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Infant dies in Mansfield home; resident faces drug-lab charges

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police in this northeastern Ohio city are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby who lived in a home where they say a drug lab was operating.

Licking County woman won’t deny faking son’s cancer

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A Licking County woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son intends to change her plea to either no contest or guilty on felony charges of child endangering and theft.

Festivities to celebrate end of racing at Beulah Park

B.J. Roach remembers a day when an usher would show you to your seat in the grandstand at Beulah Park. “On a Saturday, if you wanted to sit down in the clubhouse, you’d better have a reservation,” said Roach, who will share stories of the racetrack’s glory days of the 1950s and ’60s on Saturday when Grove City celebrates Beulah Park, which is closing next week after 91 years.

Photo: I-70 crash injures one on Near East Side

Teen accused of killing jogger agrees to plea deal

A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing a woman to death in a park near her Blendon Township house will plead guilty in adult court and be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years. Jordan T. Stewart showed no emotion yesterday in Franklin County Juvenile Court as he agreed to have his case transferred to adult court as part of a plea agreement.

Big Lots cans president of Canadian operations

Joe R. Cooper, a 14-year employee of Big Lots, has lost his job in the wake of the retailer’s decision to close its Canadian operations.

Workers’ comp rates in Ohio to drop by $1.2 billion

The state fund for injured workers has increased to $1.2 billion the amount of savings it will provide to employers on their workers’ compensation premiums as part of the move to a new method of billing them for premiums.

Ohio jail guard held, then freed unharmed

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A corrections officer taken hostage by three inmates at a northeastern Ohio county jail has been released unharmed, and the inmates have been taken to a maximum-security facility.

Ex-cop imprisoned for ex-wife’s killing can remain free during appeal

A former Ohio police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s killing can remain free as the state’s highest court considers whether to take on his case, the court ruled yesterday.

New audit finds Columbus schools changing student data into 2013

Even after former Superintendent Gene Harris vowed in 2012 that Columbus schools would no longer change data without documentation, district high schools kept doing it, a follow-up audit released yesterday says.

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