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Michigan police department picks “Pawfficer”

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws. A cat named “Pawfficer Donut” was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due...

Judge Removes Ex-high School Athlete From Sex Offender List

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered that a man convicted as a teen of raping a 16-year-old girl should be taken off Ohio’s sex offender registry for juveniles. Friday’s ruling by Judge Thomas Lipps came in the case of former Steubenville High School football...

Kasich Says He Will ‘definitely’ Vote For Mike DeWine

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he will vote for his state’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, but demurred on how much he will campaign for him. The outgoing Republican governor announced his position at a Michigan Press...

Ex-Ohio Mayor Gets 10 Years In Bribery, Gambling Case

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A former northeast Ohio mayor convicted of taking bribes in exchange for jobs and running an illegal gambling house has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ex-Niles Mayor Ralph Infante was sentenced Friday in Trumbull County after a jury found him guilty...

Findlay businessman buys Red Hawk Run

Red Hawk Run Golf Club, two miles east of Findlay on U.S. 224, has been purchased by Findlay businessman Nick Reinhart for nearly $1 million, Reinhart said Friday. “It’s a championship course and our goal is to get it to championship course levels,” Reinhart said. Reinhart bought...

Wicked Good: LeBron Undaunted By Boston, Celtics’ Mystique

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — There haven’t been any championship banners hoisted into Boston’s hallowed rafters since 2008. LeBron James won’t let go of the rope. Cleveland’s star has bounced the Celtics from the playoffs four times in the past seven years,...

2 Aboard Crashed Plane In Ohio Treated For Minor Injuries

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a single-engine plane has crashed shortly after takeoff from a private airstrip in northeast Ohio. Orrville Fire Chief Chris Bishop says the plane had trouble getting lift during takeoff and crashed nose first from about 30 feet before...

Attorney General Certifies Marijuana Legalization Petition

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general has certified a petition for another proposed ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. The initiative would allow Ohioans age 21 or older to possess, grow, use, sell and share marijuana in the state. The petition...

Appeals Court Overturns Conviction In Ohio Corruption Case

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has vacated the conviction of an attorney accused of promising to quash a corruption investigation in exchange for help getting elected county prosecutor saying his trial was held in the wrong county. The 8th District Court of Appeals in a...

DeWine files lawsuit against company that handled Van Buren’s D.C. tour

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Discovery Tours, a company that promised the Van Buren School District a tour of Washington, D.C., and canceled the trip after declaring bankruptcy. DeWine, who is also the Republican nominee for...