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Police investigate death of four in Defiance
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:36

DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — The Defiance County Sheriff's Office says four people have died in what is being investigated as a triple murder-suicide.

Authorities in northwest Ohio say the bodies were discovered Thursday by a family member who was checking on the welfare of the four in Defiance, about 60 miles southwest of Toledo. The four people were last seen Wednesday at about 3 p.m.

Officials have identified the dead as Robert Garza Sr., his wife, Christine Garza, daughter, Zoila Garza, and granddaughter Rebecca Garza. No ages were provided by officials.

Authorities say Robert Garza Sr. is believed to be the perpetrator.

Officials say an investigation is continuing.


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Amish man gets three years in rape of teen girl
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:35

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A northeastern Ohio judge says he was reluctant to sentence an 18-year-old Amish man to prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl but didn't have a choice.

Geauga County Common Pleas Judge Forrest W. Burt said he fears what will happen to Raymond F. Miller in prison because of his small stature and Amish beliefs.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/1g0XDVf ) reports that Burt sentenced the man to the minimum three years in prison Thursday for assaulting the girl last June. Miller knew the girl and said he had sex with her after watching pornography with friends.

Miller — whose attorney described as "an extremely naive person" — apologized to the judge and said he hoped to get some treatment.

Prosecutor Christopher Joyce agreed to stand silent on the case at sentencing.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html


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University of Akron may eliminate degree programs
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Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:57

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A University of Akron official is proposing that the school eliminate 55 degree programs.

Provost Mike Sherman said the action would come after years of review and is necessary to "correct institutional drift." The bachelor's programs include theater arts and geography, and students would no longer be able to get a master's degree in physics or urban studies.

Sherman presented trustees on Wednesday with a report identifying 11 associate, 13 bachelor's, 27 master's and four doctoral degree programs that he said no longer are popular or relevant to the school's mission.

About 600 students in the programs would be allowed to finish their degrees even if the programs were suspended.

The faculty senate will review the proposal and provide feedback to trustees, who will act on the recommendation April 23.


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Southwest Michigan house fire kills four people
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Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:33

THREE OAKS, Mich. (AP) — A house fire in a small southwestern Michigan village early Thursday morning killed four people, authorities said.

The blaze in Three Oaks started at about 5 a.m., Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey said.

Authorities wouldn't release the victims' names until their next of kin were notified, said Village Manager Adam Umbrasas, who described them as some "elderly residents and some young adults."

He said the fire had affected the community of about 1,800 residents, which just north of the state line with Indiana, about 20 miles northwest of South Bend, Ind., and 95 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

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Ohio bill seeks transparency from private police
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio lawmakers think arrest and crime reports by police at private universities and hospitals should be made public.

A House bill proposed Wednesday would make private police forces — including at 17 nonprofit hospitals and 16 private universities in the state — subject to Ohio's public-records laws.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1c6oSto ) reports that more than 800 privately employed police officers in Ohio are authorized by the state to carry handguns and make arrests, but they're not required to provide records to the public. Critics say they should have the same transparency and accountability demanded of government police departments.

The bill was introduced by Blacklick Democrat Heather Bishoff and Clayton Republican Michael Henne.

A spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office is studying the bill.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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