March 28, 2015

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Student’s diploma withheld for family’s cheering at graduation

CINCINNATI — A suburban Cincinnati high school is withholding a graduate’s diploma and requiring community service as punishment for what it describes as overly boisterous cheering by his family during the graduation ceremony. Mount Healthy City Schools Superintendent Lori Handler tells WCPO-TV families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions, which she says are unfair to others Read More…

Dog found drowned in cage in Ohio lake

ST. MARYS — County and park officials are trying to determine who’s responsible for the apparent drowning death of a dog found in a cage in a western Ohio lake. The cage was found floating in the water last weekend at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, between Dayton and Toledo. Parks manager Brian Miller Read More…

Internet cafe owner fights prosecutor’s crackdown

CLEVELAND — An Internet “sweepstakes” cafe owner is challenging efforts by a prosecutor in Ohio’s largest county who wants to shut down such businesses and says they’re really illegal gambling operations. The businesses offer games that function like slot machines with cash prizes. Last week, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor sent letters to about 50 cafe Read More…

Toledo Council votes for domestic partner benefits for city workers

TOLEDO — The city council has voted to add Toledo to the list of Ohio local governments that offer health care and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners. The council voted 9-3 last night to extend benefits for such unmarried partners, regardless of whether they’re same-sex couples. City leaders have estimated the change would cost Read More…

Indians hit 3 RBI triples in 4-2 win over Tigers

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DETROIT — Ubaldo Jimenez had walked more hitters than anybody in baseball this year, and it’s fair to say he’d been a bit of a bust since coming over to Cleveland in a big trade last season. “He’s better than that,” manager Manny Acta said Tuesday night. “Today was a step in the right direction.” Read More…

Gov. Kasich signs new rules on exotic animals into law

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s governor has signed into law the state’s widely watched new regulations on exotic animals. Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation at a Statehouse ceremony this afternoon. Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna appeared at the signing, along with state lawmakers and other Ohio officials. Regulatory efforts took on new urgency in October, when a Read More…

Ohio teen runner helps carry competitor to finish

Meghan Vogel of West Liberty-Salem, right, helps Arden McMath of Arlington to the finish line after McMath collapsed yards short of it Saturday. (AP photo.)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A western Ohio high school runner who helped a struggling competitor finish their race is being praised for her sportsmanship and trying to cope with the attention it has sparked. Meghan Vogel appreciates the accolades but said Tuesday that she is a bit overwhelmed by the praise that has been pouring in Read More…

T.J. Lane indicted in Chardon shootings

CLEVELAND — A 17-year-old has been indicted in Ohio in the school shooting deaths of three students and the wounding of three others. The indictment was returned Tuesday in Geauga County east of Cleveland against T.J. Lane. A judge ruled last month that Lane must be tried as an adult. Lane could face life in Read More…

2 expected OSU football starters suspended after arrests

COLUMBUS — Two expected starters for Urban Meyer’s first Ohio State team have been suspended from the team. Ohio State issued a statement Monday saying Meyer had suspended senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort after they were arrested by police on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. The school Read More…

Ohio patrol to train drivers to see signs of crime

GROVE CITY, Ohio — The State Highway Patrol is renewing efforts to train truckers and other drivers to spot signs of crime, acting as extra sets of eyes and ears to monitor for safety threats during their everyday travels. Troopers kicked off a new program in late May to educate commercial truck drivers about identifying Read More…