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Two charged with enslaving Ohio woman found guilty
Written by JOHN P. COYNE, Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:26

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A couple charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, abuse and threats they would harm her young child were found guilty on Friday.

Jordie Callahan and his girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, were convicted by jurors in federal court in Youngstown a day after their lawyers argued prosecutors had built their case around unreliable witnesses.

But prosecutors said the couple kept the woman and her daughter, who was under age 5, in a damp, dark basement with a lock on the door and no bathroom. The couple also threatened both with a python and pit bulls and forced the woman to shop, cook, clean up after their dogs and do other household chores, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Rice said.

Prosecutors said the woman also was forced to engage in sexual acts.

Callahan and Hunt were convicted on charges that included forced labor conspiracy with a kidnapping specification and could be sentenced to as much as life in prison. But they were found not guilty of stealing the woman's government benefits and tampering with a witness.

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Ohio attorney general taken to Cincinnati hospital
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 15:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he fell ill during a speaking engagement in Cincinnati and has been taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

A statement from the office on Friday said DeWine was taken to the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati as a precaution. No other details were immediately available.

The 67-year-old DeWine is a former U.S. senator and Ohio lieutenant governor. After losing his Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006, the Republican DeWine ran for attorney general in 2010 and won.

One of Ohio's most publicly visible officials, DeWine has made causes of fighting human trafficking and prescription drug abuse.


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Police: Ohio man cooked heroin while driving
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 10:06

GIRARD, Ohio (AP) — A police officer said a northeast Ohio man admitted cooking heroin on a spoon while driving his car.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/P8biSa ) reports that 25-year-old Aaron Repko pleaded not guilty Thursday to three misdemeanor drug charges in municipal court in Girard. He has yet to enter a plea to a felony charge of drug possession.

Vienna police said an officer stopped Repko Wednesday believing he was a drunken driver. The officer said he found a spoon on the passenger seat with a burned substance on it.

While being searched, Repko kept falling asleep and said he had injected heroin a short time earlier and had been cooking the drug while driving.

He's being held with a $20,000 bond.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com


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Ohio's jobless rate drops in January
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 10:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 6.9 percent.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the unemployment rate in December was 7.2 percent, which was down from 7.4 percent in November.

The state's rate has been running slightly higher than the national rate, which was 6.6 percent in January.

The number of unemployed Ohio workers was 416,000 in December, or 11,000 fewer than in the previous month.


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Possible mumps outbreak at Ohio State University
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of mumps at Ohio State University, where nine students are reported to have the contagious infection.

Mysheika Roberts, medical director for Columbus Public Health, says the department is working to find out whether there is a connection between the cases. She said officials are in the early stages of their investigation and are interviewing students.

The students' ages, genders and conditions were not immediately known.

Ohio State is preparing for spring break next week, and some students may already be leaving campus.

Roberts says the infected students have been told to stay isolated from others.

Mumps is a viral infection that typically starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Roberts says the treatment is rest and fluid.


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