BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:00 pm, OH

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Ohio. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Columbus bureau at 614-885-2727 or APColumbus@ap.org. Kantele Franko is on the desk. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmartin@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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FRANKLIN — A woman accused of putting her 4-year-old stepson’s legs in scalding water as punishment the night before he was found unresponsive is set for an initial court appearance on a child endangering charge as police investigate the boy’s death. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., then 130-word update from video arraignment expected around noon, developed on merits.




COLUMBUS — A former state prisons director who oversaw more than 30 executions and then became an anti-death penalty advocate in retirement has died. Terry Collins was 63. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6:30 p.m., photo.


FRANKLIN — A 4-year-old Ohio boy stopped breathing and died after his legs were put in scalding water as a punishment, and his stepmother is charged with child endangering, police say. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 220 words by 6:30 p.m.



MARYSVILLE — The next generation of Acura’s top-of-the-line NSX is ready to begin full production in Ohio in late April — the first time in the car’s 27-year history that it will be made outside of Japan. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 600 words, photos.


AKRON — Two girls and their mother were dead before their father set their house on fire, causing a massive explosion that killed him and shook homes through the neighborhood, authorities say. SENT: 315 words, photos.


EUCLID — Police say they have finally cracked the case of who egged a Cleveland-area home more than 100 times over a year. SENT: 300 words.


HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — Three Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children in Pennsylvania have been removed from their religious assignments in Florida and Minnesota. SENT: 500 words, photo.


LAS VEGAS — Nevada rancher and anti-authority figure Cliven Bundy loses a renewed bid for release from jail ahead of trial on federal conspiracy and assault charges stemming from an armed standoff against government agents two years ago. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— FATAL OVERDOSES-OHIO: Officials say 13 people have died in northeast Ohio over a five-day period from overdoses of heroin, fentanyl or a combination of the drugs.

— POLL WORKER ARRESTED: A Cleveland man accused of getting into an argument with fellow poll workers and pulling a gun from his backpack at a voting site has made his first court appearance.

— TEEN PARTY-RAPE: A boy has been sentenced for raping a fellow teen who was drunk at a party after a high school football game in southwest Ohio.

— BASKETBALL DUNK-TEEN DEATH: A 16-year-old Ohio boy has died nearly three weeks after he was injured while trying to dunk a basketball during a pickup game.

— DRUG TRAFFICKING RING-OHIO: FBI officials say they have arrested 10 suspects in a Mexican drug trafficking ring that has been distributing crystal methamphetamine throughout northeast Ohio.

— EMPLOYEE DEFINITION-COURT: The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the definition of employee under state law in a dispute in which two advertising sales reps sued after they were paid amounts below the minimum wage.

— PARKING LOT SHOOTING: The young man accused in a central Ohio shooting that killed a 7-year-old boy and injured two more children is being held on $2 million bond.

— SPRING BREAK SAFETY: Officials hope to keep 50,000 Columbus grade-school students safe during spring break by expanding recreation center hours and offering programs.

— MAYORS’ BASKETBALL WAGER: The mayor is so confident that two Lima high schools will win Ohio boys basketball championships that he’s making a friendly wager with two counterparts supporting the Lima teams’ opponents.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Ohio and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.