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Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban hidden compartments in vehicles in an effort to crack down on drug trafficking. The Senate passed the measure on a 30-2 vote Thursday. It now moves to the House. The bill would prohibit altering a vehicle to create or add a hidden compartment. It would exempt… Read More
Athens County deputies are investigating the assault of a 20-year-old man who was found in critical condition at a Chauncey residence on Wednesday. Sheriff Patrick Kelly says deputies found Harley Aaron Pruitt, 20, of Buchtel in an unconscious state at a 61 Main Street residence. Kelly says Pruitt was immediately transported to O'Bleness Hospital and… Read More
The director of Athens County Job and Family Services said more low income people than ever before are expected to vote in Ohio and other states in this year's general election. Jack Frech said one reason for this is the motor voter laws. He said the Ohio motor voter law was implemented in 2009. Frech… Read More
Plenty of Ohio University students use the housing section of Athens Craigslist to locate roommates or find a place to live, but experts warn that students should be cautious when using the website to avoid being ripped off in the process. Ohio University student Taylor See said she has received a large number of scam… Read More
Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl says the city is planning no change in tactics for this weekend's block party. A person close to an Ohio woman whose suicidal husband released dozens of exotic animals last fall says the five surviving animals will go back to the couple's farm. Details in your afternoon audio update.
The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that aims to keep cellphones, iPads or other electronic devices out of the hands of teen drivers when they are behind the wheel. The Senate passed the measure on a 25-8 vote Thursday after a panel loosened a proposed statewide texting ban on adult drivers. The bill would… Read More
A person close to an Ohio woman whose suicidal husband released dozens of exotic creatures last fall says the five surviving animals will go back to the couple's farm. Cyndi Huntsman says Marian Thompson intends to keep the animals in Zanesville in eastern Ohio. Two leopards, two primates and a bear have been held at… Read More
An Athens man and woman are under house arrest after allegedly providing false information to law enforcement. John Hawk Jr., 23, and Misty Worstell, 29, both of Athens, appeared before Judge Alan Goldsberry Wednesday. 20-year-old Michael Edwards, of Athens, also appeared before Judge Goldsberry on charges related to the same crime. Athens County… Read More
Athens High School sophomore Emma McLaughlin is one of 50 students who will travel to New York City as part of Google's "Doodle 4 Google" contest. McLaughlin is one of more than 114,000 students grades K-12 to submit an original Google logo based on the theme: "If I could travel in time, I'd visit…" As… Read More
Athens city and Ohio University leaders want community member and student feedback in light of recent illegal events surrounding the annual street party, Palmerfest. A town hall meeting has been scheduled in Athens at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at the West Portico of Memorial Auditorium on OU's College Green. Police officers shut-down the… Read More
An Athens High School student is headed to New York later this month as part of a Google contest. Some folks from the search engine visited AHS Wednesday to announce Ohio's Doodle for Google contest winner. Emma McLaughlin is one of 50 students who will travel to New York for a May 17 event… Read More
A man dressed as a clown is being blamed for an armed robbery at a nursing home in Hurricane. Putnam County Sheriff's deputies say the robbery suspect was dressed from head to toe in a costume and was after prescription drugs. It happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday at Genesis Healthcare, Teays Valley Nursing and… Read More
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park's opening is being pushed back while U.S. Coast Guard inspects repairs made to a sternwheeler. The Island Belle takes visitors to and from the Ohio River island near Parkersburg. Blennerhassett was scheduled to open Saturday. Park officials tell media outlets that the opening is now tentatively set for May 9…. Read More
Ohio's agriculture director says the current fee structure wouldn't cover the cost of a proposal to regulate dangerous exotic wildlife in the state. Animal owners had complained that some proposed fees would be cost-prohibitive. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Troy Balderson of Zanesville, agreed to cut some of those fees in response before the measure… Read More
Athens Mayor says there's no change for this weekend's block party. Plus, The state and the oil and gas industry are peddling radically different fiscal scenarios. And, Ohio lawmakers are poised to vote on a bill that aims to keep electronics out of the hands of teens behind the wheel.