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Potato salad likely source of deadly botulism outbreak

State health officials say this afternoon that potato salad made with home-canned potatoes is the likely source of a deadly botulism outbreak at a Lancaster church potluck. Last week, the Ohio Department of Health said tests showed that six food samples taken from the April 19th potluck had tested positive for botulism. Sietske de Fijter, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases for the state, said health officials were able to narrow the likely food culprits by interviewing nearly everyone who became ill - as well as those who didn't - at the potluck.

Firemen use aerial truck to rescue truck driver

A truck driver got stuck in the back of his truck Monday afternoon and had to be rescued by firefighters using a ladder truck and a basket.

Judge sues Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, others

An appeals court judge is suing Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and others in federal court in a bid to overturn fundraising restrictions on judges and judicial candidates. Judge Colleen O’Toole, of the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals, contends in a lawsuit filed yesterday that the restrictions illegally restrain her First Amendment rights to political and free speech.

East Side man convicted in 2014 shooting death

A 30-year-old East Side man is maintaining his innocence in a shooting death on the South Side but admitted today that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him in the case. Anthony K. Gore Jr. was convicted of one count of voluntary manslaughter with a gun specification after entering an Alford plea in the slaying of 26-year-old Roderick Davis.

State health department turns over records to abortion rights group

The Ohio Department of Health has turned over public records it previously refused to release to an abortion-rights group regarding health officials’ contact with Ohio Right to Life, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation moved last week to dismiss a lawsuit it had filed against the health department for illegally withholding records, leading the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss the case today.

Suspect in Downtown pedestrian deaths ruled incompetent to stand trial

A psychiatric evaluation of a man accused of causing a crash that killed two pedestrians Downtown concluded that he was incompetent to stand trial. The evaluation, by Netcare, said that Terrance Trent likely could be restored to competence, but that he had possible dementia and suffered from “disorganized and delusional thinking.” Trent, 62, is charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

‘Hope: A Memoir’: Captive Cleveland women share their story

Amanda: I can’t believe my mom is dead. I’ve been chained up as a prisoner in this house since I was kidnapped almost three years ago. Now, I see on the TV news that my mom has died without ever knowing that I am still alive. She was only 43. They said it was a heart attack, but I think she died of a broken heart.

High-schoolers face challenge qualifying for college-credit programs

When Jocelyn Cosgrave was principal of Muskingum Valley New Tech Academy in Zanesville two years ago, her students could take courses free at Zane State College, a two-year technical school. But only 20 of the school’s 200 students qualified.

Nearly 90, woman’s trek to Rwanda to see gorillas was thrill

Loann Crane could have reached out and touched the mountain gorillas that loped around and above her in the Rwandan rainforest. Crane will turn 90 on May 8, and her daughter, Tanny Crane, thought the trek would be the perfect present for her well-traveled mother. No one that old had ever gone on Rwanda’s famed gorilla treks, organizers of the trips said.

Ohio Politics Now: Will Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage survive?

U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear three hours of arguments Tuesday on a group of cases - including two from Ohio - challenging same-sex marriage bans. Eleven years ago, Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported the ban on the ballot, but “In the past decade, however, the views of Americans have changed dramatically. Today — either through legislative action or court rulings — 37 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage,” Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry reports.

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