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Former guardian pleads guilty to 10 charges

1 hour 9 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A former Columbus lawyer pleaded guilty this morning to 10 charges relating to his work as a court-appointed guardian. Paul S. Kormanik, 65, will be sentenced on Oct. 20 by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook.

Drone drops drugs, tobacco in Mansfield prison yard, spurs fight

1 hour 11 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A drone deposited a package containing drugs and tobacco at the Mansfield Correctional Institution last week, sparking a fight among inmates in recreation yards. The State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident in a bid to determine who flew the drone over the prison and for whom the package was intended.

Nephew says he killed uncle after man tried to rob him

1 hour 47 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A 21-year man who shot and killed his uncle in Pickaway County Monday night ran to a neighbor’s house and told her the man had been trying to rob him. Pickaway County deputy sheriffs responded to a home in the 16800 block of Main Street in the village of Darbyville, just after 7:30 p.m., and found 54-year-old Charles Huffer dead in the living room. Huffer’s nephew, Garret Gartin, was immediately arrested.

Lightning blamed for fuel tank explosion at gas station near Cincinnati

2 hours 7 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Investigators say lightning has sparked a fuel tank explosion that left a crater 40 feet wide at an Ohio gas station. The blast and fire Monday evening prompted a temporary evacuation near the Gas Depot in Fairfield, about 15 miles north of Cincinnati. People nearby described seeing a flash of lightning and then a fireball higher than the trees.

Ohio lawmakers push for drug testing for those on public assistance again

2 hours 9 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Two Republican state lawmakers are renewing efforts to establish a drug-testing pilot program for Ohioans receiving public assistance. Reps. Tim Schaffer, of Lancaster, and Ron Maag, of Lebanon, will discuss a bill they intend to introduce at 1:30 today during a press conference at the Statehouse. Essentially, those testing positive for drugs would be ineligible for aid and referred to treatment.

Man charged with burning woman in Gahanna

2 hours 56 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Gahanna police have charged a man with aggravated arson and felonious assault for an incident that left a woman burned on Sunday.

Central Ohio parents say they’ve had after-death ‘contact’ with children

3 hours 7 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Lauren Colby was in a carriage on a walk with her dad when she became distressed at the sight of what looked like a dead squirrel on the side of the road. Rick Colby knew he had to come up with something quick. “We’re like caterpillars,” he told her, “and when you die, you become a butterfly in heaven.” So perhaps it’s appropriate when he says that after Lauren died, she used a butterfly to reach out to him in his grief.

Two indicted on prostitution charges

3 hours 39 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A Franklin County grand jury has indicted two people on prostitution-related charges. Raymont Abdul Durwin Moore, 41, is charged with trafficking in persons, compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution. Anita Ross Gordon, 34, is charged with promoting prostitution.

Circleville woman killed in Licking County wreck

3 hours 51 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};A Circleville woman was killed when she drove her minivan into the back of a parked truck at a rest stop on I-70 Tuesday morning. The Granville post of the State Highway Patrol reported that Marvalene Nungester, 69, was driving her 2005 Chrysler minivan traveling east on I-70 near Buckeye Lake at about 4:15 a.m. when she pulled onto the entrance ramp of a roadside rest and smashed into the back of a 2006 Freightliner tractor trailer parked along the berm of the rest-stop entry.

Ohio Politics Now: John Kasich points to experience at New Hampshire forum

4 hours 10 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Gov. John Kasich highlighted his experience at a New Hampshire forum featuring 15 of the 17 GOP presidential nominee candidates, Dispatch Public Affairs Editor Darrel Rowland writes. “It’s not about what I think we can do; it’s what I’ve done,” said Kasich, who was U.S. House Budget Chairman when the budget was last balanced in the late 1990s.

Voters deciding Walnut Township schools issue

4 hours 29 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Voters in Fairfield County’s Walnut Township school district go to the polls today to decide on a 7-mill levy for operations. Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for the special election.

Police: Fake officer tried to pull over off-duty Ohio cop

4 hours 30 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio -- Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man pretending to be a police officer was caught and charged because the driver targeted by his bogus traffic stop was a real officer.

Kasich, GOP rivals avoid blunders at New Hampshire forum

4 hours 40 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — If the first rule of the political Hippocratic Oath is “do no harm,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich accomplished that goal on Monday night in a rapid-fire, two-hour forum involving 14 GOP presidential candidates. Kasich said afterward in the “spin room” that his objective was “to have fun, tell ’em what you wanna tell ’em, be relaxed and be yourself. And that’s what I think I accomplished here tonight."

System flaw did not alert schools, others of employee arrests

4 hours 46 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};More than 100 school employees and others arrested or convicted of crimes may have remained on the job due to a long-undetected failure in Ohio’s criminal-background check system. The state’s “Rapback” system — which notifies participating public and private employers when employees are arrested — had failed to sniff out offenses among roughly 80,000 employees since mid-2013 until it was fixed on July 13.

Justice Insider: Neighbors called to take stand against crime tonight at National Night Out

6 hours 29 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Turn on those porch lights and get out and meet the neighbors. Tonight is National Night Out, the annual crime-fighting event in which ordinary citizens square off against — to use a formal police term — the knuckleheads.

State school board members want investigation of education department

6 hours 44 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Calling state Superintendent Richard A. Ross “a prime suspect” in faulty evaluations of the sponsors of failing charter schools, several members of the Ohio Board of Education today asked for an independent investigation of the Department of Education. The request comes days after Ross told board members he would bring in three outside educators to advise the department and ensure future sponsor evaluations are conducted properly.

John Kasich likely to make GOP debate in Cleveland

6 hours 49 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Unless there’s a huge surge by Rick Perry or unexpected development in poll calculations, Ohio Gov. John Kasich looks like a solid bet to make the prime-time GOP presidential debate on Thursday in Cleveland. After the release of two new polls today, Kasich is hovering just inside the 10-candidate threshold established by debate sponsor Fox News. A new Bloomberg poll due early Tuesday morning presumably will complete the Fox criteria for the five latest national polls it will average to determine the top 10.

Probation for driver in tanker crash, fire that closed I-70 bridge on West Side

7 hours 20 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};The driver who crashed an ethanol tanker last month on the west Outerbelt, causing a fire that heavily damaged a freeway bridge, will be on probation until next July after pleading guilty to transporting hazardous material within city limits.

Body of water-skier hit by boat found at Alum Creek

7 hours 29 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};DELAWARE, Ohio — Like so many other water-skiers, Morgan Montgomery lost her balance, hit the water at Alum Creek Lake, dropped her tow rope and watched the boat pull away. But as the rental boat turned to retrieve her, another, faster boat crossed its path and struck Montgomery. Early Monday evening, authorities found the body of the assistant camp counselor, who had been hit on Sunday during an outing that was part of a church youth camp.

Ohio to fight Obama plan curtailing coal power plants

8 hours 15 min ago
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};Ohio and other states that rely heavily on coal for electricity will have to make major changes in how they power their homes and businesses over the next 15 years under President Barack Obama’s unprecedented plan to drastically curb greenhouse-gas emissions.