Family, US attorney to meet on Wal-Mart shooting
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - The parents of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart will meet with a federal prosecutor to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to handle the shooting investigation and begin a civil rights probe.
Family attorney Michael Wright says he and the parents of John Crawford III will meet Thursday with the U.S. attorney for Ohio's southern district.
Demonstrators rallying outside Justice Department offices in Dayton and Columbus Wednesday delivered letters addressed to the U.S. attorney general that also seek a federal investigation.
Police said Crawford was shot Aug. 5 in suburban Dayton after refusing to drop an air rifle. Crawford's family says he was holding the rifle while on his cellphone.
The family wants federal investigators to determine whether race was a factor in the shooting.
OHIO GOVERNOR-THREAT RECORDS
Court: Threat records on Ohio governor not public
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court says the state acted legally in rejecting a request from a political blogger to hand over records that document threats against Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).
In an unsigned opinion issued Wednesday, the high court rejected the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund's definition of "security records" in seeking the documents. The state said Ohio public-records law clearly allows threats to be shielded from public view for Kasich's protection, while the blog said that definition was too broad.
Plunderbund sought investigation files on any threats to Kasich or his staff. Shortly before, Kasich's office cited a large number of threats against the governor in declining to release daily schedules to the state Democratic Party. The blog wanted to learn the nature of the threats.
OHIO STATE-BAND DIRECTOR
OSU rejects band director's request for hearing
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State has rejected the latest appeal for reconsideration by fired marching band director Jonathan Waters.
In a Wednesday letter, Waters asked the university to schedule a two-day public "name-clearing hearing" where he could question university employees on details of the investigation that uncovered a "sexualized culture" inside the band and led to Waters' July 24 dismissal.
A university spokesman says Waters repeatedly misled investigators and "the issue is closed."
Waters' elaborate halftime shows were considered revolutionary and drew millions of views on YouTube.
Waters' attorney David Axelrod wrote that the university's investigation report was "replete with false, defamatory and stigmatizing statements" and the U.S. Constitution guarantees him the right to defend his reputation. He said Waters never got to read and respond to the report before it was released.
COLD CASE RAPE-SENTENCE
Ohio man sentenced to up to 135 years for 7 rapes
CLEVELAND (AP) - A northeast Ohio man who pleaded guilty to raping seven women between 1993 and 2002 has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison.
Sixty-nine-year-old Robert Green of Cleveland Heights pleaded guilty to the rape charges in May. He was tied to the crimes through DNA testing done as part of the Ohio attorney general's initiative to process previously untested rape kits.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Barker sentenced Green to serve at least five years for each of the seven counts. For five of the counts she set a sentence of up to 25 years.
A message left with Green's attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Ohio authorities apprehend missing inmate
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have apprehended an inmate who was missing from a southwest Ohio jail for more than 24 hours after she went on leave for a dentist appointment.
A judge granted 26-year-old Melissa Rae Helton temporary furlough from the Warren County Jail for a dentist appointment Tuesday. Under the terms of the furlough Helton, who was being held for two counts of felony drug possession, had permission to leave jail from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. Authorities say she did not show up for her appointment and she did not return to the jail by the deadline.
The Warren County Sheriff's office says Helton was apprehended Wednesday evening in Hamilton County and is back in custody.
Officials say Helton now faces a felony escape charge for violating the furlough.
Ohio's largest county records 90 heroin deaths
CLEVELAND (AP) - The medical examiner in Ohio's largest county says 90 people died of heroin-related overdoses in the first half of the year, a slight decrease from the same time period a year ago.
Dr. Thomas Gilson says he's encouraged the numbers in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County have dropped from 97 deaths during the first half of 2013 but remains concerned about the large number of young victims.
Data released by Gilson Tuesday show women accounted for about one in every five heroin-related deaths this year, the lowest level since 2010.
Gilson says eight of every ten victims were white, just under half lived in Cleveland and a quarter were ages 19 to 29.
Last year the county recorded 195 heroin-related deaths, shattering the previous record of 161 fatal overdoses in 2012.
Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season
CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.
Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.
The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon's case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.
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