Ohio man killed friend trying to keep him from DUI
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:26

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Cleveland say a man who fatally shot a friend who tried to keep him from driving drunk has been sentenced to spend at least 26 years in prison.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office said 41-year-old Scott Campbell was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole eligibility for at least 26 years.

Campbell pleaded guilty in January to murder and a variety of other charges.

Prosecutors said he killed 43-year-old Java Bowling last Aug. 9 after Bowling tried to take the keys away from a highly intoxicated Campbell. Campbell fatally shot Bowling outside Bowling's home then fled.

Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Radigan said Bowling "lost his life trying to protect the life of a friend."

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Michigan fugitive sought since 1977 found in California
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:20

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman who escaped from a Michigan prison nearly 37 years ago has been found living under an alias in San Diego, police said Tuesday.

Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was being held in a San Diego County jail awaiting extradition to Michigan, where she escaped from a prison in Ypsilanti in 1977 while serving time for attempted larceny, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said. He did not know if she had retained an attorney, and no court date has been set.

Acting on a tip from the Michigan Department of Corrections, San Diego officers went to an apartment in the city's Hillcrest neighborhood Monday afternoon and a woman fitting Hayman's description answered the door.

She identified herself as Jamie Lewis and produced government documents with the name, Mayer said.

But officers remained suspicious because of inconsistencies in her story and her resemblance to the old Michigan mug shot they were holding.

Michigan highway shooter gets more than 6½ years
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:32

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A man who opened fire on other motorists in a series of October 2012 attacks that terrified southeastern Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to more than six years in prison in the first of two related cases.

Judge Denise Langford Morris sentenced Raulie Casteel to serve from six years and eight months to 10 years in prison on multiple assault charges, as well as two years for weapons charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Casteel, a 44-year-old geologist from Wixom, faced up to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest but mentally ill last year to those charges. He faces up to life in prison in a related Livingston County case in which he was convicted last week of terrorism. That sentencing hearing is scheduled for next month.

Langford Morris, who is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge, admonished Casteel during the hearing in Pontiac, telling him, "Thank goodness you were a lousy shot."

Ohio lawmakers hear silenced guns on tour
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:37

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of allowing Ohio hunters to use firearms silencers have given some 20 state lawmakers or their aides a hands-on look at the devices.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1doKGA9 ) reports the Buckeye Firearms Association hosted a tour Monday of the Black Wing Shooting Center in lobbying for pending legislation.

Salesman Eric Eesley told the group most people believe silencers, or suppressors, make guns "Hollywood quiet" — but that's not true. He said they make guns "a little easier on the ears" and more accurate.

Observers listened to a silenced and unsilenced .45-caliber pistol and .308-caliber rifle.

Backers of suppressors say they protect hunters' hearing, make field commands easier to hear and reduce disruptions to neighbors. Opponents say quieter weapons are less safe and easier to use illegally.


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

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Ohio wildlife officers get jobs back
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sixteen of the 18 Ohio wildlife officers referred for illegal on-duty hunting by the state watchdog have been cleared by the state and were returned to their jobs Tuesday.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said the officers got their guns and trucks back after being on administrative leave since December during an internal review.

One officer, who was not immediately named, has been referred for discipline, spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said. Another has retired.

The internal state review uncovered new evidence unavailable to Inspector General Randall Meyer, McCorkle said. Phone records, logs and individual accounts determined the officers — who all have home offices — weren't on duty when they hunted, she said. Meyer had requested to interview the officers, which they declined.

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