Ohio News

Proposal: $55 million annually for public transportation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The latest version of Ohio's transportation budget would provide $55 million annually for public transportation in the state. The state Senate approved the amount this week as the GOP-controlled chamber passed the budget, which includes a 6-cent per gallon increase in ...

Driver who hit, killed garbage truck operator pleads guilty

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A driver who struck and killed an Ohio garbage truck operator could face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single, felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide. Other charges against 41-year-old Brian Jankovich, of Middletown, are being dropped as ...

DNA from missing-person case helps ID 2 legs found in trash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say they have identified two human legs that were found in the trash at a waste-collection facility in Ohio's capital two years ago. Columbus police say a DNA match from a missing-person case helped identify the remains as those of a 22-year-old woman from the ...

Student suspended after using toy gun in veterans memorial

CELINA, Ohio (AP) — Military veterans and students are upset over the suspension of a middle school student in Ohio whose class project creating a memorial to veterans included a toy gun. About two dozen people in Celina in northwest Ohio protested the suspension earlier this week. The ...

Authorities: 16-year-old boy fatally shot; suspect sought

LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been shot and killed in suburban Cincinnati. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says sheriff's deputies responded shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday to a reported shooting in the village of Lincoln Heights, roughly 15 miles (24 ...

Governor declares state of emergency over road damage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 37 Ohio counties that received serious highway damage from severe weather. The Republican governor said in a release this week that the emergency declaration will allow the state Department of Transportation and ...

Ohio Senate proposes 6-cent increase to state gas tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a proposal to increase the state's gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House's planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and well below the governor's proposed 18-cents a gallon to maintain roads and bridges. The ...

City manager vows to help fix flooded backyard problem

TRENTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city manager has vowed to fix an issue that is causing some residents' backyards to become ponds of mucky collected rainwater. Trenton resident Sheila Sessler and her neighbors first complained in February that a pair of dry wells for rainwater drainage had ...

Man pleads not guilty in hit-and-run death of pedestrian

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A driver accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed an Ohio man who was outside retrieving his newspaper has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide. Fifty-six-year-old Monte Porter III, of Bath Township, also pleaded not guilty Thursday in Akron ...

Caregivers for disabled to see pay increase under proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Caregivers for Ohio residents with developmental disabilities could see a higher paycheck under a state-budget proposal. The Columbus Dispatch reports pay for home care workers would increase 11 percent over the next two years to $12.38 an hour. Jeff Davis, director of ...