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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — As the economies of the Ohio Valley gradually reopen from the pandemic closures, state officials are still reporting hundreds of coronavirus cases each day in the region. In Kentucky, coronavirus cases are again on the rise, with a week-long average of daily cases approaching the highest level yet. Public health officials are concerned… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The head of the Ohio corrections system says state prisons must begin reopening to accommodate the slow return to business as usual. Ohio has the most coronavirus deaths in prisons of any state. But Annette Chambers-Smith said this week that the agency needs to figure out how to live with COVID-19… Read More
No other state has reported as many cases of COVID-19 behind bars as Ohio, in large part because no other state has tested as many inmates.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man was struck by two vehicles and killed just minutes after being released from jail. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 49-year-old Douglas W. Cook was walking in a southbound lane of Jackson Pike on Columbus’ west side around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when the accident happened. Police say Cook, of… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former Ohio police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison after a cellphone video showed him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Ohio’s southern district says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in December to violating… Read More
While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.
CINCINNATI (AP) – A driver who pleaded guilty in a hit-skip crash that killed a young girl and injured her mother near the Cincinnati zoo has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/2f2cllQ ) that 23-year-old Donteiz Dickey was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in July to charges including aggravated… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio baby sitter who authorities say gave a fatal dose of Benadryl to an 8-month-old boy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Forty-five-year-old Lori Conley was sentenced Tuesday in the 2016 death of Haddix Mulkey. She previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and tampering with evidence…. Read More
Inmates at Ohio’s highest security prison have entered the second week of a hunger strike protesting recreation and programming restrictions that include a ban on religious gatherings. A prisons department spokeswoman said nine inmates at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown were continuing to refuse meals as of Friday, in a protest that began March… Read More