Ohio kidnapping survivors say they're thriving
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 05 May 2014 20:54

CLEVELAND (AP) — The three women held captive in a Cleveland house before escaping a year ago Tuesday have spent their first year of freedom in nearly a decade learning to drive, taking boxing lessons and cherishing time with their families.

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus both said in statements released Monday that they are thankful and growing in many ways.

Michelle Knight said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show Monday that she forgives the man who kidnapped and tortured her and the two others. She said Ariel Castro deserves forgiveness because she'd want to be forgiven if she did wrong, and "that's the way of life."

Tuesday is the anniversary of the escape from the house by Knight, Berry and DeJesus. Knight, 33, said she doesn't see much of the other two women, saying "we're all now living in our own way."

DeJesus was 14 when she was kidnapped by Castro. She said she's enjoying learning how to drive and use new technology. "I am spending time with my family and working with Amanda on a book that we are really excited about," she said.

Berry said the future is bright for her and thanked her family and friends for support.

Fulton County authorities break up cockfighting ring
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 05 May 2014 07:30
DELTA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say they’ve broken up a cockfighting ring.
Fulton County authorities said they cited 52 people and seized 72 live roosters near the village of Delta on Sunday. That’s west of Toledo.
Deputies who responded to a report of gunshots fired found people running away from a barn where the roosters were found. They also found $1,500 in cash.
The misdemeanor citations included animal-fighting or being a spectator. Deputies said the people at the barn were from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
The Humane Society of the United States says cockfighting is a centuries-old sport in which two or more specially bred birds are placed in an enclosed pit to fight as spectators wager.
'Jeopardy!' crew seeks show clues in Cleveland
Written by MICHAEL K. McINTYRE, The Plain Dealer   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 12:27

CLEVELAND (AP) — They rode in a black van. Stealth black. It moved like a secret.

Breezing past security at the gates of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the stretch van and a nondescript box truck carrying high-tech equipment and a half dozen specialists eased to a stop.

The crew filed into a building — we can't tell you which one — and immediately descended the back stairs to a secluded room used for high-tech experiments.

What was said there is classified.

Otherwise, the integrity of "Jeopardy!" would be in jeopardy.

The unit known as the "Clue Crew" chose NASA Glenn for the backdrop of a series of space flight-related answers and questions that will be aired on shows this fall. Producer Brett Schneider and "Clue Crew" question askers Kelly Miyahara and Sarah Whitcomb Foss traveled to a variety of locales at NASA Wednesday to film "Jeopardy!" answers. The two on-camera stars flashed smiles, on cue, as wide as the doors on the iconic NASA hangar behind them.

Ohio Guardsman receives medal for rescue
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 05 May 2014 07:28
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Air National Guardsman has been recognized for saving a tourist who fell into the water and was nearly sucked into the propulsion turbines beneath a ferry.
Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Daryl Walters was given the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal on Sunday at Camp Perry near Port Clinton.
Walters, with 15 years of service in the Ohio Air National Guard, was working a job with the Jet Express ferry on Sept. 2, 2013, when the intoxicated woman fell between the ferry and the dock.
The woman fell near the ferry’s propulsion turbines and began screaming for help. Walters yelled for the ship’s captain to cut the engines as he dived in to help. He and some others were able to get the woman safely out of the water.
Cameras help Ohio village speed up spending
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 04 May 2014 12:26

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Traffic cameras helped a southwest Ohio village speed up its spending before a judge's order against cameras.

New Miami bought new cars, trucks and equipment before a Butler County judge's February order to shut off speed cameras. The Middletown-Hamilton Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/R6XozZ ) that village spending from its general fund increased by roughly $430,000 in 2013. That was the only full year the cameras were in use.

Some $210,000 went to vehicles including two 2013 Dodge Chargers and a 2013 Dodge Ram for police, and a new snow plow and Ford truck for the street department.

Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage ruled in favor of motorists who charged that the cameras violated their constitutional rights to due process. He held off on ruling on whether the village would have to refund fines totaling well over $1 million.

The newspaper said village officials declined to say whether they had enough money to pay back motorists if ordered to, but that village documents showed the village had a cash balance of $1.68 million as of March 31.

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