OH-MI-IN News
Man dies, Ohio officer grazed in head in shootout
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:26

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in southwestern Ohio say an 18-year-old was killed and an officer was grazed in the head by a bullet during a shootout between the two.

The shootout happened in a residential neighborhood of Hamilton Saturday morning.

Police say 44-year-old officer Chad Stafford was released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

They identified the man killed as 18-year-old Brandon Keeler.

One resident said he woke up to the sound of gunfire and saw a Hamilton police officer exchanging shots with a man firing a shotgun.

Authorities in Hamilton say they were called to the neighborhood after receiving calls about a man shooting a gun into the air.


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State warns Ohio residents of winter flooding risk
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is warning Ohioans to beware the potential of floods as temperatures increase and snow turns to rain.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says a small amount of rain combined with heavy snow accumulation can cause flooding in some areas.

The agency says a midwinter or early spring thaw can produce large amounts of runoff quickly.

Water that can't penetrate frozen ground runs off the surface and flows into lakes, streams and rivers, causing extra water to spill over their banks.

The state says Ohioans should keep an eye on icy conditions, secure buildings in flood-prone areas and have an escape plan in case of flooding.


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Roughly 23,000 Ohioans enroll in expanded Medicaid
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 07:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 23,000 low-income Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid last month under an expansion of the taxpayer-funded program supported by Republican Gov. John Kasich.

That's about 6 percent of the roughly 366,000 residents who the state projected would be newly eligible for coverage by the end of June 2015.

The state's monthly report on Medicaid caseloads does not include those who have applied to the health program for the poor and disabled. But the numbers released Monday provide the first glimpse as to how many people have successfully enrolled under the expansion. The report shows 23,156 residents have obtained coverage so far.

Kasich's administration moved forward with extending Medicaid eligibility last fall under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Coverage took effect Jan. 1.

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Ohio student charged with weapons violations
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 07:03

ELIDA, Ohio (AP) — A police chief says an Ohio middle school student is facing weapons violations after allegedly bringing knives to school.

Authorities say the 13-year-old boy was apprehended after walking into the principal's office at Elida Middle School Wednesday and explaining that he was carrying a knife and a box cutter and also had two knives in his locker.

American Township Police Chief Matt Redick says the boy was charged Thursday with four counts of Illegal conveyance or possession of deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

Redick says the boy, who faces expulsion, is in Allen County juvenile detention and does not yet have a lawyer.

No one was injured and Redick says it appears the boy had entered the principal's office after realizing he didn't want to hurt anyone.


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Ohio governor extends propane shipment order
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 07:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has extended the state's energy emergency declaration by two weeks to allow continued speedy shipments of propane gas to ease a cold-weather shortage.

The order extends until March 1 Kasich's original declaration of Jan. 18 allowing propane shippers to temporarily drive more hours and consecutive days than usual.

Propane availability is more limited and prices are higher this year for several reasons including stretches of extreme cold that drained an already depleted supply.

The federal government has issued a similar declaration to speed up interstate shipments.

About 6 percent of Ohio households are heated primarily using propane, most of them rural homes.


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