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Police: Michigan escaped prisoner captured
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:05

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted killer who peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from a Michigan prison before abducting a woman and fleeing to Indiana was captured Monday evening after a chase, authorities said.

Officials were stunned by the brazen escape Sunday night of Michael David Elliot, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in custody. He wore a white kitchen uniform to evade security and blend in with snow at the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan, prisons spokesman Russ Marlan said.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz said Elliot was captured in LaPorte County after a police chase.

That chase began after authorities there got a report of a car stolen from a factory in the city of LaPorte, said sheriff's Maj. John Boyd. A deputy who happened to be nearby spotted the stolen Chevrolet Monte Carlo "within a few seconds," Boyd said.

Authorities chased the car through the city and into a rural area of Kankakee Township several miles away, where law enforcement used stop sticks to disable the vehicle.

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Nationwide alert issued for escaped Michigan prisoner
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:22
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Michael David Elliot

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a nationwide alert has been issued for a convicted murderer serving life behind bars for four 1993 slayings who escaped from prison.

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns told reporters Monday morning at Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan that investigators believe 40-year-old Michael David Elliot isn't in the state.

Authorities say he apparently abducted a woman at an Ionia gas station who fled his grips when he stopped for gas in Indiana.

Heyns says Elliot was dressed in a white kitchen uniform, which might have helped him evade security. Heyns says Elliot wasn't a kitchen worker, however. The department says he was noticed missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Heyns says Elliot may have escaped about 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.


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Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 12:40
 
Riders who vomit in Columbus cabs will have to pay
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Taxi cab drivers in Columbus are tired of cleaning up after drunk people who vomit in their vehicles.

Now the hurling passengers will have to pay.

A new city rule allows taxi drivers to tack on a $50 fee to fares who soil their vehicles, requiring the driver to leave the road and clean up.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1bjvpkk ) reports that drivers hope the fee, which went into effect at the end of 2013, will serve as a deterrent.

The rule says drunken passengers who soil cabs "with bodily fluids or solids" can be charged as long as drivers post a sign and verbally explain the fee.

Drivers must assess the fee at the end of the ride. If a passenger refuses to pay, the driver can call police.

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


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$5 million bond for Toledo suspect in two firefighter deaths
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:18

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An apartment building owner accused of setting a blaze that killed two Ohio firefighters has been ordered held on $5 million bond.

Ray Abou-Arab appeared Monday in Toledo Municipal Court, where a judge set bond on aggravated murder and arson charges.

The 61-year-old was arrested Friday and charged with starting the fire that killed a veteran firefighter and a rookie who got trapped inside.

A public defender representing the suspect didn't comment on the charges. Messages seeking comment have been left at Abou-Arab's home.

Dozens of firefighters packed the courtroom for the arraignment.

Court documents filed last week say Abou-Arab was in a garage at the site of the fire on Jan. 26 just before an apartment resident said she saw the blaze break out.


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Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:19
 
Ohio center finalist for potential missile defense
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Monday, 03 February 2014 07:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A training center in northeastern Ohio is one of four military installations in the country being considered for a potential missile defense site.

The Department of Defense says it will prepare an environmental impact study of Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center near Newton Falls and three other military sites.

The department's Missile Defense Agency has evaluated the four installations. But officials say no decision has been made yet on whether to construct a new missile defense site.

The other installations under consideration are Fort Custer, Mich., Fort Drum, N.Y., and the Portsmouth Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Training Area near Rangeley, Maine.

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