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    Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:09:08 GMT
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
  • Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:28:52 GMT
    Helen, Serenia, and Malik Martin are ready for their holiday road trip to Columbus. The mom of three plans her trips before leaving, to make the ride a little smoother."I have a AAA membership so I get the little trip map so I can know where the construction is," says Helen.Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place."When you have all of these permanent ...
    Helen, Serenia, and Malik Martin are ready for their holiday road trip to Columbus. The mom of three plans her trips before leaving, to make the ride a little smoother."I have a AAA membership so I get the little trip map so I can know where the construction is," says Helen.Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place."When you have all of these permanent ...
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EVENING NEWS HEADLINES - MAY 21, 2013

ARSON FIRES

Toledo fire investigators are looking into a series of fires in the city. Crews responded to four fires within about an hour of each other today. The first started at a home on Oak St. just before four pm. Three more broke out over the next hour or so. The fire department is looking into whether they're connected.

DEPUTY ARRESTED

A Lucas County sheriff's deputy is behind bars tonight. Court documents show Deputy Paul Little is accused of giving a firearm to a convicted felon then filing a false report that the gun was stolen. He's also charged with intimidating a witness in a marijuana trafficking case.

DEFIANCE COUNTY 911

The Defiance County 911 Center director is on administrative leave without pay. Carol Armitage has been with the center since it opened in 1997. Sheriff David Westrick says he put on leave May 2nd because of possible misuse of an expense account. But Westrick would not give any more details. Defiance County prosecutors say they're waiting for a police investigation before deciding to pursue the case.

PERRYSBURG PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Perrysburg city council voted in favor public transportation. Members unanimously approved a deal with "Ride Right." Voters approved a levy to fund the company for five years.

70 MPH SPEED LIMIT

(AP) - The Ohio Department of Transportation has revealed which sections of rural interstate highway will have a higher speed limit of 70 mph instead of 65 mph starting July 1st. The department says the limit will increase on more than 570 miles of interstate highway. The increase applies to parts of Interstates 70, 71, 75, 76, 77 and 90 but doesn't include sections of those roads in major metropolitan areas and a few smaller cities along the way.

THREATS AGAINST JUDGES

(AP) - Monroe County authorities have brought charges against a man they say made threats against two judges by phone and the Internet because he was upset about the handling of his divorce case. Forty-three-year-old Mark W. McNamee of Flat Rock appeared today in district court to face three counts of malicious use of telecommunication device. The misdemeanor carries up to six months in jail.

RACE FOR SURVIVORS

(AP) - Rescue workers are racing to complete the search for survivors and victims of the monster tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. Scientists say the storm was a rare and extraordinary twister known as an EF5, at the top of the scale used to measure tornado strength. The death toll stands at 24, including nine children. Moore's fire chief says no more bodies or survivors have been found since last night.

EF5 TORNADO

(AP) - Scientists now say the tornado that flattened the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore yesterday was a rare and extraordinarily powerful EF5, capable of lifting reinforced buildings off the ground, hurling cars like missiles and stripping trees free of bark. Wind speeds are estimated to have reached 200 to 210 mph, as the twister cut a path 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.

ABORTION BAN STRUCK DOWN

(AP) - A federal appeals court panel has struck down Arizona's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergency. The court says the law violates a woman's constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. Supporters of the ban vow to keep fighting.

IRS INVESTIGATION

(AP) - A key figure in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups has been summoned to testify before a congressional hearing tomorrow. But her lawyer says Lois Lerner plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify. Lerner's attorney cites a criminal investigation by the Justice Department. Lerner heads the IRS division that singled out tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

(AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved far-reaching immigration legislation that gives a chance at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally. The 13-5 vote clears the bill for a Senate debate expected to begin early next month. The landmark legislation creates new provisions to bring workers here legally and enforce new steps against illegal immigration.

BENGHAZI SUSPECTS

(AP) - U.S. officials say they have identified five men they believe might be behind the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. The officials say they have enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists - but not enough proof to try them in a U.S. civilian court as the Obama administration prefers. So the officials say the men remain at large while the FBI gathers more evidence.

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