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Ohio district closes schools after reported clown attack

A suburban Cincinnati school district has closed schools after a woman reported being grabbed around the neck by a male dressed as a clown who she said made a threat against students. Reading Community City School District officials referred to the threat in a Facebook posting announcing district schools would ...

Officer who shot Tyre King returns to the force in new role

The Columbus police officer who fatally shot 13-year-old Tyre King has returned to the force, although not in his prior assignment as a patrol officer. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2duN85A ) 31-year-old Bryan Mason is performing administrative desk work at the police training academy while the investigation into King's Sept. ...

Ohio's minimum wage to increase by 5 cents starting in 2017

The state minimum wage will increase by 5 cents next year to adjust for inflation. Officials say non-tipped workers must be paid an hourly wage of at least $8.15 beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Tipped workers are slated to receive a minimum of $4.08 an hour starting next year — a ...

Boy arrested for bringing BB gun to Ohio high school

Officials say a teenager who took a BB gun to a southwest Ohio high school was arrested after a classmate tipped off the staff. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/2doAYcs ) reports the BB gun wasn't fired and no one was hurt before it was confiscated and the boy was removed from ...

Ohio launches system for those in crisis to text for help

Ohio has launched a system allowing people in stressful situations to text counselors for help, day or night. Tracy Plouck (PLOWK), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services director, says the program doesn't replace counseling but allows for people feeling completely overwhelmed to connect with someone. Plouck says that ...

Man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, son loses appeal

An Ohio appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 slayings of his ex-girlfriend and their 5-year-old son. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/2duJyID ) reports the Ninth District Court of Appeals denied 42-year-old Daniel Tighe's appeal in the killings of 31-year-old ...

Declining rattlesnake species to get federal protection

Federal officials are extending legal protection to the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, which inhabits a broad section of the northern and central U.S. but has been in decline for years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the snake as "threatened," meaning it's vulnerable to dying out but not in ...

Ex-officer facing 2nd trial agrees to deal in wife's death

A former Ohio policeman who spent over a decade behind bars for his wife's death before his conviction was overturned pleaded guilty Thursday to charges alleging he hired her killers, under a deal that lets him remain free on probation and maintain innocence. Former Springboro Lt. Thomas "Jim" Barton was ...

2 accused of chaining girl in basement now charged with rape

A father and son accused of chaining a teenage girl in their Ohio basement as punishment have now been charged with rape. Timothy and Esten Ciboro (SIH'-bohr-oh) were indicted Thursday on the new rape charges. The men are being held in jail and are due to go on trial in ...

This September 2016 booking photo provided by the Rocky River, Ohio, Division of Police shows Jamal T. Mansour in Rocky River, Ohio. Jamal T. Mansour, charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his adult daughter Tahani Mansour at their suburban Cleveland home, had his bond increased Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 to $4.5 million by a judge after a prosecutor said the man was a flight risk. (Rocky River, Ohio, Division of Police via AP)

Ohio man charged with killing adult daughter has $4.5M bond

A man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his adult daughter at their suburban Cleveland home had his bond increased Thursday to $4.5 million by a judge after a prosecutor said the man was a flight risk. Jamal Mansour, 63, made a video appearance Thursday in Rocky River ...

Man charged in 27 Huntington overdoses pleads not guilty

A trial date has been set for an Ohio man who has pleaded not guilty to heroin distribution in connection to 27 overdoses in a five-hour span in a single West Virginia city. The Herald-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2cOETyx) 22-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs of Akron, Ohio, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to drug ...

FILE – This Sept. 14, 2016, file photo shows missing person fliers for Stacey Stanley that remained posted on a bulletin board in a laundromat in Ashland, Ohio. Shawn Grate is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in the Ashland, Ohio, killings of Stanley of Greenwich, Ohio, and another woman, and has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say Grate confessed to killing two other women, one in June 2016 and one around 2005, and is charged in the abduction of a woman rescued Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner, File)

Suspect in killings of 4 women called charmer with dark side

An occasional drifter linked to the slayings of at least four women in little over a decade could always find a place to stay and someone to give him a lift. Even with little money to his name and a string of arrests in his past, Shawn Grate was magnetic ...

The Latest: Suspect in killings of 4 women pleads not guilty

The Latest on Ohio suspect in killings of at least four women (all times local): 9:15 a.m. A man linked to the slayings of at least four women in Ohio has pleaded not guilty. Shawn Grate entered the pleas Thursday after being accused in a 23-count indictment issued last week. ...

Ohio man sentenced to 15 years in heroin overdose case

A man who authorities say sold a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose of a southwestern Ohio man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Federal authorities announced Thursday that 46-year-old John Wade was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati in the ...

People report being chased by clowns in 2 Ohio cities

Police say they've received reports of individuals dressed as clowns chasing people in two western Ohio communities. That means that in recent weeks, people in at least seven states have reported scary or suspicious encounters with people dressed like clowns. The Dayton Daily News reports a 28-year-old man called Greenville ...

Judge: Strip club negligent in drunken driving crash death

A judge has ordered a Cleveland strip club to pay $8 million to the family of a woman killed in a wrong-way crash after finding the club failed to prevent a drunken patron from driving. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2cWthqy ) reports a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge found Secrets Gentlemen's Club negligent in ...

Court upholds teacher's conviction for showing violent movie

An Ohio appeals court has upheld the felony conviction of a former substitute teacher who was sentenced to three months in jail for showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class. Sheila Kearns previously apologized. She said she didn't watch "The ABCs of Death" before ...

Jury recommends death for dad of starved, beaten 2-year-old

An Ohio jury says the father of a 2-year-old girl who died of starvation and blunt-force injury should be executed for aggravated murder. A jury in Cincinnati had convicted 34-year-old Glen Bates on that charge and others in the death of Glenara Bates. That jury deliberated less than an hour ...

Senate OKs bill aimed at reducing infant deaths

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 29-1 for a bill to address infant mortality by prohibiting the sale of crib bumper pads, stepping up safe sleep education for young families, offering women long-acting reversible contraceptive devices after delivery and taking other steps. The bill, long championed by Warren County Republican ...

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Former Ohio lawmaker faces investigation in Oregon

A former southwest Ohio lawmaker with ties to Democrat Ted Strickland and former deputy Ohio state treasurer Amer Ahmad is facing an investigation in Oregon, according to The (Portland) Oregonian.The Oregon Educators Benefit Board put its director James Raussen on indefinite paid leave and asked the U.S. Department of Justice ...

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