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Ohio lawmakers studying error that could ban some guns

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A mistake in writing up an Ohio bill could inadvertently ban several types of already legal guns and must be fixed quickly, gun rights advocates say. At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty ...

Ohio firefighters monitor blaze in docked ship; no injuries

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — A fire continues to burn inside a Lake Erie docked vessel as Ohio firefighters try to cool the ship in an incident with no injuries. The fire broke out on the deck of the St. Clair Saturday night at the Port of Toledo in northern Ohio. The cause is still ...

Lawyers seek new sentencing for teen in Ohio school shooting

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager who shot and wounded a classmate at school and was sentenced to 23 years in prison has filed an appeal for a new sentencing. Lawyers for Ely Serna said in court documents the trial court judge erred in giving their client the maximum sentence for the 2017 ...

College named for John Glenn wishes widow happy 99th

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A public affairs college named for astronaut John Glenn is wishing his widow a happy 99th birthday. Annie Glenn overcame a debilitating stutter to become a leading advocate for Americans with communicative disorders. She turned 99 on Sunday. John Glenn died in 2016 at ...

Police officer who offered money for sex back on duty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus police officer who was suspended after he admitted he offered to pay a woman for sex is now back on duty. Twenty-six-year-old Officer Helal Daoud, who has been with Columbus police for two years, was placed on leave in November. The Columbus Dispatch reports ...

Ohio prosecutor: no charges in police officer’s death

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck that struck a police officer who died won't face charges, a prosecutor said Friday. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said "after a ... very complete, thorough investigation," he decided against filing ...

New leader named for Cleveland FBI office

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio native who served as a special assistant to the FBI's three most recent directors in Washington is the new leader of the agency's Cleveland field office. Eric Smith assumed his role as special agent-in-charge earlier this month. The 49-year-old Smith replaces ...

Lawsuits continue 4 years after Ohio Walmart police shooting

By KEITH BIERYGOLICK, The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — After he shot John Crawford III, Officer Sean Williams charged down the Walmart pet aisle. He ran past stacks of cat litter and dog food, yelling "get down, get down, get down." For a moment, it looked like he missed. Crawford ...

Report: Congressman suspects theft from campaign account

CLEVELAND (AP) — The re-election committee for an Ohio Republican congressman told the Federal Election Commission it suspects the campaign's former treasurer stole tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign's bank account, according to a published report. A letter sent Friday from Rep. ...

Officials approve $10.8 million for marsh cleanup

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have released $10.8 million earmarked to clean up a marsh damaged by salt pollution over the last 50 years. Cleveland.com reports the state controlling board approved releasing the money for Mentor Marsh in Lake County this week. Funding for the project ...

Hearing set for Ohio inmate accused in 2 knife attacks

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A hearing was planned Tuesday for an Ohio inmate accused in a 2017 knife attack on four other prisoners handcuffed and unable to defend themselves and in a stabbing attack the following year on a guard who is still recovering from ...

Ohio abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ returns to Legislature

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Ohio proposed again on Monday one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation, and this time around, they have the governor's support. New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has indicated he would sign ...

Police: Man accused of having 3 wives is in custody in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Maine man who is accused of being married to three different women in three different states is behind bars in Ohio. A warrant was issued when 43-year-old Michael Middleton missed a court appearance Thursday in New Hampshire. A day later, he was arrested in Ohio. The ...

Program to help farmers reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is collaborating with local agriculture and conservation partners to help farmers reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie. The state says the Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery ...

Voters purged from rolls will have new chance at registering

CLEVELAND (AP) — Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he is reaching out to Ohioans who were recently purged from Ohio's voting rolls. A spokesperson for LaRose said Monday that he will reach out to an estimated 267,000 Ohioans who were removed in January after not responding to a "last ...

New governor to give State of the State speech March 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is set to give his first State of the State speech on March 5 at the Statehouse. The Ohio House authorized the event in a vote Wednesday, after Speaker Larry Householder officially invited the Republican governor to deliver the midday speech. ...

Officials to discuss costs of trials in Ohio family massacre

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials will meet to go over state funding that will help cover the costs of prosecuting the four suspects in the slayings of eight people in southern Ohio. State Attorney General Dave Yost plans to meet with state lawmakers and officials from Pike County on ...

State: Hunters harvest more than 172,000 deer for 2018-2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say hunters in Ohio harvested more than 172,000 white-tailed deer throughout the state's 2018-2019 season for a decrease of more than 14,000 deer compared with last season. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says 172,040 deer were checked in the ...

Education advisory board hasn’t met for 2 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — A nine member advisory board to the Ohio Department of Higher Education lacks enough members to meet — and hasn't met for two years. The Ohio Board of Regents, created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1963, releases an annual report on the Condition of Higher Education in ...

Video shows train leave with baby on board, dad on platform

CLEVELAND (AP) — A surveillance video released by a transit authority in Cleveland shows a man stepping off a train to smoke a cigarette and then frantically chasing after it when it leaves the station with his baby on board. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority released a ...