March 29, 2015

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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…

Ohio higher ed leaders urge campus bans on tobacco

CLEVELAND — The head of Ohio’s higher education board says he’s introducing a measure to urge public college leaders to ban tobacco on their campuses. Ohio Board of Regents Chairman James Tuschman tells The Plain Dealer in Cleveland it’s “the right thing to do.” He plans to present a resolution at the meeting this month. Read More…

Gas prices in Ohio, U.S. drop amid economic slowdown

COLUMBUS — Gas prices are falling in Ohio and nationally amid disappointing job growth and other symptoms of weakening economic conditions in the U.S. and around the globe. The average price for regular gas in Ohio is about $3.56 a gallon in today’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Read More…

Ohio bans texting while driving

COLUMBUS — Ohio has become the 39th state to prohibit texting while driving. Gov. John Kasich signed a ban today on writing, reading and sending texts from behind the wheel. It goes into effect in 90 days. The measure includes a stricter crackdown on teen drivers’ use of electronic devices. Minors would be banned from Read More…

Prosecutors drop littering citation against Elyria man who helped out panhandler

CLEVELAND — Prosecutors tossed out a $344 littering citation against an Elyria man whose money fell to the ground after he reached through his open car window to hand it to a panhandler. The city dropped the ticket because it decided the cash didn’t qualify as trash, assistant city prosecutor Jonathan Cudnik said during a Read More…

Elyria man fighting littering ticket after giving money to panhandler

CLEVELAND — An Elyria man is fighting a littering ticket he says he got when he tried to give money to a panhandler in a wheelchair, and the cash fell to the ground. A Cleveland police spokeswoman says the panhandler was at a busy intersection and that it’s illegal to solicit or give money at Read More…

Highway Patrol: 11 people died in Memorial Day weekend crashes

COLUMBUS — The State Highway Patrol says 11 people died in traffic crashes around Ohio during the extended Memorial Day weekend. That’s a slightly lower number than in recent years. There were 14 traffic fatalities during the comparable period in 2011 and 13 deaths over the holiday weekend in 2010. Troopers say drivers impaired by Read More…

Ohio granted waiver from No Child Left Behind

ATLANTA — Federal officials are granting another eight states flexibility from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a call with reporters Tuesday that he has approved waivers for Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. The Obama administration is granting waivers in Read More…