Police: Captive Woman Found Crying In Pit In Neighbor’s Shed

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor and kept her trapped in a small grave-like pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted other people living nearby and led to her rescue, police said. Police in Blanchester, about 40...

Police: Captive Woman Found In Pit In Man’s Backyard Shed

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a crying woman was being held captive in a pit inside her neighbor’s backyard shed, and the man was arrested on a charge of kidnapping. Blanchester police say Dennis Dunn has a history of mental health issues and was taken to a...

Lawmakers: Congress Close To Deal On Coal Miners’ Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire Sunday, coal-state lawmakers said Wednesday. A “permanent” fix will be included in a measure to keep the...

Insurer Anthem Hands Feds Deadline On Crucial ACA Subsidies

Health insurers are pressing President Donald Trump and Congress to guarantee a crucial customer subsidy for the Affordable Care Act’s shaky insurance exchanges, and one of the biggest carriers has thrown in its participation as bargaining chip. Blue Cross-Blue Shield...

Police: Captive Woman Found In Pit In Ohio Man’s Shed

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a crying woman was being held captive in a pit inside her neighbor’s backyard shed, and the man was arrested on a charge of kidnapping. Blanchester police say Dennis Dunn has a history of mental health issues and was taken to a...

Fired Bus Driver Indicted For Killing Cleveland Pedestrian

CLEVELAND (AP) — A bus driver fired by an Ohio transit authority has been indicted on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge for killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk in downtown Cleveland. Thirty-five-year-old Antoinette Peterkin, of the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights, also...

Agency To Look Into Demolition Costs In Michigan, Ohio

DETROIT (AP) — An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief...

Bigfoot On The Lam: Sasquatch Statues Vanish From Ohio Store

NORTH LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio are on the lookout for Bigfoot after a gift shop owner reported that statues of the hairy creature vanished from outside her store. Arlene Fitzer tells WFMJ-TV ( ) in Youngstown that the three hand-painted, concrete statues disappeared from...

Feds: Ohio Men Killed 2 Witnesses Of Drug Activity, Beating

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says two Ohio men have been arrested on allegations of killing two women to keep them from talking to police about drug activity and a severe assault. Federal prosecutors say Antwan Hutchinson and Michael Favors killed the women Feb. 23...

Manchin Says Senate Backing Retired Miners’ Benefits

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire after April. Manchin says Wednesday the permanent fix...