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Cleveland man convicted in 2005 fire deaths of nine
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Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:54

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former drug dealer was found guilty on Friday at his retrial in the 2005 arson deaths of a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover — the city's deadliest house fire.

A U.S. District Court jury handed down the verdict in the case against 30-year-old Antun Lewis in the fire in an impoverished Cleveland neighborhood. Lewis also was convicted in the first trial.

Defense attorneys said Friday they believe the enormous tragedy overshadowed the evidence in the case.

"We truly believe that the charges in this case were so horrific, with the deaths of the children and the mother, that the community wanted to hold someone responsible, in spite of what the evidence showed," attorney Angelo Lonardo said, according to The Plain Dealer.

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Feds: Ex-Ohio U. lab employee stole human bones
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Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:42

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A former school employee is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing human bones from the anatomy laboratory at Ohio University.

Twenty-eight-year-old Weston Henri Moquin was charged this week with counts of transporting remains across state boundaries and stealing property from a federally funded agency.

Court documents say the Athens man took the bones between July 2011 and June 2012. Defense attorney Keith Yeazel told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1bEjvU9 ) on Friday that his client sold the bones to support a drug habit.

The Dispatch reports a settlement agreement would require Moquin to pay more than $84,000 in restitution.

Yeazel says Moquin in in a drug treatment program.

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


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Ohio IG cites 18 wildlife officers for hunting
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Friday, 13 December 2013 16:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state watchdog is referring 18 more Ohio wildlife officers for possible criminal prosecution after a follow-up investigation into illegal hunting while on duty uncovered additional cases across the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Friday it immediately would place 17 officers on administrative duty and remove their law enforcement powers pending an internal investigation. The 18th officer, a supervisor, has retired.

Inspector General Randall Meyer found in comparing deer harvest and payroll records that the officers had either hunted while on duty, or they were off duty and had falsified payroll records to collect pay for hours not worked.

Meyer launched the probe after an earlier investigation resulted in the conviction of two Brown County officers. He said he suspected it was more than an isolated incident.


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Ohio man gets six years for wife's hospital killing
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Friday, 13 December 2013 16:01

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

John Wise, 68, has said he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she suffered aneurysms and appeared to be in pain at an Akron hospital. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

The sentence issued by Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands was in line with a prosecutor's recommendation that Wise receive a lighter punishment than the minimum 23 years on his most serious conviction, an aggravated murder count with a firearm specification.

Wise's attorney, Paul Adamson, said ahead of the sentencing that they will pursue clemency from the governor no matter the punishment.

County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh had called Wise's actions illegal and dangerous but said the case warranted leniency. She had recommended that Wise be sentenced on a lesser offense, manslaughter.

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Ohio court sets Feb. 26 arguments in drilling case
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Friday, 13 December 2013 14:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in a closely-watched lawsuit that challenges the state's authority to supersede local zoning laws with centralized regulation of oil and gas drilling.

The case brought by Munroe Falls, an Akron suburb, against Beck Energy Corp. will be argued Feb. 26.

It centers on a Beck project that began on private property in 2011 with state permission. In the process, the city contends the company sidestepped 11 local laws on road use, permitting and drilling.

Both foes and supporters of drilling are watching the case. Its outcome could prevent or allow cities to enact local drilling bans, which has implications for the spread of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Beck's well was traditionally drilled, but Ohio's state regulatory program oversees both well types.


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