CINCINNATI (AP) - A fugitive accused of bribing U.S. military contracting officials in Iraq has been returned to the U.S. in what government officials say is the first extradition under a 1936 treaty between the countries. Metin Atilan (meh-TEEN' AH'-tuh-lahn) pleaded not guilty today to contract and wire fraud in federal court in Dayton. He was extradited from Iraq yesterday.
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sunday morning into a ditch and just missed hitting an empty trailer. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A former Cincinnati nursing home aide convicted of raping a bed-ridden 92-year-old resident has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. A Hamilton County judge sentenced 22-year-old Samuel Onyenweaku today. Authorities say the West Chester man raped a woman in her bed at the Amber Park assisted living facility in November.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials want to replace the 55-year-old Smokey Bear figure that greets visitors by name at the Ohio State Fair. The Department of Natural Resources must first get approval from the state Controlling Board to spend $80,250 for a new bear. The current Smokey has promoted the prevention of forest fires at the state fairgrounds since 1959.
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