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Court provides beacon of hope for human trafficking victims

By HOLLY ZACHARIAH The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the very end of a long municipal court hallway that mostly smells of sweat and despair, Vanessa Perkins turns slowly as she tries to decide where to sit for a quick afternoon break. She looks to the left, to the right and ...

Case on hold for man charged with posing as missing child

CINCINNATI (AP) — The case of a 24-year-old Ohio man charged with impersonating a long-missing child is on hold in federal court. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett earlier granted a sealed motion filed by Brian Michael Rini's (REE'-neez) attorney and canceled a scheduled final pretrial ...

Final budget talks expected to address coal reclamation cuts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week. The Senate version of Ohio's two-year state budget trimmed the $4 million DeWine ...

County officials say improvements ongoing at troubled jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — County administrators in Cleveland say improvements have reduced the time inmates are locked down in their cells at a troubled jail where a U.S. Marshal's Service report said conditions were unsanitary, inhumane and unsafe. Cleveland.com reports Cuyahoga County Executive ...

Officials name victims of deadly barn fire

COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials have identified the three youths who died in one of two Ohio fires that killed a total of six people. The Coshocton County coroner says 15-year-old Gabriella Hunley, 12-year-old Joshua Hunley and 15-year-old Cody Smith died June 18 in a barn fire in the ...

‘Burning river’ loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and TONY DEJAK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of ...

Ex-teacher charged with inappropriately touching young girls

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former physical education teacher accused of inappropriately touching dozens of first-grade girls in incidents captured on school surveillance video has been indicted on charges of gross sexual imposition in Ohio. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says ...

Ohio man pleads guilty to defrauding local governments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $750,000 from state and local governments by submitting phony invoices to them. Fifty-nine-year-old Robert Mutua Muli of Carrollton, Ohio, struck a plea bargain Monday with federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia. ...

Senate budget proposal includes 17% tax on vaping products

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in the Senate version of Ohio's two-year budget would place a 17% tax on the invoice price of vaping products. Senate Finance Chairman Matt Dolan, a Republican from Chagrin Falls, says he's concerned that vaping has filled a niche in Ohio that is attracting ...

New program could cut time spent in line at BMV

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is testing a program that could reduce the time people spend in line at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. People who need to renew their driver's license or auto registration can check-in online and advance in the queue without physically waiting in a BMV ...

Lawsuit: Thrill ride maker knew of defect before fatal crash

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press The manufacturer of an amusement ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair and left one teenager dead and others with life-changing injuries knew five years earlier about a defect that caused the malfunction, a new lawsuit said. Attorneys for some of the ...

Hospitals: At least 385 treated for storm-related injuries

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Hospitals have reported treating at least 385 people for storm-related injuries in the Ohio area struck by tornadoes and severe weather a week ago. The strongest of at least 18 tornadoes that slammed western Ohio beginning Memorial Day evening had 170 mph winds. Hundreds ...

Former bus driver pleads guilty to child sex abuse

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say a man who met two boys he sexually abused through his volunteer work as a church bus driver has pleaded guilty to a count of sexually abusing a minor under age 12. Forty-nine-year-old Jory Leedy of Franklin pleaded guilty Monday in Cincinnati. U.S. ...

Kayakers looking for missing swimmer find other body

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say kayakers helping search for a swimmer who was swept away in a river in Ohio have found the body of another man. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says the kayakers found the body of a 62-year-old man Monday ...

Sheriff: Woman whose killing linked to death row inmate ID’d

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they've identified a woman whose killing was linked to a man now on death row for other homicides in Ohio. Inmate Shawn Grate was previously convicted of four slayings in northern Ohio's Ashland and Richland counties. Grate had told authorities another of ...

Enbridge offers 2024 finish for Great Lakes tunnel project

By JOHN FLESHER and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. said Thursday it could have a proposed oil pipeline tunnel built and operating beneath a crucial Great Lakes channel by early 2024, responding to demands from Michigan officials to expedite the ...

Proposal would shield contact info of victims, witnesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in the Ohio budget would shield the telephone numbers of crime victims, witnesses to crimes and people involved in vehicle crashes. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the aim of the legislation is to prevent witness harassment as opposed to concerns ...

Board to rebuke Ohio State doctor by undoing emeritus status

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's full Board of Trustees is set to vote Friday on revoking the emeritus status of a team doctor found to have sexually abused young men throughout his two decades there. Provost Bruce McPheron says the now-deceased doctor, Richard Strauss, would be ...

Man pleads guilty to slaying, placing remains in freezer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to murder, corpse abuse and other charges in the killing and dismemberment of his former girlfriend, whose remains were found in a freezer. Thirty-three-year-old Arturo Novoa entered his pleas Thursday on dozens of felony counts in the ...

Thousands go another day without power, water after twisters

By MITCH STACY Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands in the Dayton area affected by the Memorial Day storms went another day Thursday without power and water, crews worked to clear debris-clogged roads, and police continued to search for a woman who disappeared around the time of ...