Ohio base reports possible prescription mix-up
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:27

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Air Force officials at a southwest Ohio base are notifying thousands of pharmacy customers about a possible mix-up in prescription refills because an automated system may have added the wrong pills to at least one medication.

A spokesman for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton says the problem apparently occurred at the base's Kittyhawk Satellite Pharmacy. It refills about 1,000 prescriptions a day for active and retired military members and dependents.

Spokesman Daryl Mayer says anyone who got refills there between April 23 and April 29 should call or have them checked at the pharmacy or Wright-Patterson Medical Center. He says one person had reported getting wrong pills as of Wednesday, and officials believe only a small number may have been affected.

Mayer says no adverse reactions have been reported.

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Transgender Ohio inmate suing over hormone treatments
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A transgender prison inmate in Ohio wants a federal judge to order the state to allow her hormone treatments to continue, saying she suffered a medical setback including facial hair growth and depression when the treatments stopped.

Whitney Lee, whose legal name is still Antione Lee, had undergone continuous hormone therapy since 1999 until the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction abruptly halted the treatments in February 2012.

The state resumed the treatments last month after a judge temporarily ordered the state to provide them and scheduled a hearing for Thursday in Columbus.

A prison psychiatrist has determined that Lee lacks the criteria for gender identity disorder, also known as gender dysphoria, and that the therapy can't be justified, according to the department.

Lee, 36, is housed with men at Mansfield Correctional Institution, where she is serving a three-year sentence on forgery and theft charges out of Hamilton County.

Ohio ex-deputy treasurer arrested in Pakistan
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio deputy treasurer facing 15 years in prison for bribery and conspiracy has been arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of traveling using fake documents.

The Federal Investigation Agency in Punjab province says 39-year-old Amer Ahmad, of Chicago, was picked up Monday at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore.

The agency's local director says Ahmad was traveling with $176,000, plus some European currency. His flight arrived from Mexico.

Federal prosecutors in Columbus issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad on Friday after his wife sought a protective order in Chicago and alleged he threatened her when she refused to get him a fake birth certificate from Pakistan for a passport.

Ahmad worked for two Ohio treasurers, Democrats Richard Cordray and Kevin Boyce, then as comptroller under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Court upholds conviction of ex-Ohio official
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:43

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former county official's conviction and 28-year sentence in a wide-ranging public corruption case were upheld Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati affirmed former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora's 2012 conviction and sentence on 32 bribery-related offenses.

Dimora had asked the court to drop four charges and grant a new trial on the remaining ones. His attorney argued the trial judge should have allowed jurors to see ethics reports the attorney said would have proven the items that Dimora received were gifts and not bribes.

Prosecutors had argued the reports were incomplete and described only relationships with people who were bribing Dimora, not details or dollar figures.

The three-judge appeals panel found the trial judge erred in ruling that the reports were inadmissible hearsay, but it said any error was harmless because "the government produced overwhelming evidence against Dimora."

Suit aims to strike down Ohio gay marriage ban
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:48

CINCINNATI (AP) — Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Cincinnati on behalf of six gay Ohio couples who say they're in love and want to get married.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he will continue to defend the gay marriage ban, passed overwhelmingly by Ohio voters in 2004.

The same law firm that filed Wednesday's lawsuit filed a February lawsuit that led a judge to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state same sex marriages.

That April 14 order stopped short of forcing Ohio to allow gay couples to wed in the state.

The order is on hold pending DeWine's forthcoming appeal.

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