Deliberations continue in Ohio slave labor trial
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Jurors will resume deliberations for a second day in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child in northern Ohio.
The jurors went home Thursday about 90 minutes after getting the case in a Youngstown federal court.
Prosecutors say the two defendants terrorized the woman to the point of silence.
They say the man and his girlfriend raided the accuser's bank account while forcing her and her daughter to live in a locked basement in the town of Ashland.
One defense attorney says investigators tried to sensationalize the case and that two others who already pleaded guilty were the ringleaders. Another attorney denied that the pair stole from woman.
PIZZA DELIVERER KILLED
Ohioan charged in pizza-deliverer killing in court
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man accused of raping and killing a pizza delivery driver is to appear on the charges in an east-central Ohio court.
Thirty-two-year-old Adam Charles Burris is scheduled for a hearing Friday in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court in Cambridge. The Cambridge man is charged with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery among other counts.
Authorities say 26-year-old Kayla Thompson of Cambridge, about 80 miles east of Columbus, didn't return from a delivery to Burris' home the day after Christmas. The sheriff said Burris was taken into custody and led authorities to Thompson's body near a boat ramp at Dillon State Park in neighboring Muskingum County.
The judge has ordered defense and prosecution attorneys, along with others involved in the case, not to comment on it outside court.
BAND DIRECTOR-SEX CHARGES
Ohio band director accused of sexual battery
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio band director accused of inappropriate conduct with three students has been indicted on charges including sexual battery.
Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth Oswalt says the charges against 32-year-old Anthony Miller of Westerville reflect his conduct with three females. Oswalt said in a statement Thursday that the alleged conduct occurred while the females were students at Newark High School.
Miller is an assistant band director there and served as a band director at a middle school. Miller has been suspended without pay from the district.
Miller's attorney, Brad Koffel, says the indictment was expected and Miller is cooperating with authorities.
The indictment refers to conduct dating as far back as August 2010 and as recent as June 2013. Miller also is accused of disseminating inappropriate photographs.
TREASURE DISPUTE-NEW EXPEDITION
APNewsBreak: Deal to recover sunken gold approved
CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio judge has approved a deal to recover the remaining gold from a ship that sank off the Carolina coast in 1857.
Under the deal, Tampa, Fla.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration plans to recover gold bars and coins from the SS Central America next month.
Judge Patrick Sheeran of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus approved the plan Wednesday, according to a judge's order obtained by The Associated Press.
In 1988, shipwreck enthusiast and Ohio native Tommy Thompson led an expedition that found the vessel and recovered gold that later sold for between $50 million and $60 million. It's unclear how much gold is still in the ship.
The treasure was the subject of various lawsuits, and Thompson has been a fugitive since August 2012.
Inmate gets 8 more years for attack on Ohio guard
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An inmate who knocked a guard unconscious at an Ohio prison has been sentenced to eight more years in prison.
Investigators say the attack happened at the Toledo Correctional Institution in November.
Prosecutors say Marquise Perry punched the guard at least 17 times. She still has not returned to work because of the injuries.
A Lucas County judge on Thursday ordered that Perry serve his additional eight years after he finishes a 22-year sentence he already is serving.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports that Perry had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and attempted murder out of Franklin County.
A message comment was left with Perry's attorney.
Ohio AG: More than 3,000 rape kits tested for DNA
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Attorney General's Office says it has tested more than 3,000 rape kits as it searches for DNA matches that could help solve sexual assaults.
That's more than half of the 5,850 kits that law enforcement agencies have submitted to the office since Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the testing initiative in December 2011.
The office offered DNA testing to any law enforcement agency with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed. Many of the kits submitted for testing are between 10 and 20 years old.
DeWine says the testing has led to 992 hits in the state's DNA database.
In Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County in northeast Ohio, prosecutors and investigators have generated 85 indictments as a result of the testing initiative.
Possible mumps outbreak at Ohio State University
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Public health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of mumps at Ohio State University, where nine students are reported to have the contagious infection.
Mysheika (mah-SHEE'-kah-) Roberts, medical director for Columbus Public Health, says the department is working to find out whether there is a connection between the cases. She said officials are in the early stages of their investigation and are interviewing students.
The students' ages, genders and conditions were not immediately known.
Ohio State is preparing for spring break next week, and some students may already be leaving campus.
Roberts says the infected students have been told to stay isolated from others.
Mumps is a viral infection that typically starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Roberts says the treatment is rest and fluid.
Ohio county leader submits absentee-ballot plan
CLEVELAND (AP) - The leader of Ohio's largest county has submitted a proposal to the county council to assert its home-rule powers and mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications to registered voters there.
The move by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald comes in response to a new state law that bars county elections boards and other public officials from mailing such ballots.
Absentee ballots allow Ohio voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person.
FitzGerald is a Democrat and is running for governor. His Republican rival, Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik), recently signed a bill allowing the secretary of state to send the applications for general elections, only if the Legislature directs the money for it. Other officials are banned.
FitzGerald's proposal is expected to be considered at the council's Tuesday meeting.
Libertarians await word on making Ohio's ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office in Ohio are awaiting word from the state elections chief on whether they'll make the May 6 primary ballot.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) has said he'll rule by Friday on separate protests filed against gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary.
Earl has the potential to draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) as the governor faces a likely challenge from Democrat Ed FitzGerald this fall.
The protest seeking to disqualify Earl from the primary ballot was registered on behalf of Tyler King, a Libertarian voter. King's attorney claims Earl should be disqualified and that Democrats provided him help.
Earl's attorney has called the challenge an extension of Republican efforts to exclude third parties from Ohio's ballot.
Ford shifting truck production from Mexico to Ohio
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west of Cleveland.
The automaker says it is shifting production from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant. Production will begin early next year.
The move announced Friday is part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico.
The company says it's investing $168 million to make the change.
State to release Ohio jobs figures for January
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials are planning to release the state's unemployment rate for January, along with the newest statewide labor data.
The jobless rate dropped in December to 7.2 percent. That was down from 7.4 percent in November.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services planned to release the latest figures on Friday morning.
The state's rate has been slightly higher than the national rate, which was 6.6 percent in January.
The number of unemployed Ohio workers was 416,000 in December, or 11,000 fewer than in the previous month.
Ohio gained 5,600 jobs in goods-producing industries, 4,000 in construction, 3,400 in professional and business services and 2,400 in leisure and hospitality. But it lost positions in other sectors, including 3,700 in educational and health services.
Regulators to report February Ohio casino revenue
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - February revenue figures for Ohio's casinos are set to be released as the facilities enter the second year with all four of them in operation.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission is scheduled to unveil the latest monthly revenue totals Friday.
Revenue from the voter-approved casinos has fallen far short of campaign promises that said they could be as high as $1.9 billion annually. Instead, the casinos are on track for a level closer to $900 million.
The only facility to post a monthly revenue increase for January was Cincinnati's casino, which, at a year old, is the newest. It celebrated its anniversary this week.
Statewide monthly revenue dropped in January to just under $59.7 million.
The other casinos are in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE-FESTIVAL
Annual Insane Clown Posse festival will be in Ohio
DETROIT (AP) - An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be held in Ohio this year.
The Detroit-based duo was looking for a new venue for its Gathering of the Juggalos event after sites in Missouri and Illinois fell through.
Psychopathic Records is Insane Clown Posse's promoter and confirms the group will host its yearly festival at the Legend Valley Concert Venue in Thornville, Ohio, July 23-26.
Past Gathering of the Juggalos events have been marred by unruliness, drug use, fights and arrests.
On its website, the group calls the festival "four days of uninhibited enjoyment" and "the greatest show and family reunion of earth."
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