Michele Rout is an assistant law director in the city of Chillicothe, one of the places in Ohio hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.

But her experience with the human toll of the crisis goes beyond the courtroom.

Rout and her husband are raising two grandchildren who were exposed to opioids before birth and experienced symptoms of withdrawal afterward — a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Army Cpl. Robert L. Bray of Chillicothe
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

The government says the remains of a soldier who died during the Korean War have been identified as an 18-year-old Ohio man.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is spending some time in Ohio as she hits the campaign trial. She's hosting a town hall meeting at a Franklinton STEM academy Friday night, but first she'll stop in Chillicothe for a meet-and-greet with voters.

police tape
Tony Webster / Flickr

The Ross County Sheriff's Office says two people are dead and two others suffered life-threatening injuries in what appear to be connected crimes.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said.

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Officer Ron Meyers drives down a dirt road in rural Ross County. As he passes each home, he slows down and squints, searching for an address. Out here the house numbers are written on the front of homes in marker, or in faded numbers clinging to old mailboxes. There’s no GPS.  


Federal prosecutors say a former guard at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution conspired with several inmates to distribute drugs in the prison.

Statue of former Governor William Allen.
Architect of the Capitol

Just last year, Ohio replaced one of the two statues representing the state in Congress’ Statuary Hall because of its subject’s views on slavery. The statue of Gov. William Allen, who served from 1874 to 1876, was replaced with one of Thomas Edison.

That Allen statue now sits in a city that’s also looking at how to weigh history against the push for change.

Statehouse Celebrates Ohio's Birthday With Tours, Trivia

Feb 27, 2017
Ohio Statehouse
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Ohio is celebrating 214 years of statehood this year, and the Statehouse in Columbus is marking the occasion with a family-friendly party on March 5.

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Chillicothe residents will meet tonight to discuss a measure banning LGBT discrimination in the city. But, not everyone is pleased with the first draft of the ordinance.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Chillicothe Murder

Jul 28, 2015
Ross County Sheriff's Office

A suspect has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of a woman whose slaying is one of several deaths and disappearances troubling residents of Chillicothe.

Charleston, WV Police Dept.

West Virginia police say they are sharing information with authorities investigating suspicious deaths and missing women in southern Ohio. The development comes after a Charleston woman fatally shot Neal Falls, who she says was attacking her in her home.

A grand jury has indicted a suspect in the shooting death of a woman whose slaying is one of several deaths and disappearances troubling a southern Ohio city.

Body Identified As Missing Chillicothe Woman

Jun 22, 2015

The Ross County Sheriff's Office says a body found over the weekend is that of one of three missing women from Chillicothe.

Chillicothe a Financial Bellwether?

Jul 11, 2011

If you're looking for a political bellwether city, go about 50 miles south of Ohio's capital city to the state's first capital: Chillicothe. There's new hope the city is also a financial bellwether after a state audit hinted Chillicothe might be turning an economic corner. Chillicothe has a long, rich history. It became Ohio's first capital in 1803 and has seen its share of booms and busts. That's clear standing in downtown, where a mix of historic businesses and new businesses show the city is still evolving. In recent years, it's been more bust than boom.