November 28, 2014

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Family reports Ohio State football player missing

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio State football player was reported missing by his family after he left his apartment, was uncharacteristically absent from two practices and didn’t check in, his sister said. Kosta Karageorge, a senior defensive tackle from Columbus, was last seen at his apartment around 2 a.m. Wednesday, his sister, Sophia Karageorge told Read More…

Ohio legislators continue work on redistricting revamp

COLUMBUS — State Republicans and Democrats are working to coalesce around a new system for drawing congressional and legislative districts with hopes they can reach the resolution they’ve promised the public by year’s end. States alter political maps to reflect population shifts identified by the U.S. Census once every 10 years in a process called Read More…

Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice, 12. (AP Photo/Courtesy Richardson & Kucharski Co., L.P.A.)

CLEVELAND — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said. The city released a surveillance video that shows Read More…

Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving

A man and a woman leave an hhgregg store Tuesday in Mayfield Heights. An Ohio lawmaker has proposed triple pay for retail employees who work on Thanksgiving and protection from being disciplined or fired if they refuse to work the holiday. State Rep. Mike Foleyís legislation stemmed from a phone call from a Cincinnati woman saying she and her 82-year-old mother were both scheduled to work their retail jobs on Thanksgiving.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving — an effort that comes as Macy’s, the holiday’s quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day. Both are attempts to counter frustration among workers and their Read More…

Bay Village teens punished for prank on autistic classmate

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three teens who admitted to dumping urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old autistic classmate during an ice bucket prank were ordered Monday to do community service and write apology letters to the victim and his family. The teens admitted to charges of assault and disorderly conduct in juvenile court, said Joseph Read More…

Cleveland crowd protests after police shoot boy

Protesters block cars on the freeway Tuesday during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  CLEVELAND (AP) — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun. Police diverted traffic but didn’t take action against the protesters, who chanted phrases such Read More…

Police: Video of Cleveland officer shooting boy is ‘clear’

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who Read More…

Ohio ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill gets panel’s OK

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bill that would impose some of the nation’s most stringent abortion restrictions cleared an Ohio House committee Thursday after suddenly re-surfacing in the lame duck session. The GOP-led House Health Committee passed the so-called heartbeat bill 11-6 after several emotional hours of testimony. The divisive measure had languished without a hearing Read More…

Ohio lawmaker indicted on burglary, theft charges

PORT CLINTON (AP) — A newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on charges alleging he took antiques and other items from an Ohio home. An Ottawa County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Republican Rep. Steven Kraus, who defeated Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern in the Nov. 4 election. A police report alleges Kraus, 55, Read More…

Chardon school shooter built ladder in prison escape

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A convicted school shooter and two other Ohio inmates managed to get inside a maintenance access area and spent several months building a makeshift a ladder that they used to escape in September, according to a report released by the state on Friday. The inmates climbed the ladder to get on Read More…