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Ohio State trustees hear from band alumni’s Waters supporters

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:57pm
For five minutes, the Ohio State University board of trustees allowed a supporter of Jonathan Waters to make his case that the fired band director should be reinstated. Then, after thanking him, board members ended the meeting and released a statement saying the case is closed.

Fashion Meets Music Festival takes over Arena District

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:05pm
Yes, there’s a big old Ferris wheel sitting in the road in the Arena District. It’s part of the Fashion Meets Music Festival (www.fmmf.us), a three-day party of style and sound that kicks off today. FMMF, which will take place at different venues in and around the Arena District, promises performances by some 120 musical acts and more fashion shows that you can shake a 5-inch stiletto at.

Columbus Councilman A. Troy Miller resigning

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:14pm
Columbus City Councilman A. Troy Miller is stepping down. Miller confirmed through a news release this afternoon that he intendes to resign his seat at the end of September to "pursue a new opportunity in the private sector."

Sobriety checkpoints set tonight on Joyce and on N. High

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:01pm
Two sobriety checkpoints are planned in Columbus tonight. One will be on E. Fifth Avenue at Joyce Avenue just south of Linden from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the other will be on N. High Street at McMillen Avenue in the University District from 1a.m. to 3 a.m.

Declared a nuisance, home of Franklinton brothers is demolished

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:17pm
Three brothers who pleaded with local officials to spare their Franklinton home from demolition watched it come down today. A track hoe bit into the dilapidated house at 181 N. Princeton Ave. shortly after dawn, reducing it to a heap of rubble within minutes.

Columbus clinic to stop providing abortions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:30pm
A Columbus clinic will no longer offer surgical abortions as the number of abortion providers across Ohio dwindles to eight. The decision by Complete Healthcare for Women on Cleveland Avenue leaves two abortion clinics in Columbus.

Toledo ups spending on chemicals to treat water

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
TOLEDO, Ohio — The cost of making sure drinking water is safe in Toledo will cost nearly $2 million more than the city expected. City officials say they will spend about $4.7 million this year on chemicals to treat the water. That’s $1.7 million more than in normal years.

Ohio Supreme Court: Columbus threw out group's petitions correctly

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:49am
The Columbus city clerk was within her bounds to throw out a local group’s petitions, which sought to place a campaign-finance reform measure on the November ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously rejected claims from the Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government this morning.

Rules still uncertain for early voting in Ohio

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:33am
More than 6 million registered voters in Ohio will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot today, but do you know when you can vote in the Nov. 4 election? It’s easy to understand why Ohioans might be confused. Lawmakers earlier this year changed when voters could head to the polls early, eliminating “golden week,” when Ohioans could register to vote and then vote in one visit. And now a lawsuit is pending against Secretary of State Jon Husted for his directive on standardizing early-voting hours among all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Ohio school chief unhappy with Youngstown’s progress

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:39am
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio’s top education official tells a newspaper that he’s unhappy with the progress of improvements in Youngstown’s beleaguered city schools. A special commission was appointed four years ago after the city school district failed to meet adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years on the state report card.

80-tap craft-beer restaurant opening at Polaris in November

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:06am
In November, there will be a lot more craft beer at Polaris Fashion Place. The Brass Tap expects to open its 80 taps late that month next to Barnes & Noble in the mall’s outdoor section. The bar and restaurant, a franchise concept out of Tampa, Fla., plans to reserve about 30 of its taps for products from local breweries.

U.S. prosecutor meets parents of man killed in Ohio Wal-Mart

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:17am
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for the parents of a man fatally shot by police in a southwestern Ohio Wal-Mart said they were encouraged by their meeting with a federal prosecutor about the investigation.

Drone flight delays medical chopper in Dayton

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:16am
DAYTON — A drone taking aerial photos near a southwestern Ohio hospital caused the landing of an emergency medical helicopter to be delayed for nine minutes, but the health of the patient onboard wasn’t compromised, officials said.

Judges need raises, Ohio's chief justice says

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:14am
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor acknowledged “the elephant in the room” - judicial pay - when she spoke to hundreds of the state’s judges yesterday. Ohio’s judges have not had a pay raise since 2007, dropping the $121,350 annual salary of trial-court judges to $20,300 below the national average and 42nd among the 50 states.

Sen. Rob Portman reportedly exploring 2016 White House run

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:35am
WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make a decision until after the November elections. An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa, which will hold the first presidential contests of 2016.

Grove City contractor admits her workers weren’t legal immigrants

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:15am
A Grove City woman pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday on behalf of her construction company to hiring immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. Jennifer A. Quintana, 38, cried as she answered questions from U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. about her plea. She herself pleaded guilty to willingly failing to file a federal tax return.

2 more longtime employees leave Licking County sheriff’s office

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:06am
NEWARK, Ohio — Two longtime veterans of the Licking County sheriff’s office left this week, but it’s unclear whether it had anything to do with problems in the department. Capt. Dave Starling retired after 25 years of service, and Sgt. Misty VanBalen, a 14-year veteran, resigned immediately. Sheriff Randy Thorp said he didn’t speak with either of them, and neither gave a reason for leaving.

Imprisoned Michigan trucker admits guilt in Pickaway County crash that killed woman

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:04am
A Michigan truck driver already serving prison time for trying to hide evidence in a fatal Pickaway County crash pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular manslaughter. Tracy Ferrell, 42, received the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charge, 90 days, but it won’t add anything to his prison term. Ferrell already is serving 15 months for attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony, in the Sept. 11 death of 42-year-old Amy Schneider.

Anti-prostitution sweeps in Columbus net dozens of arrests

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:02am
More than 60 prostitutes and johns were arrested by Columbus police and Franklin County deputy sheriffs in two sweeps on the West and South sides over the past week. The sheriff’s office targeted the Franklinton and Hilltop areas on Wednesday, arresting 28 women on prostitution offenses. Last week in the Parsons Avenue area on the South Side, Columbus police arrested 18 alleged prostitutes on Aug. 19 and 17 alleged johns the following day.

Franklin County recorder’s office in payroll mess

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:01am
Unless he takes immediate action, Franklin County Recorder Terry J. Brown will run out of money to pay his employees by mid-December. That’s the conclusion of county budget officials who say the recorder has handed out double-digit raises to some employees despite having county approval for more modest increases.