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A newspaper is reporting that shootings in Cincinnati increased nearly 28 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year, and the city's mayor says reducing gun violence is the top priority in the new year.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the number of shooting victims last year was 479, the highest since the 510 reported in 2006. The newspaper also reports homicides increased to 71 in 2015, up nearly 13 percent over 2014.
Political and law enforcement officials say they are working to find answers to the violence outbreak.

Authorities in a southwest Ohio city say a house fire that resulted in a firefighter's death has been ruled arson.
Hamilton officials said Monday that the Dec. 28 death of 28-year-old Patrick Wolterman is now being investigated as a homicide. They declined immediately to discuss more details but urged the public to offer any information that could help their investigation.
Wolterman entered the smoke-filled home and died soon after falling through a floor into a basement. Firefighters learned later that the couple who lived there was away on vacation.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities have filed charges against a man they say ignored guards' instructions to stop at a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security gate, prompting evacuations at Ohio's largest military base.

Officials at the facility near Dayton say charges were filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court against 32-year-old Edward Novak, of Beavercreek. Authorities say Novak on Nov. 24 also entered a secure building without authorization before he was stopped. They say he didn't have a weapon.

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor's request to set an execution date for a Mexican national convicted of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the 1991 slayings.
Mexico opposes setting a date for Jose Trinidad Loza, saying he was never allowed to consult with a Mexican consulate and was the subject of bias early on, including a crime scene detective who used an ethnic slur to describe him.

Dayton police say response times depend on call volume and the priority level of the call.  dayton police car
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Late last year, a man was assaulted by two people after walking out of the Family Dollar on Patterson road in Dayton. His attackers left pretty quickly, and the staff at family dollar called 911.  


“We kept calling them and calling them, hoping they would come faster,” says Jennifer, the store manager. “He could have had a concussion. He could have passed out. He was bleeding too.”

The victim also called 911. He told the operator that someone tried to kill him but initially he said he did not need an ambulance.

A Bellefontaine, Ohio woman accused of killing her three sons over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband paid them has been indicted on aggravated murder charges and could face the death penalty.

Aggravated murder charges against Brittany Pilkington were announced Tuesday by the Logan County prosecutor.

Ohio Dem Leader: Cincinnati Council Should Focus On Crime

Jul 17, 2015
Keith Lanser

The chairman of Ohio's Democratic Party is calling on current Cincinnati council members to focus on a solution for the city's recent crime spike.

Chairman and former city councilman David Pepper tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the increase in crime is a crisis. He says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who's running for U.S. Senate, should put in the time to make a difference in the community.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a senior prank that damaged 24 school buses has led to felony charges against four students in Clark County.

County sheriff's officials say the teens are accused of removing valve stems from tires on buses used by Northwestern Local School District in Springfield. Authorities say the vandalism forced school officials to cancel all classes in the 2,000-student district on Friday. School officials estimate repairs will cost thousands of dollars.

Fugitive On Lam Since 1959 Waives Extradition

May 6, 2015

A fugitive who had been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 won't fight his extradition back to Ohio after his arrest in Florida.

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State officials are turning up the heat on repeat convicts who continue to ignore the law and carry guns.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says there’s a small population of Ohioans that are wreaking havoc on communities. These are criminals who have been in and out of prison for violent crimes at least twice and continue to carry firearms. DeWine is supporting a bill in the Senate that would increase the possibility for more jail time if these repeat offenders are caught with a gun.