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Homeless person killed in Ohio propane explosion
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a homeless person has burned to death after a small heater exploded inside a tent in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch (bit.ly/1fsHiec) reports that firefighters found the body around 9 p.m. Wednesday after responding to a report of an explosion not far from the Interstate 670 overpass in the city's Italian Village neighborhood. Some homeless people camp in a wooded area there.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Rich Richardson says the victim was using a type of propane canister to keep warm in the 19-degree weather. He says it appears that a man was killed but the body was so badly burned authorities are unsure of the gender.

The coordinator of an outreach center is trying to help identify the victim.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Ohio man gets life for killing infant son
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 31-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating his infant son.

A judge in Columbus sentenced Johnnie Crockett III on Wednesday following his conviction earlier this month for murder and child endangering. He'll have to serve 15 years before he's eligible for parole.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1hVWWRh ) reports that his 8-month-old son Iszaac was hospitalized with critical injuries in February 2012. The baby died from his injuries 10 months later.

Crockett was the only one home with the baby and other children when he called the baby's mother to say he wasn't breathing.

The child's mother and several family members were in the courtroom Wednesday to support Crockett, who did not make a statement.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Ohio House to weigh new provisional ballot rules
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is set to weigh changes to when provisional ballots are counted in the swing state and what it takes to cast one.

Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don't bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct.

A bill slated to be voted on Wednesday would put into law a recent federal court ruling that requires provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct, but right polling location, to be counted. Some polling places contain voting machines for several precincts.

The measure would also require voters to provide their date of birth and current address on the provisional ballot affirmation in order for the ballot to be eligible to be counted.

The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill.


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FBI helping Ohio police in bus driver shooting
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:19

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The FBI is working with Dayton police in the investigation of the shooting of a bus driver who said a biblical book in his shirt pocket helped stop two of the bullets.

FBI spokesman Rick Smith said Wednesday that agents will help determine whether the shooting was a hate crime, a federal civil rights violation. Police planned a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The 49-year-old driver told police he was outside his bus early Monday when three men shot at him three times, with one bullet hitting his leg. He was stabbed in the arm. He is expected to recover.

Rickey Wagoner, who is white, told police he heard one of the three black men saying they were there to "shoot a polar bear" — street lingo for a white person.


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Ohio elections chief sets 2014 voting hours, days
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters will get two Saturdays but no Sundays or evenings to cast early, in-person ballots during the statewide election this fall under a schedule set Tuesday by the state's elections chief.

Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, said his directive for voting times reflects a proposal from the bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials. He has pressed state lawmakers for the past three years to put the hours and days for early voting into law, but the GOP-controlled Legislature has not adopted any plan.

"I have watched as numerous election laws have passed the General Assembly and yet the bipartisan plan I have advocated for has neither been introduced nor adopted," Husted said in a statement.

Residents of the swing state can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason.

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