Police mounted unit doesn't horse around with training

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Toby Keith and Willie Nelson's "Beer for My Horses" blared from loudspeakers, 13 horses — six of them from the Columbus police mounted unit — lined up in a parking lot outside the former city police academy on the West Side.

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  • Written by By BETHANY BRUNER The Columbus Dispatch

New statues, education center honor Neil Armstrong in Ohio

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — New statues of astronaut Neil Armstrong will be displayed and an education center dedicated in his name as his small Ohio hometown celebrates its native son's history-making moon mission 50 years ago this month.

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  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

Illinois mulling options to Asian carp issue in Lake Decatur

vDECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam.

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  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

DNA from recent rape leads to 30-year sentence for 1999 case

IRONTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1999 kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl after DNA evidence from a rape case last year connected him to the old case.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Black female officer sues Highway Patrol alleging harassment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A black female police officer has sued the Ohio State Highway Patrol alleging she was harassed based on her gender and race and then faced retaliation for reporting it.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF