Articles by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Ohio Governor Says Distracted Driving Should Be Primary Offense

Distracted driving should be reason enough to pull someone over in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said as he promised a legislative proposal soon to upgrade the offense. DeWine also said it’s time for a cultural recognition that distracted driving is …

NTSB: Ohio Medical Helicopter Made ‘Sharp Left Turn’ Before Fatal Crash

An Ohio medical helicopter on its way to pick up a hospital patient made “a sharp left turn” before a crash that killed three people including the pilot last month, according to a preliminary federal report. The report released by …

New Suits Filed Over Pain Meds Given to Near-Death Patients in Ohio

An Ohio man said on Jan. 16 he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife’s hospital death last year was caused by a doctor’s order for a fatal dose of pain medication. David Austin said he called an …

Ex-Athletes: Ohio State Doc Groped, Ogled Men for Years

On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. Some former athletes recall him differently: Locker-room voyeur. Serial groper. “Dr. Jelly Paws.” In interviews with …

Ex-Ohio State Star Spielman Widens Lawsuit over Commercial Use of Image

A former Ohio State and NFL star is asking a judge to let him expand a class-action lawsuit over allegations that marketing campaigns for dozens of big-time colleges and universities improperly used the images of thousands of current and former …

Ex-Ohio St. Player Files Suit Over Use of Image in Marketing Program

One of Ohio State’s most famous football starshas sued the university over a marketing program he says used athletes’ images without permission and robbed them of compensation. Linebacker Chris Spielman filed the class-action lawsuit in federal court in Columbus on …

Lawsuit Alleges Ohio Firefighters Harassed Female Co-Worker

A female firefighter was subjected to equipment tampering, clothing destruction and gender-related slurs at a central Ohio fire department, according to a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging a pattern of sexual harassment. Amie Morningstar of the Circleville Fire Department was also …

Ohio Woman Awarded $1.6M over DuPont Chemical in Water

An Ohio woman has been awarded $1.6 million in the trial of a lawsuit that alleged a chemical from a DuPont Co. plant contaminated drinking water and contributed to her contracting kidney cancer. A jury awarded the damages to 59-year-old …

Ohio DUI Video Confessor Seeks Reduced Sentence

An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking should receive a sentence well below the maximum of eight years to send a message about the value of taking …

Fire Deaths in Ohio Reach 26-Year Low in 2012

The number of fire-related deaths in Ohio dropped last year to a 26-year low, with the state fire marshal attributing part of the decline to the unusually mild winter. It was the second year running that Ohio saw double digit …