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Hundreds of nurses concerned over staffing levels and workplace violence during the COVID-19 pandemic rallied at the Statehouse for more legal protections.

Democratic Ohio lawmaker planning for bill to protect nurses from being attacked at work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an escalation of attacks against medical professionals, including nurses, at work. The American Nurses Association reports a quarter of nurses say they’ve been attacked while at work, but it’s estimated half of those workplace violence issues go unreported or unnoticed because of inadequate tracking. At… Read More

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Several bail reform measures on the table for Ohio lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are five different pieces of legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that would make significant changes to the state’s laws on bail, which includes a proposed statewide ballot issue. The topic of bail reform has been discussed in the Ohio Statehouse for years, but it gained renewed interest… Read More

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Ex-finance director at Huntington Tri-State Airport pleads guilty to theft

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio woman who was finance director for a West Virginia airport has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $49,500 in federal funds from the facility. U.S. Attorney Will Thompson’s office says 46-year-old Melissa Sue Hall of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft from programs receiving federal funds. Thompson’s office… Read More

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks during a court hearing for defendant William Husel, second from left, as defense attorneys Diane Menashe and Jose Baez and assistant prosecutor James Lowe listen on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

William Husel found not guilty in one of Ohio’s largest murder cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — A jury has found former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel not guilty on all 14 counts of murder. Husel was charged with murdering 14 patients at Columbus’ Mount Carmel West Hospital by prescribing them too much of the opioid fentanyl. The defense argued Husel was providing comfort care to dying patients. Husel… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

DeWine supports constitutional amendment to change rules for setting bail

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The push to put a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot gained the endorsement of Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, who said public safety should be considered when judges are setting cash bail. State lawmakers are holding committee hearings on a resolution that would put the issue on the… Read More

Questioning of foster child in Athens County rape investigation raises issue of juveniles’ legal rights

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — When Athens County investigators were looking to question a boy in the foster system who was a suspect in a rape investigation, they ran into some resistance. Several employees at Athens County Children Services, which runs the county’s foster care program, raised objections. They wanted the boy to have an attorney… Read More

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An Athens Co. Children Services employee allegedly misled investigators in a rape case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An employee of Athens County Children Services accused of misleading law enforcement in the investigation of an alleged rape of a child in foster care turned herself in on Wednesday. Jamie Mays surrendered to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office on a charge out of Athens County for obstructing justice, a felony… Read More

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Ohio University investigates two incidents directed at Black students on campus

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is investigating an incident in which a racist note attached to a large garbage bag was left outside a dorm room. The note, handwritten in black ink on lined notebook paper, includes the words trash, two racial slurs directed at Black people and a vulgarity directed at women. The… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Federal prosecutors say Householder criminal case shouldn’t be dismissed

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s arguments that a racketeering conspiracy charge against him should be dismissed are legally invalid. Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday in response to one filed by Householder’s attorneys earlier this month that prosecutors failed to produce “essential facts” in a July 2020 indictment against… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Ohio’s former House Speaker asks judge to drop conspiracy charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former Republican legislative leader accused of helping orchestrate a $60 million bribery scheme has asked a judge to dismiss a conspiracy charge against him. Larry Householder was charged 18 months ago with plotting to oversee the funneling of energy company money into a legislative effort to bail out two nuclear… Read More

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent rioters supporting President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington.

One year later, Ohio arrests tied to Jan. 6 remain mostly unresolved

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CLEVELAND (ideastream) — One year after the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, 35 people allegedly involved in the riot have been arrested in Ohio so far. A total of more than 700 people have been charged for their role in the violent protest and breaching of building while Congress was certifying the results… Read More

A reporter holds up an example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly

A rare look inside one Mexican cartel’s fentanyl operation, and how the drug reaches the U.S.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The opioid epidemic has ravaged the United States, with the drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, delivering particularly fatal outcomes. Fentanyl’s high potency combined with its low production cost has allowed powerful Mexican cartels to create and sell the drug in massive quantities. With the support of the Pulitzer Center, special NewsHour correspondent… Read More

George Wagner IV sits in court

Judge keeps death penalty chance for man accused in Rhoden family killings

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio is keeping the death penalty on table for a man accused in the slayings of eight people from a single family. Lawyers for George Wagner IV wanted the judge to dismiss the aggravated murder charges after they said Wagner’s brother admitted to killing five of the victims…. Read More

A sign for the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons is displayed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Activists wanted Biden to revamp the justice system. Many say they’re still waiting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — People working to overhaul the criminal justice system say they’re frustrated with the Biden administration after they’ve waited nearly a year for the White House to take major steps on clemency and sentencing reform. “I think we’re at a point where we’re saying mere lip service isn’t enough,” said Sakira Cook,… Read More

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Former Parkersburg councilman enters a plea in Capitol riot case

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former councilman for the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia, who is charged with breaching the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported that 43-year-old Eric Barber admitted Thursday to entering the Capitol and stealing a portable charger… Read More

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Criminal hackers are now going after phone lines, too

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Criminal groups have been sending threatening messages in the past couple of months to companies that manage broadband phone services all over the world, promising they’ll flood the digital phone lines with traffic and take them offline unless victims pay a ransom. What those extortionists have discovered is that the number… Read More

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Brother pleads guilty in case alleging long history of sexual abuse within Bellar family

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The brother of an Athens County girl who alleged a long history of sexual abuse within her family pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of felonious assault and child endangering. Josiah Bellar, 24, was indicted earlier this year on three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition, much more… Read More

A dispatcher at the Montgomery Regional Dispatch Center answers 911 calls and enters information into a Computer-Aided Dispatch System.

ShotSpotter generates thousands of alerts in Dayton, but officers find few crimes

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DAYTON, Ohio (WYSO) — It’s a typical Tuesday at the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. In a dimly-lit room, dispatchers hunch over computer monitors, responding to 911 calls through headsets. The calls range from things like mental health needs to car break-ins. But in another part of the room, there’s a different kind of alert coming… Read More

Armed forces secure the area where Haiti's prime minister, Ariel Henry, placed a bouquet of flowers in front of a memorial to independence hero Jean-Jacques

What we know about the 17 missionaries from kidnapped in Haiti by a notorious gang

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Seventeen people who traveled to Haiti for a Christian mission trip to build houses are being held hostage by one of the country’s most notorious gangs, 400 Mawazo. The gang is asking for a $17 million ransom, or $1 million for each person in the group, according to reporting from The… Read More

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Trial For Suspect In Kane Roush Murder Case Postponed Due To Defense Team Turmoil

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – The trial for the murder of former high school football star Kane Roush set to take place next week has been postponed due to turmoil within the suspect’s defense team. 21-year-old Jaquan Hall was indicted in July on four counts relating to Roush’s death, including aggravated murder. The trial was initially… Read More

George Wagner IV sits in court

Lawyers For A Man Allegedly Involved In Rhoden Family Murders Say He Killed No One, So Nix Death Penalty Possibility

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio man charged in eight slayings want the aggravated murder charges and the possibility of a death penalty to be dismissed because they say prosecutors now have information indicating he didn’t kill anyone. George Wagner IV, his parents and adult brother were charged in the 2016 Rhoden family… Read More

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Is There Finally Some Agreement On The Need For Bail Reform In Ohio?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — In the early 1980s, Robin Turner got caught up in the world of drugs. She was arrested and incarcerated pending trial until her brother helped her post bond. “I lost my housing. I had to pack up and move and move back in with my mom,” she said. Today, she is… Read More

U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell is sworn in to testify to the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington

‘This Is How I’m Going To Die’: Police Sergeant Recalls The Terror Of Jan. 6

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WASHINGTON (NPR) — In gripping emotional testimony, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell recounted the “horrific and devastating” violence of Jan. 6 during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection. “My fellow officers and I were punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants, and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers by a… Read More

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Advocates Face Challenges In Reforming Ohio’s Sentencing Laws

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — The number of offenses for which someone can be charged with a felony in Ohio has increased more than five-fold since the 1970s. And advocates say criminal sentencing remains uneven and tough to navigate. Ohio’s legislators have been passing bills to help people after they leave prison, but little is being… Read More