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In Ohio, Videos Are Public Records But Sometimes Police Refuse To Release

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (ideastream) — Over the past few years, police departments across the country have grappled with what to do when a video in their possession captures the use of deadly force by a police officer. After 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer in 2014, the city of Cleveland initially withheld… Read More

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Athens Law Enforcement To Receive New High-Tech Training

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Students and staff at Ohio University have collaborated with local law enforcement to create a new de-escalation training program for their officers. This immersive program will be used by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens and Ohio University police departments. Officers will undergo training in a different style than in… Read More

Activists gather at the Ohio Statehouse to announce they’ve filed petitions for a ballot issue to qualified immunity for law enforcement and other public workers. The records on the ground bear the names of people killed in shootings by police officers.

Group Wants Voters To End Qualified Immunity In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group has taken the first step to asking voters next year to eliminate qualified immunity for police officers and other government employees accused in shootings or other actions. The group calling itself Accountability Ohio Now filed paperwork Monday, and then gathered to promote the issue in front of the… Read More

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Columbus Mayor Requests Federal Probe Of Police Force

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has asked the Department of Justice for an investigation into the city’s police department following a series of police killings of Black people. The Democratic mayor says while the city is committed to reform and has already established a number of “significant” changes in the past few… Read More

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Law Enforcement Investigating Whether Facebook Post Is From Missing Girl

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(UPDATE 4/28/21 1:22 p.m.) Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn on Wednesday confirmed the Facebook post from Monday was made by Serah Bellar. _____________________________________ ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County law enforcement are investigating a Facebook post by someone who says she is an Amesville teenager who went missing a year ago. The Facebook post was… Read More

Body camera footage from Columbus Police officer Adam Coy just after the fatal shooting of Andre Maurice Hill on Dec. 22, 2020.

Columbus Police Officer Charged With Murder In Andre Hill Death

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A white Ohio police officer has been charged with murder in the latest fallout following the December shooting death of 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man, the state’s attorney general says. Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was indicted Wednesday by a Franklin County grand jury following an investigation by the Ohio… Read More

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DeWine Proposes $10 Million For Police Body Cameras

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Ohio will be able to buy body-worn cameras through a $10 million grant Gov. Mike DeWine proposed in his budget. DeWine said Wednesday that just over 180 of the state’s about 900 law enforcement agencies both have body cameras for officers and are following the… Read More

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and Ohio National Guard personnel were at the Ohio Statehouse starting this weekend and continuing through Wednesday.

Security Remains High At Ohio Statehouse On Inauguration Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On this inauguration day, security remains high at the Ohio Statehouse after preparations for a weekend armed march that never fully materialized. They included a stepped-up increase of law enforcement and limited access to the building. Gov. Mike DeWine said there were “credible threats” of violence directed at Ohio, which led him to authorize 580… Read More

Athens County Law Enforcement Emphasizes Repeated Training On Use Of Force

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As law enforcement officers’ use of force is again in national news after the death of George Floyd, the heads of three Athens County agencies say they emphasize communication and repeated training for their officers.  Since Floyd’s death on Memorial Day, people have protested across the United States and in several… Read More

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Hockingport Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

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HOCKINGPORT, Ohio — An Athens County man was shot and killed by law enforcement after reportedly firing on officers investigating a domestic dispute. Chad Nicolia, 41, of Hockingport, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release from Sheriff Rodney Smith. The Athens County Sheriff’s Office received a report about the dispute between Nicolia… Read More

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Officers Exposed to Suspected Fentanyl During W. Va. Drug Bust

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say several police officers were exposed to a substance believed to be the powerful opioid fentanyl during a drug bust. Huntington police Chief Hank Dial says in a news release that members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force entered a home on Wednesday and… Read More

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Federal Jury Convicts Ex-deputy of Distributing Drugs in W. Va.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former West Virginia sheriff’s deputy on federal drug distribution charges. The Exponent Telegram reports jurors deliberated for four hours before returning the verdict Thursday night against former Harrison County Deputy Tim Rock. Prosecutors had called Rock “a drug dealer with a badge” in opening statements Tuesday before… Read More

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W. Va. Police Referring Disabled Woman’s Forceful Arrest to FBI

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says federal authorities are being asked to look into the use of force by Charleston police during the arrest of a woman with special needs. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a statement Thursday that following a series of meetings with community groups, Police Chief Opie… Read More

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City Denies Vice Cops Violated Rights of Strip Club Dancers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s capital city argues a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit by strip club dancers who allege malicious prosecution by two Columbus officers from a since-disbanded vice unit. Six women allege Kahoots Gentlemen’s Club was targeted in retaliation for firing a bouncer who claimed to work with police. The women were… Read More

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Court Upholds Police Stop Based on Mismatched Vehicle Color

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a police officer’s vehicle stop based on the car’s color not matching vehicle-registration records. The court ruled 6-1 Wednesday that the officer had a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity based on his experience that such a discrepancy often meant a vehicle was… Read More

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Fatal Ohio Police Shooting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against police in Ohio’s capital city over the 2016 shooting of a man by undercover officers. Columbus police say 23-year-old Henry Green, who was black, ignored commands by two white officers to drop his gun during the incident. Court documents and depositions… Read More

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W. Va. Police Responding to Hostage Situation Fatally Shoot Suspect

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police chief says officers responding to a report of a hostage situation have fatally shot a man who fired at them. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial told news outlets officers responded Tuesday morning to an address near a gas station. Dial says a suspect fired at officers and… Read More

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Chief Recommends Firing 2 Officers in Stormy Daniels Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The interim police chief in Ohio’s capital city is recommending two officers from the department’s now-disbanded vice unit be fired for their roles in an undercover strip club operation last year that resulted in the arrest of porn actress Stormy Daniels. An internal investigation focused on allegations that Columbus officers who… Read More

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Ohio Man Accused of Posing as Nurse Faces Felony Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man impersonated a licensed practical nurse for nearly four years using a stolen identity. Officials say that some of the patients he cared for were children. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says 27-year-old Martez Morris was arrested Thursday after being indicted last month in Franklin County on… Read More

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Man Calls Police Demanding They Return His Stolen Pot

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SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man confused about Ohio drug laws has called a police department demanding that officers return the small amount of marijuana they “stole” from him. WXIX-TV reports the man told a Sharonville police dispatcher in an expletive-laced call Tuesday that it’s legal to possess 100 grams of marijuana, and the amount officers… Read More

Kentucky State Police Stepping up Enforcement During Holiday

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say troopers are stepping up their enforcement efforts on the state’s roads through Labor Day weekend. Police say the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign focuses on removing impaired drivers. Troopers will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints statewide to enforce all traffic laws, with attention to seat… Read More