September 2, 2014

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Condemned killer meets with family before execution today

Benge

COLUMBUS — A man who bludgeoned his girlfriend to death, threw her body in a river and stole her ATM card to buy crack cocaine was denied clemency by Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday, a day ahead of the condemned man’s execution. Michael Benge’s lethal injection today would be the eighth in 2010, breaking the state’s Read More…

Post office worker charged with assault, aggravated menacing for pulling knife

MONROE, Ohio — A post office employee in southwest Ohio has been charged with assault and aggravated menacing after authorities say he put a knife to the throat of a customer. The U.S. Postal Service says the worker has been suspended without pay pending investigation. Monroe police say Seann Taulbee called Saturday afternoon about two Read More…

Solar farm slated to bring clean energy, 600 jobs to Ohio

COLUMBUS — Gov. Ted Strickland says a solar farm expected to bring up to 600 jobs is being built on a former strip mine adjacent to a wildlife conservancy in southeast Ohio. Spanish manufacturers Prius Energy S.L. and Isofoton plan to employ 300 to make the nearly 240,000 solar panels needed to outfit the 49.9 Read More…

Jimmy Dimora gets trial date: Sept. 12, 2011

CLEVELAND — The bribery trial of a county commissioner in Cleveland won’t begin until after he leaves office in January. A federal judge set a Sept. 12 trial date on today for Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and five co-defendants. They include a judge running for re-election next month. All have pleaded not guilty and Read More…

Fire marshal IDs five killed in southern Ohio house fire

PEDRO, Ohio — The Ohio fire marshal has identified the four women and infant who were killed in a house fire in rural Ohio on Monday. A spokesman for the fire marshal says 38-year-old Rebecca Hall, 21-year-old Rachel Whitmer and 20-year-old Jacqueline Sizemore died in the fire in southern Ohio. The other two victims were Read More…

City looking into $5 tailgating fee charged to some Browns fans

CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland is looking into a parking-lot operator who charged Browns fans $5 to attend a tailgating party. One of the fans who paid the fee on Sunday was Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone, who complained to City Hall. A sign called it a “pedestrian traffic” fee separate from the $30 parking Read More…

Poll: Kasich still leading in race for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS — A new poll in the Ohio governor’s race shows Republican challenger John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) still leads Gov. Ted Strickland. The poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac (KWIN’-ih-pee-ak) University shows that Strickland has cut into the lead since its last poll was released just over two weeks ago. The poll found Kasich with a 50-41 Read More…

5 people dead, 7 hurt in southern Ohio house fire

BARTLES, Ohio — A fire swept through a 12-bedroom house in rural, southern Ohio early today, killing five people, including an 8-month old, authorities said. Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless was unable to provide the baby’s gender or the ages of the others killed, though he said three of the others were female and one Read More…

Fisher, Portman meet tonight for first debate

TOLEDO — The two leading candidates in the race for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat meet for the first of three debates to be held over next nine days. For Democrat Lee Fisher, tonight’s debate in Toledo is a chance to make up ground on Rob Portman, a former Republican congressman who served in two Read More…

Today’s the deadline to register to vote next month

COLUMBU — Time is short for Ohioans who need to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election. The registration deadline is today, 30 days before Election Day as required by Ohio law. Forms may be completed and turned in at numerous locations including the Ohio Secretary of State’s office in Columbus, local elections Read More…