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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…

Sheriff: Man dead at dad’s home severely neglected

  TOLEDO (AP) — A disabled 33-year-old man found dead at his father’s home was covered in bed sores, malnourished and had bones sticking through his skin, said authorities who accused his father and step-mother of severe medical neglect. Investigators near Sandusky said it appeared that David Arthur Jr., who was unable to walk, had been lying in Read More…

Parma man cited for warning drivers of police checkpoint

Douglas Odolecki poses next to a "Welcome to Parma" sign Wednesday. Odolecki was cited Friday for holding a sign that said: "Check point ahead! Turn now!" (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A suburban Cleveland man says police violated his First Amendment rights to free speech when they cited him for holding a sign warning motorists to turn if they wanted to avoid a drunken-driving checkpoint. Douglas Odolecki, 43, warned motorists with the sign Friday night in Parma that said: “Check point ahead! Turn Read More…

Ohio among states receiving federal aid for storm protection

This Nov., 15, 2012 photo shows the wreckage of a popular bar and restaurant in Sea Bright N.J.  On Monday, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded 11 states a total of $102 million in grants to protect against future storms. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program will fund a variety Read More…

Ohio takes first step to slow algae on Lake Erie

algae slider

TOLEDO — Ohio is taking its biggest step yet toward tackling the algae fouling Lake Erie. But there’s no guarantee it will cut down on the contaminants feeding the algae or slow its spread, which poses a threat to the fish, drinking water and tourism. And it will take several years to determine whether the Read More…

Ohio among states most vulnerable to killer tornadoes

A possible tornado in Sunrise, Fla., damaged more than two dozen houses in the area on Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oklahoma and Kansas may have the reputation as tornado hot spots, but Florida and the rest of the Southeast are far more vulnerable to killer twisters, a new analysis shows. Florida leads the country in deaths calculated per mile a tornado races along the ground, followed by Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio and Read More…

UPDATED: 6 Cleveland officers plead not guilty in car chase

Six Cleveland police officers, front row from left, Sgt. Randolph Dailey, Sgt. Patricia Coleman and patrolman Michael Brelo; second row from left, Sgt. Jason Edens, Sgt. Michael Donegan, and Lt. Paul Wilson, wait for their arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Friday. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Chuck Crow)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Six Cleveland police officers charged for their roles in a November 2012 car chase that ended with a hail of 137 gunshots and the deaths of two unarmed suspects pleaded not guilty Friday to various crimes. The six officers were arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and were released on bond. Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio High Court rules loan to Elyria man not prohibited under lending laws

COLUMBUS — In a victory for payday lenders, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a two-week loan to an Elyria man that imposed interest of more than 235 percent is not prohibited under Ohio’s mortgage lending laws. In a unanimous decision, the court sent Rodney Scott’s case against Ohio Neighborhood Finance, owner of Cashland Read More…