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US citizen accused of bribes extradited from Iraq

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 04:27 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive accused of bribing U.S. military contracting officials in Iraq has been returned to the U.S. in what government officials say is the first extradition under a 1936 treaty between the two countries.

Metin Atilan (meh-TEEN' AH'-tuh-lahn) pleaded not guilty Monday to contract and wire fraud in federal court in Dayton, Ohio. He was extradited Sunday from Iraq.

The 54-year-old is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Turkey and had businesses that did work in Iraq for U.S. military operations.


Expansion to add 214 auto-parts jobs in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 04:07 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Expansion of an auto-parts manufacturing operation is expected to add 214 jobs in the southwest Ohio city of Hamilton.

ThyssenKrupp Bilstein (THIS'-en-kruhp bil-STEYEN') of America Inc. already employs 381 people in Butler County. The unit of a German company makes high-end shock absorbers in Hamilton.

The latest $27 million capital investment will add 60,000 square feet to the operations.


Aide sentenced for raping 92-year-old Ohio woman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 03:41 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Cincinnati nursing home aide convicted of raping a bed-ridden 92-year-old resident has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

A prosecutor's spokesman says a Hamilton County judge sentenced 22-year-old Samuel Onyenweaku on Monday. The West Chester man was convicted earlier of rape, felonious assault and patient abuse.

Authorities said he raped a woman in her bed at the Amber Park assisted living facility in November. They say the victim was a widow and former school teacher who was bed-ridden and unable to communicate.


Drug trafficking suspect to be extradited to Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 03:15 PM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says a former Detroit police officer accused of leading a drug ring has waived extradition and will be sent from Georgia to Ohio in the next few days.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn in southeast Ohio says Brandon Allen of Detroit was arrested at the Atlanta airport last week on suspicion of trying to leave the country.

Blackburn said Monday that Allen is accused of orchestrating a $3 million drug ring selling illegal prescription painkillers in southeastern Ohio.


Man accused in teen's beating death goes on trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:43 PM

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of fatally beating a 16-year-old boy who was then left at a southwest Ohio hospital has gone on trial on charges including aggravated murder.

Court officials say jurors were selected Monday in a Warren County court for the trial of 40-year-old Michael Watson of Franklin. Watson also is charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery, rape and tampering with evidence.


Cleveland opens school focusing on digital arts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:36 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new school in Cleveland will use projects such as the creation of movies, video games and sound recordings to drive learning of traditional subjects while teaching students skills in the digital arts.


Ohio won't investigate Cedar Point ride accident

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:15 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's amusement ride inspectors won't be conducting an official investigation into an accident that injured two people when a cable snapped on a swing ride at Cedar Point.

That's because the state investigates accidents only when someone is admitted to a hospital or stays overnight.

Cedar Point says the Skyhawk ride will remain closed until the park's investigation into the cause is completed. Two people were hurt Saturday night when a cable disconnected on the ride that swings up to 125 feet in the air.


Ohio agency seeks approval to replace Smokey Bear

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:39 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials want to replace the 55-year-old Smokey Bear figure that greets visitors by name at the Ohio State Fair.

The Department of Natural Resources must first get approval from the state Controlling Board to spend $80,250 for a new bear. The agency plans to pay for it with a federal grant.

The board planned to vote on the spending request Monday, but a department spokesman said the item was pulled from the day's discussion after panel members had questions about the project.


Other officials counter Ohio mayor on immigrants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:20 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A congressman and other southwest Ohio officials are countering the welcome Dayton's mayor is offering immigrant children.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and six other Dayton area leaders have sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying Mayor Nan Whaley doesn't speak for the region in offering to shelter some of the children of the border influx from Central America.


Editorials from around Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 08:17 AM

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The Columbus Dispatch, July 28

A recent Ohio appeals-court ruling that cruiser dash-camera videos are confidential "investigatory materials," rather than open public records, threatens Ohioans' ability to monitor police and defend against abuse.

This decision is no favor to law-enforcement officers, either. They often rely upon these videos to prove they behaved professionally and even heroically under difficult circumstances.


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