July 28, 2014

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221 names listed on state arson registry

COLUMBUS — Officials said 221 names were listed during the first year of Ohio’s registry for people convicted of arson-related offenses. When Ohio joined the few states that require such offenders to register with authorities, officials hoped it would help solve more cases, deter repeat offenses and prevent deaths and property damage. The usefulness of Read More…

Johnny Appleseed exhibit to go on tour

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CINCINNATI — If you picture Johnny Appleseed as a loner wearing a tin pot for a hat and flinging apple seeds while meandering through the countryside, experts say you’re wrong. They’re hoping that a traveling exhibit funded by an anonymous donation to a western Ohio center and museum will help clear misconceptions about the folk Read More…

Dad’s heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers

This combination photo of two images shows a family photo of Sophia Steffel, left, and a retouched version by Jillian Johnston of Mountain View, Calif. Days after the infant daughter of Nathen Steffel died in a Cincinnati hospital from complications from a tumor in her liver, he asked users on the Reddit website if someone could alter the hospital photo. (AP Photo)

  TOLEDO (AP) — Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have Read More…

Ohio inmate who fatally shot ailing wife dies

John Wise addresses the court during his sentencing on Dec. 13 at Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron, Ohio. Wise, sentenced to six years in prison for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed, wants clemency to avoid dying in prison. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Phil Masturzo, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — A 68-year-old Ohio man who said he acted out of love when he shot to death his ailing wife in her hospital bed died while serving his six-year sentence, his attorney and the state prisons department said Tuesday. The man, John Wise, of Massillon, had been in a prison medical center in Read More…

Argument over LeBron spurs jailhouse fight

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James’s return to Cleveland is a hot topic just about everywhere. Authorities say a northern man convicted of killing a 3-year-old boy ended up with a broken nose in a jailhouse fight that started with an argument over the NBA star’s return to Cleveland. The Sandusky Register reports that Michael Read More…

Ohio woman critical after rock dropped on car

AKRON (AP) — An Ohio teacher was in critical condition Tuesday after police say some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a highway overpass onto the windshield of the family’s car as they drove through Pennsylvania on their way to New York City. Sharon Budd, 52, was struck in the face by the rock dropped Read More…

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Michelle Knight smiles during an interview in Cleveland on June 26. Knight, 33, was one of three women who captivated the world in 2013 when they emerged from Ariel Castro’s squalid Cleveland home after years of captivity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro’s house of horrors cuts both ways. There has been some obvious good. The girl who grew up without a toothbrush and spent nearly 11 years in captivity can provide for herself. She has her own apartment. Her book, “Finding Me,” spent Read More…

Sen. Rob Portman to run in 2016, but for what?

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CINCINNATI— Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he has definite plans to run in 2016 — at least for re-election. Whether he decides to aim higher, he said, will depend on the field of presidential candidates and the issues they campaign on. Questions about Portman’s plans cropped up anew this week after the announcement Read More…

Ohio overpaid $88 million in food stamps in 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio’s overpayment of food-stamp benefits last year exceeded the national average. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state overpaid more than $88 million in tax-funded benefits last year. In all, Ohio misspent 4.1 percent of the nearly $3 billion received from the federal government for food-stamp benefits in 2013. The Read More…

Theme park CEO says job is about making memories

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Standing in the shadows of a $30 million roller coaster that flips, drops and spins its riders, the head of the nation’s fourth-biggest amusement park company points to another addition at Cedar Point he’s proud of too — a shady spot to relax and munch on taffy and fudge. It’s not Read More…