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Ex-sheriff's appeal delayed as appeals judges cite conflicts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 04:00 AM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The appeal of a former southeast Ohio sheriff convicted of corruption is being rescheduled because judges on the appeals panel have cited conflicts in the case.

The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/2a9XxSx ) two of the four judges on the Fourth District Court of Appeals are recusing themselves due to conflicts in the case. The panel was set to hear the case Thursday.


Judge: Proceeds from new traffic cameras won't be garnished

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 03:57 AM

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that proceeds from a southwest Ohio village's new speed camera program won't be garnished to satisfy a nearly $2 million lawsuit won by residents against the village.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/29XBXzp ) the judge ruled that garnishment is an "extraordinary remedy" and he found no evidence that New Miami is trying to defraud speeders.


Former Ohio village administrator charged with stealing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:23 AM

MOUNT STERLING, Ohio (AP) — The former administrator of a central Ohio village is facing charges that he stole nearly $1 million from village coffers.

Authorities say 46-year-old Joseph A. Johnson stole the money during the four years he was administrator for Mount Sterling, a village of about 1,700 people southwest of Columbus.

A 30-count felony indictment unsealed Tuesday accused him of racking up $300,000 on a village credit card and a variety of other crimes while working in the $66,000-a-year job. He's also accused of overpaying himself.


4 disciplined in connection with Lucas County jail death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:23 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Four employees of the Lucas County Sheriff's Office have been disciplined after they failed for several hours to check on an inmate who ended up dead in his cell.

The Blade newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2a6TJ1d ) two sergeants and two corrections officers were disciplined following an internal affairs review of the May 14 death of 34-year-old Alfred Estis.

Officials say corrections officer Adia Washington received the stiffest penalty, a 65-day unpaid suspension.


Woman who traded sex with 11-year-old for drugs gets prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:22 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati woman who admitted giving an 11-year-old child to her drug dealer for sex in exchange for heroin will spend at least 51 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old April Corcoran was sentenced Tuesday in Cincinnati after pleading guilty last month to charges including trafficking in persons, complicity to rape and endangering children. She was sentenced to life with a chance for parole after 51 years.


Justice Department urges reversal in Ohio voter purge case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:21 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Justice Department is telling a federal appeals court that Ohio's process for maintaining its voter rolls is illegally removing people.

Voting rights groups sued Ohio's elections chief in April, claiming the state drops registered voters from its rolls based on their failure to vote.

A federal judge rejected the lawsuit last month, saying Ohio's procedures ensure the integrity of its election process.


Ohio woman pleads no contest in bicyclist's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 02:45 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in southwestern Ohio has pleaded no contest to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

A court official said Tuesday that 35-year-old Melinda Woodall entered the pleas Friday. She also pleaded no contest to charges of drug possession and failure to stop after an accident. Authorities say the Amelia woman's SUV struck 42-year-old Michael Prater while he was riding his bicycle in suburban Cincinnati on Jan. 31. He died the next day.


Rally to remember black Ohio motorist killed by campus cop

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 01:35 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A rally marking the anniversary of the death of a black motorist fatally shot by a white University of Cincinnati police officer during a traffic stop is scheduled in Cincinnati.

Tuesday night's rally at Classon Park was organized by Cincinnati's chapter of Black Lives Matter to remember the life of 43-year-old Sam DuBose. Authorities say DuBose was fatally shot by Officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19, 2015, after Tensing pulled him over near the UC campus for a missing front license plate.


Bear that escaped at Ohio zoo had climbed 'hot wire' trees

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 12:36 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inspection report says a young black bear that escaped its Ohio zoo enclosure by scaling a fence with electrified wires previously climbed trees wrapped with "hot wires" intended to jolt animals as a deterrent.

The Columbus Zoo says the exhibit wasn't open to the public when the female cub scaled a 12.5-foot-high fence with an angled top and got into a viewing area on June 25. Visitors nearby were evacuated as the bear was corralled and sedated. No one was hurt.


Columbus officer served sandwich containing shards of glass

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 12:19 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital say a Columbus policeman was served a sandwich containing glass shards at a restaurant, and an assault squad is investigating whether it was intentional.

The officer, who wasn't identified, cut his mouth after biting into the sandwich served to him at a restaurant on Monday afternoon. He was taken to Grand Medical Center around 3 p.m. and was held overnight.


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