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Teen gets 25-to-life as accomplice in sledgehammer slayings

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Tuesday for his role as an accomplice in the gruesome sledgehammer slayings of a prominent attorney and his wife in April 2013. Jamall Vaughn was 14 when he walked eight miles with Shawn Ford Jr. to the ...

List of 18 people honored with Carnegie Medals for heroism

Winners of Carnegie Medals formally announced Tuesday: — Christopher Brooks King, 29, of Roswell, New Mexico, rescued a 38-year-old woman from a burning home in January 2014. — Martin V. Hohenstein, 51, of Dakota City, Nebraska, rescued a 40-year-old from a burning vehicle that crashed in May 2014. — Lester ...

Family: Girl, 4, shot by officer firing at dog is recovering

A 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg when a police officer fired at a dog is recovering after surgery as her family questions how the officer responded. Ava Ellis was hit accidentally on the afternoon of June 19 when an officer fired at a charging dog at a ...

Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism

A 16-year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying unsuccessfully to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie Medal for heroism. S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15-foot waterfall to try to save his 13-year-old ...

Agencies release $60M plan for Asian carp detection, control

Government agencies plan to spend nearly $60 million over the next two years in the battle to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could unravel food chains and harm native fish. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released its 2015 strategy Tuesday. Co-Chairman ...

Interim publisher named for The Clarion-Ledger

Genia Lovett, a longtime Gannett executive, has been named interim president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1C5fyZN ) reports that Gannett East Group President Michael Kane announced Lovett's new job Tuesday. Lovett also becomes regional president for Gannett East Group, with responsibilities for the company's ...

US church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. The Ohio-based denomination endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124 with 38 abstentions during a national meeting in Cleveland. The liberal Protestant group is the latest to take such action. Last ...

Hearing for mom accused of contaminating son's IV delayed

A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV at a Cincinnati hospital could change her plea at an Ohio court hearing that's been delayed. Candida Fluty (kan-DEE'-dah FLOO'-tee) was set for a Tuesday hearing now delayed due to a courthouse evacuation over ...

Ohio court: Veteran's ducks for therapy violate local law

A former Ohio National Guardsman violated a local ban by keeping pet ducks that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a state appeals court concluded as it upheld his earlier conviction for a minor misdemeanor. In a ruling filed Monday, three judges for the Fifth District ...

2 men dead after suspected murder-suicide in southwest Ohio

Authorities in a southwest Ohio county are investigating the gunshot deaths of two men in what they suspect was a murder-suicide. The Highland County Sheriff's office says there was an initial call Monday evening at 6:25 p.m. about a child custody dispute, followed by a report of gunfire. Deputies who ...

Authorities investigate fishing line tied across Ohio trail

Authorities say they're increasing patrols at a northeast Ohio hiking trail after runners reported fishing line tied across the path. Waynesburg Police Chief William Bath tells WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/1Ns1FWA ) that officers and park rangers are increasing their patrol frequency and executing irregular patrols along the Sandy Valley Trail in Stark ...

Northern Ohio residents trying to clean up after heavy rains

Residents in northern Ohio are continuing cleanup efforts after heavy weekend rains, as much of the state braces for more wet weather. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/1FNbsjC ) organizers are making adjustments for Thursday's Fourth of July celebration in Woodville in Sandusky County by moving some tents and attractions to higher ...

Parents sentenced to 10 years in prison death of girl, 12

A former suburban Cleveland husband and wife have each been sentenced to a decade behind bars for failing to seek medical care for their 12-year-old adopted daughter before she died. The sentence was handed down Monday against 43-year-old Randy Jones and his 46-year-old wife, Carissa. The couple was convicted last ...

Arrests hit heroin trade in southeastern Ohio

Authorities in southeastern Ohio say a series of arrests have put a dent in the region's heroin trade. The Athens County Prosecutor's Office on Monday announced felony charges against 14 people alleged to have been involved in a heroin ring that has been operating since 2011, bringing drugs from Columbus ...

Young Ohio drivers in probationary phase face more limits

Ohio is broadening restrictions for teenage drivers with probationary licenses, starting on Wednesday. Under the new rules, such drivers younger than 18 won't be allowed to drive with more than one non-family member in the vehicle during their first year behind the wheel. All of their passengers are required to ...

FILE - In this Nov. 2005 file photo, public information director Larry Greene is shown in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. The state prisons agency announced Monday, June 29, 2015, that Ohio will test lethal injection drugs ahead of executions if it obtains specialty batches of the drugs, in its latest update of capital punishment rules. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Ohio announces rules for testing lethal injection drugs

Ohio will test lethal injection drugs ahead of executions if it obtains specialty batches of the drugs, the state prisons agency announced Monday in its latest update of capital punishment rules. The revised policy applies to so-called compounded drugs, which are specially mixed versions of drugs not subject to strict ...

Shawn Ford Jr.,, standing between his attorneys Don Hicks, left, and Jon Sinn, cries as he apologizes to the Schobert family before being sentenced to death by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Parker for the murder of Margaret Schobert, Monday June 29, 2015 in Akron, Ohio.Judge Parker also sentenced Ford to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jeffrey Schobert. Ford Jr. was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter.  (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

Man convicted in sledgehammer slayings is sentenced to death

A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter was sentenced Monday to death. Shawn Ford Jr., 20, was convicted in October by a jury in Summit County Common Pleas Court of aggravated murder and other charges in the April 2013 slayings ...

Police announce crackdown in Ohio city where women missing

Police in a southern Ohio city where four women have died in just over a year and two are still missing have announced a crackdown on drugs and prostitution. Multiple officers will target a section of Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) known for drug dealing and other crimes. Chillicothe police, the Ross County ...

Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches

Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related. A federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said a Friday fire at a church in South Carolina does not appear to have been intentionally set. The ...

Ohio, Indiana, Michigan divide money to help Lake Erie

Ohio will get much of the $17.5 million in federal money going to farmers to help reduce the algae problem in Lake Erie. Farmers in Michigan and Indiana also will be getting some of that to reduce the pollutants that wash away from the fields and help the algae thrive. ...

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