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Program teaches special-needs kids to avoid harmful drugs

By JOANNE VIVIANO, The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dr. Maria Demosthenous was excited about the ornate round box she held in front of 11-year-old Xavier Desotelle. As the Columbus boy looked up at her from an examination table, she told him that the blue box with orange pompom ...

Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of ...

Officials vow to improve 911 center after teen dies in van

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati officials plan to make changes to improve operations at the city's emergency call center, which is under scrutiny after the failed response to a teen who was trapped in a vehicle and died after twice calling 911. Mayor John Cranley, council members and other city ...

House arrest modified for teen mom accused of killing infant

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has modified a house arrest order for a former high school cheerleader accused of killing and burying her newborn near her family's home. Attorneys for 19-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson previously filed a court motion in Warren County to lift the house ...

Officer gives firefighter apology cake: ‘Sorry I tased you’

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer has apologized for a work mishap by bringing a firefighter a cake iced with an unusual message: "Sorry I tased you." Hamilton Township Officer Darcy Workman says she accidently shocked firefighter Rickey Wagoner with her stun gun last ...

JobsOhio touts state’s assets in new video to attract growth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's privatized job-creation office is using a new video to highlight reasons people should come to live, work and start businesses in the state. JobsOhio released the 4 ½-minute commercial Monday. It emphasizes Ohio's diverse geography, including rural and urban ...

Woman killed, man and 2 infants hurt in Amish buggy crash

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Amish buggy has been struck from behind in Ohio, killing a woman and critically injuring a man and two infants. The Springfield News-Sun reports the Shelby County Sheriff's Office says the buggy was properly lit when it was struck around 9 p.m. Friday. ...

Robot designed for faster, safer uranium plant pipe cleanup

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant in Ohio plan this summer to deploy a high-tech helper: an autonomous, radiation-measuring robot that will roll through miles of large overhead pipes to spot ...

Cincinnati city manager facing dismissal opts to quit

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati city manager who faced the likelihood of being fired by the City Council has quit. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Harry Black said Saturday morning in a memo that his decision to resign was "based on the reality that the work environment has become very ...

Husband charged in death of wife whose body still missing

HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 73-year-old Ohio man who has given conflicting stories about what happened to his wife's body has been charged with aggravated murder in her death. The Record-Courier reports Philip Snider was arrested Friday in the northeast Ohio city of Hartville. He's being held ...

Police: 2 killed in shooting outside Ohio nightclub

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in the southwest Ohio city of Dayton say two people have been fatally shot outside of a nightclub. The victims have been identified as 29-year-old Darion Harris and 28-year-old Ashley James, both of Dayton. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. James died at a ...

Police: Woman accidentally shoots and kills young daughter

WICKLIFFE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her mother at a hotel outside of Cleveland. Wickliffe police in a statement say emergency crews were called to an Econo Lodge around 11 p.m. Friday. A police officer and paramedics tried to ...

Judge not ready to free confessed killer with release deal

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio says she needs more information before deciding whether to release a man who confessed to a string of rapes and murders under a decades-old plea deal. The judge in Toledo said Thursday she wants Nathaniel Cook to undergo another evaluation that looks at ...

Convicted ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has heard arguments about whether a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl should be removed from Ohio's sex offender registry. Judge Thomas Lipps held the hearing Thursday in Juvenile Court in Steubenville to consider the request of former ...

Teen denies charges in death of Ohio woman, 98

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has denied aggravated murder and other juvenile charges filed against him in the death of a 98-year-old woman found by police inside a closet at her northeast Ohio home. The teen made an appearance in a video link Wednesday in Medina County Juvenile ...

New sentencing date for man suspected of Bosnian war crimes

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set a new sentencing date for an Ohio man accused of hiding his membership in a Serbian special police unit that massacred more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 genocide. Federal prosecutors accused Oliver Dragic (DRAH'-gich) of immigration fraud in a ...

NTSB: Pilot had marijuana, alcohol in system during crash

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A federal report says a pilot who died when his small plane struck a zip line strung across an Ohio river had alcohol and marijuana in his system. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings this week. The ...

Bus leaves Cleveland for New York, ends up in Toledo

CLEVELAND (AP) — Greyhound says it is investigating how a bus meant to take passengers from Cleveland to New York ended up in Toledo. WEWS-TV reports that the bus left Cleveland several hours late on Thursday and was headed east through Pennsylvania when it started experiencing problems. The ...

Cincinnati officials offer apologies in trapped teen’s death

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati officials on Tuesday apologized to the family of a 16-year-old boy who died after he was trapped by a minivan's rear bench and police failed to find him, despite his 911 calls. Mayor John Cranley said Kyle Plush's death was ...

Woman hurt at Ohio fair gets $1.8M from ride owner, others

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million. A judge this week approved the settlement that calls for the ride's owner, Amusements of America, and two private inspection companies to pay ...