SLAVE LABOR SENTENCE
Ohio man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years
CLEVELAND (AP) - A northeast Ohio man convicted of enslaving a mentally disabled woman through abuse and intimidation has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The man, Jordie Callahan, was found guilty in Youngstown in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge. His girlfriend, 31-year-old Jessica Hunt, was also convicted on identical counts. She is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.
Prosecutors say Callahan and Hunt threatened to harm the woman's young daughter if the woman did not obey them. Authorities say the couple kept her and the child in a damp, dark basement without a bathroom, threatened the woman with a python and pit bulls and forced her to engage in sex acts.
Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for the 27-seven-year-old Callahan.
ROCK ON CAR
Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack
DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-sized rock thrown from an interstate overpass in central Pennsylvania had shattered parts of Sharon Budd's skull - keep her alive.
After nearly two weeks, including a marathon surgery lasting more than 13 hours, they are cautiously optimistic.
The Ohio teacher's arms and legs appear to be moving appropriately, and her brain pressure is normal. But doctors don't know how her dexterity and fine motor control skills will be affected. It's likely she won't regain use of her right eye.
A tube in her brain was removed Monday. Although Budd is somewhat sedated, she's been able to follow her doctors' commands, mostly shaking her head or wiggling her fingers and toes.
Four teenagers have been charged in the July 10 rock-throwing, three as adults.
2 Cleveland officers shoot suspect who pointed gun
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two Cleveland police officers shot a man they say pointed a gun at them.
A police spokesman tells WEWS-TV that it happened just before midnight Monday on the near west side of the city.
Police said the two gang unit officers were investigating two separate shootings that occurred late Monday. Officers began chasing a suspect they knew had a warrant. When the suspect pointed a gun at the officers, they shot him.
He was hospitalized and required surgery. The other suspect was taken into custody. The officers weren't injured. Police don't know if the suspects were involved in the earlier shootings.
No names were released.
Ohio man sentenced to life in marijuana slaying
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A 19-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he fired a shotgun into a man's face during a robbery at a marijuana-growing operation last fall.
A judge in Columbus sentenced Marsean Sowards to life in prison Monday with a chance for parole after 23 years following Sowards' guilty plea to aggravated murder.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Sowards and three accomplices were charged in the slaying of 52-year-old Richard Rundblad, who was shot in his house on Sept. 16. The body was found after firefighters responded to a fire at the house.
Prosecutors say Sowards shot Rundblad in the face after holding the shotgun on him during a robbery of his marijuana-growing operation.
Sowards did not comment in court.
ATTORNEY GENERAL-BID PROCESS
Ohio AG rival wants probe of DeWine bid process
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - His Democratic rival wants federal authorities to investigate Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's handling of lucrative collections contracts in the wake of a newspaper investigation.
DeWine's office challenges the factual basis for requesting any probe.
Attorney General candidate David Pepper's call came Tuesday. It followed a Dayton Daily News report (http://bit.ly/1p6z8I3) that found state bid documents were changed to favor a newly-created collections firm founded by a DeWine political ally over a seasoned collections company.
The ally, Pete Spitalieri (spih-tah-LAYR'-ee), formed CELCO Ltd. days before collections proposals for the upcoming fiscal year were requested. DeWine's schedules showed multiple meetings with Spitalieri and a county Republican chairman whose party donated more than $400,000 to DeWine's campaign since 2010.
DeWine's spokesman said the allegedly altered bid document was one judge's personal notes.
BOWLING GREEN PLAYER CHARGED
Bowling Green player charged with attempted rape
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - One of the Bowling Green State University football team's leading scorers has been charged with attempted rape in northwestern Ohio.
Court records show 19-year-old William Houston, of Dublin, was arraigned Monday in Bowling Green Municipal Court and later released on bail. The records show no attorney for the sophomore running back.
There was no phone listing for Houston.
Bowling Green police report Houston was arrested Sunday after a female told police she was asleep at a home where other people were staying and she awoke to find a man atop her trying to engage in sexual activity. Police say others reported that the man was Houston.
University spokesman Dave Kielmeyer says the school also is conducting its own investigation.
Houston scored 11 touchdowns last season and rushed for 211 yards.
JUVENILE SEX OFFENDER-HEARING
Juvenile offender status can be set before release
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court says judges can hold hearings to determine the offender status of juveniles convicted of sex crimes at the time they are found guilty or when they're released from detention.
The court's unanimous decision Tuesday came in a 2011 Clark County case involving a juvenile found delinquent for a rape committed when he was 14 years old.
Lawyers for the boy, who was sentenced to at least one year in detention, challenged the fact he was also classified as a sex offender, saying that determination should be made when he is released.
The appeals court for Clark County ruled against the boy, but the Supreme Court took the case because the appeals court for Canton came to a different conclusion in another case.
Prosecutor has case in child rape suspect's death
URBANA, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says he has received the results of a sheriff's office investigation into the death of a central Ohio child rape suspect who died several days after being hospitalized following a jail assault.
A report by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5 at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.
Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi (tah-LEE'-bee) says he's reviewing the investigation to determine any next steps. He says the county's grand jury meets early next month.
Records show the 39-year-old Piersol was indicted in February in Union County on charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition alleging assaults on a child last October.
AIR FORCE CUTS
Ohio base workers offered buyouts ahead of layoffs
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall.
The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1.
The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service.
Base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News that employees must leave by leave by Sept. 30 to receive incentives. That applies to employees who are at least 50 years old with at least 20 years federal service, or employees of any age with at least 25 years of federal employment.
TEEN GIRL SLAIN
Teen girl fatally shot in central Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in Columbus are looking for two young males who ran from the scene after a 17-year-old girl was fatally shot.
A police report says Shevona Whitehead was shot in the upper body at about 10 p.m. at a residence on the south side of the city. She was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Several people were at the residence at the time, and witnesses said two young males left on foot immediately after the shooting. A person of interest has been identified, but his name wasn't released.
Police don't know the motive for the shooting.
Group says Ohio casinos, racinos employ over 7,000
WASHINGTON (AP) - The American Gaming Association says Ohio's commercial casinos and racinos employed more than 7,000 workers who received a total of $225 million in wages benefits and tips last year.
The Washington-based trade association says the four casinos and four racinos operating in Ohio in 2013 generated $351 million in tax revenue. That's according to numbers released Tuesday.
Ohio has casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati. A fifth racino opened this year in the Cincinnati area and two more of the racetracks that operate with video slots are expected to open this fall.
The association says jobs in the gambling industry include accounting, hotel management, information systems and technology. Workers in the industry also are employed in areas including software, food and beverage, retail and entertainment among others.
Donations to Ohio State rise again
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.
The donations reported in the fiscal year ending June 30 were just shy of the record $407 million in 2011-12. Donations during that year included a $100 million pledge from L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner and the company's foundation.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the new numbers marked an 8-percent increase over the previous fiscal year, when donors gave $374 million.
Officials attributed the increase to more giving by alumni. They say the university focused on building stronger ties with alumni clubs across the country, and that the alumni association expanded its work to help alumni find jobs. Nearly 74,000 alumni donated over the past year.
BUTTER COW NAME
Ohio fair's butter cows named Scarlet and Grayce
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Scarlet and Grayce. Those are the names of the traditional butter sculptures of a cow and calf at this year's Ohio State Fair.
The names announced Tuesday by fair officials after a naming contest on Twitter are a play on the Ohio State University colors, scarlet and gray.
Also presented Tuesday were other Ohio icons carved from butter, including a whitetail deer, paw paw fruit, carnation and spotted salamander.
Two sculptors worked on this year's creations, crafting them from about 2,033 pounds of butter. The display took more than 540 hours to complete, including about 400 hours of actual sculpting.
The butter cow sculpture goes back more than a century at the state fair, which opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 3 in Columbus.
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