April 18, 2014

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Students, teacher charged in Parma bullying case

PARMA — A substitute teacher and five students at a suburban Cleveland high school have been charged after police say a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy was apparently bullied in a gym class. Parma police say the boy was knocked down by a volleyball thrown at his head last month at Parma Senior High School. Police Read More…

Arrest made in Ohio bar shooting that killed 3

Fremont police and the Crime Scene Unit of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a fatal shooting at the The Last Call Bar in Fremont. (The Blade/Jetta Fraser)

FREMONT — An off-duty police officer celebrating his birthday and two other men were shot and killed at a northern Ohio nightclub over the weekend after an argument erupted when the shooter punched the officer’s wife, relatives said. Police arrested 33-year-old Igmidio Mista of Fremont, on Monday morning and charged him with opening fire inside Read More…

Statewide tornado drill set for 9:50 this morning

COLUMBUS — Residents seeking signs that spring is on the way will hear one echoing through the air as communities around Ohio participate in a statewide tornado drill. The drill scheduled for 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday occurs in the middle of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. It’s meant to remind residents that spring brings Read More…

UPDATED: Chardon school shooting victim’s dad dies on anniversary

CHARDON — The father of one of three teens killed in a northeast Ohio school shooting was found dead Thursday, the second anniversary of his son’s death, a sheriff’s investigator said. A family member found 48-year-old Russell King Sr. dead inside his home, said Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department. There were Read More…

UPDATED: Cleveland among finalists to host 2016 Republican National Convention

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland.  ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s three largest cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named the three among the party’s eight finalists in a Twitter post Thursday. They join Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Read More…

UPDATED: Bill for extra calamity days hits snag; debate continues

COLUMBUS — State lawmakers disagreed Wednesday over how many additional calamity days to give Ohio schools off this year because of the winter’s hazardous weather, and how districts can make up the ones they have already taken. The impasse came after the Senate passed its own plan Wednesday, different from a version passed earlier by Read More…

Owner pleads not guilty in Toldeo firefighter deaths

Toledo firefighters battle a blaze on Jan. 26 in Toledo. Two firefighters battling the blaze at the apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed, city officials said. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser)

TOLEDO — The owner of an Ohio apartment building has pleaded not guilty to starting a fire that killed two firefighters. Ray Abou-Arab appeared in a Toledo court Tuesday morning to face charges that include aggravated murder and aggravated arson. He pleaded not guilty to all 13 counts. Abou-Arab, 61, was arrested just days after Read More…

Kasich recognizes women held captive for 10 years

Gov. John Kasich presents Amanda Berry, left, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight with awards at Monday’s State of the State address at Medina High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — The three women who survived a decade-long captivity in a Cleveland house before being freed received Gov. John Kasich’s annual courage awards on Monday night. Kasich called the women’s story one of hurt beyond imagination, but also a story that didn’t end there. “It is also a story of three women who found Read More…

Gov. Kasich details new initiatives during State of the State

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MEDINA — Gov. John Kasich unveiled new initiatives, including several education reforms, during a joint session of lawmakers Monday night at the Medina Performing Arts Center. Read More…

Democrats, other opponents voice disagreement with Kasich’s policies at State of the State

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MEDINA — Democratic lawmakers and others dissatisfied Ohioans voiced their opposition before and after Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech Monday. Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, and likely Democratic challenger to Kasich in November, questioned the Republican governor’s budget priorities. He said Kasich was “counting on Ohioans to forget that he balanced Read More…