NE Ohio prosecutor wants ex-officer back in prison
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A northeastern Ohio prosecutor has asked a judge to again imprison a former Akron police captain who is fighting a ruling that reinstated his conviction for killing his ex-wife.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says the state Supreme Court's decision not to hear Douglas Prade's appeal means he has no right to be free.
Walsh filed the motion in Summit County court Wednesday just minutes after the Supreme Court ruled against Prade. He was imprisoned for the slaying for 15 years before a judge ordered him released last year on the basis of bite-mark DNA testing.
An appeals court said earlier this year the DNA testing raised more questions than answers, and Prade's original conviction for Margo Prade's 1998 death was based on overwhelming circumstantial evidence.
Ohio man accused of killing mom, living with body
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors in northeast Ohio say a 33-year-old man stabbed his mother to death then lived in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
Michael Petrie's trial on charges of aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse began Tuesday in Akron. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Barberton man is accused of killing his 67-year-old mother Maureen Petrie. Prosecutors say he left his mother exactly where he killed her and left two murder weapons - including a martial arts dagger-like weapon - near her body.
His attorney says he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was off his medication at the time.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that a judge pronounced him mentally competent to stand trial.
MISSING COLLEGE STUDENT
Ohio student death ruled suicide, no foul play
CINCINNATI (AP) - A coroner says there are no signs of foul play in the death of a University of Cincinnati student whose apparent disappearance triggered a wide search in May.
The Hamilton County coroner says 21-year-old Brogan Dulle (DUHL'-ee) died of asphyxiation by hanging. The report Tuesday stated he used an electrical cord. He died within minutes and had no other significant injuries.
Authorities have said a bottle of wine was found near the body, but no note.
The sophomore was last seen at about 2 a.m. May 18. He left his apartment without wallet or keys, telling friends he was going to look for his cellphone.
Some 1,000 friends, family and volunteers helped look for him before his body was found May 26 in a vacant building next to his apartment.
Ohio veteran cited for ducks has hearing postponed
COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - A court hearing is postponed for an Army veteran cited for violating an Ohio village ban by keeping ducks that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Darin Welker and his attorney say the Wednesday hearing was postponed while West Lafayette officials consider negotiating a new ordinance covering therapeutic animals.
Welker says his 14 ducks are therapeutic. He was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in the village about 80 miles east of Columbus.
Welker says he's hoping for a new law letting him keep his ducks.
Village Council member Ron Lusk says village officials are trying to work out a solution and will look at the ordinance to see if it needs changes.
Coshocton Municipal Court officials say Welker's hearing is continued for 60 days.
OHIO STATE FAIR
Governor helps kick off 161st Ohio State Fair
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The annual Ohio State Fair has kicked off in Columbus.
The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the sloppy donut, banana dog, chicken dog and funnel cake sundae.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) joined general manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies Wednesday. Kasich then toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. Ohio's governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair.
Kasich is seeking re-election this year. He faces Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive in Cleveland.
This is the 161st year for the fair.
Ohio teen will be tried as adult in shooting
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has ruled that a 16-year-old central Ohio boy will be tried as an adult in a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded two days before Christmas.
Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Gill transferred the teen's case to adult court on Tuesday, ruling that he cannot be rehabilitated in the juvenile system.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the boy was 15 when he was accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Marvin Ector and wounding 31-year-old Darnell Gammon as they sat in a car at a gas station in north Columbus on Dec. 23.
Two witnesses identified the teen as one of the shooters during a juvenile court hearing in April. Prosecutors say the shooting was captured on gas station surveillance video.
TEEN GIRL SLAIN
Boy, 15, arrested in Ohio teen girl's slaying
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl.
A police report says Shevona Whitehead was shot in the upper body at about 10 p.m. Monday at a residence on the south side of the city. She was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Two males fled on foot afterward. Police developed the 15-year-old boy as a suspect, and he was arrested on Tuesday night on a juvenile warrant for murder. A report says the boy admitted his involvement in the shooting.
Police haven't publicly discussed a motive.
It was the city's 56th homicide of 2014.
LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes
BATH, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans and journalists arrived en masse to the NBA star's Akron area home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued, and police were called to direct traffic.
To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.
Several neighbors tweeted photos of the cupcakes and the note saying that "we are sorry for the chaos," adding that the James family is "so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you."
LeBron James wows fans in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) - LeBron James put on a demonstration of his basketball skills in Hong Kong, the midway stop on his tour through China.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star helped run some local fans through basketball drills in the former British colony on Wednesday. And then he showed off with a few moves of his own, including a dunk that, with the help of some special effects, was accentuated by two jets of smoke from behind the backboard.
The move drew huge cheers from the 1,500 fans packed into the court in Kowloon.
Earlier in the day, James made an appearance at a store that was mobbed by hundreds of fans.
James kicked off his Nike-sponsored five-day trip on Monday with a visit to Beijing. He is travelling to Taiwan on Thursday and Friday.
Ohio base ranked highly by Air Force newspaper
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.
The base, which is Ohio's largest single-site employer, tied as the top Air Force base to be stationed among 68 bases in the U.S. That's according to a survey by the weekly Air Force Times newspaper, which made the rankings based on a dozen categories.
Wright-Patterson tied for the top spot with Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the rankings took into account factors including school quality, cost of living, housing costs and size of the community.
Ranked the lowest in the survey was Los Angeles Air Force Base in California.
FEEDING FERAL CATS
Toledo suburb bans feeding of stray cats
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Animal-welfare advocates are taking issue with a suburban Toledo city's ban on feeding feral cats.
Officials say the law that took effect Tuesday in the city of Sylvania is necessary because of the large population of stray cats.
The (Toledo) Blade reports the issue has pitted city leaders against animal advocates, who say that feeding feral cats is crucial to being able to trap them for spay-neuter-return programs.
Also, advocates say, a feeding ban could lead to more nuisance complaints as stray cats get into garbage cans and hunt birds, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife.
The city tried a spay-neuter program for stray cats last fall, but residents say the problem persisted because people have continued to feed the animals.
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