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Dem Head David Pepper: Ohio ‘epicenter of hate group activity’

Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper is concerned the state is becoming a hotbed for hate.   His statement, reported by the Columbus Dispatch, came a week after the Charlottesville protests - where a white supremacist from Kentucky, now living near Toledo - ran over a woman killing her; and where several of those identified at the white nationalist march were from Ohio.  Later in the...
Ohio school vouchers expand; Kettering lawmaker opposes program

Ohio school vouchers expand; Kettering lawmaker opposes program

Ohio’s school voucher “expansion” program for low-income families will grow by millions of dollars each of the next two years, but a key Republican education leader says the program may be a bad idea. The point of Ohio’s primary EdChoice voucher program has been to give “students from under-performing public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools...
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...
Kettering man must pay child porn victim $5,000 and serve 11 years

Kettering man must pay child porn victim $5,000 and serve 11 years

A 71-year-old Kettering man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims shown in his child pornography collection of tens of thousands of pictures and videos. RELATED: Two area men convicted on child pornography charges James Gaver also was ordered to get sex offender treatment and will be on lifetime supervision when he is released...
ODOT limits access to bridge West Carrollton seeks to replace

ODOT limits access to bridge West Carrollton seeks to replace

The state has reduced access to a West Carrollton bridge the city says needs replacing. The weight limit for the Elm Street Bridge just south of the city’s center has been cut by at least 20 percent following an Ohio Department of Transportation inspection, according to the city. RELATED: City seeks state funds for bridge in ‘dire’ condition Meanwhile, pedestrian access to the sidewalk...
Major electricity transmission lines approved in Clark County

Major electricity transmission lines approved in Clark County

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved construction of separate, new transmission line projects in Clark County. Information from the siting board shows American Transmission Systems Inc. will build the East Springfield-Tangy Loop to Broadview Substation project, a new 138 kilavolt transmission line connecting the existing East Springfield-Tangy line to Broadview Substation. MORE BUSINESS NEWS:...
Federal judge dismisses antitrust case against Premier Health

Federal judge dismisses antitrust case against Premier Health

A federal judge recently dismissed a 5½-year-old antitrust lawsuit against Premier Health brought by the Medical Center at Elizabeth Place. The suit filed in February 2012 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court claimed that southwest Ohio’s largest hospital network and others colluded by “coercing, compelling or co-opting commercial health insurers or managed care providers&rdquo...
What’s a degree worth? Area college grads question the cost

What’s a degree worth? Area college grads question the cost

Studies show college graduates earn more than those without a degree, but you won’t convince Megan Abell of the value of her advanced education. After graduating with an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising and $85,000 in loan debt from a now defunct institution in Cincinnati, the 28-year-old Kettering resident is working at a local hospital gift shop and making around $22,000 per...
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...
Signature issue: Attorney questions legality of grand juror’s autograph

Signature issue: Attorney questions legality of grand juror’s autograph

The defense attorney of a woman indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend is challenging the validity of the grand jury foreman’s signature, according to a motion filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Judge Dennis Langer ruled Thursday that a hearing on defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment be held either Sept. 20 or Sept. 29, depending on whether...
CNN criticized for labeling white supremacist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’ in headline

CNN criticized for labeling white supremacist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’ in headline

A headline on the website cnn.com this morning called white nationalist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’, wording that led to criticism across social media. Spencer, who has referred to himself as a “white supremacist,” was scheduled to speak at the University of Florida. The university cited safety concerns and canceled his speech.  An article on the Florida...
Brown backs Nan Whaley for governor — Liz, not Sherrod

Brown backs Nan Whaley for governor — Liz, not Sherrod

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who is running for governor in 2018, has picked up the backing of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s daughter, Columbus City Councilwoman Liz Brown. Whaley appeared at a press conference here Thursday with Brown and Columbus City Councilwoman Jaiza Page, an indication that support for the Dayton mayor may be extending beyond her base in southwest Ohio. “We are all in this together...
DEA used GPS tracker to arrest local suspected drug trafficker

DEA used GPS tracker to arrest local suspected drug trafficker

A Drug Enforcement Agency sting led to the arrest of a local man suspected of being part of a large drug trafficking organization for nearly 20 years. The man — who was once sentenced to six years for conspiracy to commit murder in Greene County — faces up to life in prison if he’s convicted of the crimes he’s indicted on in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Waiman Yu, 39...
Neo-Nazi website faces federal lawsuit over defamation

Neo-Nazi website faces federal lawsuit over defamation

An Ohio-based neo-Nazi website and its founder are facing a federal lawsuit filed by Dean Obeidallah, a comedian and political commentator who says he was defamed by an article in The Daily Stormer that falsely accused him of being a terrorist. In his lawsuit, Obeidallah alleges that The Daily Stormer and its founder Andrew Anglin, published a story June 1 that portrays Obeidallah as the mastermind...
NEW DETAILS: Springboro teacher drug case built on info from traffic stops

NEW DETAILS: Springboro teacher drug case built on info from traffic stops

The case against Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca and her 15-year-old son was built by police stopping cars that had been to their Settlers Walk home, according to court documents. The earliest such stop mentioned in the search warrant affidavit was an April 1, 2017 incident in which a driver of a vehicle admitted buying 10 hits of suspected LSD at the Panzeca house. “The defendant stated that...
Moraine death puts scrap metal thefts in spotlight: 4 things to know

Moraine death puts scrap metal thefts in spotlight: 4 things to know

The death of a Milford man police said was electrocuted attempting to steal copper from a Moraine business this week is the latest instance of a crime that has been common in the Dayton area and Ohio in particular. MORE: Milford man dies while attempting to steal metal from Moraine business Here are four things you should know about the value of metal and metal thefts: -WE’RE NO. 1. Ohio has...
Kasich to Trump: “Get your act together”

Kasich to Trump: “Get your act together”

On national television Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich ripped into President Donald Trump for failing to unequivocally condemn white supremacists but the governor stopped short of saying Republicans should no longer support Trump. “You’re not going to turn your back on the president. You’re going to speak clearly and bluntly and say ‘Get your act together,’” Kasich...
College grads on what it’s like to owe thousands in student debt

College grads on what it’s like to owe thousands in student debt

When it comes to student loan debt, Ohio is one of the most indebted states in the country. Ohio is the third most indebted state in the United States, a new report from Wallethub found. The state’s high ranking is just the latest development in the student loan crisis. This news organization asked former students to share their stories of paying off student loan debt and how it has affected...
Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach, a country band from Sylvania, was booted from Northwest Ohio Rib Off and an opening slot for Nashville star Lee Brice after complaints over a Facebook post. Singer Rodney Parker, on his personal Facebook page, posted Tuesday about the Charlottesville, Va., protests. The Toledo Blade, which sponsors the Rib Off, made the decision to pull the band. Parker&rsquo...
Springboro elementary teacher, 15-year-old son face drug charges

Springboro elementary teacher, 15-year-old son face drug charges

For months, residents in Springboro’s Settlers Walk neighborhood complained about high school-age children stopping by a residence in the first block of Christman Dr. Those complaints led to a May search warrant and seizure in which marijuana, LSD and other items were taken from the home of Springboro fifth-grade teacher Amy Panzeca, according to Warren County Common Pleas Court documents. RELATED...
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...
Dayton area’s richest man gives $1M to group backing Husted for governor

Dayton area’s richest man gives $1M to group backing Husted for governor

Billionaire philanthropist Clay Mathile donated $1 million to a super PAC that is backing Republican Jon Husted for governor next year, according to federal campaign finance filings. Between late April and the end of June, Ohio Conservatives for Change raised $1.3 million from four donors: $1 million from Mathile, $125,000 each from Mt. Vernon residents Thomas Ratin and Karen Buchwald Wright and $50...
Local drivers look to take red-light camera fight to Supreme Court

Local drivers look to take red-light camera fight to Supreme Court

Opponents of red light traffic cameras are now asking the Ohio Supreme Court to declare them unconstitutional because of the way tickets are written and processed. Tickets issued via automated traffic cameras go through a civil administrative process, which opponents say violates due process rights. The system relies on hearsay evidence and denies motorists the ability to mount a defense, the lawsuit...
Postal worker who vacationed while too injured to work pleads guilty

Postal worker who vacationed while too injured to work pleads guilty

The former West Carrollton postal worker too injured to work but allegedly seen vacationing and riding amusement park rides reached a plea deal Monday with federal prosecutors. Laticha Schroyer’s trial on counts of theft and false statements related to federal workers’ compensation benefits was to begin Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Instead, Schroyer, 43, pleaded guilty...
Neo-Nazi hate website has links to Ohio

Neo-Nazi hate website has links to Ohio

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi hate group with ties to central Ohio, must find a new website host after it posted an article attacking Heather Heyer, the victim in the Charlottesville attack. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy said on Twitter on Monday. The notice came after...
Central State to welcome biggest group of new students in 7 years

Central State to welcome biggest group of new students in 7 years

Central State University will welcome nearly 840 new students this fall, the largest group of new students since 2011. New first-time freshmen, transfer students and readmits are expected to help the university surpass last year’s total enrollment, CSU announced. The university’s original new student target was 800 this year. Total enrollment numbers will be confirmed at the end of the...
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...
Ohio leaders condemn ‘hate’ and ‘racism’ in Charlottesville

Ohio leaders condemn ‘hate’ and ‘racism’ in Charlottesville

Local and Ohio officials took to Twitter to show their reaction to the violent clashes between protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote, “Racism and violence have no place in America. All of us must condemn hate wherever it is found.” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley tweeted that Dayton stands with Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and that city against “hate & supremacy...
Three Ohio nurses treated with Narcan after responding to OD patient

Three Ohio nurses treated with Narcan after responding to OD patient

Three nurses at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon were given Narcan after treating an overdose patient at the hospital Thursday. After cleaning the hospital room, the three became sick and lost consciousness. Investigators said they were treated with Narcan. They believe they suffered secondary exposure after treating an overdose patient and had been affected by Fentanyl. Crisis: Opioids continue...
Salary, job perks revealed for new Wright State VP of finance

Salary, job perks revealed for new Wright State VP of finance

Wright State University’s new vice president of finance and operations and chief business officer will make $305,000 per year, according to his contract obtained by this news organization. Walter Branson’s salary ranks in the top 15 at the university, according to 2016 payroll data compiled by the I-Team. The university announced on Thursday it hired Branson for the newly created position...
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...
Ohio State to build new $20M airport terminal

Ohio State to build new $20M airport terminal

Ohio State University will start construction next week on a new $20-million executive airport terminal. The new terminal, called the Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center, will be located at the OSU Airport at Don Scott Field in Columbus. OSU president Michael Drake and college of engineering dean David Williams will break ground at a ceremony Aug. 19 at the airport....
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...
Private labs may be allowed to test marijuana in Ohio

Private labs may be allowed to test marijuana in Ohio

If Ohio’s public colleges and universities don’t want to set up medical marijuana testing labs, the state has a plan to license private labs by early June. Testing labs are a crucial piece to Ohio’s new medical marijuana program. Labs must analyze the product before it can be sold through licensed dispensaries to the public. The law requires that Ohio first license labs run by public...
Nurse’s aide gets 6 months after burning quadriplegic with lighter

Nurse’s aide gets 6 months after burning quadriplegic with lighter

A home nurse’s aide accused of using a lighter to burn a developmentally disabled quadriplegic near her genitals was sentenced Thursday to five years’ probation, including the first six months in county jail. Melanie D. Oliver, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to a third-degree felony of patient endangerment after originally being indicted for felonious assault while working for...
Owner of Carlisle crematory to face state questioning today on bodies not refrigerated

Owner of Carlisle crematory to face state questioning today on bodies not refrigerated

The owner of a Carlisle crematory will answer questions this morning before the Crematory Review Board in Columbus, according to the board president. The board then will make its recommendation at the next Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors meeting set for Aug. 23, said Jon Rettig, board president. On Aug. 1, Premium Mortuary Services had its license revoked by the Ohio Board of Embalmers...
New Wright State president hires executive from her previous college

New Wright State president hires executive from her previous college

Wright State University has created a new executive job to oversee budgeting, planning, internal audits and human resources. The university has hired Walter Branson to be its vice president for finance and operations and chief business officer. Branson starts at WSU on Sept. 11 and comes from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. While there he served as vice chancellor...
Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Anthony Gonzalez, the former Ohio State wide receiver who wowed fans with his clutch catches and his amazing grab in a 2005 win at Michigan, is considering a run for Congress. According to multiple reports, Gonzalez recently met with the National Republican Congressional Committee and expressed interest in joining the ballot for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, which contains Wayne County...
Famed Cleveland Clinic facing criticism for gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Famed Cleveland Clinic facing criticism for gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

The Cleveland Clinic, a world recognized top hospital, is facing pressure to move its 2018 winter gala and fundraiser from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. According to Cleveland.com, the hospital has hosted the benefit and gala at Mar-a-Lago for eight years. The hospital received push back for hosting its gala at the estate earlier this year when President...
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...
YSU decides on football player convicted in 2012 Steubenville teen rape case

YSU decides on football player convicted in 2012 Steubenville teen rape case

Ma'lik Richmond, convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl when he was a high school football player in Steubenville, will not be permitted to play for the Youngstown State University football team this fall but will be a part of the program.  According to a statement YSU officials released Wednesday evening, Richmond "will continue to be a part of the football program as a practice...
Medical marijuana business topic of public meeting in Riverside

Medical marijuana business topic of public meeting in Riverside

Medical marijuana will be the topic of a community informational meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, in Riverside. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. the Comfort Suites, 5220 Huberville Ave., and will address the proposed Farms of Riverside LLC, a company that seeks to cultivate marijuana. MORE: Riverside delays vote on land sale for growing medical marijuana If approved, the measure would allow the city manager...
Defense contractor sentenced in federal fraud case

Defense contractor sentenced in federal fraud case

One of the two officials of a now dissolved local government contractor for NASA and the Air Force was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation and a $50,000 fine for unlawfully securing service contracts from the U.S. Air Force and NASA. Nicholas T. Borton, 51, had pleaded guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court by bill of information to conspiracy to defraud the United States government...
Guns in schools: Mad River Schools trains 32 staff to shoot intruders

Guns in schools: Mad River Schools trains 32 staff to shoot intruders

Intruders beware: Thirty-two teachers and staff in Mad River Local Schools are now armed and ready to kill. When school gets back in session Monday, each building will have a number of the trained staff members who are able to access hidden gun safes, the combinations of which are known exclusively to the individual staff member and the superintendent. The district, which serves Riverside, is the...
New bridge planned over Little Miami: 5 things to know

New bridge planned over Little Miami: 5 things to know

A new $9.5 million bridge is planned over the Little Miami River in Warren County. It would replace an existing span near the multi-use trail along the river nears Kings Mills, Mason and the $25.4 million Peters Cartridge Factory redevelopment. The new Kings Avenue bridge would be built in 2022 or 2023. This public investment would take total investment in the area around the former factory over $40...
Rapper with Dayton ties indicted in $5M Kentucky drug conspiracy

Rapper with Dayton ties indicted in $5M Kentucky drug conspiracy

A rapper with Dayton-area ties was federally indicted in Eastern Kentucky as part of a $5 million drug distribution conspiracy. Malik M. Dillard-Cribbs, 24, who goes by the name “Leek Hustle” in online rap videos, reported Monday to federal officials in Dayton. Dillard-Cribbs — who attended Central State University and has local contacts — voluntarily surrendered upon the advice...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Heavy smoke pours from barn fire in Fort Loramie

Heavy smoke pours from barn fire in Fort Loramie

Crews are on the scene of a large barn fire this afternoon in Fort Loramie in Shelby County. The fire was reported at 4:10 p.m. in the 8000 block of Hoying Road, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch. It is not clear what was inside the barn. Fire departments from Fort Loramie, Sidney, Anna, Van Buren Twp., New Bremen and Minster were among those that responded to the scene...
Rollover crash shuts down U.S. 35 E ramp to I-675 S for more than five hours

Rollover crash shuts down U.S. 35 E ramp to I-675 S for more than five hours

A single-vehicle injury rollover crash shut down the ramp from U.S. 35 East to Interstate 675 South for nearly five hours. The name, age and condition of the crash victim was not available. The ramp from U.S. 35 East to I-675 South remains closed following a single-vehicle rollover crash from earlier this evening. A vehicle was traveling east on U.S. 35 when the driver took the exit ramp that heads...
Portman talks with Trump about health care, other issues

Portman talks with Trump about health care, other issues

Sen. Rob Portman met with President Donald Trump Wednesday as part of an apparent effort by the White House and Senate Republicans to provide a jolt of energy to their stalled agenda on Capitol Hill. In a statement, Portman, R-Ohio, would only say that he and Trump “had a good conversation about a range of issues,” including overhauling the federal tax code, curbing the addiction to opioids...
Sessions in Ohio: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

Sessions in Ohio: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. He unveiled the pilot program during a speech in hard-hit Ohio, where eight people a day die of accidental overdoses. “In...
Body found in freezer near governor candidate’s campaign headquarters

Body found in freezer near governor candidate’s campaign headquarters

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Connie Pillich’s campaign headquarters is about 50 yards away from Molly Malone’s Irish Pub where the body of a 20-year-old man was found in the freezer. Pillich’s campaign is based at the Hamilton County Democratic Party office on Webbland Place, which is across a parking lot from the pub where the body of Brandon Chandler was found in a walk-in...
Who has the most money in Ohio’s governor race right now?

Who has the most money in Ohio’s governor race right now?

Three of the four Republicans vying to become Ohio’s next governor are each sitting on $4 million war chests. The four Democrats, however, have less than $2 million combined with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley among the top fundraisers. This is according to Ohio campaign finance reports filed Monday, which track contributions and expenses for the first six months of the year. Republican Attorney General...
Greene County officials take precautions after West Nile virus detected in mosquito

Greene County officials take precautions after West Nile virus detected in mosquito

A mosquito captured for testing in the Bellbrook area has tested positive for the West Nile virus and the public is being warned to take precautions.  Officials at the Greene County Public Health District are working to educate the public about what to do to minimize the risk of infection.  A public health sanitarian on Monday sprayed insecticide in the area where the mosquito was trapped...
Greene County Fair rides to open today after inspections

Greene County Fair rides to open today after inspections

The 18 rides at the Greene County Fair are expected to open today following what officials called thorough inspections of the machines. Rides are getting increased scrutiny at county fairs following the deadly incident last week when a passenger gondola on the Fire Ball ride broke off at the Ohio State Fair, killing an 18-year-old and injuring seven. The rides at the Greene County Fair will be...
Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Reds Hall of Famer Lee May dies at age 74

Cincinnati Reds fans are mourning as Reds Hall-of-Famer Lee May has died. He was 74. The Reds organization issued a statement, extending condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of Lee May, who played for the home team from 1965 to 1971. "We are deeply saddened to lose the Big Bopper,” Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum said in a prepared statement...
Gov. John Kasich ‘glad’ Senate health care plan failed

Gov. John Kasich ‘glad’ Senate health care plan failed

Ohio Governor John Kasich said he was “glad” Senate Republicans last week failed to dramatically scale back the 2010 health law, but insisted Congress needs to fix some of the flaws in the law known as Obamacare. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Kasich said Republicans last week “looked over the cliff. And I think they saw that there were going to be a lot of people who were...
Rides at State Fair reopen; latest on fatal accident

Rides at State Fair reopen; latest on fatal accident

The Midway rides at the Ohio State Fair reopened Sunday morning for the first time after Wednesday night’s fatal accident on the Fire Ball ride. Three of the victims remain in critical condition as of Sunday morning. 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell died on the Fire Ball after a malfunction. The Midway reopened on Saturday, but the rides were closed. Fair officials posted on Facebook Sunday morning...
Second suspect in Cincinnati Zoo stabbing that injured Bellbrook man arrested

Second suspect in Cincinnati Zoo stabbing that injured Bellbrook man arrested

The second suspect accused in a stabbing at the Cincinnati Zoo last month has been arrested.  According to online court and jail records, Malik Abdul-Rauf, 40, has been arrested and charged in the stabbing that injured Stephen Yontz, of Bellbrook.  On Wednesday, Mark Lanham, 22, was arrested in connection to the stabbing.  Police have arrested Mark Lanham, 22, for felonious assault...
Fiona, zoo staff ‘breaking up’ after 6-month relationship

Fiona, zoo staff ‘breaking up’ after 6-month relationship

It's a bittersweet chapter in the story of Fiona, the prematurely born hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.  The 6-month-old animal now weighs more than 400 pounds, but her successful development means her caretakers, who have doted on the baby in water and land since she was born, cannot share space with her out of safety concerns. That's according to the latest update on...
Horrific coincidence sabotages Columbus Monthly magazine cover

Horrific coincidence sabotages Columbus Monthly magazine cover

For anyone and everyone who has ever worked in print media, it’s the professional nightmare we all fear. And it happened this week to Columbus Monthly magazine. The cover of a current edition of the magazine contains a headline that, until the tragic events of this week at the Ohio State Fair, was entirely appropriate, even innocuous, for the story it announced. The story presumably is about...
Ohio State Fair ride tragedy could spark changes

Ohio State Fair ride tragedy could spark changes

Wednesday’s horrific fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair — when the Fire Ball ride broke apart and flung riders to the ground — could fuel calls for better safety practices and stronger regulations once it is determined what caused the ride’s gondola to break free. One man was killed and seven people were injured in the accident, which led to a worldwide shutdown of the type...
Wright State hires new associate VP of international affairs

Wright State hires new associate VP of international affairs

Wright State University has hired a new associate vice president in charge of international affairs for the school. William Holmes will start at WSU on Aug. 14, the school announced today. Holmes comes from Central Michigan University where he has served as director of international affairs for two years, according to his LinkedIn profile. Under Holmes’ leadership, CMU increased its study abroad...
Obamacare repeal fails again in Senate; McCain key ‘no’ vote

Obamacare repeal fails again in Senate; McCain key ‘no’ vote

With Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic decisive vote, the Senate early Friday morning narrowly defeated a scaled back bill dismantling the 2010 health law, leaving in question the future of GOP promises to repeal the law known as Obamacare. The 49-51 defeat – capping hours of drama on the Senate floor - left open the question of whether congressional Republicans can carry through with a key...
High Court: Sentencing for youthful offenders guilty in adult court stays in adult court

High Court: Sentencing for youthful offenders guilty in adult court stays in adult court

Youthful offenders found guilty in adult court for certain offenses now will have all convictions sentenced in adult court, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today. Today’s ruling reverses a 2014 decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeals. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office appealed that ruling, and the High Court sided with the county, according to a news release from the...
Ohio State Fair accident: Maker shuts down ride worldwide

Ohio State Fair accident: Maker shuts down ride worldwide

The Ohio State Fair ride that flung riders off a mechanical arm and killed a rider Wednesday evening passed a standard Department of Agriculture inspection that morning. The Fire Ball ride, operated by Amusements of America, also passed a daily inspection and maintenance  inspection before the accident, which also injured seven people, according to the records obtained by this news organization...
Ohio State Fair ride accident: 5 things to know about The Fire Ball ride

Ohio State Fair ride accident: 5 things to know about The Fire Ball ride

A man was killed and seven people were injured while riding The Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday Here are five things to know about the ride:  1.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a permit  for The Fire Ball to Amusements of America, a carnival operator, on July 26, according to state documents obtained by this news organization.   2.  ...
Ohio executes Ronald Phillips; first execution in 3 years

Ohio executes Ronald Phillips; first execution in 3 years

For the first time in more than three years, the state of Ohio has executed a death row inmate. State officials executed Ronald Phillips by lethal injection this morning officially at 10:43 a.m. at a state prison in Lucasville, about 80 miles south of Columbus. The execution ended a lull following an unusually drawn-out execution that relied on a controversial lethal-injection drug. Phillips&rsquo...
Would having Sherrod Brown as VP have won Clinton the election?

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

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was on the shortlist to run with Hillary Clinton in 2016 and he thinks he would have helped the ticket win the key states that cost her the election. In an interview with The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, Brown said he may have had an impact in the Midwest states that made the difference in the Electoral College. Clinton ended up running with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine,...
Review of $9B in Ohio tax breaks launched under pressure

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

State legislative leaders acted under pressure recently to launch a panel of their own making that’s supposed to investigate the $9 billion-plus in tax credits, deductions and exemptions Ohio doles out each year. Senate President Larry Obhof named his appointees Tuesday to the Tax Expenditure Review Committee lawmakers, and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger named his Wednesday, The Columbus Dispatch...
Man says he was to be paid $3K to deliver 100 pounds of pot in Dayton

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

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

Township bans all but one company from growing medical pot

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

Springfield fire cadets train in the hot seat

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

Longtime Ohio congressman dies

Former Congressman Ralph Regula, who represented the Canton region for nearly 40 years, died yesterday at 92. He served in Congress from 1973-2009. At the time, he was the second longest serving Republican member of the House. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, colleague and mentor,” U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci said today. Renacci, now a candidate for governor, has...
2 injured hikers rescued from Glen Helen Nature Preserve

2 injured hikers rescued from Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Two females, an adult and teenager, were injured today while hiking out at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve near Yellow Springs. The pair was climbing the stone steps to return to the parking lot when a 10-foot tree branch broke loose and fell, striking them both, according to Colin Altman, chief of Miami Twp. Fire Rescue. Firefighters assisted the adult in finishing the stairs and used a basket to...
Prosecutor: Ex-nursing home nurse had sexual contact with residents, child porn

Prosecutor: Ex-nursing home nurse had sexual contact with residents, child porn

BEAVERCREEK — Pristine Senior Living of Beavercreek sent a letter to their families informing them of the latest developments regarding former employee Steven Douglas McDowell, a 60-year-old licensed practical nurse who is facing sex charges involving residents at the senior care facility. A case of gross sexual imposition and pandering obscenity involving a minor was reported to police on...
Central State earns prestigious national award

Central State earns prestigious national award

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

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

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

Weather has cyclists in town for annual event a little worried

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

What would you name your medical marijuana business? 

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

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

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

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

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