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Ohio sheriff facing 25 charges pleads not guilty
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:17

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio county sheriff charged in a public corruption case has pleaded not guilty to all 25 counts against him.

Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly denies any wrongdoing. The charges include theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The 63-year-old Kelly was arraigned Monday and released on a personal recognizance bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Feb. 28.

Kelly is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations.

The indictment also alleges his campaign didn't properly report donations and funneled money through a personal bank account.


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12 Cleveland firefighters on leave plead guilty
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:16

CLEVELAND (AP) — A dozen Cleveland firefighters accused of illegally paying co-workers to cover their shifts have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

They pleaded guilty Monday to charges of complicity to receiving unlawful compensation. The judge suspended their six-month jail sentences.

A city audit had indicated some firefighters paid colleagues instead of trading shifts as they're allowed to do. Prosecutors argued that jeopardized public safety as firefighters missed training or their colleagues were overworked.

Defense attorneys and the firefighters' union say that's not true.

The firefighters have been on unpaid leave for eight months and are expected to face administrative hearings soon. The Plain Dealer reports they were advised not to comment publicly until those hearings are done.

The case against one more firefighter is pending. He remains on unpaid leave.


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Ohio man charged with attacking postal worker
Written by Ohio man charged with attacking postal worker   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:13

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a northeast Ohio man was arrested after attacking a mail carrier who didn't bring a check he was expecting.

Twenty-five-year-old Robert Kiefer allegedly assaulted the 56-year-old postal worker on Saturday, squirting the carrier with his own pepper spray and biting him in the leg. Then, police said, he fought with officers who tried to arrest him.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1bFYVkv ) reports that officers found Kiefer and the postal worker in a fight, with a small crowd surrounding the two men.

Police said they finally subdued Kiefer with pepper spray. The postal worker was treated for bite marks and cuts.

Kiefer, facing misdemeanor charges of assault and resisting arrest, remained in jail after being unable to post bond. Online records did not include attorney information.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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Election-related bills to see Ohio House action
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative committee plans to vote on two election-related proposals that would affect early voting in the presidential battleground state.

One bill would eliminate the chance for residents to both register to vote and cast an early ballot on the same day. Without that so-called golden week, early voting would start the first day after voter registration ends. That's typically 29 days before Election Day.

The early-voting period currently begins 35 days before Election Day.

Another bill would set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason.

A House panel is scheduled to consider the proposals Tuesday afternoon. If approved, the full House could vote as soon as Wednesday. Both bills have passed the Senate.


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Boy, 13, killed in central Ohio crash on icy roads
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:12

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified the 13-year-old boy who died in a crash on an icy road in central Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Zachary Mans was a passenger in the car driven by his mother, 36-year-old Kristy Stone, when her car slid left of center and hit another car Sunday morning in Circleville, south of Columbus.

Zachary died at a hospital. His mother and 4-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the other car, 75-year-old F.D. Easterday, was hospitalized in serious condition.

Grief counselors were made available Monday at the Circleville middle school where Zachary was a seventh-grader.


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