CLEVELAND, Ohio - Authorities say a Florida woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a scam that collected $2 million from Ohio residents who believed they were donating to a fund for U.S. Navy veterans.
Blanca Contreras of Tampa was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland on earlier pleas to theft, money laundering and other charges. Attorney general's spokesman Dan Tierney says she handled nearly $475,000 in Ohio donations for the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Investigators say little, if any, of the money was used to benefit veterans.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Medical investigators could soon carry weapons as the Ohio State Medical Board considers arming some of its workers.
The board will vote on Thursday whether to allow the employees to be armed during their investigations.
Executive Director Richard Whitehouse says investigators often find themselves in threatening situations, and in the past have had to talk their way out. He says the weapons would be a precaution of last resort.
DAYTON, Ohio - Regional officials are urging that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base stay split between two southwest Ohio congressional districts to maintain its clout in Washington.
On Tuesday, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Development Coalition sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich and state legislative leaders. The groups expressed concern that redistricting could place the base within just one district. They say that could threaten efforts to protect Wright-Patt and its more than 27,000 workers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The State Highway Patrol says most Ohio counties have seen a drop in crash deaths so far this year compared to this point in 2010.
A map posted on the patrol's website shows that 50 of 88 counties in Ohio saw at least one fewer fatality by Aug. 8 than during the same period last year. Thirteen counties have seen no change, while 25 have had more traffic deaths.
Cuyahoga County has seen the biggest decline. The patrol says the county that includes Cleveland has had 19 fewer fatalities than during the first seven months or so of 2010.