October 22, 2014

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Tomorrow marks 100-year anniversary of deadly Ohio flooding

COLUMBUS — State officials are using the 100th anniversary of a devastating and deadly flood to encourage Ohioans to prepare for potential high water emergencies by reviewing their response plans and insurance coverage. On the heels of the state and national Flood Safety Awareness Week, Saturday marks the centennial of the 1913 storms that rolled Read More…

Operators of horse therapy program promise to go on after devastating fire

OREGON, Ohio — Operators of a horse-riding therapy program in Ohio are promising to keep it going after a devastating fire killed all but two of their therapy horses. The fire on Thursday tore through a century-old barn just outside Toledo, killing six specially trained horses and several other animals. Adults and children with autism Read More…

Man charged after $38,000 worth of marijuana is seized during Ohio Turnpike stop

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A man from Pennsylvania is facing felony drug charges after State Highway Patrol troopers seized hydroponic marijuana, solid and oil marijuana hash worth approximately $38,000 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike. Troopers stopped a 1999 Buick with Pennsylvania plates for a marked-lanes violation between the Baumhart Road and state Route 58 exits at Read More…

Authorities on the scene of oil leak in Sheffield Lake

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — The Sheffield Lake Fire Department is on the scene of an oil leak, and the department is working to clean up the mess. The leak occurred near 348 Mapleview Ave., the site of a home demolition. Sheffield Lake police Capt. Tony Campo said the leak came from a fuel oil tank and Read More…

Former Rep. Betty Sutton bows out of 2014 race for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS — A former northeast Ohio congresswoman has decided not to run for governor in 2014. Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton tells The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that after careful consideration she has decided not to challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich. Sutton thanked supporters in an email sent to the newspaper Friday. Ohio’s new congressional Read More…

Ohio historical site among five new national monuments

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is designating five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites — including one in Delaware sought by Vice President Joe Biden. The White House says Obama will make the designations Monday. They are Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State Read More…

Death to Punxsutawney Phil? Groundhog ‘indicted’ over spring forecast

CINCINNATI — Famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might want to go back into hibernation. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an “indictment” of the furry rodent, who predicted an early spring when he didn’t see his shadow after emerging from his western Pennsylvania lair on Feb. 2. Mike Gmoser, the prosecutor in southwestern Ohio’s Butler County, Read More…

Authorities: Ohio boy took knives to school, planned to ‘take over’

BARBERTON, Ohio — Authorities in northeast Ohio say there was no imminent threat when a boy brought two knives to school in a backpack. Police say the 15-year-old told officers and school administrators he planned to “take over” and “do harm” at the school at some point in the future. He has been charged with Read More…

Ohio unemployment rate remains at 7 percent

COLUMBUS — The latest monthly jobs data shows Ohio’s unemployment rate continuing to stay below the national figure. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 7 percent, unchanged from January. Family services spokesman Ben Johnson says economists would hope to see the labor Read More…

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants bus safety changes fast-tracked

LIMA — Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is pushing federal transportation officials to speed up changes called for in a bus safety measure that became law last summer. Brown sent a letter this week to the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation asking to move more quickly on implementing driver training and operator enforcement. His Read More…