Mild Ohio weather won't last long
CINCINNATI (AP) - Many Ohioans who began the day in unseasonable warmth can expect an icy blast of winter weather soon.
Temperatures in the 50s and 60s across much of the state were expected to plunge 30 to 40 degrees by the weekend. The National Weather Service says a cold front moving through will bring rain changing to a wintry mix overnight in most of Ohio, followed by significant snowfall later tomorrow in the southwest and central regions.
Forecaster Mike Kurz says the Interstate 70 and 71 corridors from Cincinnati through Columbus are likely to get the most snow. Most of the area is expected to get 2 to 6 inches of snow by tomorrow night, with much colder temperatures.
Meanwhile, there are flood watches across southeast Ohio with rain and sleet expected.
MISSING WOMEN FOUND-SUICIDE
Castro's son wants prison diary, other items
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro wants his father's prison diary and other property left behind in his cell after he killed himself.
Ariel Anthony Castro tells The Columbus Dispatch that he's haunted by questions about his father's suicide in prison in September.
Ariel Castro says he's unhappy with information contained in two reports released this week suggesting his father might have been mistreated or neglected by prison employees.
The younger Castro says he didn't know about the prison diary and other personal items until a consultants' report was released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Ariel Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to abducting and imprisoning three women in Cleveland for a decade.
Cocaine, marijuana worth $500K seized at Ohio home
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in central Ohio say a search at a Columbus home turned up large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $500,000.
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott says the drug seizure early today was part of a large-scale joint investigation by a local task force and the Drug Enforcement Agency targeting cocaine distribution. He says about 6.5 kilograms of cocaine and about 190 pounds of marijuana were found.
The sheriff's office says a 33-year-old man from the home was arrested on a charge of conspiring to have cocaine with intent to distribute it. A 46-year-old man, also from Columbus, was arrested on the same charge.
Ohio school bus driver charged with rape
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A western Ohio school bus driver has been arrested on rape charges.
Tecumseh Schools Superintendent Bradley Martin tells WHIO TV that the case could involve a student. But he says to his knowledge, the alleged crime didn't happen during school hours.
Adam James Overholser, of New Carlisle (CAR'-leye-ul), was being held in Clark County Jail in Springfield on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. He was due in court today. No attorney was listed for him.
No other details were available immediately.
OH attorney general takes judge poisoning case
ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Attorney General's Office is taking over the case of a county judge whose wife of 45 years allegedly tried to poison him with antifreeze.
Attorney General Mike DeWine will appoint an outside prosecutor and the state Supreme Court will pick a judge to preside over the case in Ashtabula, in the far northeastern corner of the state.
Carla Hague - the 71-year-old wife of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Charles Hague - was charged this week with trying to poison him with antifreeze in September. Officials say the case is going to a grand jury, and she could be charged with attempted murder.
TRUCK DRIVER CHARGED
Trucker convicted in Ohio double fatal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A semitrailer driver has been convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a central Ohio crash earlier this year that killed two people.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Tony D. Smith could be jailed for up to 90 days for each conviction when he is sentenced January 23.
Smith pleaded no contest to the charges yesterday in a Columbus courtroom.
Authorities said the crash happened May 8 when Smith failed to notice slowing traffic. Smith's truck clipped a Jeep and hit two cars and a second semi, investigators said. The impact sent the second truck into a third car.
Killed in the crash were 71-year-old Diana Schwab of Beavercreek, near Dayton, and 48-year-old Robin Jones of London, west of Columbus.
Ohio teacher on leave after nude photo surfaces
CINCINNATI (AP) - A teacher at a private Christian school in Cincinnati has been removed from the classroom after a nude photo of her surfaced on the Internet.
A spokeswoman at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's North Campus tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that the woman was put on paid leave Monday after the school got wind of the photo. Her name hasn't been released.
The nondenominational school is investigating and notified staff, faculty and parents of the situation via email Tuesday.
The newspaper says the image was put on a "revenge porn" website where users can post inappropriate photos and comments about others without their knowledge or consent.
Ohio House backs bill for cyberstalking victims
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Victims of cyberstalking and other technology-based harassment would get better protection under a bill that is winning overwhelming support in the Ohio House.
The proposal passed by the House on yesterday would make it illegal to urge or incite menacing by stalking through any written communication, including electronic forms. It includes any written or verbal graphic gestures.
The bill also would prohibit a person from knowingly causing someone to think the offender will cause his or her immediate family physical or mental harm. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio prosecutors and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio support it.
State Representative Marlene Anielski, a Republican from Walton Hills, shared the story yesterday of a constituent who suffered through electronic harassment by a neighbor without any legal recourse.
Kroger 3Q profit in line; maintains outlook
CINCINNATI (AP) - Kroger's net income fell nearly 6 percent during the third quarter, partly on the costs from the pending acquisition of Harris Teeter.
The nation's largest traditional supermarket operator reported net income of $299 million, or 57 cents per share. That compares with net income of $317 million, or 60 cents per share a year ago. Excluding one-time items, net income totaled 53 cents per share, matching expectations, compared with 46 cents per share last year.
Revenue rose 3 percent to $22.51 billion from $21.81 billion. Analysts expected $22.72 billion.
Kroger Co., which owns also Ralphs, Fry's and other chains, said sales rose 3.5 percent at stores open at least a year.
The company stuck to its per-share earnings expectations of $2.73 to $2.80 for the year.
Ohio panel examines football as civil rights arena
CINCINNATI (AP) - Former Cincinnati Bengals star Ken Riley will be among black football pioneers who will discuss football's role as an arena for the civil rights movement.
Riley will be joined by Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center head Clarence Newsome on a panel tonight at the Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Newsome was one of Duke University's first black football players. Jackson was an Oakland Raiders head coach, and Riley played at historically black Florida A&M University before his 15-year career as Bengals' defensive back.
Columbia University journalism professor Samuel Freedman will moderate. Freedman's book "Breaking The Line" tells the story of the 1967 seasons of Florida A&M and Grambling and their importance to civil rights progress.
The Bengals will honor Riley before Sunday's game.
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