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Ohioans can search sex offender phone, email info

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans can now see whether phone numbers, email addresses or screen names belong to registered sex offenders under a new feature added to the state’s online database, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. The sex offender registry lists residents convicted of sex crimes and labeled sex offenders. The public can search Read More…

Columbus firefighter critical after lightning strike at Crew game

Lt. Stu Tudor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a central Ohio firefighter remained in critical condition two days after he went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium before an MLS game. A spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Fire says authorities believe the off-duty firefighter was struck Saturday while attending a charity event Read More…

Once the ‘Mistake by the Lake,’ it’s Cleveland’s time to shine

Courting Cleveland

CLEVELAND — This Lake Erie city has suffered some bad public relations over the years and has made headlines for all the wrong reasons: poverty, pollution, foreclosure, bizarre crimes and a fleeing population. Yet, thanks to billions of dollars spent burnishing the city’s image and its physical face, Cleveland is one of two finalists for Read More…

UPDATED: Three teens killed in Licking County crash

Three teenagers were killed Thursday when this Mitsubishi Diamante lost control and hit a maple tree and split in half near Alexandria, Ohio. (AP Photo/  The Columbus Dispatch, Eric Lyttle)

ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State Highway Patrol accident reconstruction specialists were working Friday at the scene of a horrific high-speed crash that killed three teenagers and left two others hospitalized. On Thursday night, residents of the village of Johnstown, east of Columbus, gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the three teenagers who died. Read More…

Rep. Steve Stivers’ aide resigns over photo scandal

WASHINGTON — The chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, resigned Tuesday, citing poor judgment in his personal life after a graphic photo of him appeared over the Internet. Adam Kuhn, a longtime aide to Stivers, submitted his resignation. The photo was sent from a Twitter account belonging to @Rubyadultstar. In the past Read More…

UPDATED: Cleveland, Dallas 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

BOSTON — Just two cities remain in the sweepstakes to host the Republican Party’s next presidential nominating convention. Republican National Committee members on Wednesday named two finalists: Cleveland and Dallas. The decision eliminates Denver and Kansas City, Mo., from the running. Several cities have been competing for months to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, Read More…

Bond set for 2 accused of neglect in son’s death

David Arthur Sr. and Deborah Arthur were arrested Wednesday and accused of severe medical neglect. (AP photos)

SANDUSKY (AP) — A judge has set bond at $250,000 for a northern Ohio couple charged after the man’s disabled 33-year-old son was found dead at their home. Authorities say they charged the couple after seeing signs of severe medical neglect. Investigators near Sandusky say David Arthur Jr. was covered in bed sores and malnourished Read More…

Prosecutor: Cleveland police chase should have stopped

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty makes a statement regarding the grand jury indictment of six police officers involved in a November 2012 car chase that ended in the deaths of two unarmed people. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police should have stopped a car chase in November 2012 long before it ended with officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people, an Ohio prosecutor said in court filings. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty filed a motion in common pleas court Thursday in response to a request for Read More…

Adoptees search for lost families after off-the-books adoptions

Diane Conrad, left, Cyndy Stapleton, Bill Palmisano, and Melinda Elkins Dawson pose for a portrait in North Canton. A northern Georgia doctor running off-the-books adoptions in the 1950s and ’60s placed infants with out-of-state parents who paid hundreds of dollars and were listed on records as the children’s real parents. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

McCAYSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — They were adopted off-the-books decades ago, scattered by a Georgia doctor who took $100 or $1,000 or something in between to send desperate couples home with new sons and daughters. Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never Read More…

Suspect in fatal Cleveland arson fire to be sentenced

Antun Lewis

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man twice convicted of killing nine people in Cleveland’s deadliest arson fire could face life in prison when he is sentenced in federal court Friday. Antun Lewis, 30, of Cleveland, was found guilty of a single count of arson in December. He could have faced the death penalty, but Judge Solomon Read More…