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Cordray: DeWine is ‘squishy’ on union issues

Ohio unions are under attack and need to be strengthened, Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, told a convention of plumbers and pipefitters in Dayton on Thursday. Cordray brought a message tailor-made for unions to the convention at the Dayton Marriott, essentially rejecting any attempt to establish “right to work” laws in Ohio or to weaken “prevailing wage&rdquo...
Statewide Amber Alert canceled for 9-year-old Indiana boy

Statewide Amber Alert canceled for 9-year-old Indiana boy

The Amber Alert for a 9-year-old boy who was reported missing out of South Bend has been canceled, according to the St. Joseph County Police Department. No other information was available at this time. A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-year-old boy missing out of South Bend, according to CBS4 Indy. John D. Gyuriak is a white male, four-foot-one inches tall, and 70 pounds. He has...
Alaska man accused of defrauding people in Ohio, other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars

Alaska man accused of defrauding people in Ohio, other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars

An Alaska man is accused of defrauding people in Ohio and other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Andrew Jensen, 30, of Anchorage, was arraigned Monday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court in McConnelsville, about 82 miles southeast of Columbus. He is jailed in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville following his indictment by a Morgan County grand jury on 29 felony counts...
Ohio lawmakers critical of Trump’s Russia comments; He says he misspoke

Ohio lawmakers critical of Trump’s Russia comments; He says he misspoke

Ohio lawmakers in both parties criticized President Donald Trump’s acceptance of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election over the counsel of U.S. intelligence services. Congressional Republicans rebuked the president in varying degrees, but consistently agreed Russia engaged in a campaign to meddle the American democratic process...
Wrestlers sue Ohio State over doctor’s sexual misconduct

Wrestlers sue Ohio State over doctor’s sexual misconduct

Four former Ohio State University wrestlers have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court, alleging the university knew about abuse by physician Richard Strauss, but failed to stop his misconduct. The suit, filed Monday in federal district court in Columbus, accuses Ohio State of Title IX and civil rights violations when it failed to prevent repeated sexual assaults, abuse and molestation by...
Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop

Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop

The first indictment in what federal prosecutors called a southwest Ohio-based, Mexican cartel-linked methamphetamine trafficking ring stemmed from a June 2017 traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Preble County. Dennis Olinger and Hayley Bigelow’s stories didn’t match when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the blue Volkswagen Passat for speeding, according to court documents. The...
Ohio’s national parks could get more than $100M in additional funding

Ohio’s national parks could get more than $100M in additional funding

Ohio’s national parks could get more than $100 million in additional funding for much needed renovations if a proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate in June is eventually signed into law by President Donald Trump. Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s Restore Our Parks Act would alleviate a $12-billion backlog of deferred maintenance at areas overseen by the National Park Service. The billions...
Year after State Fair tragedy, families ‘live with this every day’

Year after State Fair tragedy, families ‘live with this every day’

A year after the Ohio State Fair went from a scene of Americana to a deadly midway horror show, little has changed in the way Ohio’s eight full-time inspectors oversee the state’s 3,800 rides, the Dayton Daily News found. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and seven others were seriously injured in 2017 when a gondola on the Fire Ball ride snapped off and flung riders into the...
Paying dead spouse’s bills at issue in Ohio Supreme Court case

Paying dead spouse’s bills at issue in Ohio Supreme Court case

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments in a case about whether a deceased person’s spouse must pay nursing home fees left at the time of death. The dispute is based on a lawsuit filed against an 80-year-old Franklin Twp. woman in Franklin Municipal Court over an unpaid $1,678 nursing home bill for her husband’s care. Cora Bell’s lawyer, Miriam Sheline,...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Crawford County man

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Crawford County man

The Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for 70-year-old Dennis Conner has been canceled.  A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 70-year-old man who left his residence on South Market Street at 8:50 p.m. Saturday and has failed to return. Dennis Conner suffers from dementia, according to the Galion Police Department. He was last seen wearing a blue plaid shirt and...
Year later, mom of teen killed on Ohio State Fair ride talks of her son’s legacy

Year later, mom of teen killed on Ohio State Fair ride talks of her son’s legacy

Nearly a year after her teenage son was killed in a ride on opening day of the Ohio State Fair, his mother said she will make sure he did not die in vain. Tyler Jarrell was 18 when he was thrown to his death from the Fireball. His mother, Amber Duffield, said she is determined her son’s legacy will be saving others. The 18-year-old had already pledged to serve the U.S. Marine Corps. He&rsquo...
Taking a trip to Lake Erie this summer? Check for slime before you go

Taking a trip to Lake Erie this summer? Check for slime before you go

Last year, a slick, green slime covered more than 700 square miles of the western basin of Lake Erie — an algae bloom so big it was visible from outer space. The blooms can threaten drinking water, shut down beaches and quickly ruin vacation plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie on Thursday, saying it’ll...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer: ‘We will vehemently contest all charges’

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer: ‘We will vehemently contest all charges’

Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday on charges that she inappropriately touched undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus strip club. Her second night performance at Club Sirens, a strip club on the north side of Columbus, has been canceled, according to a tweet posted...
Porn star Stormy Daniels arrested in Columbus: What we know today

Porn star Stormy Daniels arrested in Columbus: What we know today

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Porn star Stormy Daniels has been arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, on allegations that she touched undercover police officers while performing. Daniels is being charged with “illegally sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business,” a first-degree misdemeanor, according to WCMH’s Olivia Fecteau. Here’s what you need to know...
Status of Stormy Daniels’ Dayton area appearance unclear after Columbus arrest

Status of Stormy Daniels’ Dayton area appearance unclear after Columbus arrest

As details of adult entertainment actress Stormy Daniels’ arrest at a Columbus strip club Wednesday night continue to be revealed, her schedule continues to show an appearance at a Dayton-area venue in August.  In February, Daniels announced nationwide appearances in a tweet that included a stop at Diamonds Cabaret in Washington Twp. August 3-4.  It is not clear if Daniels’ arrest...
State school report cards: Group wants Ohio to dump A-F letter grades

State school report cards: Group wants Ohio to dump A-F letter grades

The push to change Ohio’s state report card system for schools continued to get louder this week, as a work group of state school board members and education advocates released their recommended changes. After months of meetings, the group on Tuesday recommended eliminating all A-F letter grades and replacing them with language like “meets standards” or “exceeds standards.&rdquo...
Police: Missing Miamisburg woman case involves ‘several different people’

Police: Missing Miamisburg woman case involves ‘several different people’

Police who closed a sprawling Greene County park this week to search with federal and state officials for clues involving a missing Miamisburg woman say they aren’t narrowing in on a suspect yet. The person of interest linked to Chelsey Coe’s disappearance last year remains the same as in May – when authorities raided her last-known address and searched nearby properties. But authorities...
Dayton national park could get over $1.8M from Portman proposal

Dayton national park could get over $1.8M from Portman proposal

A National Parks Service bill proposed by Sen. Rob Portman could address a $12 billion backlog of deferred maintenance at National Parks and would bring more than $1.8 million to one of Dayton’s historical sites. Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act in the U.S. Senate last week, according to his office. If passed by both houses of congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump...

Ohio auditor’s report encourages schools to adopt crowdfunding policies

A new Auditor’s report and survey has found that many school districts don’t have policies to help guide teachers and administrators on how to use crowdfunding. Teachers throughout Ohio are using crowdfunding-online fundraising-to generate donations for educational materials for students and the Auditor of State is urging policies be put in place, according to a press release from Ohio...
Ohio schools have their preliminary state test scores, and they’re mostly positive

Ohio schools have their preliminary state test scores, and they’re mostly positive

Ohio students improved proficiency rates on 18 of 21 major state tests this spring, according to preliminary results released this week by the Ohio Department of Education. The largest increases were on high school course exams in biology (up 9.6 percentage points) and American government (up 8.8). The only decreases in proficiency rates were on third-grade math (down 3.0 percentage points), third-grade...
Report: Ohio Medicaid recipients prescribed high amount of opioids

Report: Ohio Medicaid recipients prescribed high amount of opioids

Thousands of Ohioans are being prescribed dangerously high amounts of opioid pain medication — including Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet — despite prescribing guidelines meant to lessen the risk of addiction, according to a new report from federal health watchdogs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General looked at the kind and amount of drugs being...
Payday lending bill clears Ohio Senate on bipartisan vote

Payday lending bill clears Ohio Senate on bipartisan vote

The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry — 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The new reforms would impact roughly 1-million Ohio consumers who take out the short-term loans. “This is a pro-consumer bill,” said state Sen. Scott Oelslager, R-Canton. “We have...
State considers tough third-grade reading standard, then backs off

State considers tough third-grade reading standard, then backs off

UPDATE: After considering a much tougher third-grade reading standard for Ohio students Tuesday, the state school board backed off and made only a modest increase in the score students need to advance to fourth grade. The board’s achievement and graduation committee had recommended raising the English Language Arts score required for 2018-19 third-graders to advance to fourth grade from 672...
Man arrested in Harrison Twp. charged with 4 pedestrian deaths in Arizona

Man arrested in Harrison Twp. charged with 4 pedestrian deaths in Arizona

A man arrested at a Harrison Twp. home Monday afternoon is facing charges for allegedly striking and killing four pedestrians on an Arizona street in March, according to jail records.  Alex Bashaw, 28, was arrested around 1 p.m. Monday in the 5500 block of Markey Road in Harrison Twp. on a warrant out of Maricopa County, Arizona, records show.  Bashaw was indicted by a grand jury on four...
TRC breaks ground on first phase of SMART Center

TRC breaks ground on first phase of SMART Center

The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The TRC, located in East Liberty, has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the newest sports cars, motorcycles and trucks long before they&rsquo...
Ohio reaction to Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

Ohio reaction to Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

President Trump selected conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has deep roots in Washington, D.C., political and legal arena. Ohio’s two senators offered vastly different reactions to the pick. Sen. Rob Portman, who was at the White House when Trump announced his pick, said he looks forward to meeting...
Payday lending reform bill ready to advance in Ohio Senate

Payday lending reform bill ready to advance in Ohio Senate

State senators apparently struck a deal on a contentious payday lending reform bill but not everyone is happy: consumer advocates are cheering but industry insiders are jeering. Nick Bourke, director of consumer finance for The Pew Charitable Trusts, told senators that the new bill “will achieve true payday loan reform and save working Ohioans tens of millions of dollars per year — and...
Transportation Research Center breaks ground on $45M project

Transportation Research Center breaks ground on $45M project

The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The center in East Liberty has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the newest sports cars, motorcycles and trucks long before they&rsquo...
U.S. Supreme Court justices with Ohio ties as Trump nominee expected

U.S. Supreme Court justices with Ohio ties as Trump nominee expected

President Trump is scheduled tonight to announce his U.S. Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. One reported finalist and two others said to be on Trump’s list of potential nominees are judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati. Raymond Kethledge is considered by many as a finalist while Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen have also...
Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions

Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions

Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would require that schools do more to limit the number of its youngest...
Coach of former Graham wrestler killed in crash: ‘I told him I loved him’ during last visit

Coach of former Graham wrestler killed in crash: ‘I told him I loved him’ during last visit

Eli Stickley leaped into the arms of St. Paris Graham High School wrestling coach Jeff Jordan after winning a state title as a junior in 2014. “We were so happy when he won the state. Everyone went crazy. Eli was a crowd favorite. … It was one of the happiest moments I look back on,” Jordan said Saturday. “I remember he comes running over and jumps in my arms. I’ll remember...
Rep. Jordan calls allegations he knew of sex abuse at Ohio State ‘bogus’

Rep. Jordan calls allegations he knew of sex abuse at Ohio State ‘bogus’

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan offered an extended and impassioned defense Friday night against accusations that he knew of abuse perpetrated by a doctor for Ohio State’s wrestling team but did nothing. “If I had known, I would’ve dealt with it,” Jordan, an Urbana Republican, told Fox News host Bret Baier on Baier’s show, “Special Report with Bret Baier.” “A good...
Boy, 7, found safe after search in Clermont County lake

Boy, 7, found safe after search in Clermont County lake

A 7-year-old boy reported missing at Stonelick State Park is safe. The boy was reported missing around 5 p.m., and crews searched Stonelick Lake for him. However, it turns out the boy left with his mother, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told our news partner, WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. A water rescue is underway for a 7-year-old boy at Stonelick State Park. Rescuers launched boats into the water...
Springfield man sentenced for trafficking elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl

Springfield man sentenced for trafficking elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl

A Springfield man convicted of trafficking an elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison. Christian O. Dearmond, 25, was one of two men indicted for possession with intent to distribute 10 or more grams of carfentanil, an analogue of fentanyl. Dearmond was sentenced to 42 months in Dayton’s U.S. District Court by Judge Walter Rice...
Missing Endangered Adult Alert canceled after Portage County man found safe

Missing Endangered Adult Alert canceled after Portage County man found safe

A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been canceled after a 79-year-old Deerfield man was found safe. A 79-year-old Portage County, Ohio, man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease is the subject of a Missing Endangered Adult Alert. Virgil Yeager left his residence in the city of Deerfield at noon today and hasn’t returned, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office...
Report: 5 former OSU wrestlers say Jordan aware of team doctor’s alleged sex abuse

Report: 5 former OSU wrestlers say Jordan aware of team doctor’s alleged sex abuse

Five former wrestlers, including former UFC world champion Mark Coleman, said this week that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, was aware of but did not respond to allegations of sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University team doctor in the 1990s while the lawmaker was an assistant wrestling coach, the Wall Street Journal reported. Jordan worked at the university from 1986-94, overlapping with Dr. Richard...

Trump backs Jordan ‘100 percent’ against claims he ignored OSU sex abuse

President Donald Trump weighed in with support for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who is facing accusations that he failed to report sex abuse within the Ohio State University wrestling program when he was a coach. Aboard Air Force One, Trump said he believes Jordan over the accusers. “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100...
Girl subject of Cincinnati-area Amber Alert found

Girl subject of Cincinnati-area Amber Alert found

A 6-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued Thursday has been found and is in good condition, sheriff’s deputies told our partners at WCPO-TV. The girl’s mother Ashley Hardy is in custody and turned herself in to authorites, WCPO reported. A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old Hamilton County girl. Malayah Sisco was last seen with 26-year-old Ashley...
Jordan questions timing of OSU sex abuse allegations

Jordan questions timing of OSU sex abuse allegations

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to push back against allegations that he knew that Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss was a sexual predator and failed to report the abuse when he was an assistant coach in the wrestling program between 1986 and 1994. Jordan questioned the timing of the allegations, insisted that he would have acted if he knew of any abuse and contacted U.S...
Lancaster, Ohio, man subject of endangered missing adult alert found safe

Lancaster, Ohio, man subject of endangered missing adult alert found safe

A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been canceled after a 78-year-old Lancaster, Ohio, man was found safe. A 78-year-old Lancaster, Ohio, man who suffers from dementia is the subject of a Missing Endangered Adult Alert. Charles Minton was last seen at 8 a.m. when he left his residence and did not return. He stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 160 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair. He drives a silver...
What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State’s ongoing investigation. Ohio State in April announced...
Ohio dog breeders to face new standards for care

Ohio dog breeders to face new standards for care

High-volume dog breeders in Ohio will face new standards for care, and supporters believe their signature campaign to put the issue up for statewide vote spurred the compromise. Ohio House Bill 506, introduced by Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, was amended several times before it was passed as part of a compromise between animal advocacy groups and groups representing dog breeders. The bill requires...
Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I would have done something’ about OSU abuse claims

Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I would have done something’ about OSU abuse claims

Rep. Jim Jordan said he “would have done something” had he known about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers during his time as an Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach, he told Politico in an interview Tuesday night. Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to deny knowledge of the alleged sex abuse at an event Wednesday in Fremont, calling the allegations “flat-out not true.&rdquo...
Nationwide manhunt: Women seen with suspect in kidnapping, rape of Ohio sisters

Nationwide manhunt: Women seen with suspect in kidnapping, rape of Ohio sisters

Police are looking to identify two women seen with one of the suspects wanted in a nationwide manhunt for allegedly kidnapping and raping two teenage sisters in Bowling Green, Ohio.  The women were captured on surveillance video at a Walmart in Holland, Ohio June 30 around 2 p.m., Bowling Green police said in an updated release Tuesday.  The women gave David Ramos Contreras, 27, a ride from...
Nationwide manhunt underway for three accused of kidnapping, raping Ohio teen sisters

Nationwide manhunt underway for three accused of kidnapping, raping Ohio teen sisters

Nationwide arrest warrants have been issued for three men accused of kidnapping and raping two teenage sisters in Bowling Green, Ohio, according to police. A fourth suspect has already been arrested and is facing charges in connection with the incident, police said.  Police were notified of the incident June 28, after the victims, 13- and 14-year-old sisters were taken to a hospital, reporting...
Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say

Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say

Former athletes who wrestled for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State now say he knew team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes but Jordan failed to report it. Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, denies knowing anything about the allegations. Ian Fury, a spokesman for Jordan, said in a written statement that Jordan &ldquo...
Country Concert forecast: Lower humidity returns for the weekend

Country Concert forecast: Lower humidity returns for the weekend

Country Concert this year will begin with high heat and storms. The good news is as the event continues, each day will be more comfortable and drying out.  Today: A cold front will push south quickly during the late morning. There might be a few showers or downpours to start the day. There will be a noticeable drop in humidity through the day and it will be a little cooler with highs in...
State patrol focusing on safe driving around trucks

State patrol focusing on safe driving around trucks

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be careful around commercial vehicles in an effort to combat the rising number of traffic collisions involving tractor-trailers and buses. Crashes involving commercial vehicles tend to be deadlier because of the the size and weight of the vehicles, and increased traffic around the Fourth of July will boost the risk of collisions with commercial vehicles...
Man who was subject of Endangered Missing Adult Alert found dead

Man who was subject of Endangered Missing Adult Alert found dead

According to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, David Richards was found deceased. The Sheriff’s Office would not comment on whether any foul play was suspected. We will continue to update this story with the latest details we obtain.  A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 67-year-old northeast Ohio man who was last seen by coworkers on Sunday morning...
Here are 9 ways this Ohio attorney general candidate wants to battle human trafficking

Here are 9 ways this Ohio attorney general candidate wants to battle human trafficking

Human trafficking stories like the one of a woman forced to work for a cult in several cities including in Dayton are the reason Steve Dettelbach said he’s put forward a nine-point plan to combat modern-day slavery. Dettelbach, a Democrat and former federal prosecutor, is running for Ohio attorney general against Republican Dave Yost, the state auditor. In an exclusive interview Monday with...
Ex-area football standout sentenced for fake $100 bills scam

Ex-area football standout sentenced for fake $100 bills scam

A former college football player from Dayton who had pleaded guilty to a scheme to use fake $100 bills to buy postal money orders was sentenced Monday to time served. Donye McCleskey, 29, graduated from Chaminade-Julienne, played football at Indiana State and once played a preseason NFL game for the Indianapolis Colts before being waived due to injury. Appearing in Dayton’s U.S. District Court...
Cleveland terror plot thwarted: What federal officials are saying

Cleveland terror plot thwarted: What federal officials are saying

Federal officials are reacting to the news that law enforcement thwarted a plan to carry out a bombing in Cleveland during the Fourth of July holiday. Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to court documents. Pitts was arrested Sunday morning by a Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to Steve Anthony...
Analysts doubt tariffs will level playing field for US steel companies

Analysts doubt tariffs will level playing field for US steel companies

The new tariffs imposed on steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union will boost hiring by the nation’s steel producers, but analysts doubt that the duties will dramatically revive an industry that once dominated the world. Steel executives Roger Newport of AK Steel in Middletown and Tim Timken at Timken Steel in Canton have told financial analysts President Donald Trump&rsquo...
Cleveland terror plot suspect has Dayton and Cincinnati ties, report shows

Cleveland terror plot suspect has Dayton and Cincinnati ties, report shows

Federal agents arrested a man with southwest Ohio ties who they say wanted to carry out a bombing attack during downtown Cleveland’s Fourth of July celebrations, authorities announced Monday.  Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to court documents. He was arrested Sunday morning by...
Mosquitoes in Ohio test positive for West Nile Virus 

Mosquitoes in Ohio test positive for West Nile Virus 

Mosquitoes trapped in Ohio are the first in the nation to test positive for the West Nile virus this summer, reports say. Test results released last week from the Ohio Department of Health showed mosquitoes found in Harrison Township in Licking County, which is east of Columbus, had the virus. The Ohio Health Department has already scheduled mosquito spraying for areas in its state as part of the...
Getting a new driver’s license? Starting Monday, you’ll have to wait

Getting a new driver’s license? Starting Monday, you’ll have to wait

Starting Monday, Ohioans will no longer be able to get their driver’s licenses on the same day they’re issued. Instead, they’ll have to wait no more than 10 days to receive their licenses in the mail. According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, this will make the system more secure and comply with federal regulations. Ohioans won’t be without a license in the meantime &mdash...
Some Ohio Democrats on ballot this year for Congress say Pelosi must go

Some Ohio Democrats on ballot this year for Congress say Pelosi must go

As Democrats gear up for what they hope is a fruitful midterm election season for their party, they’re also dealing with a one-two punch of turbulence within their own ranks. First, Democratic New York Rep. Joe Crowley, a well–liked establishment Democrat in a leadership position, suffered a shocking primary loss to newcomer Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez last Tuesday. Meanwhile, some...
Ohio governor race: DeWine says he wants to make these changes to Ohio’s early childhood programs

Ohio governor race: DeWine says he wants to make these changes to Ohio’s early childhood programs

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to increase investments in early childhood development and education across the state, saying his proposed policy changes could give 20,000 additional Ohio children access to publicly funded early childhood programs. In a meeting with child care experts in Dayton on Friday, the Republican gubernatorial candidate heard policy suggestions and talked about his...
First Ohio medical marijuana grow site gets OK to start; Central State to be test lab

First Ohio medical marijuana grow site gets OK to start; Central State to be test lab

FN Group Holdings, LLC, got the green light from the state of Ohio to begin growing medical marijuana at its facility in Portage County — the first cultivator to win an operations certificate. State regulators also announced that it issued provisional licenses to Central State University and Hocking Technical College to set up medical marijuana testing labs. Central State and Hocking Technical...
Alleged sex assault victims of ex-cop file civil suits against him, village

Alleged sex assault victims of ex-cop file civil suits against him, village

Phillipsburg police Chief Mark Wysong knew about Justin Sanderson’s alleged checkered and sexually-charged work history when he hired Sanderson as a police officer, according to federal lawsuits brought by two of Sanderson’s alleged sexual assault victims. The lawsuits filed this month in Dayton’s U.S. District Court name Sanderson, Wysong and the village of Phillipsburg as defendants...
Ohio lawmakers back bill requiring teachers to out transgender kids

Ohio lawmakers back bill requiring teachers to out transgender kids

Teachers, school counselors and others who supervise children would be required to out transgender children to their parents, under a bill pending in the Ohio House. The bill, sponsored by two Southwest Ohio Republicans, calls for affirming parents’ rights to determine what’s in their child’s best interest, including withholding treatment for gender dysphoria. “I’m for...
‘Field test’ results in $3.4M bust said fentanyl, lab results said cocaine, task force now says

‘Field test’ results in $3.4M bust said fentanyl, lab results said cocaine, task force now says

UPDATE @ 9:24 p.m.: Officials with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force issued the following statement: “In regards to the drug arrest that happened on June 11th, 2018, the drugs tested positive for Fentanyl during a ‘field test’ and intelligence gathered during the investigation indicated the group was allegedly involved in narcotics trafficking.  “Upon further...
Auditor: Darke County village misspent thousands of tax dollars on contest prizes

Auditor: Darke County village misspent thousands of tax dollars on contest prizes

Thousands of tax dollars were misspent to buy prizes to give to citizens by the Village of Wayne Lakes in Darke County, according to a state audit.  The report found the village made 12 improper payments in 2015 and 2016 totaling $4,210, most of which didn’t serve a public purpose, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said in a media release Thursday.  The purchases included $3,500 for a golf cart...
Ohio congressman: Delay replacing Justice Kennedy till after fall election

Ohio congressman: Delay replacing Justice Kennedy till after fall election

Youngstown-area Congressman Tim Ryan called on the Senate Wednesday to delay confirmation of a new justice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy until after the November elections when Democrats have a chance to re-gain control of the Senate. In a reminder that in 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked a Senate vote on President Barack Obama’s choice of federal appeals Judge...
Ohio House votes to require drivers to move over for trash trucks

Ohio House votes to require drivers to move over for trash trucks

A measure to require drivers to “move over” when passing trash trucks with flashing lights was approved by the Ohio House on Wednesday on a 84-0 vote. The move over requirement currently applies for public safety vehicles. The bill would require drivers to proceed with caution and change to a lane away from a waste collection vehicle if traveling on a roadway with multiple lanes in the...
Rhoden family member’s Pike County death came from gunshot to chest

Rhoden family member’s Pike County death came from gunshot to chest

A relative of the Rhodens — the Pike County family found dead in an April 2016 mass shooting — died earlier this month of a gunshot wound to the chest under suspicious circumstances, according to the county coroner and sheriff offices. Authorities continue to investigate Violet Renee Taylor’s June 11 death and identified a Pike County man as a suspect in the case, but no charges...
Ohio lawmakers vote to raise marriage age after Dayton Daily News investigation

Ohio lawmakers vote to raise marriage age after Dayton Daily News investigation

Following a Dayton Daily News investigation into thousands of minors getting married in Ohio, lawmakers on Wednesday voted to raise the marriage age to 18 and allow 17-year-olds to marry under some conditions. Ohio is among a handful of states reforming underage marriage laws. In May, Delaware made it illegal to marry before age 18, becoming the first state to do so. In June, New Jersey followed suit...
Ohio teachers may face more training on youth suicide risks

Ohio teachers may face more training on youth suicide risks

Teachers and other public school workers would be required to be trained on the signs that a youth may be at risk of suicide, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday by a 82-0 vote. Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators and others would be required to attend the in-service training once every two years. Current law requires the training once every five years. Educators also have...
Study: Teacher pay often not a living wage, but Ohio ranks better

Study: Teacher pay often not a living wage, but Ohio ranks better

On the heels of national teacher protests over low pay, a new study argues that many teachers with children do not make what is considered a “living wage.” The study found Ohio teachers are in relatively better shape. The study by Education Resource Strategies compares average teacher salary to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living wage metric for each state —...
Bill to ban revenge porn advances in Ohio

Bill to ban revenge porn advances in Ohio

Revenge porn — distributing private images of an ex- or anyone else without permission — would be banned under a bill that cleared the Ohio House on Wednesday. House Bill 497, which passed 81-0, would make revenge porn a misdemeanor for a first offense and felonies for subsequent offenses. The legislation would also set up a path for victims to sue for damages in civil court. Related:...
Ohio lawmakers want limits on when police bodycam footage is released to public

Ohio lawmakers want limits on when police bodycam footage is released to public

Ohio lawmakers voted 88-0 in favor of a bill that lays out which dashboard camera and police body camera footage is public and when the government can withhold it from release. As more police departments use body cameras, it raises concerns about transparency, accountability and privacy. Related: Ohio bill lays out which police body cam footage should be public State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg...
Ohio lawmakers vote to end fees charged for credit freezes

Ohio lawmakers vote to end fees charged for credit freezes

Credit reporting agencies would be blocked from charging consumers fees for placing a freeze on their credit reports, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 82-2 in favor of the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton. Related: Ohio lawmakers want to ban freeze fees charged by credit agencies The agencies, such as Equifax, Transunion and Experian, would be...
Ohio lawmakers vote to ban sexting by anyone under 19, set up diversion program

Ohio lawmakers vote to ban sexting by anyone under 19, set up diversion program

The Ohio House voted 85-0 in favor of a bill that will prohibit anyone younger than 19 from ‘sexting’ — electronically sharing nude photos — and set up a second-chance program for first time offenses. A first offense would be a misdemeanor, punishable by eight hours of community service, though judges would still have discretion to hand out a different sentence. The bill, sponsored...
Ohio home inspectors may soon be required to have a license

Ohio home inspectors may soon be required to have a license

Home inspectors who check out property before a buyer closes on a home purchase would be required to get state licenses, under a bill that passed the Ohio House 74-6 on Wednesday. House Bill 211 would set up a licensing and regulatory program for home inspectors. Inspectors operating without a license could face fines and criminal penalties. RELATED: 5 luxury homes you’ll fall in love with in...
Child flashers will have to register as sex offenders under bill passed by Ohio House

Child flashers will have to register as sex offenders under bill passed by Ohio House

The Ohio House voted 80-0 for a bill that steps up penalties for people who masturbate in view of or expose themselves to children. These kiddie flashers would be required to register as tier 1 sex offenders for 15 years. The ACLU of Ohio opposed the bill, saying expanding the sex offender registry in ineffective at best and harmful at worst. “There is no evidence these policies and laws keep...
Ohio House votes to prohibit forcing churches to perform gay weddings

Ohio House votes to prohibit forcing churches to perform gay weddings

Religious conservatives won passage in the Ohio House of a bill to make it explicit: clergy do not have to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies if they don’t want to do so. The House on Wednesday voted 59-29 in favor of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana. Related: Does Ohio need a law protecting religious liberties? Equality Ohio, a gay rights group, said the bill is unnecessary...
Ex-Springfield postal worker accused of delay or destruction of mail

Ex-Springfield postal worker accused of delay or destruction of mail

A former Springfield postal carrier is accused of delay or destruction of mail, the latest in a string of federal charges against area U.S. Post Office workers. Nicole Yochem, 27, faces one count in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to court documents. RELATED: Feds: Postal worker on disability got $94,000, was in 35 motorcycle races The charge states that between July 15, 2016, and July...
NEW DETAILS: Ex-Miami University professor had $100, condom with him when he allegedly tried to meet 14-year-old in Missouri for sex

NEW DETAILS: Ex-Miami University professor had $100, condom with him when he allegedly tried to meet 14-year-old in Missouri for sex

Former Miami University professor Kevin Conner Armitage, who is jailed on federal charges, showed up at a restaurant May 30 in Kansas City with $100 and a condom to have sex with a 14-year-old girl known as Crystal, according to documents from a federal court in Missouri.  He was actually meeting with an undercover FBI employee who had been tracking Armitage’s activity under the user name...
Fairborn vet one of thousands pushed into debt by VA mistake

Fairborn vet one of thousands pushed into debt by VA mistake

Veteran Rodger Zink felt betrayed by his own government when he found out in early 2017 that he owed the Department of Veterans Affairs around $15,000 even after he told the agency months earlier that he thought he was receiving benefits he shouldn’t be. Zink, 35, of Fairborn, is one of hundreds of thousands of veterans who have fallen into debt due to mistakes by the VA, the very agency designated...
Payday lending reform bill on hold in Ohio Senate

Payday lending reform bill on hold in Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate is pumping the brakes on a controversial payday lending reform package that cleared the House three weeks ago. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager, R-Canton, announced that House Bill 123 would not get a vote this week. “We are going to take our time…to try to work through this,” he said. Wednesday is the last legislative session day for the House and...
Enon hopes these downtown changes bring more people and business

Enon hopes these downtown changes bring more people and business

Enon is using federal and state money to make the village’s downtown look better and to improve safety. The village’s $500,000 plan will include replacing sidewalks — making them compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act — and adding lighting that improves visibility and the looks of downtown. RELATED: Enon pharmacy sold for $2.9M This project has been...
Missing 79-year-old Ohio man subject of endangered adult alert

Missing 79-year-old Ohio man subject of endangered adult alert

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert was issued tonight for a 79-year-old man from Solon. Thomas Berry left his residence at 3:30 p.m. and did not return. He stands 6 feet 2 inches, weighs 245 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. He suffers from diabetes and other medical conditions and does not have required medications with him, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Berry drives a...
Ohio gun rights could expand under so-called ‘stand your ground’ law

Ohio gun rights could expand under so-called ‘stand your ground’ law

Ohio lawmakers are closer than ever to passing a so-called “stand your ground” bill that would expand gun rights by relaxing a person’s duty to retreat before using lethal force in self-defense.  Supporters say the bill corrects unjust laws that force crime victims to make a decision between fighting or escaping an assailant, then makes survivors argue their...
Pharmacy middlemen made $223.7M from Ohio Medicaid

Pharmacy middlemen made $223.7M from Ohio Medicaid

For the first time, the state of Ohio on Friday released data showing how private companies manage $2.5 billion in public money for pharmacy benefits for Ohioans on Medicaid. The middlemen, called pharmacy benefits managers, are under scrutiny for how transparent they are in how the public money gets spent. The new report shows the companies retained $223.7 million last year of the money they billed...
Statewide alert issued for missing endangered Cincinnati man canceled

Statewide alert issued for missing endangered Cincinnati man canceled

The Cincinnati Police Department has canceled the endangered missing adult alert for 67-year-old Cecil Harry. A 67-year-old Cincinnati man is the subject of an endangered missing adult alert. Cecil Harry left his residence around 7:30 a.m. and failed to return. He is in need of medication and law enforcement is concerned for his safety, according to the alert. Harry stands 6 feet, weighs 210 pounds...
ODH issues statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A

ODH issues statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A Friday evening, with 79 hepatitis A cases associated with the outbreak so far this year. As of June 1, there were 11 cases of hepatitis A in Montgomery County. In 2017 there was one case, and none were reported in 2016, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County reported. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver...
Perales GOP opponent indicted for extortion and coercion

Perales GOP opponent indicted for extortion and coercion

Former Republican statehouse candidate Jocelyn Smith, 36, of Fairborn, was indicted on felony and misdemeanor counts related to alleged threats she made during her campaign against State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, during this year’s GOP primary, according to Greene County Common Pleas Court records. Smith faces a third-degree felony count of extortion and a second-degree misdemeanor count...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for northern Ohio man, 83

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for northern Ohio man, 83

The endangered missing adult alert was canceled for 83-year-old Shelden Kamen, who was found, according to the Aurora Police Department. A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old northern Ohio man who hasn't been seen since he left his residence Friday morning.  Sheldon Kamen was last seen about 10:30 a.m. when he was leaving his residence on Southhampton Drive...
House explosion injures 3 people in Columbus

House explosion injures 3 people in Columbus

Three people have been hospitalized following a house explosion in Columbus, according to our news partners WBNS-TV.  The incident was reported around 8:15 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of North 20th Street, the station reports.  Two of the victims were transported to an Ohio State University hospital and are in critical condition, according to the station and a tweet from the Columbus...
Cincinnati Zoo says farewell to last white tiger, Popsy

Cincinnati Zoo says farewell to last white tiger, Popsy

Popsy, the last white tiger at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, was euthanized Thursday due to age-related health issues. The zoo announced the death of the 22-year-old “Queen of Cat Canyon” on its website and social media. Popsy was the oldest tiger of her kind in any accredited North American zoo. The rare white tiger is not an albino, rather, the striking white coat...
Ohio Democratic voters surged for primary, Husted reports

Ohio Democratic voters surged for primary, Husted reports

Democratic Party voters more than doubled Republicans in party-switching and overall voter affiliation growth for Ohio’s 2018 primaries. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted released voter data Thursday tracking changes for the May primary. RELATED: Trump may factor into Ohio governor’s race In 2016, Republicans had outgained Democrats in party-switchers and new voters in a presidential...
New study lowers chemical water safety standards to Dayton’s current levels

New study lowers chemical water safety standards to Dayton’s current levels

A new study on potentially dangerous substances found in water is coinciding with the city of Dayton’s own recent findings in a startling coincidence. Paul Buszka, a supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Indianapolis, pointed to the release Wednesday of a draft study about the risks posed by PFAS substances (polyfluoralkyl) from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and...
Wright State trustees fire former provost who was on paid leave for 3 years

Wright State trustees fire former provost who was on paid leave for 3 years

Wright State University’s board of trustees voted to fire its former provost who has been on paid leave in a faculty position for more than three years. Six of the board’s nine members voted this evening to fire Sundaram Narayanan effective June 30. Three board members were absent from the closed-door meeting Wednesday when trustees met with Narayanan and his attorney Ted Copetas. &ldquo...
Ohio lawmakers vote to create Jesse Owens Day, honor Superman and name official state pet

Ohio lawmakers vote to create Jesse Owens Day, honor Superman and name official state pet

What do the barn, a shelter pet and St. Albert the Great have in common? Not much, but all three are getting recognition from state lawmakers in Senate Bill 86, a catch-all for specialty license plates, memorial names for bridges and highways and special designations. The bill consolidates a slew of bills to make special designations: Sept. 12 as Jesse Owens Day, Jan. 30 as chronic traumatic encephalopathy...
Motorcyclists can wear earplugs under bill passed in Ohio House

Motorcyclists can wear earplugs under bill passed in Ohio House

Motorcycle riders would have the option of wearing earplugs to protect their hearing under a bill approved Wednesday by the Ohio House. Current law prohibits motorcycle operators or vehicle drivers from wearing earphones or earplugs in both ears. But motorcyclists complain that wind and road noise can damage their hearing over the long haul. State Rep. Riordan McClain, R-Upper Sandusky, sponsor of...
Ohio looks to set up fund for cities to host more big sports events

Ohio looks to set up fund for cities to host more big sports events

The Ohio House voted 81-7 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would set up a new pool of money for local communities that host major sporting events that generate extra sales tax revenues. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration. Here is our previous story on the bill from March 21, 2018: Lawmakers are considering a bill to funnel more money into cities that host major sporting events...
Schools may soon get cursive handwriting guidelines from state

Schools may soon get cursive handwriting guidelines from state

What started out as a mandate that Ohio school children learn to write in cursive is now likely to be more of a suggestion. House Bill 58, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, passed the chamber on a 87-4 vote. Brenner’s initial idea was to require instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade in cursive handwriting. The version of the bill passed Wednesday...
Nearly 40 streets, some bridges set for repaving in Clark County

Nearly 40 streets, some bridges set for repaving in Clark County

Clark County Commissioners have approved $1.3 million in road surfacing projects expected to be completed by the fall. The projects, to be done jointly with the county and several cities and townships, will result in upgrades to about 18 miles of roads, county officials said. The county itself will spend close to $300,000 on the 2018 Road Resurfacing project and other local governments will reportedly...
5,000 pigs die in massive Ohio barn fire

5,000 pigs die in massive Ohio barn fire

Firefighters from five counties, including Greene County, battled a massive barn fire Tuesday at a hog farm in southwest Fayette County that killed approximately 5,000 pigs. The fire was reported just after 1 p.m. at the Straathoff Swine Farm, 7111 Old Route 35SE in Wayne Twp. The fire spread quickly through the facility, causing intense heat and extremely heavy smoke, according to the Fayette County...
‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week

‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week

A controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell. House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground’ when facing a threat in public places such as parks...
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