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Pastor accused of child sex trafficking faces federal trial

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Three pastors accused of coercing and sharing teenage girls to have sex, often for money, also sent one another photos and videos of the girls, federal prosecutors say. Two of the men already have pleaded guilty, and the third is set to ...

Governor names attorney to state public utilities commission

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has named an attorney to the state commission that regulates public utilities. The Republican governor has announced the appointment of Samuel Randazzo to fill the position of a member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio who is retiring. ...

Memorial planned for 3 killed in emergency helicopter flight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A memorial is planned for three people killed when a helicopter on its way to transport a patient to a medical facility crashed in Ohio. The pilot and two flight nurses were killed Jan. 29 when the Survival flight helicopter crashed in state forestland in southern ...

Police: Cleveland man found dead, frozen in abandoned home

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a 65-year-old man was found dead and frozen inside an abandoned home over the weekend. Officials say Juan Proctor was found dead about 1:30 p.m. Friday inside the home — following two days where temperatures fell below zero. Cleveland.com reports ...

Man accused of sexually abusing kids in Mississippi, Ohio

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man stands accused of sexually abusing two girls from South Carolina and four other girls in Ohio, and police are concerned there may be more victims in nine other states. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports 74-year-old Harry Trest was arrested Monday. ...

Official: Humming sound from Ohio plant may stop in 4 months

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county official says it may be several months until a humming sound stops drifting across the Ohio River from a manufacturing plant in Washington County, Ohio. Wood County Commission President Blair Couch tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that ...

$10M bond set for man accused of shooting Ohio deputies

By LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A man accused of luring authorities with threats of killing himself and then fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy and wounding another deputy who tried to help him during a 12-hour standoff in Ohio had his bond set at $10 million Monday. A ...

Ohio drops company accused of rigging state contracts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials in Ohio say a contractor accused of scheming to rig over-priced state contracts is no longer working for Ohio. Department of Administrative Services spokesman Tom Hoyt said Tuesday that Stonyhurst Consulting's work for the state has concluded. The ...

15-year sentence for man accused of Islamic State recruiting

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of trying to recruit people to conduct terrorist attacks in the name of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in Ohio. A jury in Akron found 38-year-old Erick Jamal Hendricks guilty last year on charges of conspiracy ...

Kiplinger journalism program completes move to university

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A long-time journalism program that has trained thousands of reporters over the years has completed its move from Ohio State University to Ohio University. The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism was established in 1972 at Ohio State University in Columbus in ...

Akron to reopen police training academy to attract recruits

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron city officials say they will reopen the police training academy to attract more recruits and help build a more diverse police department. Akron Police Chief Kenneth Ball, Fire Chief Clarence Tucker and Director of Human Resources Donald Rice presented the changes to ...

1 deputy killed, another wounded in 12-hour standoff in Ohio

By LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio that left another deputy wounded and a suspect in custody, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Jeff Sellars of the Clermont County Sheriff's ...

Judge: Companion of late gorilla Koko must go back to zoo

CINCINNATI (AP) — A male silverback gorilla loaned to a California group in 1991 as a possible mate for Koko, the gorilla who astounded the world by learning sign language, must be returned to a zoo in Cincinnati, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday. Judge Richard Seeborg's ruling ...

Police: Vehicle falls off rail tracks into park, killing 2

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a sport utility vehicle fell nearly 15 feet off railroad tracks in western Pennsylvania into a park, killing two men. Police in Rochester said the car was being driven along the Norfolk Southern tracks intentionally Saturday, then apparently slid and ...

Faculty union strike to continue at Wright State

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A faculty union at Wright State University in Ohio says it will head back to the picket lines after a deal didn't result from the latest talks with the university. Members of the Wright State chapter of the American Association of University Professors have been picketing ...

Active-duty military admitted free to veterans museum

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Active-duty military members have free admission to the nation's veterans museum in Ohio this year. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum said in a recent release that philanthropic units of the American Legion Department of Ohio Charities, the Ohio Department of ...

High-schoolers get face time with extremists in class

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Last week's videotaped encounter at the Lincoln Memorial left many wondering about the state of reasoned political discourse in the country, or if it exists at all in a hyperpartisan era of red "Make America Great Again" hats ...

Prosecutors: Man accused of illegal slaughterhouse charged

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man accused of operating an illegal slaughterhouse has been charged with conspiracy to launder money and other counts, federal prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Amin Salem, 59, of Westlake, secretly owned several Cleveland-area gas stations and ...

State labor board ruled faculty strike can continue

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio labor board has ruled the faculty strike at Wright State University can continue. The State Employment Relations Board decision Sunday followed arguments from the faculty union and the university. University officials had filed an unfair labor practices complaint ...

Police: Body of man shot found on foot bridge over I-77

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man has been fatally shot in the head and they are investigating the shooting as a suspected homicide. Cleveland police say the 33-year-old man's body was found on a foot bridge over Interstate 77 on the city's east side around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The shooting ...