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Teen killed at Ohio State Fair had just joined Marines
 An 18-year-old man killed at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday had recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the fair after being thrown off the Fire Ball ride during a malfunction.  Seven others were injured, and at least three remain in critical condition.  Those injured are...

Posted: 25 days ago

An 18-year-old man killed at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday had recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the fair after being thrown off the Fire Ball ride during a malfunction.  Seven others were injured, and at least three remain in critical condition.  Those injured are...
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...

Posted: 25 days ago

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...
Ohio State Fair fatal ride accident: What we know now
 One man was killed and seven were injured when a ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday. Here is what we know now:  One dead, several injured. One person is dead and seven injured - five critically - after the events Wednesday night. The man who died was killed on impact after being...

Posted: 25 days ago

One man was killed and seven were injured when a ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday. Here is what we know now:  One dead, several injured. One person is dead and seven injured - five critically - after the events Wednesday night. The man who died was killed on impact after being...
Southwest Ohio allowed to have 15 medical marijuana stores
 Southwest Ohio would get 15 medical marijuana dispensaries, including four in Montgomery County, according to draft rules released Wednesday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Regulators propose carving the state into four districts and placing medical marijuana dispensary shops based on the number of patients in each area, population, access...

Posted: 26 days ago

Southwest Ohio would get 15 medical marijuana dispensaries, including four in Montgomery County, according to draft rules released Wednesday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Regulators propose carving the state into four districts and placing medical marijuana dispensary shops based on the number of patients in each area, population, access...
Middletown won’t resume traffic cameras despite high court ruling
 An Ohio Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that allows the return of red light cameras drew a vow from state lawmakers to shut them down again — and a large amount of indifference from Butler County officials. The court said in a 5-2 decision that the 2015 state law that makes it all but impossible for local governments to use traffic cameras...

Posted: 26 days ago

An Ohio Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that allows the return of red light cameras drew a vow from state lawmakers to shut them down again — and a large amount of indifference from Butler County officials. The court said in a 5-2 decision that the 2015 state law that makes it all but impossible for local governments to use traffic cameras...
Cities can turn red light cameras back on, court rules; state threatens to fight back
 The Ohio Supreme Court said in a 5-2 decision issued Wednesday that the 2015 state law that makes it all but impossible for local governments to use traffic cameras is unconstitutional because it conflicts with cities’ home-rule authority. The decision impacts Ohio’s 8 million licensed drivers, gives cities the green-light to...

Posted: 26 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court said in a 5-2 decision issued Wednesday that the 2015 state law that makes it all but impossible for local governments to use traffic cameras is unconstitutional because it conflicts with cities’ home-rule authority. The decision impacts Ohio’s 8 million licensed drivers, gives cities the green-light to...
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...

Posted: 26 days ago

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...
Neighbor spat over bamboo and Jimmy Buffett reaches appeals court
 You’ve heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Meet the Hayes and Carrigans of Indian Hill. Jeffrey Hayes, who lives on 4.7 acres in the wealthy Cincinnati neighborhood, took his next door neighbor Pamela Carrigan to court. Hayes said Carrigan applied a toxic herbicide to his bamboo. RELATED: Ohio Supreme Court rules juveniles can be...

Posted: 28 days ago

You’ve heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Meet the Hayes and Carrigans of Indian Hill. Jeffrey Hayes, who lives on 4.7 acres in the wealthy Cincinnati neighborhood, took his next door neighbor Pamela Carrigan to court. Hayes said Carrigan applied a toxic herbicide to his bamboo. RELATED: Ohio Supreme Court rules juveniles can be...
Husted turns over public data to Trump panel; won’t give SS numbers, driver’s license info
 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told President Trump’s voting panel to visit his website for publicly available data on Ohio’s 7.9 million voters. In a letter Monday, Husted told the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that his office won’t turn over driver’s license numbers or the last four digits...

Posted: 28 days ago

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told President Trump’s voting panel to visit his website for publicly available data on Ohio’s 7.9 million voters. In a letter Monday, Husted told the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity that his office won’t turn over driver’s license numbers or the last four digits...
Ohio to buy $6 million seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system
 Regulators of Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry got approval Monday to spend an additional $6 million over the next two years to set up a seed-to-sale tracking system, pay consultants and buy a licensing system. The Ohio Controlling Board gave the spending go-ahead to the state Department of Commerce and Pharmacy Board. It is...

Posted: 28 days ago

Regulators of Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry got approval Monday to spend an additional $6 million over the next two years to set up a seed-to-sale tracking system, pay consultants and buy a licensing system. The Ohio Controlling Board gave the spending go-ahead to the state Department of Commerce and Pharmacy Board. It is...
Pence calls for Obamacare repeal during Columbus visit
 The Ohio GOP is anything but united these days: four well-known Republicans are jockeying to be governor, John Kasich recently took a public swipe at Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is walking a tightrope over health care reforms and state Treasurer Josh Mandel faces a primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race. Despite these...

Posted: 30 days ago

The Ohio GOP is anything but united these days: four well-known Republicans are jockeying to be governor, John Kasich recently took a public swipe at Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is walking a tightrope over health care reforms and state Treasurer Josh Mandel faces a primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race. Despite these...
Mandel slams civil rights group, stands with conspiracy theorists
 Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who often talks on the campaign trail about his Holocaust survivor grandparents, took to Twitter this week to slam the Anti-Defamation League as a “partisan witch hunt group,” and backed two controversial political operatives, including one tied to an unproven story last year that claimed the Hillary...

9:00 PM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who often talks on the campaign trail about his Holocaust survivor grandparents, took to Twitter this week to slam the Anti-Defamation League as a “partisan witch hunt group,” and backed two controversial political operatives, including one tied to an unproven story last year that claimed the Hillary...
Prison bus killing one of four inmate murders in Ohio this year
 Thirty-one state prisoners have been killed in homicides since 2000, including the strangulation of an inmate on a prison bus and the fatal beating of a notorious serial killer earlier this year. Records from the Ohio Highway Patrol, which investigates crimes at state prisons, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee document...

7:30 PM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Thirty-one state prisoners have been killed in homicides since 2000, including the strangulation of an inmate on a prison bus and the fatal beating of a notorious serial killer earlier this year. Records from the Ohio Highway Patrol, which investigates crimes at state prisons, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee document...
Prison guards didn’t know inmate on bus was being murdered
 Two-time convicted killer Casey Pigge sat in the very back of the prison bus on Feb. 1, out of sight of the three state corrections officers sitting up front. Just two days before Pigge was wrapped in a straitjacket as he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 murder of his cellmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institute, Luther Wade of Springfield...

6:02 PM Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

Two-time convicted killer Casey Pigge sat in the very back of the prison bus on Feb. 1, out of sight of the three state corrections officers sitting up front. Just two days before Pigge was wrapped in a straitjacket as he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 murder of his cellmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institute, Luther Wade of Springfield...
Kasich to skip opening state fair to monitor execution of child killer
 Gov. John Kasich will skip the opening of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday so that he can monitor activities at the Death House as the state carries out the first execution in more than three years, his spokesman said. Convicted child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning for the 1993 beating, rape and murder...

1:01 PM Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

Gov. John Kasich will skip the opening of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday so that he can monitor activities at the Death House as the state carries out the first execution in more than three years, his spokesman said. Convicted child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning for the 1993 beating, rape and murder...
Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana
 The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the...

9:16 PM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the...
5 things to know about price hike at National Parks
 The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994. Here are five things you need to know: 1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. 2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994. Here are five things you need to know: 1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. 2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118...
John Kasich ranks 20th most popular governor in U.S., poll says
 When it comes to a ranking of America’s most and least popular governors, Republican John Kasich is smack dab in the middle with a 57 percent job approval rating, according to a new poll of registered voters from Morning Consult. RELATED: Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: If you break it, you own it The poll found that 30 percent...

6:17 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

When it comes to a ranking of America’s most and least popular governors, Republican John Kasich is smack dab in the middle with a 57 percent job approval rating, according to a new poll of registered voters from Morning Consult. RELATED: Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: If you break it, you own it The poll found that 30 percent...
Man who can’t afford bail spends 9 days in jail for trespassing at RTA hub
 Advocates say the case of a 21-year-old Dayton man who spent nine days in the Montgomery County Jail on a misdemeanor charge highlights the need for bail reform. Markcus Brown was arrested for trespassing for wearing a hoodie and saggy pants at the RTA hub -- a violation of policy -- after he refused to show his identification to police. ...

3:22 PM Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017

Advocates say the case of a 21-year-old Dayton man who spent nine days in the Montgomery County Jail on a misdemeanor charge highlights the need for bail reform. Markcus Brown was arrested for trespassing for wearing a hoodie and saggy pants at the RTA hub -- a violation of policy -- after he refused to show his identification to police. ...
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