Ohio Archives for 2016-12

Court Dismisses Appeal Over Sex Abuse of Adopted Marysville Girls

 

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A court has dismissed an appeal by a former Ohio National Guardsman sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing three adopted daughters.

 

An attorney for the 43-year-old Marysville man argued evidence didn't support the conviction, the man had ineffective legal counsel and the child witnesses recanted their accounts at some point.

 

The man denied abusing the girls. His wife testified she never saw signs of such abuse. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison for intimidation and obstructing justice.

 

The appeals court ruling issued last month dismissed the man's appeal because the case wasn't fully resolved at the county level, as the jury deadlocked on one charge that hadn't yet been retried or dismissed.

 

The Associated Press isn't naming the couple to protect the children's identities.

 

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Ohio Governor Gets 20-week Abortion Ban, Heartbeat Bills

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two differing abortion bans have arrived at Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sikz) desk, and lobbying is intensifying for and against the measures.

 

One bill prohibits abortions after the 20-week mark, when proponents assert a fetus can feel pain. The second bars the procedure at the first detectable heartbeat, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

 

The anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life has asked the Republican governor to sign the 20-week ban and not to sign the heartbeat bill provisions. It calls a "pain-capable" ban the only "viable way forward" to sparking the legal challenge that could end abortion nationally.

 

The 16,000-member Ohio State Medical Association asked Kasich to veto both bills. The physicians' group says it doesn't take positions on abortion but opposes criminalizing a procedure that's part of standard care.

 

 

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Former Astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has Died at 95

 

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95.

 

 

Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

 

Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

 

Glenn was the third U.S. astronaut in space and the first of them to get into orbit. He circled the Earth three times. The Soviet Union had put a man into orbit a year earlier in 1961.

 

Glenn then spent 24 years as a Democrat from Ohio in the Senate and briefly made a run for president in 1984. He returned to space in 1998, at age 77, aboard space shuttle Discovery.

 

He was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.

 

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The Latest: Ohio Senate Committee Expands Concealed Guns Law

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on bills moving through the Legislature in its final 2016 sessions (all times local):

     4:45 p.m.

An Ohio Senate committee has approved a bill to expand the state's concealed weapons law to allow guns in places such as colleges and day cares and on private aircraft.

The bill still permits those places to ban guns if they want. It would keep a ban on concealed weapons in government buildings, unless an agency decides to allow them.

The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee approved the bill Wednesday, sending it onto the full Senate. The House passed the bill last year.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association oppose the bill. The Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association supports it.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Maag (MAG) of Lebanon, in southwestern Ohio.

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4:30 p.m.

The Ohio House has approved a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from setting minimum wages higher than the state level.

 Republican backers say a patchwork of minimum wage laws would create an uncertain business environment that could hurt current companies and drive those considering Ohio to look at other states.

Democratic opponents say local communities should be allowed to set minimum wages above Ohio's current level of $8.10 to help workers.

 The bill was included in legislation overriding local ordinances that regulate pet stores, requiring them to purchase animals from shelters and rescue groups as opposed to buying them from high-volume breeders, which critics say are often puppy mills that treat animals poorly.

The legislation also includes bans on bestiality and a crackdown on cockfighting and "bearbaiting."

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1:35 p.m.

In the final days of their two-year session, Ohio lawmakers hope to vote on bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, permit concealed weapons in more places including day cares and outlaw puppy mills.

 

The 20-week ban would be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

House lawmakers heard testimony about the 20-week ban Wednesday morning with a scheduled committee vote in the afternoon and a goal to put it on the House floor later in the day.

Another bill would regulate pet stores and require them to purchase animals from shelters and rescue groups. Another measure would expand the state's concealed-weapons law to allow guns at places like day cares and colleges.

 

 

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