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Libertarians await word on making Ohio's ballot
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office in Ohio are awaiting word from the state elections chief on whether they'll make the May 6 primary ballot.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has said he'll rule Friday on separate protests filed against gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary.

Earl has the potential to draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich as the governor faces a likely challenge from Democrat Ed FitzGerald this fall.

The protest seeking to disqualify Earl from the primary ballot was registered on behalf of Tyler King, a Libertarian voter. King's attorney claims Earl should be disqualified and that Democrats provided him help.

Earl's attorney has called the challenge an extension of Republican efforts to exclude third parties from Ohio's ballot.


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Court upholds conviction in Ohio septic tank case
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Friday, 07 March 2014 07:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio court has rejected the appeal of a southeast Ohio man who was convicted of killing his daughter-in-law, who was found strangled at the bottom of a septic tank in 2011.

Ohio's Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld William Inman's aggravated murder conviction and life prison sentence.

The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/1lEyvZe ) reports the court rejected arguments that the jury didn't get to hear evidence that would have shown Inman's son, William Inman II, was solely responsible for the slaying of Summer Cook Inman.

Summer Inman was abducted in Logan in Hocking County, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church. William Inman II and his mother, Sandra Inman, also were convicted in the slaying and sentenced to life in prison.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/


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Cleveland police chief announces new chase policy
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:42

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's police department is setting new guidelines dictating when officers can chase suspects.

The new policy made public Thursday comes more than a year after a chase involving more than 100 officers and 60 squad cars.

The pursuit ended with the deaths of two apparently unarmed people.

Cleveland's police chief says the revamped policy was in the works before that deadly chase in November 2012. But he adds what happened did impact the new guidelines.

One big change is a limit on how many squad cars can get involved in a chase without being authorized by a supervisor.

The chief says officers still will be able to chase someone suspected of a violent felony or drunken driving.

He also says there will be clear guidelines on when to end pursuit.


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Michigan: Failure to reset alarms key to escape
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:20

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A convicted quadruple killer escaped from a Michigan prison for 24 hours last month primarily because guards didn't properly operate the motion-detector alarms at a gate the inmate pried open with scissors and a belt buckle, investigators concluded Thursday.

A control center officer failed to reset two alarms for 5½ hours after they were tested, and a supervisor who noticed the problem left when her shift was over without notifying others to check the gate, according to a report by the state Corrections Department's internal affairs division.

If the alarms had been properly reactivated, the investigation found, Michael Elliot could have been detected in the vicinity of a vehicle gate during his nearly three-hour escape Feb. 2. Investigators deemed it a "critical error" that played a "major role."

Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said the motion detectors previously have been tripped by birds and squirrels, possibly leading guards to sometimes ignore the alarms, although in this case, the alarms weren't properly set.

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Ohio high court strikes down child enticement law
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down the state's child enticement law, concluding it's too broad and outlaws several activities protected by the state constitution.

The 5-2 decision came in the case of a Columbus man charged with child-enticement after asking a child to carry boxes to his apartment for money.

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger says in the court's Thursday ruling that while the law has the admirable goal of preventing child abductions and lewd acts against children, it can't also ban protected speech and activity.

Last year a state appeals court in Akron threw out the conviction of a man accused under the same law of trying to entice a 13-year-old girl to be his Facebook friend.


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