INFANT REMAINS FOUND
2 infants' skeletal remains found in NE Ohio home
NOTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say the skeletal remains of two infants were found in a deceased woman's mobile home in northeast Ohio.
A man told police he found the remains Monday in a locked footlocker while cleaning out his mother's home in North Canton, about 45 miles southeast of Cleveland. Police say the 66-year-old woman died in late November.
The Stark County coroner's office confirmed the remains were those of two infants.
The police chief says it's not clear how old the remains are but that it doesn't appear the children died recently. He says the remains were in a plastic bag that was in the locker with a small blanket.
Investigators searched the home but found nothing else noteworthy.
The coroner's office plans to have forensic anthropologists in Pennsylvania examine the remains.
Longtime Ohio House leader Mallory dead at 82
CINCINNATI (AP) - Former Ohio legislator William L. Mallory has died in Cincinnati at age 82. He was the state's first black House majority leader and longest-serving in its history.
Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says his father died peacefully Tuesday at a hospice, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.
Elected to the Ohio House in 1966, the elder Mallory served 28 years in the Legislature with two decades as the Democratic leader in the House.
He and wife Fannie had six children. Besides the former two-term Cincinnati mayor, son Dale Mallory is in the Legislature and sons William Jr. and Dwane are municipal court judges.
3 Ohio deer hunters killed during gun season
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say three Ohio deer hunters were killed during the weeklong gun season - the first killed since 2009.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says two hunters were killed Dec. 2, in Coshocton County, east of Columbus, and Gallia County in southern Ohio. The third fatality was the next day in Fulton County, west of Toledo.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that all were believed to be accidental shootings.
Officials said Ohio hunters checked 75,408 white-tailed deer during this year's gun season - down about 13 percent from last year.
Coshocton County led the way for the highest number of deer taken. Other top counties were Muskingum, Tuscarawas, Guernsey and Ashtabula.
HIGH-SPEED OHIO CRASH
Video captures speeding driver before Ohio crash
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dash camera video recorded by two Ohio troopers shows a car racing past at high speeds, followed by the aftermath of a fiery two-car crash that killed a Toledo couple on Thanksgiving.
The video released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Tuesday shows the difficulty even troopers had in catching up to the speeding car.
One video shows a trooper alerted to the speeding vehicle about to turn around on the turnpike when a car speeds past. The trooper tries unsuccessfully to catch the car, and about 10 minutes later comes across a crash scene with cars on fire.
The driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, was charged with vehicular homicide. He's in jail on $1 million bond.
Ohio man gets 22 years for beating grandmother
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man who has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for fatally beating his grandmother says he doesn't remember the attack.
Timothy J. Smith pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the death of 77-year-old Doris Durette.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the 35-year-old Smith told a judge that he doesn't remember much after arguing with his grandmother about his daughter.
Smith served as his grandmother's caregiver. He called 911 on Aug. 4 to report that she wasn't breathing. He told the dispatcher that she had fallen and hit her head the night before in the condo they shared.
Authorities determined she'd been fatally beaten, and Smith was the only one with her.
$1M bond set for NW Ohio man held in mom's death
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Bond has been set at $1 million for an Ohio man charged with fatally stabbing his mother, found with a hunting knife in her chest and wrapped in a blanket.
Bond was set Tuesday in Toledo Municipal Court for 34-year-old Anthony Bertolina. The judge said a public defender would represent Bertolina and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 17.
He is charged with murder in the death of his mother, 56-year-old Mary Bertolina. Police found her body Monday in a bedroom of her home after co-workers said she hadn't arrived at her job.
The Blade in Toledo reports the victim was a longtime employee of the newspaper and had recently worked as regional circulation manager.
DRUG CONVICTION OVERTURNED
Ohio court reverses traffic-stop drug conviction
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - An appeals court has overturned the drug possession conviction of a northwestern Ohio man who argued a traffic stop violated his state constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure.
Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals ruled last week that the stop violated state law. The court wrote that a township police officer was outside her jurisdiction in stopping Terrance Brown for a marked lane violation on Interstate 280 in Wood County in 2011. The court says the State Highway Patrol and county sheriffs or their deputies have that jurisdiction.
The court says the drugs seized in the stop should have been excluded from evidence.
Brown was convicted for having oxycodone. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years.
The county prosecutor didn't return a call seeking comment Monday.
Woman dies in Ohio house fire
LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a woman has died in a large house fire west of Cleveland.
WEWS-TV reports that it took firefighters in Lorain about three hours Monday night to put out the blaze on East Erie Street.
No other information was available about the victim.
The fire chief said a cat made it out alive but there likely were more pets inside.
One of the residents was believed to have been at work at the time.
Ohio school bus driver admits driving drunk
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio school bus driver who authorities say was driving her route with an open bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that 51-year-old Tia Denton pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and endangering children.
A charge of having an open container was dropped. Denton declined to comment after the hearing in Columbus. Her attorney said she would enter an alcohol treatment program.
She could face up to six months in prison when she's sentenced Feb. 4.
Denton worked for a transportation company contracted by the Columbus school district. She was stopped while driving erratically with two elementary school students aboard in November. Her blood alcohol content was 0.216 percent - more than twice the legal.
GOVERNOR 2014-TAX LIENS
Ohio Democrats ask what's next in governor's race
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Democrats are struggling to diffuse the fallout from a 2014 lieutenant governor candidate's hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal and business liens without alienating key groups.
Seasoned Democratic strategist Gerald Austin is among those who say state Sen. Eric Kearney (KUHR'-nee) must leave the ticket of gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, and quickly.
He said every day Kearney remains in the race benefits Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) chances of re-election.
Brian Rothenberg, who directs the liberal think-tank ProgressOhio, says voters won't even remember the bruising series of revelations about Kearney's troubled finances by next fall.
Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer, has detailed roughly $700,000 in state and federal tax liens owed by him, his wife and their Cincinnati publishing business.
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