December 23, 2014

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Firefighters’ fundraiser nets two wedding rings

COLUMBUS — Firefighters are holding on to two wedding rings that turned up in tens of thousands of dollars in cash collected for the Muscular Dystrophy Association over the Labor Day weekend. The rings were found on opposite sides of Columbus after people were asked to toss donations into firefighters’ boots. Fire Battalion Chief Michael Read More…

‘Golden Eye’ diamond on auction block today

CLEVELAND — Time is winding down in the auction for a huge yellow diamond known as the “Golden Eye” that was seized in a money laundering investigation in Ohio. As of 6 a.m. today, the gem now held by U.S. marshals in Cleveland had attracted a top bid of more than $1.5 million, out of Read More…

Ohio lawmakers await president’s speech tonight

Ohio members of Congress say President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation will address the topic everyone is talking about: jobs. Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton tells The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that jobs are “the number one, two, three, four and five issues” she hears about from her northeast Ohio constituents. Republican Sen. Rob Portman Read More…

Federal judge upholds ‘no touch’ law for dancers at adult clubs

COLUMBUS — A federal appeals court has upheld Ohio’s law barring dancers at adult clubs from touching patrons and each other. In Wednesday’s ruling, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the 2007 law does not go against the businesses’ rights of free speech and expression. The Columbus Read More…

Arrest made in Put-in-Bay slaying

PUT-IN-BAY — Authorities have made an arrest in the killing of a man found dead in a wooded area on a Lake Erie island. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s office says a 27-year-old Bowling Green man has been charged in the killing in Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. Family members say the victim, 25-year-old Phil Masterson Read More…

Second woman dies from crash tied to stop-sign prank

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — A second woman who had been injured in a crash at an Ohio stop sign concealed with petroleum jelly and plastic wrap has died. Lt. John Monce with the sheriff’s office in central Ohio’s Pickaway County says 81-year-old Jeanne Shea, of Circleville, died Tuesday. She had been hospitalized in Columbus since Aug. Read More…

Apply online starting today for jobs at new Cleveland casino

CLEVELAND — It’s time for job seekers to roll the dice for a position with the new casino opening early next year in Cleveland. The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland began taking applications on its website today. The Plain Dealer reports the casino needs to hire 500 poker and table game dealers and supervisors. The dealers will Read More…

State group looking to reduce license suspensions

COLUMBUS — Officials are considering whether Ohioans should be granted limited driving privileges after their license has been suspended for something not related to driving, such as not paying child support. The suspension procedures are being studied by a working group including agencies such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and insurance company representatives. The Read More…

Jerry Springer to speak out against Ohio election law at rally Thursday

CINCINNATI — A political rally is bringing Jerry Springer back to Cincinnati, the city where the talk-show host once served as mayor. The county Democratic Party says Springer will lead a rally Thursday evening in support of an effort to repeal an Ohio elections overhaul law. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that an email from the Read More…

Ohio State students return from weekend to find burglar’s bloody body

COLUMBUS — Police say some Ohio State University seniors found the body of a suspected burglar and a lot of blood when they returned to their off-campus apartment from a Labor Day weekend away. Columbus police Sgt. Steven Little tells The Columbus Dispatch that investigators believe the man broke a window to enter the apartment Read More…