 2016 and Davis paid the Trotwood funeral home to cremate her daughter...
Lebanon lawyer accused of misconduct in handling veteran’s estate

Lebanon lawyer accused of misconduct in handling veteran’s estate

A long-time Lebanon lawyer has been accused of misconduct in his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed suicide after the attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct on Monday announced David Ernst would face formal disciplinary proceedings in the case filed by the Warren County Bar Association. MORE: Camera technology installed by...
Sen. Portman, internet companies differ over sex trafficking approach

Sen. Portman, internet companies differ over sex trafficking approach

The group representing Facebook, Google and dozens more of the largest internet companies will testify in opposition to Sen. Rob Portman’s bill intended to curb online sex trafficking, according to an advance copy of the testimony given to the Dayton Daily News before Tuesday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing. MORE: Portman going after website accused of aiding sex trafficking Internet...
F-16s could soar near Springfield today in intercept defense exercises

F-16s could soar near Springfield today in intercept defense exercises

Springfield area residents may see and hear F-16 fighter jets training in the region between 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today, according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets will practice air defense intercepts with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, the Air Guard said. RELATED: General: Air Force must restore readiness as adversaries challenge The jets are assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing at Toledo Air...
What questions do you have about Issue 2?

What questions do you have about Issue 2?

You’ve probably seen commercials from both sides of Ohio’s prescription drug ballot issue. This campaign could be the most expensive in state history with millions spent on both sides already. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Making sense of Issue 2 We’re committed to helping voters understand Issue 2 before early voting begins in October and we’re taking your questions. Any questions...
Bill would allow wind turbines closer to property lines

Bill would allow wind turbines closer to property lines

Proponents of a proposal to allow developers to build turbines closer to property lines say it would mean more wind farms and more money for the state but opponents say it would be at the expense of people who live nearby. Developers have previously proposed wind farms for both Logan and Champaign counties. The plan for Logan County failed last year and a deal to build a wind farm in Champaign County...
Anti-puppy mill group gets go-ahead to collect voter signatures

Anti-puppy mill group gets go-ahead to collect voter signatures

Animal rights advocates won approval from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday to start circulating a petition to put an anti-puppy mill issue before voters. Stop Puppy Mills Ohio is proposing a constitutional amendment to require dog breeders — those with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs — to meet certain animal care standards. The proposed amendment...
Charters again higher than Dayton schools on tests but lower in growth

Charters again higher than Dayton schools on tests but lower in growth

Local charter schools for the second straight year scored higher than Dayton Public Schools in achievement – and widened that gap — but charters were lower in year-over-year progress, according to state report card data released this week. Report card grades for both groups of schools were low overall. Of 21 local charter schools, the top three earned D’s on the report card&rsquo...
Co-defendant in babysitter slaying seeks ‘battered woman’ defense

Co-defendant in babysitter slaying seeks ‘battered woman’ defense

The girlfriend of a Dayton man accused of killing a woman who was babysitting wants to have her complicity to commit murder case trial severed from her boyfriend’s because her attorneys say she suffered from “battered woman syndrome.” Attorney Ben Swift wrote that testimony could show that Kara Parisi-King — who recently gave birth to a child — didn’t willingly...
Judge sets trial date in UD football ‘hazing’ lawsuit

Judge sets trial date in UD football ‘hazing’ lawsuit

A judge has scheduled a trial date for the “hazing” lawsuit against the University of Dayton by an ex-football player who said he suffered a brain injury after hard drinking during the 2014 “Mad Dogs” event for freshman team members. RELATED: Judge denies UD’s motion to dismiss ‘hazing’ lawsuit Judge Peter Handwork from Lucas County scheduled the civil trial...
Ohio 2nd in Midwest for renewable energy jobs but lags in growth

Ohio 2nd in Midwest for renewable energy jobs but lags in growth

Ohio supports the second-most renewable energy jobs in the Midwest — such as those tied to wind turbines planned for Champaign County — but has seen slower growth than several of its neighbors, according to a study released earlier this month. The Clean Jobs Midwest 2017 report was produced by the Clean Energy Trust, an investment group, and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit comprised...
Thousands to run in Air Force Marathon; spots still available

Thousands to run in Air Force Marathon; spots still available

The Air Force Marathon planned for Saturday was trailing roughly 2,000 runners below a sell out as of Thursday, but organizers expected to temporarily reopen registration for the half- and full-marathons. A 5K race Friday at the Wright State University Nutter Center and a 10K race Saturday at Wright-Patterson had sold out, according to marathon director Rob Aguiar. This year’s race, which also...
State report cards: Some of best, worst scores in state found locally

State report cards: Some of best, worst scores in state found locally

Local schools claimed the very best scores in Ohio in one category and the very worst in two others Thursday, as the annual state report cards triggered debate over school quality. Oakwood was the No. 1 district in Ohio in the “Prepared for Success” category, which tries to measure how well-prepared students are for the future. Trotwood-Madison schools ranked last of Ohio’s 608 school...
Oakwood No. 1 in state; two local districts perfect on graduation

Oakwood No. 1 in state; two local districts perfect on graduation

Oakwood, Waynesville, Covington and Yellow Springs were among several local school districts that ranked near the top of the state in school report card data released Thursday. Oakwood was the No. 1 district in Ohio in the “Prepared for Success” category of the state report card, which tries to measure how well-prepared students are for the future, via ACT/SAT scores, honors diplomas,...
$5.1 million for trail, road projects in Butler, Warren counties

$5.1 million for trail, road projects in Butler, Warren counties

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments has awarded more than $36 million for regional transportation projects, including more than $5.1 million for projects in Lebanon, Mason and Oxford. More than $2.7 million in federal highway funds were designated for two roundabouts on US 42 in Mason. The projects will convert existing lighted intersections at Bethany and Mason-Morrow-Millgrove...
Former state Rep. Gene Krebs running for Dayton-area state Senate seat

Former state Rep. Gene Krebs running for Dayton-area state Senate seat

Former state lawmaker Gene Krebs, a Republican, is running for the Ohio Senate seat now held by Bill Beagle, who is term limited. The 5th Senate district is among a handful of legislative seats that are truly competitive — meaning either political party has a decent shot at winning the race. Spending on the 5th district race in 2014 topped $1-million. Krebs faces a GOP primary against state...
More than $20 million in ads to hit Ohio airwaves on drug prices ballot issue

More than $20 million in ads to hit Ohio airwaves on drug prices ballot issue

Get ready to see more ads from both the supporters and opponents of state Issue 2, the prescription drug price ballot initiative. The campaigns have already been saturating Ohio airwaves with ads urging voters to adopt or reject the measure, and spending on media is expanding starting this week. The “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act,” which voters will see on the Nov. 7 ballot, would require...
State prison inspection agency in ‘limbo,’ not posting findings online

State prison inspection agency in ‘limbo,’ not posting findings online

The Ohio agency responsible for inspecting Ohio’s prisons and identifying wasteful practices and prisoner mistreatment is still without a director and hasn’t posted a report in more than a year. Correctional Institution Inspection Committee officials say they are still inspecting state prisons — Dayton Correctional Institution was inspected on June 27 and 28, according to their website...
State honors Clark County farm in the same family for 200 years

State honors Clark County farm in the same family for 200 years

The Ohio Department of Agriculture honored this week a historic Clark County Farm that has been in the same family for more than 200 years. Grandview Farms, a 725-acre farm at 5050 Moorefield Road, was initially acquired in 1811 through a land grant from the Northwest Territory, according to information from the state. Founder James Foley, a forester who also briefly served as a state representative...
Lawmakers pushing for Columbus to get national veterans museum

Lawmakers pushing for Columbus to get national veterans museum

To hear Reps. Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers tell it, Columbus is an ideal place to host the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The state, they said hosts the 6th largest veterans population in the U.S. If that’s not enough, it’s within an eight–hour car ride of almost half of the nation’s veterans. Speaking before a House panel Wednesday, Stivers and Beatty argued that...
Report card: Many local “A’s” for student growth; Dayton scores mixed

Report card: Many local “A’s” for student growth; Dayton scores mixed

Ohio’s state report card for schools was released Thursday, with more than half of Montgomery County districts getting A’s or B’s in student growth, Dayton Public Schools seeing mixed results, and Oakwood ranking as one of only six districts in Ohio to earn an “A” in performance index. These report cards are largely based on state exams that students took in spring 2017...
George Lang officially sworn in as representative for 52nd District

George Lang officially sworn in as representative for 52nd District

Ohio House Republicans approved a resolution Wednesday to appoint George Lang in the vacant seat left by former Ohio Rep. Margy Conditt, R-Liberty Twp., who resigned last week. MORE: West Chester residents pull petitions for George Lang’s trustee seat Lang and his wife, Debbie, as well as one of his two daughters, Alicia, were by his side as Butler County Area I Court Judge Robert Lyons administered...
Miami U. police investigate 2 on-campus sexual assaults

Miami U. police investigate 2 on-campus sexual assaults

Miami University officials are reporting two, separate sexual assaults on its Oxford campus. The two assaults both involve female students being attacked during the early morning hours of Friday, and campus police are asking for help to identify and find the suspects, said Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for the university. According to police reports released by university officials: “A female student...
Cincinnati Zoo has new silverback at Gorilla World habitat

Cincinnati Zoo has new silverback at Gorilla World habitat

A new silverback gorilla is now at the Gorilla World habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Mshindi, a 29-year-old western lowland silverback gorilla, came from the Louisville Zoo. He is the first male gorilla to join the zoo since Harambe, who was killed two summers ago. “Mshindi has settled in nicely,” Ron Evans, Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of primates said, our media...
Tour de Donut bicycle race, Rock the Bike festival this weekend in Troy

Tour de Donut bicycle race, Rock the Bike festival this weekend in Troy

The sweetest ride in Ohio, the Tour de Donut Bicycle Challenge, comes to Troy, Ohio this weekend. Riders from more than 30 states will begin to ascend on Troy on Friday, which is the start of the Rock the Bike Music Festival that continues through the day and evening on Saturday. Great entertainment, kid’s activities, farmers market, sidewalk sales, food trucks and great locally owned...
Investigation: Why did a Dayton racehorse nearly end up in a slaughterhouse?

Investigation: Why did a Dayton racehorse nearly end up in a slaughterhouse?

This news organization is investigating how a local racehorse -- whose owner said it was humanely euthanized -- ended up in Louisiana. The animal was allegedly hours from being shipped to a slaughterhouse out of the country to be killed for its meat. The case has sparked outrage across the country. Records from the U.S. Trotting Association records show the horse, named Killean Cut Kid, often raced...
Democratic Ohio governor candidates to debate Tuesday

Democratic Ohio governor candidates to debate Tuesday

Democrats hoping to replace Gov. John Kasich will meet for their first debate on Tuesday. Both parties have crowded fields for the May primary election, and it could get even more crowded before Election Day. The debate is at 7 p.m. at Martins Ferry High School in Martins Ferry, a small city near the West Virginia border. The location may seem remote to most people, but there’s a strategy to...
Officer fatally shoots dog, arrests owner in Dayton

Officer fatally shoots dog, arrests owner in Dayton

A Dayton police officer fatally shot a dog he said charged at him while the officer was investigating a theft at a residence Sunday afternoon, according to a police report.  The dog’s owner was later arrested. The incident occurred while the officer was searching for a suspect who allegedly stole money from a woman who was attempting to purchase an iPhone 6 from the suspect. A person who...
Man stuck in farm equipment in Clark Co. taken to hospital

Man stuck in farm equipment in Clark Co. taken to hospital

The man who had his foot stuck in an auger, a piece of farm equipment, has been removed from the scene to Kettering Medical Center. He is expected to survive but has a foot injury. First responders in Clark County are working to free a man who’s trapped in a farm equipment in Pike Twp.  Mutual aid was requested from German Twp., which is on the scene with its trenching tool. CareFlight...
Girl, 16, crashes car head-on into dump truck in Auglaize Co.

Girl, 16, crashes car head-on into dump truck in Auglaize Co.

A teenage girl was seriously injured late this morning when she crashed head-on into a dump truck, according to the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Hailey Mabry, 16, of Saint Marys, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier south on County Road 66A around 11:40 a.m. when troopers said she drove left of center and struck a 2003 Sterling dump truck, operated by 56-year-old Bruce Knotts...
Gov. John Kasich to ‘Dreamers’: Come to Ohio

Gov. John Kasich to ‘Dreamers’: Come to Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan should work out a plan to allow the 800,000 DACA youth to remain in the United States as permanent residents. He called it a simple moral issue. “It should take like six hours to get this done. And the way I think they need to do it is to get reasonable Republicans and Democrats from the middle and build out a solution to this,&rdquo...
John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up again

John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up again

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday joined friend and ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s effort to overhaul partisan political map-making that’s helped fuel their own Republican party’s rise to power. RELATED: Arnold says Kasich should challenge Trump in 2020 Kasich signed onto a legal brief that opposes the GOP in the momentous redistricting case being heard by the U.S. Supreme...
Carlisle buried baby case: Attorneys want access to interrogation room

Carlisle buried baby case: Attorneys want access to interrogation room

Defense attorneys for a Carlisle teen charged with aggravated murder in the death of her infant want access to the interrogation room where she was questioned by police.   Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is charged with aggravated murder and other felonies for allegedly purposely killing the baby after its birth May 6 or 7, then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home. ...
Ohio lawmakers react to Trump action on immigrants

Ohio lawmakers react to Trump action on immigrants

President Donald Trump said his decision Tuesday to phase out a federal program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States offers “a window of opportunity for Congress” to end a decades-long stalemate on Capitol Hill and overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Although the White House said that many of the 800,000 young immigrants will “generally...
1-year-old fatally stabbed; teen mom charged with murder

1-year-old fatally stabbed; teen mom charged with murder

A Columbus mother has been charged with murder after police say she stabbed her 1-year-old daughter Sunday morning. Lachelle Anderson, 17, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, our media partner and CBS affiliate WBNS 10TV.com in Columbus reported. The incident happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of 22nd Street. Police identified the victim as Lalanna Sharpe. The infant suffered...
Kasich unveils health care plan with Colorado governor

Kasich unveils health care plan with Colorado governor

By Julie Carr Smyth and James Anderson Associated Press A bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law’s unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets as legislators continue work on a long-term replacement law. The recommendation is part of a compromise plan that’s designed to be palatable to both parties...
Fund to help victims initially denied to woman beaten up in her home

Fund to help victims initially denied to woman beaten up in her home

*** Paula Humphrey, a 70-year-old Dayton woman who was assaulted last year by a juvenile who broke into her home, criticized the Ohio Victims Compensation Program as confusing and bureaucratic, especially for someone still putting their life together after a crime. “I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, she said, though she eventually did get some compensation. “It wasn’t...
Walmart gives $20M to Hurricane Harvey relief

Walmart gives $20M to Hurricane Harvey relief

Walmart has committed up to $20 million in support for relief efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impact on the Gulf region. The chain retailer and the Walmart Foundation will give $10 million in support of American Red Cross shelters and $2 million in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. “In the midst of the worst storm...
Cordray mum on possible governor run

Cordray mum on possible governor run

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Wednesday tartly dismissed Republican calls to declare whether he would run for governor next year, telling a House GOP committee chairman he has “no further insights to provide on the subject.” As reports circulated that Cordray would resign his post as director of a federal consumer protection bureau to seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination...
Ohio to start new limits on painkiller prescriptions Thursday

Ohio to start new limits on painkiller prescriptions Thursday

Starting Thursday, patients coming off an injury or minor surgery will face strict limits in how many opiates they can be prescribed for their acute pain and doctors who ignore the new rules could face sanctions, state officials warned Wednesday. “I don’t care who you are. You violate these guidelines and the Medical Board will come after you and you will be disciplined and perhaps even...
Mentally ill inmates set to be executed in Ohio, group says

Mentally ill inmates set to be executed in Ohio, group says

Ohio is planning to execute nearly two dozen men who have suffered childhood trauma, serious mental illness and intellectual impairment, according to the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard University. “We found that these men are among the most impaired and traumatized among us — a pattern replicated across America’s death rows,” the project said in a 13-page report to be released...
Cox donates $100,000 to hurricane relief

Cox donates $100,000 to hurricane relief

The James M. Cox Foundation will make a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impact on Texas. Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises, announced the donation Tuesday in a message to employees in which he also urged employees to support hurricane victims however they can. Cox Enterprises is the parent company of WHIO-TV and...
Orangutan that loved ‘Price is Right’ dies at Ohio zoo

Orangutan that loved ‘Price is Right’ dies at Ohio zoo

  An Ohio zoo is mourning the death of a 45-year-old orangutan that enjoyed interacting with children while on public view and watching recordings of football and "The Price Is Right" during private time.   The Blade newspaper reports the primate named J.J. died Saturday when the Toledo Zoo put the orangutan under anesthesia to determine whether more could be done to treat...
Ex-Mason teen charged in Charlottesville attack, jailed in Cincinnati

Ex-Mason teen charged in Charlottesville attack, jailed in Cincinnati

An 18-year-old wanted in connection to an assault during a Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist event earlier this month is now behind bars in Cincinnati. Daniel Patrick Borden, formerly a student at Mason High School, was arrested Friday and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center, where he is being held for the Charlottesville Police Department. He is charged in Virginia with malicious...

Power restored to most Vandalia, Huber Heights customers

Power has been restored to all but 69 customers, according to the DP&L outage map. DP&L officials have not said what caused the outage. About 8,000 customers are without power in the Vandalia-Huber Heights areas, according to Dayton Power and Light.  Company officials said they’ve not determined the cause of the outages, but crews are  working to restore power.  We will continue...
The buzz around town: Cicada killing wasps

The buzz around town: Cicada killing wasps

Cicadas that appeared during the dog days of summer are out and a special species of wasps are after them.  According to our news partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, the cicada killer Sphecius speciosus, a type of burrowing wasps, are often mistaken for hornets, but have significant differences.  European hornets sport primarily yellow stripes on their abdomen as opposed to the black stripes...
Move to annex Central State campus into Xenia draws opposition

Move to annex Central State campus into Xenia draws opposition

Xenia City Council is expected to vote this week on the first of a series of measures considering the annexation of Central State University, but opponents plan to voice their objections.  Council members will vote Thursday night on a resolution to petition for a type-II annexation of approximately 41 acres along the Ohio to Erie Bike Trail.  Xenia Twp. Administrator Alan Stock said he plans...
Confederate statue in Columbus cemetery vandalized

Confederate statue in Columbus cemetery vandalized

Police in Columbus are investigating after a Confederate statue in a cemetery was vandalized Tuesday morning.  The statue was knocked off its base and onto the ground at the Camp Chase Cemetery, according to our news partners WBNS-TV in Columbus. The station reports the vandals also removed the head of the statue. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther issued a statement Tuesday saying: "I support...
Man who shot Ohio judge is father of HS football player convicted in rape

Man who shot Ohio judge is father of HS football player convicted in rape

The gunman killed after shooting and injuring a Jefferson County, Ohio judge was the father of former Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richardson. Steubenville High School football player, Ma'Lik Richardson, right, was convicted in 2012 rape that gained international attention. His father, Nathaniel Richardson, is now accused of shooting Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese...
Even more darkness: 2024 eclipse will be better in Ohio

Even more darkness: 2024 eclipse will be better in Ohio

If you missed today's celestial spectacle, you'll get another chance to see a total solar eclipse in just a few years.  The Great American Eclipse did not disappoint as people across the area donned special dark glasses and gathered in yards, outside office buildings and parks to gaze at the rare event. For people in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley, 90 percent of the sun was covered by the...
More charges for Ohio suspect in Charlottesville attack

More charges for Ohio suspect in Charlottesville attack

Five more felony charges were filed today against James Alex Fields Jr., the suspect in the Charlottesville car-ramming that killed one and injured more than 30. The Charlottesville Police Department said the new charges include three counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of malicious wounding, CBS affiliate newsplex.com reported. The additional charges are related to victims who...
Ohio lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments

Ohio lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments

Even as Republicans like John Kasich, Rob Portman and Mike Turner call on President Donald Trump to clearly denounce white supremacists, state Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, took to Facebook this week to criticize efforts to remove Confederate monuments. “There is a statue of Bill Clinton in Arkansas. A man who obviously glorified adultery and perjury,” she wrote. “Lenin&rsquo...
2 Antioch students witness car attack in Charlottesville

2 Antioch students witness car attack in Charlottesville

Two Antioch College students in Charlottesville said they never will forget what they saw when protests turned deadly. “People were running in every direction. It was like a bomb had gone off. It was chaos, it was pandemonium,” said Spencer Glazer, a photojournalism major who wanted to document Saturday’s event. Glazer and Daniel Cox drove to Virginia to counter a white supremacist...
I-75 north in Dayton reopens after multi-car accident, entrapment

I-75 north in Dayton reopens after multi-car accident, entrapment

Traffic is flowing again after I-75 north was shut down for nearly an hour because of a multi-car accident. Police have not said if anyone was injured in the crash.  An accident with an entrapment on Interstate 75 at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard in Dayton was reported Tuesday afternoon. The crash, involving two vehicles, is causing a backup on the highway.  No other details were immediately...
GOP group seeks records to see if Cordray is mulling a governor run

GOP group seeks records to see if Cordray is mulling a governor run

The Republican Governors Association is once again requesting information on whether consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is mulling a run for Ohio governor even as he serves as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization announced today that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records that would indicate that Cordray is actively pursuing a...
Investigators working to pinpoint cause of Cedar Point Marina boat fire

Investigators working to pinpoint cause of Cedar Point Marina boat fire

UPDATE @ 8:35 p.m.: At approximately 4:15 p.m., the Cedar Point and Sandusky Fire Departments responded to a report of a boat on fire in the Cedar Point Marina. The crews are actively managing the isolated situation and there are no injuries reported. The incident did not occur on park property and Cedar Point's operations are not affected. Firefighters are responding to Cedar Point amusement park...
Teacher: Charlottesville attack suspect 'infatuated with the Nazis’

Teacher: Charlottesville attack suspect 'infatuated with the Nazis’

A former teacher of the Ohio man accused of plowing down a group of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville described James Alex Fields Jr. as a quiet, respectful student with some “radical ideas on race.” History teacher Derek Weimer said Fields was in two of his classes at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky, our media partner WCPO in Cincinnati...
Ohio survivor of Pearl Harbor dies; last to see airfield bombed

Ohio survivor of Pearl Harbor dies; last to see airfield bombed

A Cleveland native believed to be the last surviving veteran to see the attack on Wheeler Army Airfield at Pearl Harbor died last week in Florida, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. John Seelie was 94 and lived in Port Charlotte, Fla. READ THE PLAIN DEALER STORY HERE “They were 75 feet off the ground. You could see the Japanese pilots’ faces clearly,” he told an interviewer...
Woman gets ‘Covfefe’ OK’d for Ohio license plate; others not as lucky

Woman gets ‘Covfefe’ OK’d for Ohio license plate; others not as lucky

President Donald Trump earlier this year posted a word on Twitter than nobody ever heard of. Now that word, “covfefe,” is a vanity license plate for a northeast Ohio woman. However other states don’t allow the word on plates. The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Brittany Scott thought it worked for her car. “It just fit. I thought it was hilarious.” READ THE FULL...
WSU men’s soccer team returns from Charlottesville, takes to the field

WSU men’s soccer team returns from Charlottesville, takes to the field

No sooner than the Wright State University men’s soccer team got off the bus this evening in Fairborn after a seven-hour ride home from Charlottesville, they took to the field to make up the game that missed today. The team’s exhibition match against the University of Virginia was canceled amid escalating violence among protesters and counter-protesters. Not long after, one person...
Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation, a four-day conference of left-leaning activists, opened Thursday in Atlanta.  “Part pep rally and part insurgency training,” according to a preview on MyAJC.com,  “the conference includes nearly 200 panels and training sessions designed to teach progressive activists how to reclaim state legislatures, advance LGBT rights in the South and master social media...
Xenia, Central State team up to annex campus into the city

Xenia, Central State team up to annex campus into the city

Xenia city and Central State University officials announced today they are joining forces in an effort to annex the campus into the city. The two entities will petition the state to make the move, which is planned in three phases. The hope is the final push to get the 600-acre campus in Xenia Twp. into the city’s corporation limits would be complete by the middle of next year, according to Xenia...
Ohio man arrested in Niagara Falls after woman’s body found in his car trunk

Ohio man arrested in Niagara Falls after woman’s body found in his car trunk

A Youngstown man was taken into police custody more than 100 miles from his home after police found a woman’s body in the trunk of his vehicle Wednesday night.  Niagara Falls police located JeShawn Elliot after his brother called and reported Elliot told him he stabbed his girlfriend, 28-year-old Anvia Mickens, and he planned to drive to Niagara Falls where he would kill himself...
Multi-agency manhunt for suspected rapist ends

Multi-agency manhunt for suspected rapist ends

A rape suspect who managed to escape from the custody of a Ohio sheriff’s deputy, spawning a multi-law enforcement agency manhunt, killed himself Monday night.  Brandon Lee Powell, 32, shot himself while in a crawl space at his parent’s home located southwest of Toledo in Antwerp, according to an Associated Press report.  Multiple law enforcement agencies including Paulding County...
What’s next for Obamacare?

What’s next for Obamacare?

WASHINGTON — With Republicans unable to scrap Obamacare, several lawmakers huddled last week with a new purpose: fix a law that, depending on the perspective, either had some mendable flaws or was irrevocably broken. A group of more than 40 bipartisan House members — they call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus — vowed to create a stability fund that states could use to reduce...
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