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Accused murderer will get another day in court following new evidence

A divided appellate panel in the 11th District Court of Appeals remanded a murder case to the Portage County Court of Common Pleas when it found that a defendant presented potentially new evidence in his petition for postconviction relief which was previously denied by the lower court.
A jury found defendant William Butcher guil ... (full story)


National


Nudity in artwork forces town to change display

Nudity in artwork forces town to change display

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — On the second floor of Fishers Town Hall are a landscape painting of the Vietnamese jungle circa 1969, an acrylic portrait of a woman and a bird, and other abstract paintings by local artist Stephen Osborne.
Osborne's paintings, among other work by members of the Nickel Plate Arts collective, have been ... (full story)


State


Cincinnati chiropractor guilty of bilking BWC loses appeal

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion affirming a Cincinnati chiropractor’s convictions for fraud, tampering with records and theft by deception.
Defendant Erik Bliss appealed from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas decision that found him guilty of filing fraudulent billing statements to the ... (full story)


After Toledo water debacle, lawmakers seek stricter monitoring

State Reps. Mike Sheehy, D-Oregon, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, have partnered to sponsor a bill that would establish requirements and procedures pertaining to levels of microcystin in the state’s public water systems.
“After over 400,000 Northwest Ohioans were forced to go without water in August, it became clea ... (full story)


Proposal would make it easier to charge murder in fatal overdoses

State lawmakers have moved to eliminate the word “overdose” from a bill that would expand the offense of murder.
In acknowledging that there is no “normal” dose of certain substances like heroin, House members amended the language of House Bill 508 last week to broaden the definition of a murder offense t ... (full story)


8 isolated in Ohio, others sought in Ebola probe

8 isolated in Ohio, others sought in Ebola probe

COLUMBUS (AP) — Eight individuals in northeast Ohio were under quarantine Thursday as health officials broadened the group of people being notified that they may have had contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after visiting the area.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its investig ... (full story)


Ohio's September unemployment rate down

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio's unemployment rate fell slightly last month after holding steady for two months in a row, according to state numbers released Friday.
The state's jobless rate was 5.6 percent for September, down from 5.7 percent in both July and August, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
T ... (full story)


Michelle Knight says she now forgives kidnapper

Michelle Knight says she now forgives kidnapper<BR><BR>

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — One of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade told a crowd she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life.
Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, said she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that ... (full story)


Address confidentiality program for Ohio sought

Sen. Nina Turner and Rep. Kathleen Clyde have introduced bills into the Ohio General Assembly that would establish an address confidentiality program for individuals who reasonably believe they are in danger of being threatened or physically harmed by another person.
“This program would allow Ohioans who fear their safety ... (full story)