Columbus police officials say two officers were forced to shoot and kill an armed man overnight at a hotel near Busch Boulevard on the north side. Police say 28-year-old James Hattersley threatened his wife, the clerk, and the officers before he was shot on the second floor of the hotel. Hattersley and his wife were seen arguing outside before the shooting, and she says he has a history of mental illness. Police say drugs and alcohol are also suspected to have been factors in the incident.
The Centers for Disease Control reports a five-fold increase of cases of the H3N2 strain of swine flu. The number of people infected is now 158, thanks to a wave of new cases confirmed in Indiana and Ohio. Two people have been hospitalized.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who Columbus Police say offered a stranded woman a ride, then kidnapped and raped her. Police say 44-year-old Robbie Jefferson assaulted the 34-year-old woman over the weekend after picking her up near her vehicle that was stranded on Norton Road.
A Reynoldsburg motorist was sentenced Thursday to 3-and-a-half years in prison for a fatal accident that happened while he was texting behind the wheel. Prosecutors say 58-year-old Daniel Jacobs caused the death of a student driver from Pickerington. Prosecutors say Jacobs ran into a driver's education vehicle that was parked along the side of I-270 near route 33 last year, killing 16-year-old Dalton Ludwig.
One day after snapping an 11-game losing streak, the Cleveland Indians fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky. Columbus Clippers Pitching coach Ruben Niebla was named an interim replacement Thursday. Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti says Niebla is in his 12th year in the organization, the last two in Columbus. Antonetti says the team has yet to name Nibla's replacement in Columbus.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien confirms Democratic State Representative Clayton Luckie is the subject of an ongoing investigation. But O'brien says the inquiry does not involve bribery as reported by the "Dayton Daily News." O'Brien did not specify what it involves or name the investigating agency. Luckie was appointed in 2006.
Bond is set at 250-thousand dollars for the man charged with carrying a loaded gun, ammunition and knives into a showing of the latest Batman movie last weekend in Westlake. 37-year-old Scott Smith is due back in court on Tuesday to face charges of carrying concealed weapons and having weapons under disability.
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott says more than 600 concealed-carry permits in Franklin and surrounding counties are invalid because three men issued falsified training certificates to the applicants. Deputies have arrested the trio on charges of complicity to falsification to obtain a permit. Scott says one sold signed training certificates to the others, who did not fully conduct training sessions. Scott has notified the effected permit holders.
Ohio sheriffs issued nearly 19-thousand concealed carry permits in the first three months of the year, a 40-percent increase from the same period in 2010. Gun rights advocates are crediting recent law changes with making it more comfortable for people to carry concealed weapons in restaurants and bars that serve liquor, as well as in school safety zones. Ohio was ranked 11th last year in estimated total active permits and 25th in percentage of the population holding one. Ohioans have been permitted to carry concealed weapons since 2004.
A safety program aimed at reducing the number of minority children who die in car crashes is doubling its reach. The "Buckle Up for Life" program is now being offered in several additional U.S. cities. Its message is delivered in churches, which play a central role in the lives of many minority families. More information is available on-line at BuckleUpForLife-dot-org. Doctor Rebeccah Brown of Cincinnati Children's Hospital says traffic deaths among minorities are high.
The foreclosure listing service Realtytrac says more U.S. homes started on the foreclosure path in July, as lenders tackled a backlog of unpaid mortgages as they pulled back on repossessions. The number of homes receiving an initial notice of default rose 6 percent last month compared to July of last year. Realtytrac says one in every 528 housing units in Ohio received an initial notice in July, the eighth highest figure among the 50 states. Akron is ranked 13th among Metropolitan areas in foreclosure activity.
The Labor Department says the number of applications for unemployment insurance benefits in Ohio fell last week by more than 18-hundred. Nationally, claims fell by 6-thousand to a seasonally adjusted 361-thousand. The Department says fluctuations in the figures last month caused by temporary summertime layoffs in the auto industry have faded. The Department says applications must fall consistently below 375-thousand to lower the unemployment rate.
Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs soar because of the worst drought in decades are demanding The U.S. EPA waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. The agency sees no need for a waiver, siding with corn growers in the presidential battleground states of Ohio and Iowa who continue to support the requirement. The livestock industry says supplies are precarious, and the large share of the corn crop going to ethanol production is driving up prices.
The Ohio State Alumni Association says fewer current and former students purchased football tickets for the second consecutive year. 52-hundred fewer alumni and 22-hundred fewer students than last year applied to buy single-game tickets for the upcoming season as compared with this time a year ago, when purchases also declined. Spokesperson Jay Hansen says the economy is mostly to blame, and there are more total tickets available this year because the Buckeyes are playing eight home games instead of the more-typical seven.
State Wildlife experts from Ohio and Michigan and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service say three-day sweep of western Lake Erie turned up no trace of the Asian carp. Officials used boats to net and stun fish at 58 sampling sites in the Maumee and Sandusky bays. The sweep was triggered by tests last month that detected the DNA of two species in the bays. Authorities from federal and state governments have spent more than 100 million dollars on efforts to keep the carp out of the Great Lakes, in order to protect the multi-billion dollar fishing industry.
The physician for a 14-year-old Dayton girl who had cerebral palsy and died of starvation pleaded not guilty Wednesday to her alleged role in the child's death last year. 50-year-old Margaret Edwards is due back in court on August 28th to face charges of failing to report abuse or neglect in the death of Makayla Norman. Prosecutors say Edwards failed to report the girl's starvation death at the hands of her mother and home caregivers, who have also been charged.
Westerville police have charged two teens with breaking into 10 parked and unlocked vehicles over the last month. 18-year-old Diamond Phillips and an unnamed 17-year-old told officers they were drinking and needed some money. Police say they stole GPS devices.
Dublin-based Wendy's reports a second quarter loss of 5-point-5 million dollars, due to costs of refinancing debt. That compares with a profit of 11.3 million a year ago. The company says says sales at restaurants open at least 15 months rose 3.2 percent for the quarter.
Ohio State's Katie Bell finished ninth out of 26 divers yesterday in the ten-meter platform competition at the Olympics, advancing to the semifinals. The Clintonville resident needed excellent scores on her last three dives of the preliminaries to move on after a shaky start.
Chrysler has announced it will put its Jeep plant in Toledo on hiatus next week as it prepares to start production of a new SUV next year. The company says Production of the new vehicle will create more than one-thousand new jobs.