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The mosquito-borne West Nile virus has claimed a life in the Youngstown area. A 66-year-old Austintown woman died this week at a hospital from encephalitis, caused by a bite from a mosquito carrying West Nile. Mahoning County officials say it's the first fatal case reported this year both in the local area and to the Ohio Department of Health. Officials say the victim's identity and how long she had been hospitalized will not be made public.
Both people aboard a small plane have died in a crash in a suburban area south of Middletown. The crash was reported to authorities just before 9:00AM. The plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Liberty Township, some 25 miles north of Cincinnati in Butler County. Liberty Township authorities say there are no reports of injuries to residents of the area. Names or other information about the two people in the plane weren't released immediately. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
A Federal judge on Friday granted a request to delay the sentencing of former Suarez Corporation CFO Michael Giorgio. His attorneys wanted the delay in the Cleveland proceedings as they work toward withdrawing his previous guilty plea in an alleged campaign fraud scheme. In May, Giorgio pleaded guilty to seven counts of campaign finance fraud and obstruction of justice. Once his former boss and company CEO Ben Suarez was acquitted on all but one count for his role, Giorgio decided he wanted to change his tune.
Hundreds of workers handling the decommissioning of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio have gotten a reprieve from layoffs – for now. Congress this week approved a stop-gap spending measure to keep the workers on the job at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon. It closed its doors after being in operation until 2001, and the cleanup effort employs around 19-hundred people...more than 600 of them who were walking on eggs with anticipated layoffs this fall due to budget cuts.
An accident on Friday afternoon in Medina County's Guilford Township claimed the life of a motorcycle rider. The Medina Post of the State Highway Patrol says 56-year-old James Gardner of Seville was riding north on Prospect Street around 3:30PM when he went left-of-center, hitting a southbound Jeep head-on. Gardner was taken to Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman where he was pronounced dead. The 61-year-old Seville man driving the Jeep was not hurt. The crash remains under investigation and it's unknown if alcohol played a role.
Months after he was taken captive by authorities in North Korea, an Ohio man has lost his job here at home. 56-year-old Jeff Fowle has been detained since May and this week, the City of Moraine decided to terminate his employment due to his absence. The city says the job termination includes severance pay and reinstatement ability. He's been held on what the North Koreans call “crimes against the state”, for leaving a Bible behind in a hotel room in which he was staying. He's still awaiting trial.
Ohio turnpike officials say this year's construction projects are winding down. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission says it will have spent more than $110 million this year on maintenance and improvement projects to the toll road that runs across northern Ohio. Officials say the upgrades to the 241-mile toll road are expected to be finished by mid-November.
Elections officials in Ohio will start mailing absentee ballots today to registered military and overseas voters who have requested one. The Nov. 4 election includes races for governor and attorney general, along with other statewide officeholders. Voters also will decide a number of legislative races and the outcome of more than 1,600 local issues.
Proctor & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems. The Cincinnati-based consumer products maker is the latest major sponsor to show concern over the NFL's handling of domestic abuse allegations against several players.
Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games after the league announced changes to its drug policy. The league and Players' Association reached an agreement Friday on revisions to the substance-abuse program. Earlier this week, they announced changes on performance-enhancing drugs.
The former director of VA Medical Centers in Cleveland and Dayton was back in Akron Federal Court on Friday, where William Montague of Brecksville pleaded guilty to a total of 64 charges in a revised plea deal with prosecutors. Among the charges were counts of wire fraud, money laundering and disclosing public contract information. He allegedly took bribes in exchange for his help to steer over a Billion dollars' worth of contracts. He faces more than five years in prison and may be ordered to pay 400-Thousand dollars in restitution and court costs.
As jury selection was about to get under-way in his trial, a Youngstown man pleaded guilty Friday to charges he murdered the elderly owner of a real estate agency. 29-year-old Robert Brooks admitted guilt in Mahoning County Court in the strangulation death of 67-year-old Vivian Martin, killed on the city's east side in 2010. His co-defendant, 25-year-old Grant Cooper, pleaded guilty July 31 to a number of charges for his role in the slaying. Both men are still awaiting sentencing.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says that "over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong; that starts with me." At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner is reiterating that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case. He says that the "same mistakes can never be repeated."
A not guilty plea was entered in Stark County Court on Friday by a Lake Township man, charged following a huge explosion in a workshop near his home on February 15. 57-year-old Thomas Cotten is charged with illegal manufacture of explosives and inducing panic in connection with the blast on El Camino Circle NE, which destroyed the workshop and damaged homes nearby. Investigators determined that explosive materials had been stored there and claim Cotten was making illegal fireworks. He was left in a coma for three months after being injured in the blast.
LeBron James will once again be larger than life. The Cleveland City Planning Commission has granted approval to Sherwin-Williams to hang a new, 10-story high banner of James on its building that faces Quicken Loans Arena. Officials say the new banner will be up and on display in time for the Cavaliers' home opener against New York on October 30.