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Ohio killer asks Supreme Court to halt execution
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer facing execution next week by an untried lethal drug process has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a reprieve.

Attorneys for Dennis McGuire argue that the jury that sentenced him to death never heard the full extent of McGuire's troubled childhood because of poor legal representation.

The request late Wednesday is separate from McGuire's argument in a lower court that the two-drug combination will cause him "agony and terror" as he struggles to catch his breath.

The Supreme Court filing says jurors never learned that McGuire was malnourished, had to regularly steal food and was frequently beaten.

McGuire was condemned for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart, who was eight months pregnant.

The Ohio attorney general's office is expected to oppose the filing.


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50 farm animals killed in large Ohio barn fire
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:57

PATASKALA, Ohio (AP) — About 50 farm animals — goats, chickens, ducks and cows — perished when a large livestock barn went up in flames overnight in rural central Ohio.

Firefighters said the blaze in the sprawling pole barn on a farm near Pataskala, east of Columbus, likely was sparked by some heat lamps that were being used to keep the animals warm.

Firefighters said they were hampered by the size of the barn and the lack of hydrants in the rural area, meaning all the water they used had to be hauled to the scene.

The initial call came in just before 2 a.m. Firefighters from eight departments fought the blaze.

No people were believed to have been hurt.


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Officials: Trash can near space heater caused stadium fire
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:27

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Fire investigators say a trash container placed next to a space heater caused the fire that destroyed part of a western Michigan minor league ballpark.

MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1aaljBX ) Plainfield Township Fire Investigator Kyle Svoboda said in a report released Wednesday that the placement of a Rubbermaid trash container next to the heater at Fifth Third Ballpark was an accident.

Svoboda also said the sprinkler system failed to work properly during Friday morning's fire. He said in the report that the sprinkler system was inspected in 2013 and about $50,000 of maintenance work was done in 2012.

Multiple suites were destroyed in the fire and part of the roof collapsed. No one was injured.

The park is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com


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Northeast Ohio man admits stealing donation kettle
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:56

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 55-year-old northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to stealing a Salvation Army donation kettle days before Christmas.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/K81owe ) reports Jeffrey L. Gregg pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft on Wednesday in Painesville. He'll be sentenced Jan. 16.

Deputies said Gregg — who has no permanent address — stole the red kettle from in front of a Giant Eagle grocery store Dec. 21. He did it by convincing the real Salvation Army volunteers that he was taking over the bell-ringing shift. Soon after, he put the kettle in a car and left.

Detectives used surveillance video to catch up with Gregg, who was found sleeping in his car in a motel parking lot. He admitted taking the kettle.

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


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At least three Ohio deaths linked to freezing weather
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At least three Ohio deaths are linked to dangerously cold weather that closed schools, caused power outages and broke water pipes this week, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.

Two of those deaths were in northwest Ohio. A 75-year-old man died of hypothermia in an Allen County home that reportedly had no heat, and his wife was in critical condition, being treated for hypothermia, the EMA reported. In Wauseon, a 90-year-old woman was found dead in drifting snow Monday morning after her car got stuck and she tried to walk home.

The death of a 58-year-old man found near an abandoned Cleveland home also was attributed to exposure to the cold.

Local authorities reported at least three more deaths, though the causes weren't immediately confirmed and they weren't on the state's list.

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