4 indicted on charges for attack
CINCINNATI (AP) – Ohio’s attorney general says four adults have been indicted on assault and ethnic intimidation charges in an unprovoked attack on three people in Cincinnati in May.
Attorney General Mike DeWine’s statement says a Hamilton County grand jury on Tuesday indicted three men and a woman on counts of felonious and misdemeanor assault, ethnic intimidation and aggravated riot.
DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney says arrest warrants were issued for the adults and for a 17-year-old boy who is expected to face similar charges in juvenile court.
DeWine’s statement says the attack occurred around midnight in downtown Cincinnati after a May 24th street festival. DeWine’s office is prosecuting at the request of Hamilton County’s prosecutor, whose 23-year-old son was among the three allegedly attacked.
The state released no further details about the case.
No charges in inmate’s death
FREMONT, Ohio (AP) – A grand jury in northern Ohio has found no probable cause to issue indictments in the 2007 death of an Ohio inmate.
A Sandusky County grand jury issued its findings Tuesday in the death of 37-year-old Craig Burdine of Oak Harbor. Fremont officers arrested Burdine after a report of a fight on Aug. 11, 2007.
Court documents say Burdine resisted and fought with deputies at the Sandusky County jail before they shocked him with a stun gun. He died shortly after.
A coroner found that the death was accidental and caused largely by his drug intoxication.
Sandusky County’s prosecutor had requested a special prosecutor to review allegations from the Burdine family of criminal wrongdoing against public officials.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office agreed to serve as special prosecutors in 2013.
Man in prison for killing wife dies
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A 68-year-old Ohio man imprisoned for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed has died while serving his six-year sentence.
A prisons spokeswoman says John Wise of Massillon had been in a prison medical center in Columbus and died Monday at a hospital emergency room. The spokeswoman and Wise’s attorney say he apparently suffered cardiac arrest.
Wise said he shot his debilitated wife out of love in 2012 after she suffered an aneurysm and appeared to be in pain at an Akron hospital. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.
Wise was sentenced in December and had applied for clemency. He apologized for the shooting and said he’d been depressed and desperate.
LeBron spurs jailhouse fight
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) – LeBron James’s return to Cleveland is a hot topic just about everywhere.
Authorities say a northern man convicted of killing a 3-year-old boy ended up with a broken nose in a jailhouse fight that started with an argument over the NBA star’s return to Cleveland.
The Sandusky Register reports that 25-year-old Michael Milner was treated for injuries following the fight in the Erie County jail on Friday. The 19-year-old inmate who allegedly punched him likely will face charges.
Authorities say the two squared off on the basketball court not long after James announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two had argued about James earlier in their pod.
Surveillance footage from the recreation area shows the men playing basketball before punches were exchanged.
Teen indicted for murder
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A 19-year-old woman has been indicted on a charge of aggravated murder in the stabbing death of her foster mother.
Sabrina Zunich has been behind bars since November 2012, when police found her holding a bloody kitchen knife in her foster parents’ home.
She is charged with plotting with her foster father to kill 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel at their suburban Cleveland home. A Lake County jury convicted 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel last month of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder in his wife’s death. His sentencing is Aug. 6.
Authorities say Kevin Knoefel and Zunich were sexually involved. Zunich testified against her foster father in a plea deal. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years.
Shooting by deputies justified
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutor says the fatal shooting of a rifle-toting suspect by county sheriff’s deputies in March was justified.
In a letter to the county sheriff Tuesday, prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was the “duty and responsibility” of deputies to fire on Israel Rondon when he disobeyed orders to drop his rifle and then aimed it at the lawmen.
The deputies went to Rondon’s Middleburg Heights home on March 25 to pick him up on a warrant for felony assault on a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
Deputies said the 65-year-old Rondon came out carrying a rifle, disobeyed orders and aimed at deputies. Later it was determined that the rifle misfired.
Solar panel to help in prison
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is ready to unveil a large solar panel project at a prison aimed at saving $245,000 in annual energy costs while training inmates to install and maintain the panels as a route to future jobs.
The 400 panels at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe will be the primary source for hot water and space heating in eight cell blocks.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction plans tours Wednesday at the prison, 50 miles south of Columbus.
The company providing the panels is Indianapolis-based Solar America Solutions. It says the project is the largest non-utility solar installation in North America. It already has offered one inmate an installation job upon his release.
Jails in Tennessee and Utah and prisons in Indiana and Wisconsin are among other correctional facilities with significant solar panel projects.