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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

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Police Recruits in Kentucky Can Earn Associate’s Degree For Free

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a new initiative will allow Kentucky police academy recruits to earn an associate’s degree for free. A statement from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says it has partnered with the Department of Criminal Justice Training and Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer the program, which is… Read More

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New Hemp Law Doesn’t Make Marijuana Possession Legal But It Is Harder To Prosecute Now

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There continue to be concerns by cities and police agencies that they can no longer easily prosecute people who are carrying small amounts of marijuana because of the state’s new law allowing hemp and CBD oil. Some say the problem is there’s no good way to test marijuana to see whether it complies with the… Read More

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Feds: Man Who Threatened Agents Lived in Gun-Filled House

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say an 18-year-old Ohio man charged with making online threats against federal agents was arrested at a home filled with guns and a huge stockpile of ammunition. Court documents say Justin Olsen also wrote that he supported mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood. Federal prosecutors say Olsen has been… Read More

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West Virginia City Gets First Ever Female Police Officer

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VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) — The city of Vienna, West Virginia, has finally welcomed a woman into its police department as a sworn officer. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Allyssa Kern, of Williamstown, was sworn in Monday by Mayor Randy Rapp. Rapp says Kern is the 84-year-old city’s first female police officer. The newspaper notes the Vienna… Read More

Cleveland Hires its First Police Inspector General

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CLEVELAND (AP) – The city of Cleveland has hired its first police inspector general to provide oversight of city police policies and practices. A city statement announced Tuesday that Solon police Chief Christopher Viland has accepted the civilian position that was created through the city’s court-mandated police department reform efforts. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s office… Read More

Patrol Warns Against Drinking and Driving Over Holiday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Highway Patrol warns it will be cracking down on motorists in Ohio who drink and drive during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period. The reporting period beginning at midnight Wednesday continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The patrol’s zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get… Read More