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Cedar Fair says attendance, pass sales up at amusement parks

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Cedar Fair Entertainment says its amusement and water parks have seen another jump in attendance this year. The Sandusky, Ohio-based company says helping drive the increase are its popular Halloween and winter events along with new nighttime festivals at some of its ...

Ex-postal employee sentenced for stealing gift cards, cash

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Cleveland found guilty of stealing gift cards and cash from mail has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Federal authorities say Jennifer Riccardi was sentenced this week to four years and eight months and must pay over ...

Buster Douglas to promote long odds against Tyson to inspire

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buster Douglas will mark the 30th anniversary of his upset boxing victory over Mike Tyson with a campaign aimed at inspiring others who face long odds. Douglas, 59, joined organizers at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday to announce a ...

2 more Ohio executions delayed amid lack of lethal drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio's continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs. James Galen Hanna was scheduled to die Dec. 11 for the murder of his cellmate in 1997. DeWine, a Republican, on Wednesday moved his execution ...

Air National Guard’s 178th Wing to get 1st female commander

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The 178th Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is set to get its first female commander. Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald is scheduled to assume duties as commander of the 178th Wing from Col. Gregg Hesterman during a ceremony Sunday at the Springfield Air National Guard ...

Mom charged in newborn’s death wants trial moved

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who authorities say put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 wants her upcoming trial moved to another county. Gail Eastwood-Ritchey pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County in ...

Man accused of defrauding Cleveland Clinic receives 5 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of defrauding the Cleveland Clinic of $2.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Cleveland.com reports 44-year-old Wisam Rizk, of Westlake, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy, wire fraud and false statements. He was sentenced ...

2 people die, 2 injured after touching downed power lines

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's State Highway Patrol says two people have died and two have been seriously injured after touching power lines downed when a car crashed into a utility pole. The patrol's Elyria post says the car ran off a road in Lorain County around 3 a.m. Sunday and struck the ...

State lawmakers hope to prevent crashes with rumble strips

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to ...

Talks resume in lawsuits over sex abuse by Ohio State doctor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers are resuming mediation toward a potential settlement in lawsuits against Ohio State by men who collectively allege two decades of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased team doctor. Nearly 250 men are plaintiffs in about a dozen lawsuits against the university over ...