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Fighting heroin crisis: What Ohio governor candidates plan to do

In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic that shows no signs of slowing. On average, eight people...
Ohio congressman leading effort to keep Republicans in power in House

Ohio congressman leading effort to keep Republicans in power in House

On Wednesday afternoon, Columbus-area Rep. Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicted the GOP candidate in an unexpectedly tight special election in Montana would eke out a win. A few hours later, that GOP candidate, Greg Gianforte, reportedly body–slammed a reporter minutes before what was to be the last campaign rally before Election Day. Gianforte...
Ohio lawmakers consider to make major changes to gun laws

Ohio lawmakers consider to make major changes to gun laws

Gun-rights supporters are pushing for the right to carry concealed weapons in more places in Ohio, eliminate the requirement that people tell cops who stop them that they have a firearm and no longer require someone to retreat from a threat before using a gun. Eight gun bills pending in the Ohio General Assembly seek to expand gun rights. Nearly 40 lawmakers are signed on as sponsors of a “stand...
Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session

Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session

Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students who want them,” Straus said Friday at a brief press...
Kasich touts book, weighs in on Trump, Nixon, faith, media

Kasich touts book, weighs in on Trump, Nixon, faith, media

Ohio Gov. John Kasich weighed in on his former Republican presidential nomination rival Donald Trump at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday — but he spent more time talking about a pair of encounters he had with former President Richard Nixon. Kasich spoke to a sellout crowd of about 700 at the Kravis Center to promote his new book Two Paths: America Divided or United...
Walmart hires more than 5,000 veterans in Ohio

Walmart hires more than 5,000 veterans in Ohio

Walmart announced it has hired more than 5,000 veterans in Ohio since introducing its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in 2013. The commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran, and approximately 5,114 veterans in Ohio have benefited from the program so far. The chain retailer has a goal to hire 250,000 veterans nationwide by the end of 2020. Walmart has hired...
South Carolinian wants to grow medical marijuana in Warren County

South Carolinian wants to grow medical marijuana in Warren County

A South Carolina man plans to grow medical marijuana in Warren County. RELATED: Warren County anticipates medical marijuana cultivation action Anil Bhatara of Anderson, S.C., applied for a zoning permit to grow marijuana for medical use in a 3,500 square foot pole barn at 4258 Cox Smith Road, between Lebanon and Mason in Union Twp. SOCIAL MEDIA:Follow Lawrence Budd on Twitter Bhatara is not the person...
Warren County grandstands demolished after 70 years of use

Warren County grandstands demolished after 70 years of use

The grandstands at Warren County Fairgrounds have been reduced to rubble. On Thursday, contractors were working on piles of building materials left after more than week of demolition work on the facilities used by decades of horse racing fans and county fairgoers. The building will be replaced by a $3 million event center described by an architect as a “”Swiss Army knife kind of building...

John Kasich explains what’s up between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been all over TV lately as he pushes his book ‘Two Paths.’ On Wednesday, he co-hosted The View and offered some thoughts on the feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. “Well it’s shocking everybody,” Kasich said after being asked by Whoopi Goldberg to explain the rivalry. “Don’t ever steal anybody’s dancers, is the message...
Whaley using mayoral campaign funds to raise money for governor race

Whaley using mayoral campaign funds to raise money for governor race

Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign fund for Dayton mayor that’s not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor. A notice on Whaley’s campaign website informing potential donors that the mayoral fund is able to accept unlimited contributions was taken down Thursday after The Associated Press inquired about it. RELATED: How much...

Man sues hotel chain, police after being accused of being a terrorist

The Associated Press is reporting that an Emirati man detained at a Cleveland hotel after a clerk heard him speaking Arabic and thought he was a terrorist has sued the hotel chain, police and others. “Ahmed Al-Menhali was staying at a hotel outside Cleveland last June when Avon police responded to a 911 call from the clerk’s family saying that the 41-year-old al-Menhali could have ties...

Firefighter behind Ohio’s new firefighter workers’ comp law has died

Jackie Borchardt at Cleveland.com is reporting that Michael Palumbo, a northeastern Ohio fire captain who fought for compensation and benefits for firefighters who have cancer has died. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act in January. The law provides presumptive worker’s compensation for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer, if the firefighter was assigned...
Man accused of raping more than 40 women transferred from Ohio prison

Man accused of raping more than 40 women transferred from Ohio prison

RICHMOND, Ind. — A 64-year-old man accused of raping more than 40 women was transferred from an Ohio prison to the Wayne County Jail in Indiana on Wednesday, according to our news partner Kicks 96.  Richard Gwinn has been linked to dozens of rape investigations, through DNA testing, that were cold cases in Ohio and Florida. Authorities believe Gwinn started raping women as early as...
Ohio Supreme Court rules juveniles can be sent to adult court

Ohio Supreme Court rules juveniles can be sent to adult court

A split Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sending older juveniles to adult court when they face serious charges does not violate their constitutional rights. The decision reverses a ruling by the high court in December 2016. Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that an earlier decision failed to consider a clause in the constitution that grants the Ohio General Assembly...
Sentencing delayed for Air Force reservist guilty of sex crime on base

Sentencing delayed for Air Force reservist guilty of sex crime on base

Federal prosecutors want an Air Force reservist to spend more than seven years in prison for having sex with an unconscious woman he supervised at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Kyle Jordan, 31, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Korea and one-time Butler County corrections officer, was to be sentenced Thursday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The judge pushed back sentencing after...
Kasich wants to shorten terms for university trustees

Kasich wants to shorten terms for university trustees

University trustees watch over billions in taxpayer dollars throughout Ohio and the governor’s office is struggling to find people to take up that responsibility. In Southwestern Ohio alone, trustees at public universities oversaw nearly $2.2 billion in spending last year. While that may seem like a daunting duty, the state is actually looking to shorten term lengths which have been a hurdle...
5 recent times local officials had brushes with the law

5 recent times local officials had brushes with the law

Former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer Michael Rose Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison for selling cell phones to inmates. Rose is one of a handful of recent law enforcement personnel or public officials to have brushes with the law. Here are five recent cases and where those cases stand: Ryan Meno, Kettering police The former Kettering police detective pleaded guilty...
Sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping now up to Gov. Kasich

Sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping now up to Gov. Kasich

For the third year in a row, Ohioans shopping for three days in August will likely get a “sales tax holiday” when purchasing clothing and school supplies. The Ohio House voted 90-2 in favor of Wednesday for Senate Bill 9, which establishes a tax holiday for Aug. 4 to Aug. 6. The Senate immediately agreed to House changes in the bill. Its next stop is the governor’s desk. If signed...

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman: ‘This is a dangerous world’

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman made the rounds on cable TV today. He was on Fox News and CNBC. He talked mostly about President Trump’s trip to Europe, the bombing tragedy in England and the administration’s budget proposals. On the tragedy in Manchester, Portman said “this is a dangerous world.” [youtube=] “It’s a three pronged approach. One is the military part we talked...
UD Marriott says it’s owed money for canceled WSU debate rooms

UD Marriott says it’s owed money for canceled WSU debate rooms

Fallout from Wright State University’s lost presidential debate is surfacing again as a local hotel seeks at least $170,000 in damages for canceled rooms. Attorneys representing Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co., the management company that runs and is partial owner of the Marriott at the University of Dayton, filed a lawsuit today against Wright State in Greene County Common Pleas Court....
Husted for Governor endorsed by gun-rights group

Husted for Governor endorsed by gun-rights group

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s gubernatorial campaign was endorsed today by Ohioans for Concealed Carry. The endorsement was announced at 22three Outfitters, a gun range and store outside Lebanon. “If you care about your Second Amendment rights, Jon Husted is your man,”said Kim Campbell, a board member with the gun-rights group. RELATED: How much are the candidates for governor...
PETA alleges bear cub abuse at Indiana facility

PETA alleges bear cub abuse at Indiana facility

Wildlife in Need provided the following written statement in response to PETA allegations regarding the bear cub:  “They took 10 seconds of spliced and looped footage from a longer video, dubbed over his words with tragic music to create a scene which fits their agenda, but no longer resembles the truth. If this is not true, then why did they choose to show only 10 seconds and not the unedited...

Gov. John Kasich criticizes Trump budget during CBS interview.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized President Donald Trump’s budget this morning during an appearance on CBS This Morning. The interview aired this morning on WHIO-TV Channel 7. Kasich said “millions” of Ohioans would be impacted by proposed cuts, especially to Medicaid. “The problem here is you can’t just take stuff away when people need to be healthy, they need to be fed...
CLOSER LOOK: Financials of Ohio governor candidates

CLOSER LOOK: Financials of Ohio governor candidates

Each of the candidates vying to be Ohio’s 70th governor — four Democrats and four Republicans — has held public office in Ohio, which means they are required to file financial disclosure statements. Voters will ultimately decide which candidate they most relate to — or trust as the state’s CEO — but this newspaper’s examination of the candidates’ financial...
Feds indict 5 for robbing Middletown pharmacies

Feds indict 5 for robbing Middletown pharmacies

A federal grand jury returned two indictments Tuesday charging five men with robbing two Middletown pharmacies, according to a U.S. Dept. of Justice press release. The men are accused of stealing prescription drugs including morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone so that they could sell the drugs on the street. EARLIER: Feds charge 3 in wake of 26 pharmacy robberies The grand jury charged Dayton&rsquo...
Ohio moves a step closer to changing how congressional lines are drawn

Ohio moves a step closer to changing how congressional lines are drawn

An effort to reform how Ohio redraws congressional district lines every 10 years moved forward this week after the petition for a state constitutional amendment was certified by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The next step is the Ohio Ballot Board, which must approve the proposed language before supporters can begin gathering the necessary signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Changing the...
Ohio may legalize fireworks for private home use

Ohio may legalize fireworks for private home use

Roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets and other fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing a bill to dramatically change Ohioans access to consumer-grade fireworks, starting July 1, 2020. House Bill 226, sponsored by state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Martin Sweeney, D-Cleveland...
Corrections officer sentenced for selling cell phones to inmates

Corrections officer sentenced for selling cell phones to inmates

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer convicted of providing inmates with cell phones will spend a year in federal prison, a judge ruled Tuesday while saying a message needed to be sent to law enforcement. Michael Rose Jr., 29, was convicted of to attempted extortion under color of official right. He was accused of providing multiple cell phones to inmates to conduct heroin trafficking...
Suspect, customer exchange shots during attempted bank robbery

Suspect, customer exchange shots during attempted bank robbery

Police said shots were exchanged between a bank robber and a customer inside Key Bank location north of Cincinnati on Monday.  Officers in Colerain Twp. were called to the bank around 11 a.m. Monday on Springdale Road, our news partner WCPO-TV reports. Employees told police the robber entered the bank wearing dark clothing and a black hat and demanded cash.  Police said at some point a customer...
Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who later admitted to using heroin before getting behind the wheel near Cincinnati on Monday. The victim, 61-year-old William Rust III, of Cincinnati, was riding his bike along the shoulder of U.S. 52 in Anderson Twp., just east of Cincinnati Monday afternoon, our news partner WCPO-TV reports.  A car, driven by Steven Sickle, 33...
Mother wants answers about daughter’s death in Montgomery County Jail

Mother wants answers about daughter’s death in Montgomery County Jail

The mother of a 27-year-old woman who died Friday in the Montgomery County Jail wants answers about what happened to her daughter. RELATED: Man dies week after apparent suicide attempt in jail Sasha N. Garvin was pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m. Friday, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. A cause and manner is not yet available, though a drug overdose...
Man dies week after apparent suicide attempt in jail

Man dies week after apparent suicide attempt in jail

A Kettering man died May 18, a week after Montgomery County Jail officials said he apparently tried to hang himself. RELATED: Mom wants answers in daughter’s jail death Stephen J. Roudebush, 31, was found in his cell May 11 after it looked like he had hanged himself while his cellmate was at dinner. Roudebush was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he died May 18. EARLIER: Local woman dies...

6 local students nominated for military academies

Congressman Mike Turner, R-Dayton, today announced that six local students have been nominated for the military academies. The local nominees are *Abigail Arestides, Beavercreek, Air Force Academy; *Caleb Boon, Beavercreek, Air Force Academy; *Kyle Roshong, Dayton, Air Force Academy; *Holden Rushing, Kettering, Naval Academy; *Kasen Stephensen, Bellbrook, Naval Academy; *Marie Docken, Kettering, U...
Democrat files to challenge Congressman Mike Turner

Democrat files to challenge Congressman Mike Turner

UPDATE: The name of a first possible challenger for U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in 2018 has surfaced. Democrat Michael J. Milisits of Riverside filed a statement of candidacy  for the 2018 10th Congressional District race. “I want the average person to have a voice in Washington,” Milisits said. His filing with the Federal Elections Commission sets up his campaign committee,...
Battle over drug pricing comes to Ohio with costly campaign, TV ads

Battle over drug pricing comes to Ohio with costly campaign, TV ads

The first volley of TV ads are launching this week in the campaign to convince Ohioans how to vote on a controversial drug pricing law that will be on the November ballot. The fight over the ‘Ohio Drug Price Relief Act’ is expected to be costly and contentious. A similar measure in California last year drew a record $128 million in campaign spending. If Ohio voters approve it, the citizen-initiated...
Ex-WSU administrator testifies he did not break any laws at the school

Ex-WSU administrator testifies he did not break any laws at the school

A Wright State University administrator fired amid an ongoing criminal probe of WSU’s use of a work visa program said in court today he had broken no laws, and the university’s former president admitted he personally had no evidence to the contrary. The hearing was in the civil lawsuit brought by Ryan Fendley alleging Wright State failed to provide him a required nine months of notice...
How much are Ohio’s governor candidates worth?

How much are Ohio’s governor candidates worth?

Those running for governor in Ohio each have the same message for voters: I can relate to you. Just check out the polished videos on their YouTube channels. Jim Renacci cruises around on a Harley. Connie Pillich talks patriotism on the streets of Cincinnati. Jon Husted handles guns in his hometown. And Nan Whaley sits on the front porch, talking about seeing everyday struggles. Voters will ultimately...
State’s largest rock-climbing park set to open in Clark County

State’s largest rock-climbing park set to open in Clark County

The largest rock-climbing area in the state will open Sunday in Clark County but first the natural attraction must be cleaned up. The Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve will be a 100-acre property that consists of trails, climbing cliffs and the Mad River. Much of the land was covered with garbage as it had been used as an illegal dumping ground for years. “We are getting ready for a big weekend...
WSU hits its ‘low point’ with announcement of 71 layoffs, budget cuts

WSU hits its ‘low point’ with announcement of 71 layoffs, budget cuts

Wright State University will trim around 178 jobs as part of sweeping budget reductions next month while increasing the athletics budget by $1.6 million, a decision one faculty leader called “egregious.” WSU’s interim president on Friday proposed the school lay off 71 people, including about 24 classified staff members, 43 unclassified staff members and four faculty members. The...
Ohio may exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty

Ohio may exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty

Breastfeeding mothers would be exempt from jury duty under a bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature by Rep. Ann Gonzalez, R-Westerville. She introduced the bill after hearing from a constituent who could not get excused even though she needed to breastfeed her baby. “A constituent came to us and she was forced to be in a broom closet, that was the location for her to breastfeed,” said...
What we know now about attempts to demolish the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge

What we know now about attempts to demolish the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge

A section of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge carrying Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River was still standing this week, despite four sets of explosions detonated over the past month designed to bring it down. The final ensnarled piece of the steel structure for the old southbound span still rested on the cement pier from which it had extended since the bridge was built, more than five decades...
State Rep. Huffman running for Ohio Senate seat held by Bill Beagle

State Rep. Huffman running for Ohio Senate seat held by Bill Beagle

Republican state representative Steve Huffman said Friday that he will run for the Ohio Senate seat now held by Bill Beagle, who is barred by term limits from running for another term. Huffman, a physician and former Miami County coroner, said he wants to continue in the Senate working on finding solutions to health care and the opiate addiction crisis, fighting abortion, and cutting the size of government...
Small towns relying on traffic camera money targeted by lawmaker

Small towns relying on traffic camera money targeted by lawmaker

No more using traffic cameras to gin up piles of cash for the local township or small town, says state Sen. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville. “I’m just against people playing gotcha,” Patton said. Patton introduced four bills designed to end what he considers unfair speed traps operated by small local jurisdictions. The move is the latest effort a the Ohio Statehouse to restrict local...
Lawmakers: Medicaid should cover pediatric drug addiction services

Lawmakers: Medicaid should cover pediatric drug addiction services

Ohio’s two senators are introducing a bill aimed at helping newborns born addicted recover in a supportive setting. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rob Portman, R-Ohio along with Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. and Angus King, I-Maine, have reintroduced a bill that would recognize allow Medicaid to cover pediatric drug addiction recovery services in both hospitals and residential pediatric...
Wright State will lay off around 71 employees, leave 107 jobs vacant

Wright State will lay off around 71 employees, leave 107 jobs vacant

Wright State University will eliminate 71 currently filled positions under a budget proposal released today by the school's finance committee. Those positions will include about 24 classified staff members, approximately 43 unclassified staff members, and about four faculty members, according to interim president Curtis McCray, who also proposed the university cut close to 107 positions that are currently...
Dayton chief after 2 kids shot in head: ‘This is one of the toughest’

Dayton chief after 2 kids shot in head: ‘This is one of the toughest’

A Dayton mother allegedly shot two of her children in the head and dragged their bloody bodies outside while she was naked, according to police. Eight-year-old Khmorra Helton and her 6-year-old brother Kenden Helton were in critical condition Thursday evening, according to officials at Dayton Children’s Hospital. The children were transported by paramedics from the scene at 3821 Lori Sue Ave...
What’s next in the Pike County murders investigation?

What’s next in the Pike County murders investigation?

Many of the next steps in the Pike County murders investigation remain known only to authorities, but a recent arrest of victim family member James Manley means the 13-month-old case will remain in the news. MORE: Father says arrest like ‘tearing the scabs off us’ Manley, 40, was released Wednesday from Ross County Jail after his wife posted 10 percent of his $80,000 bond. He will be subject...
Cincinnati police: Runaway may be headed to Dayton

Cincinnati police: Runaway may be headed to Dayton

Cincinnati police put out an alert today that a runaway juvenile could be headed to the Dayton area. Police said Kelssie Campbell, 17, left the Girls Stay Center youth home and has yet to return.  Campbell, described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches with black eyes and hair, has a history of running away, police said.  She is believed to be headed to Dayton, where she's from. Police have no...
Go see actual Star Wars costumes at this breathtaking Cincy exhibit

Go see actual Star Wars costumes at this breathtaking Cincy exhibit

Whether you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan or not, there’s no denying that the costumes from the films are absolutely incredible works of art. Now, you can see them for yourself at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati.  Star Wars and the Power of Costume is on display from May 25-Oct. 1, 2017. The exhibit features over 70 of the finest handcrafted...
Kirkersville shooting cruiser camera video released

Kirkersville shooting cruiser camera video released

Cruiser camera video showing the moments after an active shooter opened fire at a Kirkersville nursing home, killing the village’s police chief, has been released. Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home.   Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse’s aide at the home, died from a single,...
Kirkersville Murders: 4 probation officers suspended for killer’s early release

Kirkersville Murders: 4 probation officers suspended for killer’s early release

Four probation officers have been suspended for their roles in the early release of the man who killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief last month. Thomas Hartless, 43, was released April 12 by the Licking County Probation Department. Following a Licking County Municipal Court investigation four officers were suspended for failure to complete various tasks, this news...
State troopers seizes $1M in drugs in Summit County traffic stop

State troopers seizes $1M in drugs in Summit County traffic stop

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, OH – An Ohio man is facing felony drug charges after an Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 71 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of solid hashish and 8 pounds of liquid hash oil, valued at approximately $1.06 million, following a traffic stop in Summit County, according to a state highway patrol news release. Ohio troopers stopped a 2014 Chrysler 300 around 2:04 p.m. on ...
Books may burn through Thursday in Columbus warehouse fire

Books may burn through Thursday in Columbus warehouse fire

Crews are battling a warehouse fire this evening just north of downtown Columbus. The owner of the building in the 1100 block of Corrugated Way told this news outlets media partners at WBNS-TV in Columbus that part of the warehouse is Haydar’s Auto Sales and Service and the other side stores books. The book side is what’s burning. Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said crews were...
60-plus weapons seized from home of Kirkersville shooter

60-plus weapons seized from home of Kirkersville shooter

Authorities recovered more than 60 guns at the Utica home of Thomas Hartless after he fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend and a new police chief at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday.  The home on Oakland Avenue belongs to Hartless’s father, but he stayed there off-and-on.  Law enforcement searched the home Friday just hours after Hartless killed Kirkersville...
Kirkersville murders: Judge who granted killer’s early release admits ‘mistakes’

Kirkersville murders: Judge who granted killer’s early release admits ‘mistakes’

A judge who signed an early release for Thomas Hartless, who shot and killed ex-girlfriend Marlina Medrano on her job at a Kirkersville nursing home six weeks later, is admitting mistakes were made and he's promising a review of court case won't be a whitewash. Licking County Municipal Judge Michael Higgins told our news partner 10tv.com (WBNS-TV) on Tuesday that "mistakes were made over here"...
Baby’s body found in abandoned car in Toledo neighborhood

Baby’s body found in abandoned car in Toledo neighborhood

Toledo police are searching for answers after the body of a baby was found in an abandoned car on the city’s west side last Friday. “There was some odor coming from the vehicle and the owner went to investigate it,” Toledo Police Lt. Joe Heffernan told WTOL-TV. The body of the baby boy, believed to be about 2 months old, was badly decomposed,  and officials do not know how...
Ohio officer overdoses after accidental contact with fentanyl on traffic stop

Ohio officer overdoses after accidental contact with fentanyl on traffic stop

An eastern Ohio officer was revived with four doses of Narcan after he accidentally came into contact with fentanyl during a traffic stop and overdosed. Patrolman Chris Green of the East Liverpool Police Department responded to a traffic stop Friday evening, after officers blocked in a vehicle they believed was involved in a drug transaction, according to CBS affiliate WKBN-TV in Youngstown. ...
Mother of 8-year-old suicide victim: ‘I feel robbed’

Mother of 8-year-old suicide victim: ‘I feel robbed’

When 8-year-old Gabriel Taye of Cincinnati took his life after he had been bullied in late January, his mother said Friday that his life was taken from her, too. Cordelia Reynolds wrote a statement Friday night about her son’s Jan. 26 death. “If I could, I would give anything to have him back,” she wrote, this news outlet’s media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported. ...
KIRKERSVILLE: Neighbor warns of shooter month before care center attack

KIRKERSVILLE: Neighbor warns of shooter month before care center attack

A neighbor paints a violent picture of the man who opened fire at the Pine Kirk Care Center this morning in Kirkersville, Ohio, east of Columbus. Thomas Hartless, 43, of Utica was identified as the shooter by Licking Count Sheriff Randy Thorp. Authorities say he turned a gun on himself after fatally shooting three others: Kirkerville Police Chief Eric DiSario, 36; nurse’s aide Cindy Krantz,...
Social media reacts to the shooting in Kirkersville

Social media reacts to the shooting in Kirkersville

Here is just some of the reaction pouring in on social media as people pay their respects to the victims of the shooting in Kirkersville that left 4 people dead including Kirkersville Police Chief Steven E. Disario.
KIRKERSVILLE: 'I gotta keep people safe' said worker  during deadly shooting

KIRKERSVILLE: 'I gotta keep people safe' said worker  during deadly shooting

Sarah Sims, 23, had just finished working a 12-hour overnight shift at Pine Kirk in Kirkersville, Ohio, and was in the basement with five co-workers and five residents when they heard loud bangs. Sims said since some residents have behavioral issues, she thought someone was throwing a chair. But a new co-worker quickly returned to the basement, telling them someone was shooting upstairs. Sims and...
Dayton man indicted for supporting ISIS; pleads not guilty

Dayton man indicted for supporting ISIS; pleads not guilty

The Dayton man accused of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS has been indicted. Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, was indicted by a federal grand jury today. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in federal court Thursday. Alebbini was arrested on April 26 at the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport and has remained in custody since. “Attempting to provide material support...
Person shot three times near Harrison Twp. apartment complex

Person shot three times near Harrison Twp. apartment complex

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer was on scene of a shooting investigation near Republic Drive and Embassy Place in Harrison Twp.  He said there was a shoot out between at least two people, and up to four others were involved. One person of interest is in custody.  Plummer said one male was shot three times in the leg but is expected to survive.  We have reports of shots fired...
Ohio aviation policy panel seeks experts from public

Ohio aviation policy panel seeks experts from public

Ohio is seeking members of the public with expertise in aviation and aerospace technology to serve on a state panel. Those interested in one of 14 public slots on the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee have until 4:30 p.m. Friday to apply. They could include military representatives, academic experts or industry leaders, the Associated Press reported. State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City...
Woman injured in rollover crash in Darke County

Woman injured in rollover crash in Darke County

A 56-year-old Laura woman was injured this afternoon in a rollover crash on Ohio 571 in Darke County. Dorcus McGuirk was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital after she apparently lost control of her 2003 Dodge Durango around 1:15 p.m. in the 9100 block of Ohio 571 and dropped off the right side of the roadway. McGuirk over-corrected and overturned while going off the road but her vehicle came...
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s expected run for governor could shake up race

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s expected run for governor could shake up race

UPDATE: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley made it official Monday that she is running for governor. Read the latest news here Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Sunday he’s also getting in the race. Read the latest news here ORIGINAL STORY: If Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley runs for governor, as expected, she’ll face these daunting facts: no woman has ever been elected governor in Ohio, just...
Squirt gun game drenches Miami County town — but not on school grounds

Squirt gun game drenches Miami County town — but not on school grounds

Video after video captures a similar scene across West Milton: An unsuspecting high schooler lets down their guard, only to get sprinkled —or worse, soaked — by a squirt gun-wielding opponent. A new round of “Liquidation” began at 3 p.m. Thursday, strictly off the grounds of Milton-Union High School, where dozens of students flooded across the Ohio village of 4,630 residents...
Local woman rescued from pit under neighbor’s shed testifies about ordeal

Local woman rescued from pit under neighbor’s shed testifies about ordeal

A Clinton County woman recounts her ordeal in court today after police rescued her last week from a pit underneath her neighbor’s shed. Jennifer Elliott, 30, testified during a preliminary hearing that 45-year-old Dennis Dunn kept her in a shallow hole dug in the dirt covered by a large plank behind his home on Center Avenue in Blanchester. Elliott said she doesn’t member everything because...
Officer cleared for shooting, killing OSU attacker

Officer cleared for shooting, killing OSU attacker

An Ohio State University police officer with local ties has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a student who attacked and injured 13 people on campus with his car and knife. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced a county grand jury’s decision today after the panel reviewed evidence, Columbus media reported. Officer Alan Horuijko, 2007 graduate of Fairfield High School in...
Kasich hints he may not support Mandel

Kasich hints he may not support Mandel

There is no love lost between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and state Treasurer Josh Mandel, both statewide Republicans. Mandel backed Marco Rubio for president over Kasich. The two have tangled over their competing websites that allow for searching state spending data. The two men have taken opposite positions on hefty topics such as expanded Medicaid. But this week it goes to a new level. In a podcast interview...
Dayton woman sentenced for role 2015 fatal crash

Dayton woman sentenced for role 2015 fatal crash

A Dayton woman was sentenced Monday for her role an October 2015 car crash that resulted in the death of one person and injured two passengers, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office announced in a release Monday. Deshon Antoinette Ellison, 24, was sentenced to six years in prison, and she is barred from ever obtaining a driver’s license legally. She was found guilty April 17 on one...
I-75 crash: Police release cruiser cam video

I-75 crash: Police release cruiser cam video

Dayton police on Monday afternoon released cruiser cam video of the moment they arrived at the scene of the explosion in which a wrong way driver collided with a tanker truck April 30. Motorist Andrew T. Brunsman, 30, of Centerville drive the wrong way and collided with the tanker truck, which exploded, police said.  Wife of truck driver Richard Miller said he's not ready to speak publicly about...
WATCH: Mom pulls gun on barber when son’s haircut takes too long

WATCH: Mom pulls gun on barber when son’s haircut takes too long

The mother of a 7-year-old boy thought his haircut was taking too long, so she pulled a gun out of her purse to threaten the barber, according to police. Police are still looking for the woman after an April 14 incident at the Allstate Barber College in Cleveland.  Surveillance video shows the woman pacing in front of the chair where her son is sitting, then walking away briefly. She returns...
Sheriff reassigns, suspends Sidney HS SRO for inappropriate comments

Sheriff reassigns, suspends Sidney HS SRO for inappropriate comments

A Shelby County Sheriffs deputy who reported Thursday that he made inappropriate comments to a female student at Sidney High School has been reassigned and suspended without pay. Deputy Anthony Cipollone worked as a school resource officer at the high school and has been with the sheriff’s office since July 2015, according to a release from Chief Deputy James Frye. An internal investigation...
John Lewis joins Saturday protest as Trump heads to Atlanta for NRA convention

John Lewis joins Saturday protest as Trump heads to Atlanta for NRA convention

UPDATE: Atlanta’s U.S. Rep. John Lewis has just been confirmed for Saturday’s protest rally in Woodruff Park, upping the event’s profile on the eve of Donald Trump’s visit Friday to the city. The civil rights icon famously traded barbs with Trump on Twitter earlier this year about Lewis’ accomplishments as well as the state of the congressman’s district...
Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. As Ohio leads the nation in accidental drug overdoses, state leaders are reaching for multiple fixes. The House budget plan carves out $170.6 million, including $12.2 million for prevention and education, $130 million for treatment options, $19.4 million for mental...
Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re ditching Gov. John Kasich’s plans for tax reforms in the state budget bill and said they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. The governor called for income tax cuts and hikes in taxes on tobacco, vaping, sales and oil and gas extraction. The House GOP said no. In the latest version of the...
Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Dennis Kucinich, a potential candidate for governor and former Ohio congressman, spoke Monday night in Washington Township, where he criticized charter schools as a drain on public funding and public schools. Kucinich called charter schools a “multi-billion dollar boondoogle” that forces Ohioans to subsidize private school education with money that is supposed to go to public schools....
Pike County murders: 1 year later

Pike County murders: 1 year later

The one-year anniversary of the Pike County murders in which eight members of the Rhoden family were brutally killed is Saturday. In the year since the killings, 10-12 investigators were in the county any given week tracking down more than 800 tips, taking 400 interviews — including multiple interviews of the same individuals — and executing 38 search warrants.  For the next...
Here’s what it’s like to watch a hometown tragedy unfold on Facebook

Here’s what it’s like to watch a hometown tragedy unfold on Facebook

The neighborhood I grew up in Cleveland has seen more than its share of problems over the years.  In the late 1960s, Hough was rocked by a riot. In the ’80s, the crack epidemic hit it like a mallet driving a nail into the board.   Despite all of its troubles, it has been clear to me that my childhood neighborhood, like my hometown, is filled with good people striving to live full lives...
Cleveland Facebook killing: Neighboring states asked to be on alert for suspect

Cleveland Facebook killing: Neighboring states asked to be on alert for suspect

CLEVELAND — The man accused of fatally shooting an older man on East 93rd Street on Sunday afternoon while recording himself on Facebook blamed the random attack on a woman. Steve Stephens remained at large Monday morning, possibly driving a newer model white Ford Fusion. Police said Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland.  Cleveland Police Department issued...
Hero to some, Ohio’s Cordray under fire from GOP, banks.

Hero to some, Ohio’s Cordray under fire from GOP, banks.

During a House committee hearing this month, Republicans launched a torrent of attacks against former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, whose job as director of a federal agency is to protect consumers in their dealings with financial institutions. “For all the harm inflicted upon consumers,” Cordray should be fired, said one Republican. “You have a rotting agency,” barked...
Kasich: ‘Everything’ being looked at as state deals with revenue shortfall

Kasich: ‘Everything’ being looked at as state deals with revenue shortfall

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich says “everything is under the microscope” as the state looks to makeup a revenue gap in the upcoming state budget. Kasich also hinted that his proposed income tax cut in the upcoming budget is not likely. Kasich said they would need to cut the budget proposal by $400 million for each fiscal year to make up the loss. March revenue receipts fell nearly...
7 of 20 suspects in custody after Greene County drug task force roundup

7 of 20 suspects in custody after Greene County drug task force roundup

The Greene County Ace Task Force is reporting that as of 4:30 p.m. they have 7 of their 20 suspects in custody. All 20 suspects may be connected with the recent spike in drug related deaths. The suspects will face 99 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.  The Greene County ACE Task Force, led by the Greene County Sheriff's Office, is in the process of rounding up 20 suspects who investigators...
Prison inmate, his mother are part of state illegal computer probe 

Prison inmate, his mother are part of state illegal computer probe 

Troopers raided the Kettering home of an Ohio prison inmate’s mother as part of an investigation into prisoners who used hidden computers to commit identity fraud. Inmate Adam C. Johnston, 35, formerly of Kettering, is serving up to life in prison for aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in the 2000 death of Bobby D. Matthews at a residence in the 6600 block of Homestretch Road in Vandalia...
Ohio covers funeral costs for Pike County murder victims

Ohio covers funeral costs for Pike County murder victims

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has said the state will cover the cost of Dana Rhoden’s funeral — about $7,500, according to our news partner WCPO. The Cincinnati television station reports Rhoden’s mother, Judy Manley, filed the claim for funeral expenses.  The Associated Press reports a Dec. 12 request to the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program was made by...
The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

Any “best restaurants” list calls for tough choices, and that’s particularly true here in the Dayton area. The Miami Valley has an absolute wealth of very fine independent restaurants. Here’s one Dayton native’s take on some of the very best. The Pine Club has been around since 1947, a true throwback to an earlier time. It can be cramped, it can be crowded, and it can...
Celina police arrest suspect in Best Western armed robbery

Celina police arrest suspect in Best Western armed robbery

Police in Celina have made an arrest in the robbery Sunday at the Best Western Hotel. Clay A. Junrod, 34, is in custody and is being held on suspicion of aggravated robbery, according to police. Police said Junrod showed a gun, grabbed the clerk at the hotel and demanded cash. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. An arrest warrant was issued tonight for a 34-year-old man accused or robbing...
Is Bigfoot in Ohio? Search group hunting in Youngstown

Is Bigfoot in Ohio? Search group hunting in Youngstown

Bigfoot sightings crop up all over the United States, but the focus of one search group this weekend is a wooded area near Youngstown. California-based Searching for Bigfoot Inc. traveled to Girard, a city in Trumbull County near Youngstown, after a man claimed he took a picture of a creature that looked a lot like the big guy. In fact, Xavier King told a Youngstown television station he saw Bigfoot...
Man suffers head injury following ATV crash in Logan County

Man suffers head injury following ATV crash in Logan County

A man is at Miami Valley Hospital following an ATV crash in Logan County.  Crews were initially sent to the crash in the 800 block of County Road 34 South around 10:15 p.m.  Dispatchers said the man is believed to have suffered a head injury in the crash.  The man was the only person injured in the crash, according to dispatchers.  The severity of his injuries remains unknown....
Crime scene tape surrounds Champaign Co. farmhouse as deputies, BCI investigate

Crime scene tape surrounds Champaign Co. farmhouse as deputies, BCI investigate

Yellow crime tape surrounds a white farmhouse tonight at a Champaign County property. Crews have been at the farm since at least 6:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Valley Pike, near Dallas Roadin Mad River Twp. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office so far has not disclosed what type of incident was under investigation. Dispatchers confirmed at least one person was taken to an area hospital for possible...
Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington

Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington

Former Sen. John Glenn now rests in the same earth that he once marveled at from a tiny window inside the Friendship 7 in 1962. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at 95, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday in a small private ceremony with family and close friends, months after thousands visited him as he laid in state in the Ohio Statehouse. On a rain-drenched spring day with the trees beginning...
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