CLEVELAND-FATAL POLICE SHOOTING
Cleveland policeman fatally shoots suspect
CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland police sergeant has shot and killed a man who reportedly pointed a gun at him as he was responding to a gunfire complaint.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says the sergeant fired three shots Tuesday after repeatedly ordering the man to drop a handgun. The shooting occurred shortly after 9:15 a.m.
Williams says the officer was slowly driving down a street on Cleveland's east side when a man with a gun approached him. The sergeant began backing up his police cruiser but the man kept walking toward him and the officer shot him from inside his cruiser. Police recovered a revolver at the scene.
It was the first fatal police shooting in Cleveland since two people were shot and killed in a hail of gunfire in November 2012.
GOP lawmakers in Ohio seek vote on photo ID bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.
The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots.
Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House. They said the ID requirements help safeguard Ohio's vote, though fraud cases are rare.
Voter rights groups say supporters of the proposal are going after a problem that doesn't exist.
Ohio Libertarians tossed from ballot eye GOP ties
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Libertarians in Ohio are crying foul after learning a Republican consultant and appointee of Governor John Kasich (KAY'-sik) was responsible for hiring the law firm whose challenge pushed two of their candidates off Ohio's statewide ballot.
Terry Casey worked for Kasich's 2010 campaign, and the governor has since appointed him chair of the state personnel review board.
Casey's role hiring Zeiger, Tigges and Little emerged in a case where Libertarians are asking federal Judge Michael Watson to restore governor candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary to November's ballot.
The party also says Brad Smith, who oversaw the disqualification hearing, didn't disclose he'd worked for Ohio's Republican attorney general.
Libertarians want a trial expedited on grounds the disqualifications were partisan.
Casey said Libertarian petitions were tossed legitimately.
DEATH PENALTY-CONVICTIONS UPHELD
Convictions upheld in Ohio death penalty case
CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a man found guilty of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the southwestern Ohio slayings.
A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday affirmed a U.S. district court's ruling that upheld the aggravated murder convictions of Jose Trinidad Loza. Loza was convicted in the 1991 fatal shootings of girlfriend Dorothy Jackson's family.
The victims were Jackson's mother, Georgia Davis; brother Gary Mullins; and sisters Cheryl Senteno and pregnant Jerri Luanna Jackson.
Loza's attorney, Laurence Komp, says they likely will appeal to the full appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Loza argued among other things that the trial court improperly allowed statements Loza alleges were made amid police coercion.
Court upholds death sentence for Cleveland killer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man condemned to die for shooting a woman at a Cleveland laundry mat.
The court's 6-1 ruling came in the case of Jeremiah Jackson, convicted of killing Tracy Pickryl in 2009 at the end of a crime spree in Cleveland, Sandusky and Lorain.
The court's decision Tuesday rejected defense arguments that the judge showed bias against Jackson by holding an unsolicited hearing to determine if Jackson had a mental disability.
Justice Terrence O'Donnell, writing for the majority, said the judge wanted to ensure that Jackson, who an expert determined is not mentally disabled, received a fair trial.
Dissenting justice William O'Neill said the hearing shouldn't have been held after Jackson's attorneys chose not to raise the issue.
GUARD OFFICER-SEX CHARGES
Guardsman accused of child sex abuse due in court
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter at their home is scheduled for arraignment this week on an updated 35-count indictment that includes intimidation charges.
Prosecutors allege in court documents that the Marysville man and his wife abruptly sent a fourth adopted daughter out of state in July 2012 and threatened remaining children in the family with a similar fate to keep them from talking.
The man is charged with rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, intimidation and tampering with evidence. His wife is charged with intimidation, obstructing justice and evidence tampering.
The Associated Press isn't naming them to protect the children's identities.
The pair pleaded not guilty to their initial charges. Their attorneys aren't commenting on their pending cases.
NTSB: Pilot in Ohio crash was trying to turn back
CLEVELAND (AP) - A National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of a small plane was trying to return to a suburban Cleveland airport last week when the aircraft plummeted to the ground, killing all four college students aboard.
The preliminary report says the pilot told the controller he was not climbing fast and asked for permission to make a left turn. The controller says the plane appears to have crashed after the pilot began turning. The aircraft struck the ground and smashed through a fence before it came to rest about 1,000 feet past the end of the 5,100-foot runway.
An NTSB spokesman declined to comment Monday.
The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. They planned a nighttime sightseeing trip after their first day of classes.
W.Va. teen's body found in Ohio, man arrested
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - An Ohio man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a West Virginia teenager.
Police say a body found in Meigs County, Ohio has been identified as that of 16-year-old Erika Brown of Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Brown was reported missing on August 10th.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood says an Ohio trooper arrested 36-year-old Ernest Roach of Racine, Ohio, on Saturday on a federal warrant obtained by authorities in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office says Roach faces a murder charge in Ohio. Roach also faces a federal charge in West Virginia of interstate travel with intent to engage illicit sex.
Campers found Brown's body on Saturday along the banks of the Ohio River in Portland, Ohio.
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