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Court provides beacon of hope for human trafficking victims

By HOLLY ZACHARIAH The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the very end of a long municipal court hallway that mostly smells of sweat and despair, Vanessa Perkins turns slowly as she tries to decide where to sit for a quick afternoon break. She looks to the left, to the right and ...

Case on hold for man charged with posing as missing child

CINCINNATI (AP) — The case of a 24-year-old Ohio man charged with impersonating a long-missing child is on hold in federal court. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett earlier granted a sealed motion filed by Brian Michael Rini's (REE'-neez) attorney and canceled a scheduled final pretrial ...

Final budget talks expected to address coal reclamation cuts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week. The Senate version of Ohio's two-year state budget trimmed the $4 million DeWine ...

County officials say improvements ongoing at troubled jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — County administrators in Cleveland say improvements have reduced the time inmates are locked down in their cells at a troubled jail where a U.S. Marshal's Service report said conditions were unsanitary, inhumane and unsafe. Cleveland.com reports Cuyahoga County Executive ...

Officials name victims of deadly barn fire

COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials have identified the three youths who died in one of two Ohio fires that killed a total of six people. The Coshocton County coroner says 15-year-old Gabriella Hunley, 12-year-old Joshua Hunley and 15-year-old Cody Smith died June 18 in a barn fire in the ...

‘Burning river’ loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and TONY DEJAK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of ...

Ex-teacher charged with inappropriately touching young girls

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former physical education teacher accused of inappropriately touching dozens of first-grade girls in incidents captured on school surveillance video has been indicted on charges of gross sexual imposition in Ohio. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says ...

Ohio man pleads guilty to defrauding local governments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $750,000 from state and local governments by submitting phony invoices to them. Fifty-nine-year-old Robert Mutua Muli of Carrollton, Ohio, struck a plea bargain Monday with federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia. ...

Senate budget proposal includes 17% tax on vaping products

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in the Senate version of Ohio's two-year budget would place a 17% tax on the invoice price of vaping products. Senate Finance Chairman Matt Dolan, a Republican from Chagrin Falls, says he's concerned that vaping has filled a niche in Ohio that is attracting ...

New program could cut time spent in line at BMV

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is testing a program that could reduce the time people spend in line at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. People who need to renew their driver's license or auto registration can check-in online and advance in the queue without physically waiting in a BMV ...