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28-year sentence in Ohio in $100M charity scam
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 10:54

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge handed down a 28-year prison sentence Monday to a man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud.

Judge Steven Gall imposed the sentence on the defendant who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson. Authorities say is Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody.

The Ohio attorney general's office, which handled his trial, asked the judge in a filing last week to sentence him to 41 years in prison. In addition, the prosecution recommended a $6.3 million fine. Judge Steven Gall fined him $6 million.

The defense has asked for a new trial.

Defense attorney Joseph Patituce said after the verdict that ineffective legal representation issues stemming from limited preparation time and his client's erratic cooperation might be a basis for an appeal.

The defense hinted at a CIA covert operation and showed jurors photos of the defendant with President George W. Bush, suggesting Thompson was acting with government sanction.

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Neighbor of slain Ohio girl, 9, held without bond
Written by JOHN COYNE, Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 10:32

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered an Ohio man jailed without bond until a hearing next week on charges that he killed a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin.

Twenty-four-year-old Jerrod Metsker appeared via video for an arraignment Monday in Wooster, southwest of Akron. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 23.

He is charged in the death of Reann Murphy, who authorities said lived across from him in a trailer park in nearby Smithville.

Metsker was arrested Sunday, about 12 hours after deputies found Reann's body in a trash bin near her home.

The girl was last seen Saturday night playing outdoors at the park. Her body was found about five hours after she was reported missing.


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Groom killed while helping motorist in snow
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:32

CHICAGO (AP) — A man married less than seven hours was killed along with a stranded motorist he stopped to help in the snow when they were struck by several vehicles, authorities say.

The man was on the way back from his wedding reception to a hotel when the accident happened.

William "Riley" Knight, 49, of Crown Point, Ind., was driving with his wife, Nikki, about 11:45 p.m. Saturday when they saw a woman who had slid off the road in the snow near Crown Point.

"He said, 'We've got to stop, it's late and they need help,'" Nikki Knight told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/INP0kU ) on Sunday.

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NW Ohio man killed in snowmobile crash
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 08:51

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old man has killed in a weekend snowmobile accident in northern Ohio.

The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1cKll7l) reports that Gary Jenkins of Norwalk was killed late Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding struck a culvert and threw him south of Sandusky.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the 1997 Ski-Doo snowmobile struck a tree after hitting the culvert. The Huron County coroner pronounced Jenkins — who was wearing a helmet — dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

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Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage


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Blast at U.S. Steel plant near Detroit kills worker
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:30

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.

The accident happened overnight at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, said company spokeswoman Courtney Boone. The plant is about 10 miles south-southwest of downtown Detroit and primarily supplies the auto industry.

"There was an explosion at the facility's steel shop," Boone said in a statement. She said the blast killed a remote control locomotive operator, whom she identified as Antonino Palazzolo, 32.

He worked for U.S. Steel for about two years and lived in the Detroit suburb of Rockwood.

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