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Brown pushes bill that would help expand drug addiction treatment

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:20pm
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to help Dr. Mark Piacentini and others by passing the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act, federal legislation that would allow health-care providers to offer more people medically assisted treatment for heroin addiction.

Judge grants Uber's request to keep insurance policy private

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:13pm
A Franklin County judge has granted a temporary restraining order that would shield part of an app-based car service’s insurance policy from being included in a public records request. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft granted Uber Technologies Inc.’s request on Friday.

Statehouse conservatives push for action on photo ID law for voters

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:58pm
At the urging of the Ohio Christian Alliance, a handful of House Republicans are moving to force a vote on a bill requiring Ohioans to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Rep. Matt Lynch, R-Chagrin Falls, pulled a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on House Bill 269 if he can get the signatures of 50 members. Three other Republicans from the most conservative wing of the caucus — Reps. John Adams of Sidney, Andrew Brenner of Powell and John Becker of Union Township, the bill sponsor, joined him in signing the petition today.

High Street to reopen Downtown

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:37pm
Part of High Street was closed Downtown for about 90 minutes after someone left a backpack in front of the Ohio Department of Health. Nothing dangerous was found inside the green and white bag, which had been left on a bench outside 246 N. High St. around 12:20 p.m., a Columbus police dispatcher said.

WWII vet, 86, beaten outside Ohio hospital

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:29pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — An 86-year-old World War II veteran was recovering today after being beaten outside a southwest Ohio hospital where he was visiting his ailing wife, authorities said.

On Restaurants | New Dublin venue Shade on Muirfield caters to families, sports fans

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:29pm
There’s finally a bit of shade in Dublin. Shade on Muirfield opened on July 23 in the former Mary Kelley’s space at 7148 Muirfield Dr. in Dublin. “It’s a family-oriented, community-oriented restaurant and sports pub,” said managing partner Greg Powers. The restaurant serves dozens of types of sandwiches, salads and subs, as well as pizza and chicken wings.

Man sentenced to 5 years for role in drug-deal homicide

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:25pm
A 36-year-old Reynoldsburg man was sentenced today to five years in prison for his role in a 2011 drug deal that turned deadly. Curtis D. Canty, of Borr Avenue, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 36-year-old Demetrius “Buddy” Baxter.

Report: Pilot in crash that killed four Ohio students was trying to turn back

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:14pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — A National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of a small plane was trying to return to a suburban Cleveland airport last week when the aircraft plummeted to the ground, killing all four college students aboard.

South High School students resume classes after bomb threat

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:49am
Students are back inside South High School, which had been evacuated after a bomb threat was called in this morning. Students and staff were evacuated to Barrett Middle School for about two hours while officers swept the school at 1160 Ann St. on the South Side, said Andrew Marcelain, a Columbus school-district spokesman.

Dispatch food editor chats up food-truck chefs, owners

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:38am
Dispatch Food Editor Lisa Abraham will be at Columbus Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday conducting public interviews of food-truck chefs and owners about their street fare.

Nearly 1 in 5 teachers left Reynoldsburg last year

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:47am
The recent teacher turnover in central Ohio districts is on par with national trends — except in Reynoldsburg, where the school board and teachers union are in the middle of a contentious contract battle. At almost 19 percent, the 7,000-student district had the highest teacher-turnover rate among area districts that reported last year’s numbers to The Dispatch.

Put-in-Bay police officers accused of excessive force, harassment

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:52am
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Allegations of unlawful arrests and heavy-handed tactics against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay are being investigated by a county sheriff and a state agency. Numerous complaints from residents and business owners on South Bass Island sparked the investigation into the police department, said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Implosion demolishes more of Toledo smokestack than planned

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:50am
The first thought from several spectators after a demolition team took down most of the last smokestack at east Toledo’s old Acme power plant site on Friday morning was that what remained was too short.

Man killed, 2 others hurt riding in golf cart in northeastern Ohio

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:47am
A man was killed and two other people were injured early Saturday when a golf cart went off the road and over an embankment in Wayne County, the State Highway Patrol said.

2 Lake Erie beaches remain under health advisories for algae

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:45am
TOLEDO — Two Lake Erie beaches — at South Bass Island State Park and Maumee Bay State Park — remain under public-health advisories for swimming because of high levels of toxic algae, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

West Jefferson Ox Roast provided fun end to summer

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:43am
There is no question as to what was served at the West Jefferson Ox Roast — well, it actually was “ox” roast beef sandwiches, sold only yesterday starting at noon.

Did wedding guest have sticky fingers?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:35am
DAYTON (AP) — Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds.

Plenty of nostalgia on Olympic Swim Club’s last day

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:32am
Yesterday started out overcast, appropriate weather for the final day of Clintonville’s venerable Olympic Swim Club. The private pool closed after 76 years of sunshine-filled memories. The Indianola Avenue pool has struggled financially for a decade as memberships dipped and expenses soared.

Apartment proposal for closed Olympic Swim Club draws mixed reaction in Clintonville

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:27am
Now that the Olympic Swim Club in Clintonville has shut its doors, what could come next angers many neighbors. That would be an apartment building, the Olympic, that some say is inappropriate for the Indianola Avenue site. “There’s so much controversy about the size of the building and parking,” said Tim McCarthy, who has lived in Clintonville all his life.

Dissolving village of Orient proves not to be easy

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 5:54am
ORIENT, Ohio — Acorns have sprouted tiny oaks in the gutters of Orient Village Hall, and on the community bulletin board out front, staples hold only the tattered corners of the announcements that blew away long ago. It has been nearly a year and a half since residents voted to dissolve the Pickaway County village — with its 88 homes and about 200 residents — and allow the land to be absorbed by surrounding Scioto Township. But a state audit, the crucial step to legally wrap things up, still hasn’t been done.