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Four former Freedom Industries executives have been arraigned on a superseding indictment stemming from a chemical spill last January that turned off tap water for 300,000 people.
 

Bank accounts and proper spending were the focus of day four in the trial of the suspended Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly.

Ohio’s statewide officers met with journalists Thursday to discuss priorities heading into the upcoming year.

Applications will be submitted by the Athens County Commissioners for grant funds to extend the bike path eastward from Athens to County Road 24A (South Canaan), and to install a bridge and make right-of-way improvements on a portion of the Athens-Belpre Rail Trail.

A redevelopment plan for the Dale’s BP property in downtown Athens was denied code variances in December, but the owners will be submitting a revised proposal, confirmed Kristi Goldsberry.

Kroger has applied for a D5 liquor permit that would allow customers to consume beer and wine while shopping.

The Athens County is under a level 2 snow emergency due to icy road conditions.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington says a line of rain stretching from the Mansfield area to Portsmouth resulted traffic delays and accidents across the state.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly is a human being who makes mistakes, but not a menacing criminal, according to his attorney, Scott Wood.

Kelly, 64, is on trial in Athens County Common Pleas Court and facing a 25-count criminal indictment.

The third day of a criminal trial charging Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly with a 25-count indictment began with opening statements, the first of which spelled out the prosecution’s plan to prove “a case of public corruption and greed.”

Interim Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith has moved three outside bank accounts into the county treasury, including an account that sparked controversy in 2012.

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