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Judge to sentence seven in deadly Ohio pill mill case
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:23

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has set sentencing dates for six doctors and the owner of three pain management clinics where they worked, all of whom previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the clinics' operations.

Indictments in 2012 and last year alleged dozens of customers a week would travel hundreds of miles to visit clinics in southern and central Ohio and pay $200 per visit for painkillers.

The indictments said prescriptions were written without meaningful physical exams and contributed to the deaths of at least two patients.

Cincinnati federal Judge Michael Barrett will sentence the clinic owner and five doctors on May 21 and a sixth doctor on June 12.

No sentencing date has been set for an eighth defendant who pleaded guilty last month to failing to file federal income taxes.


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Ohioan accused of using dead woman's debit card
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:14

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman has been indicted on charges alleging she used a debit card that had been reported stolen from a woman whose body was found last week.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says 29-year-old Tonisha Harris of Dayton was indicted Tuesday on charges of receiving stolen property, theft by deception and misuse of a credit card. The prosecutor says Harris was captured on video using Nichelle McKnight's card.

Court records list no attorney for Harris.

Police say McKnight and her 4-year-old son went missing in March. McKnight's body was found Friday near a river in suburban Dayton. Police say the boy hasn't been found and is presumed dead.

Police wanted to question McKnight's boyfriend about the disappearances, but he fatally shot himself last week in a confrontation with police.


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Two Ohio visits slated as GOP seeks convention site
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:09

CINCINNATI (AP) — The two Ohio cities still in contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention will be visited in late April by party staff or members of a selection committee.

Teams will visit Cincinnati on April 29 and Cleveland on April 30 for a more in-depth look at factors such as financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels.

The visits will help officials decide which of the cities on the short list get visits from the full RNC delegation before the convention site is chosen.

Republican officials plan to pick the host city this summer, and Las Vegas has emerged as an early leading contender. The other cities in the running are Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, Mo.


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Missing autistic teen in NW Ohio found safe
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:12

TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a northwest Ohio autistic teen who had been missing since Sunday says her son has been found safe.

Jennifer Duffey, the mother of Shiloh J. Robinson, tells The Advertiser-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1kvDUzU ) she found her son at Cherry Street Mission in Toledo.

Tiffin police had been looking for the 18-year-old, who left behind a note saying he might walk to the Toledo area.

Toledo is about 55 miles from Tiffin.

Duffey says he had left Sunday afternoon without the medication he needs after they had a disagreement.

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Information from: The Advertiser-Tribune, http://www.advertiser-tribune.com


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Court to weigh challenge to Ohio ban on campaign lies
Written by HOPE YEN, Associated Press SAM HANANEL, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?

That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The case has attracted national attention, with groups across the political spectrum criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech.

Even Ohio's attorney general, Republican Mike DeWine, says he has serious concerns about the law. His office filed two briefs in the case, one from staff lawyers obligated to defend the state and another expressing DeWine's personal view that the law "may chill constitutionally protected political speech."

"The thing we see time and time again in political campaigns is that candidates use the law to game the system by filing a complaint," DeWine said in an interview with The Associated Press.

In an attempt at humor, satirist P.J. O'Rourke and the libertarian Cato Institute filed a widely circulated brief ridiculing the law and defending political smear tactics as a cornerstone of American democracy.

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