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911 texting capability coming to central Ohio in new year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio residents with emergencies will soon have the option to text 911 in addition to placing a call. Local governments in Delaware and Franklin counties plan to test technology in the first three months of 2018 allowing the emergency texts, the Columbus Dispatch ...

Court to review lethal drug records Ohio wants to shield

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's prison system must produce records about lethal drugs it wants shielded from public view for justices on the state Supreme Court to review privately as part of an open records dispute, the court ruled. At issue is a ...

Postal worker to be arraigned in slayings of 2 colleagues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A disgruntled postal worker accused of fatally shooting his supervisor at an Ohio post office and then killing a postmaster outside her apartment is scheduled to be arraigned on charges including aggravated murder. Municipal court records listed no attorney for ...

Ohio capital sets grim record with 140 homicides this year

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city set a grim record Tuesday with its 140th homicide this year, passing the previous high of 139 logged in 1991. Columbus' 2017 tally tied and then passed that mark with the deaths of a 57-year-old woman found with ...

Police: Officer’s son stabbed drug dealer in front of father

CLEVELAND (AP) — The son of a Cleveland police officer says he was being robbed by a drug dealer on Christmas when he stabbed the man in the neck as his father looked on. The officer's 24-year-old son told investigators he had planned to buy marijuana from the other man, who instead attacked ...

4 teens charged with murder in death of man hit by sandbag

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Four teenage boys have been charged with murder in an Ohio juvenile court after a man struck by a sandbag thrown from an interstate overpass died. The Blade reports prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday in Toledo against the boys, ages 13 to 15. The teens were initially ...

Officials say 2 meningitis deaths in Ohio county unrelated

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) — Health officials in a rural northeast Ohio county say they have no explanation for a second bacterial meningitis death less than two weeks after a 14-year-old boy was fatally infected. The New Philadelphia Times Reporter reports Tuscarawas County Health ...

Police: Man attempted to rob store with fake furniture gun

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man who tried and failed to rob an Ohio convenience store with a fake gun made from pieces of furniture has been charged with robbery. Akron police say the man walked into a local Circle K store Monday afternoon waving what appeared to be a rifle and demanding ...

Talent company wants ex-football star’s lawsuit tossed

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Efforts by a former Ohio State and NFL football star to expand his antitrust lawsuit over alleged improper use of ex-players' images are futile and the complaint should be tossed out, talent management company IMG said in a ...

Ohio bans doctors from performing Down syndrome abortions

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, joining two other states with similarly strict legislation. Republican Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation into law ...