Ohio News

Teen charged in brother’s slaying competent to stand trial

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teenager charged as an adult for the killing of his younger brother last year after an argument over Halloween candy has been ruled competent to stand trial. The Springfield News-Sun reports a Clark County judge says 16-year-old Nicholas Starling, of ...

Ohio mayor asks Trump for help combating Lake Erie algae

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Three years after toxic algae in Lake Erie tainted the drinking water for more than 400,000 people, many are still leery about what's coming out of their faucets. Some have taken to stockpiling bottled water in the summer months when ...

Sea lamprey numbers rise in some Great Lakes, drop in others

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the ...

Ex-Ohio prison guard, inmates indicted for meth conspiracy

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say a former Ohio corrections officer and six other people have been charged in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine behind bars. Thirty-one-year-old James Barlage Jr., of Chillicothe, was among those named in an indictment unsealed Thursday in ...

Court sides with board to keep fracking ban issue off ballot

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a county elections board's decision to reject another ballot measure that would have allowed Youngstown voters to ban the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing in their city. The Supreme Court agreed with the ...

Appeals court sides with Ohio in seizure of exotic animals

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court in Ohio has sided with the state in its legal battle with the former owner of six tigers and several other exotic animals. The state appeals court in Toledo says the Ohio Department of Agriculture had the right to deny a permit to the owner of a roadside ...

Woman charged with killing 3 young sons appeals court order

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons over a 13-month period have appealed a judge's order that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The Springfield News-Sun reports the order in Logan County concerns whether a recorded confession ...

Plaintiffs seek to consolidate lawsuits against drugmakers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Plaintiffs suing drugmakers and distributors in dozens of cases tied to the opioid crisis are seeking to have the lawsuits consolidated and overseen by one federal judge in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports that plaintiffs want to consolidate 66 lawsuits from Alabama, ...

Holy spirits? Closed churches find second life as breweries

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ira Gerhart finally found a place last year to fulfill his yearslong dream of opening a brewery: a 1923 Presbyterian church. It was cheap, charming and just blocks from downtown Youngstown. But soon after Gerhart announced his plans, ...

Bartender charged with selling drinks to woman, 20, who fell

CLEVELAND (AP) — A bartender at a Cleveland bar where a 20-year-old woman was critically injured falling from a balcony on St. Patrick's Day has been charged with selling alcohol to someone under 21. Court records show bartender Carisa Buehner is charged with the first-degree misdemeanor. ...