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9:30 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Soldier says Chen was suicidal days before taking his own life

A U.S. Army soldier has testified in the court marshal of an Ohio soldier that Private Danny Chen said he was having suicidal thoughts days before he took his own life. Private First Class Degan Berhe testified Thursday in the court marshal of Sergeant Adam Holcomb of Youngstown. Berhe says he did not tell his supervisors of Chen's suicidal thoughts because they hazed the soldier and he did not trust them. Holcomb is one of eight soldiers accused of hazing Chen in Afghanistan because of his Chinese-American heritage.  Defense attorneys argue Chen was disowned by his family. 

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12:29 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Partial remains belong to missing boater

Partial human remains found by two boys along a Lake Erie breaker wall in Sandusky are those of a man missing since last fall. The Erie County Coroner's Office says the body is that of 58-year-old Charles Kaplan of
Solon, whose boat capsized last October. The U.S. Coast Guard found the body of Kaplan's girlfriend, 58-year-old Pam Holstein, inside the vessel. 

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12:28 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Ohio county sues Fannie and Freddie

Montgomery County officials have filed a class action lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who they say owe millions in unpaid taxes. The suit alleges the mortgage giants wrongfully claimed various exemptions to avoid paying county transfer taxes on homes and new homeowners. County officials say both companies filed for exemptions as government entities and other inapplicable exemptions for an unspecified period of time. A Fannie Mae representative says the company cannot comment on pending litigation.  

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9:58 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Columbus woman gets early release from prison in 2005 slaying

A Columbus woman who pleaded guilty to killing a man in 2005 at a Springfield shopping mall was released from prison Wednesday following an Ohio Supreme Court decision involving one of her co-defendants. 26-year-old Mahogany Patterson was released three years early. She is one of four Columbus women convicted of killing John Deselem as they fled a robbery at a the mall. The conviction of Toneisha Gunnell was overturned by the high court last week. The state says Patterson's conviction has been overturned by an appelate court. 

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9:52 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Feds provide damage estimate from Columbus train derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board estimates damage of 1.2 million dollars from this month's train derailment and explosion on the North side. The agency continues investigating the cause of the July 11th derailment on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the state fairgrounds. The accident derailed 17 cars and caused a fire that burned for hours. Two people sustained minor injuries. 

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9:50 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Man makes 911 threats regarding Colorado shootings

Clark County Sheriff's deputies say a man has been arrested for making threats on a 911 call related to the recent Colorado theater shootings. The unnamed 37-year-old man allegedly called 911 dispatchers early Wednesday and said  "someone will die today."  Deputies say he made statements about the shootings that left 12 people dead, including he sympathized with the shooter and the shooter was making a political statement. The man told deputies he'd been drinking when he made the call. He's getting a mental health evaluation and faces several misdemeanor charges.

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9:44 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Drought will cause food prices to increase

The U.S Department of Agriculture is projecting the drought will increase food prices by 3 to 4 percent next year. Beef prices are expected to see the largest increase at 4 to 5 percent. Dairy prices are expected to climb by 3.5 to 4.5 percent. And poultry prices are expected to rise by 3 to 4 percent. Meat and poultry are the most affected because feed prices represent the biggest part of the cost of production. Processed food prices are less affected but corn, soybean and other commodity prices are soaring. 

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9:43 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Pataskala woman will not be charged for cougar attack

Prosecutors in Pataskala say a local woman will not be charged for a cougar attack that left a Licking County caseworker missing part of her finger. Evelyn Shaw's cougar bit 51-year-old caseworker Cindy Robson in late June as she was evaluating the home for Shaw's two nieces. The animal remains at Shaw's home. Police say it appears Shaw did not act illegally and new state exotic animal regulations take effect in the fall. 

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9:41 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Report: Ohio voting systems vulnerable to hackers

A new report by Common Cause, the Rutgers Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation shows Ohio and 23 other states are using voting systems for overseas and military voters that could be vulnerable to hackers. Those states let overseas voters return their ballots using the Internet, email or fax, which could fall victim to cyberattacks. The report also shows that polling places in Ohio and 15 other states use paperless machines, so there's no paper record in case of a recount. 

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9:40 am
Thu July 26, 2012

3rd school district allegedly fixed attendance data

State schools superintendent Stan Heffner says the investigation of student attendance data fixing in the Columbus and Toledo districts could lead to fraud charges against educators involved. Heffner says the data questions and a focus on improving student test scores have created an overemphasis on state report cards for districts. Meanwhile the Ohio Department of Education says the Lockland school district filed false attendance data for 36 students during the 2010-2011 school year in an effort to improve its state report card.

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9:38 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Trayvon Martin's mother speaks in Ohio

The mother of an unarmed African-American teen shot and killed by a white neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida says she is mentally prepared to handle whatever verdict or sentence is handed down.  Sybrina Fulton made the statement to reporters Wednesday after she and the teen's father, Tracy Martin, addressed a town hall meeting on violence and racial healing in Cincinnati. The February shooting of their son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, led to nationwide protests over race and self-defense laws after police failed to arrest shooter George Zimmerman for more than a month. 

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12:46 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Ohio Supreme Court stands by decision on smoking ban

The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its ruling declaring Ohio's smoking ban constitutional. The high court today denied a request by a Columbus tavern owner to revisit the May decision on the ban.

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12:31 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

One suspect in bridge bombing plot pleads guilty

One of five men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio has pleaded guilty and will testify against his co-defendants. The plea by 35-year-old Anthony Hayne came today in federal court in Akron.

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12:44 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Court-martial of Ohio soldier underway

The first of eight courts-martial against the U.S. soldiers charged with the racial hazing that led to the suicide of a fellow recruit in Afghanistan began today. U.S. Army Sergeant Adam Holcomb of Youngstown is one of the eight soldiers charged in the death of 19-year-old Private Danny Chen of New York City. The Pentagon says Chen shot himself last year after weeks of physical and emotional taunting that was based on his Chinese-American ethnicity. Holcomb faces nearly 18 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Manhattan City Council Member Margaret Chin is hoping for justice.

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12:40 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Bombing suspects' trial won't be moved

A federal judge has ruled there is insufficient reason to move the trial of five men charged with plotting to bomb a bridge over the Cuayhoga Valley National Park. The judge delayed issuing a final ruling Monday, saying it's possible evidence of bias will emerge during jury selection. The suspects have pleaded not guilty and are to be tried in September. They allegedly were working with an FBI informant who provided a what turned out to be a dud explosive.

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12:37 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Congressman returns questionable campaign donations

Ohio republican Congressman Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see) has returned 100-thousand dollars in campaign contributions amid an FBI inquiry into their source. The FBI has previously questioned employees of Canton-based Suarez Industries about combined donations to Renacci and republican State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, who returned 105-thousand dollars in contributions in May. The FBI was seeking donor records for retail marketing executive Benjamin Suarez, his family members and employees of either the congressman or Mandel. 

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12:35 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Scioto County drug drop-off reportedly a success

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs  were collected over the weekend in Scioto County, an area hit hard by drug overdose deaths. Collection sites at grocery stores in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg gathered a total of 318 pounds of prescription drugs from residents for disposal.  Dozens of county residents have died over the past decade from overdoses attributed to painkillers and many more have been treated for addiction.  

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9:39 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Colorado shootings survivor meets with reporters

The Ohio man who survived last week's shootings at a Colorado movie theater told reporters Monday he initially thought the attack was special effects. Jim Letizia reports. 

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9:35 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Restaurant shooting claims one life

Akron Police say one person is dead and two others were wounded after a shooting at a restaurant last night. Police say someone began shooting from outside of the Al Sanders Casual Dining Restaurant after that person was refused entry. Police have yet to release any other information. 

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9:31 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Former Cincinnati Reds owner passes away

Louise Nippert, co-owner of the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era, died Monday at the age of 100 following a brief illness. Nippert and her husband Louis purchased majority control of the Reds in 1973. Louis Nippert passed away in 1992. 

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