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State police in Michigan seize $43,000 in untaxed cigars
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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:27

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — State police say they seized $43,000 in untaxed cigars from a storage unit in suburban Detroit that may be linked to a smuggling ring.

Police say a Rochester Hills man was arrested Tuesday for violation of the Tobacco Products Tax Act after the discovery in Sterling Heights.

Police say a number of brands of cigars were seized. Police say the man, whose name wasn't immediately released, is believed to be part of a large, organized tobacco smuggling ring operating in the Detroit area. An investigation into the case is ongoing.

It's against the law in Michigan to possess, acquire, transport or sell any quantity of untaxed tobacco.


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Ohio drunken driver gets 15 years in fatal crash
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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:18

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — A man who was driving drunk when he caused a fiery crash that killed a 36-year-old woman last year has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in northern Ohio.

Twenty-four-year-old Morgan Jevec of Massillon was sentenced this week for the September crash that killed Tracy Albright of Bellevue and injured her two passengers.

Jevec pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and other charges as part of the plea agreement.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge James Conway also gave Jevec a lifetime driver's license suspension and ordered him to pay $1.3 million in medical bills for the passengers in his car who were injured.

Prosecutors said Jevec's blood alcohol content was 0.136 percent at the time of the crash. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08 percent.


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Dayton uses grant money to fix feral cats
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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:08

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The city plans to use $160,000 in grant money to spay and neuter stray cats in an effort to reduce Dayton's large feral feline population.

The plan in the city of about 140,000 residents involves catching the cats, then spaying or neutering them before returning them to the neighborhoods where they were found. The local humane society hopes it will stop some of Dayton's 9,500 free-roaming felines from reproducing as the typical spring breeding season approaches.

Part of the $160,000 foundation grant will pay for fixing 500 cats, according to the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/OaX1Ds ). The city hopes residents will contribute by picking up traps from the humane society offices.

About 120 traps are available, some of which were purchased specifically for managing the stray cat problem in Dayton.

"We can put out the word so people know it's an opportunity," Mayor Nan Whaley said.

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Ohio's largest county sees heroin-death record
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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:17

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's largest county saw a record number of heroin overdose deaths last year.

The medical examiner in northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga County said Thursday that heroin killed 195 people there in 2013, shattering the previous record of 161 fatal overdoses in 2012. It killed more people than homicide in the county of about 1.3 million people last year.

Officials say that the pain pill epidemic has been a gateway to heroin, which is cheaper and has become easier to get than prescription opiates.

"It was my hope that 2013 would see the number of heroin fatalities decrease, but that was not the case," said the county medical examiner, Dr. Thomas Gilson. "It is encouraging to see that the rate of rise of heroin deaths did drop compared to the previous year."

The county had 107 heroin-related deaths in 2011. In 2012, that number grew by 50 percent.

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Five-year sentence for man in Ohio slave labor case
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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:03

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A judge on Thursday handed a five-year prison term to the first of four people sentenced for participating in the enslavement of a mentally disabled woman held for two years with her young child in northeast Ohio.

Daniel Brown pleaded guilty last year to a single conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. He was sentenced by Judge Benita Pearson in federal court in Youngstown.

Brown, 34, and three others were charged in connection with the enslavement and beating of the woman. Prosecutors said she was recruited and targeted along with her daughter as part of a plot to obtain the woman's government benefits and steal her pain medication.

Prosecutors also contend the woman was hit badly enough to require a hospital visit for pain medicine, which the defendants then took from her. They said the woman was forced to use her public assistance money to buy groceries and cigarettes for the defendants.

The victims were taunted and threatened with pit bulls and snakes, forced to sleep in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, had their access to the bathroom restricted and were prevented from eating regular meals, prosecutors said, citing trial testimony and court documents.

One woman has pleaded guilty to various charges, and a man and his girlfriend were convicted at trial last week.


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