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State Rules Arson In Northeast Ohio Church Fire

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio fire marshal’s office says someone intentionally set fire to a historic Church in northeast Ohio late last month. A committee is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the blaze that heavily damaged First Evangelical Lutheran Church in...

Kroger To Add 1,200 New Jobs In SW Ohio Area

CINCINNATI (AP) — One of the nation’s largest grocers is expected to hire as many as 1,200 people in southwest Ohio as part of a push to add 20,000 employees nationwide. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. has announced it will increase its employee base in the Cincinnati-Dayton...

Kentucky High Court To Case Of Condemned Inmate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has opted to hear oral arguments in the case of a death row inmate convicted in a 1987 kidnapping and slaying of a woman. The justices set an Oct. 16 hearing date for 57-year-old Gregory L. Wilson. Wilson was convicted on Oct. 31,...

Kentucky High Court To Case Of Condemned Inmate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has opted to hear oral arguments in the case of a death row inmate convicted in a 1987 kidnapping and slaying of a woman. The justices set an Oct. 16 hearing date for 57-year-old Gregory L. Wilson. Wilson was convicted on Oct. 31,...

Some Say Wal-Mart Prosecutor’s Experience No Plus

CINCINNATI (AP) — A veteran prosecutor overseeing the investigation into a man’s fatal shooting by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart has extensive experience in cases of suspects being killed by officers, but not everyone considers that a plus. Mark Piepmeier, chief trial counsel...

Ohio Nuclear Plant Says Cracks Not A Safety Threat

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — Operators of an Ohio nuclear plant say cracks in the concrete shield that protects the plant have grown since they were first found three years ago. A study commissioned by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corp. says the cracks at the Davis-Besse plant near...

Addict Could Face Death Penalty In Beating Death

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati man could face the death penalty after a jury took less than a day to convict him of aggravated murder in the slaying of a 79-year-old man who had hired him to paint his house. Forty-nine-year-old Daniel Davis testified in a Cincinnati courtroom on...

SW Ohio Man Sentenced In Crash That Killed Boy

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted in a crash that killed his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son has been sentenced in southwest Ohio to three years in prison. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says 37-year-old Jerimy Rowland (ROH’-land), of Dayton, was sentenced...

Olentangy Through Columbus Gets $6.9M Upgrade

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus has completed restoration of one of its major rivers. Mayor Michael Coleman and a city council member arrived by canoe to an event Thursday celebrating completion of the Olentangy (oh’-lehn-TAHN’-jee) River Restoration Project. The $6.9...

Ohio Warns Against Illegal Alcohol Serving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s liquor law agents are warning game-day party hosts and bartenders to avoid serving alcohol to minors and people who’ve had too much to drink. The Ohio Investigative Unit says agents and police will be on the lookout for alcohol violations...