Swintek, 27, was named a defendant in a 21-count indictment by the Scioto County grand jury. The charges include three counts of sexual battery, 17 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.


Starting Jan. 1, minimum wage in Ohio is set to raise from $8.10 an hour to $8.15 an hour. Earlier this week, Gov. John Kasch signed legislation into law, prohibiting local communities from raising their minimum wage above state standards.


Traffic volumes in Ohio increase an average of 37 percent for the Christmas holiday and 33 percent for New Year's Day. The last time the holiday fell on a Sunday 2011 the busiest travel days were the Thursday before Christmas and the Monday after Christmas.


The suspended director of the Portsmouth High School Band has been charged in a 21-count indictment accusing him of sex offenses against two students. A Scioto County grand jury returned the indictment against Matthew Swintek after an investigation by the Portsmouth Police Department.