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Fans seek John Glenn statue to mark milestones at Statehouse

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fans of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn are working to bring a statue of his likeness to the Ohio Statehouse to mark major future milestones, such as his birthday and the anniversary of his famous space flight. Thursday ...

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on divvying up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the national tobacco ...

Conservative group seeks end to death penalty in Ohio

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newly formed conservative group is seeking an end to the death penalty in Ohio at a time when executions have ground to a halt in the state and the House speaker has questioned whether capital punishment should be ...

Court affirms alleged Islamic State recruiter’s conviction

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court in Ohio has affirmed the convictions of a North Carolina man who was accused of trying to recruit people to conduct terrorist attacks in the name of the Islamic State group. Authorities alleged that Erick Jamal Hendricks, arrested in Charlotte, North ...

Dayton gunman’s friend to be sentenced on unrelated charges

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A friendof a gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Dayton, Ohio, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on unrelated federal firearms charges. Ethan Kollie, 24, pleaded guilty in November to lying on a federal firearms form ...

Cincinnati mayor exploring 2022 Democratic bid for governor

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati said Friday he is exploring a run for Ohio governor in 2022. The Democrat said he thinks Ohio is "falling behind and must do better." He pointed to Cincinnati's growth and progress in recent years that have seen more riverfront development ...

Bank fires workers for stealing customer info in fraud ring

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fifth Third Bank has fired a small number of employees who stole customer information and gave it to people outside the company in what was an orchestrated fraud ring, the bank said Friday. The Cincinnati-based bank said it has identified about 100 customers who were ...

Man gets prison for selling fatal drugs to billionaire’s son

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for selling cocaine laced with heroin and fentanyl to a Greek billionaire's son who was found dead in a Cleveland hotel room. Terry Lee Christian, 36, pleaded guilty in October to charges related to selling the drugs ...

Sheriff convicted of posting confidential reports to resign

BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in Ohio who was convicted of posting confidential child abuse reports to the department's website and Facebook page agreed to step down in exchange for avoiding an indictment on new felony charges. Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns will resign March 17, ...

Ohio teen accused of planning explosion at school indicted

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A teenager who planned to set off an explosive device at an Ohio high school and called police about a hoax hostage situation at a Kansas elementary school has been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said Friday. Allen Martin ...