Ohio News Notebook

By Associated Press

Sheriff: Escaped rape suspect kills himself

ANTWERP (AP) — Authorities say a rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff’s deputy to escape a transport van has killed himself during a police standoff, ending a manhunt.

Paulding County authorities say 32-year-old Branden Lee Powell shot himself Monday night at his parents’ home near Antwerp, about 70 miles southwest of Toledo. Authorities say Powell was in a crawl space and shot himself as officers were trying to persuade him to surrender.

Investigators say Powell had stolen a gun from a deputy he overpowered during a Friday trip from a psychiatric hospital to jail.

Powell jumped over a seat wearing leg shackles and handcuffs and put the deputy in a headlock, causing the van to crash. Authorities say Powell forced the deputy to remove the restraints.

Police: Driver critically injured in collision with cruiser

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say a driver is in critical condition after colliding with a marked police SUV.

Police say a car driven by 30-year-old Tyrone Mack crossed the center line Monday and hit Sgt. Charles White’s vehicle.

Mack suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

White was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police continue to investigate.

Wife gets life without parole in fireman’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — The wife of a Cleveland firefighter accused of soliciting his death to collect insurance money and convicted of aggravated murder has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Uloma Curry-Walker was sentenced Tuesday. A jury last month found the 45-year-old woman guilty of aggravated murder and other charges in William Walker’s 2013 shooting death at his Cleveland home.

Prosecutors said Curry-Walker was nearing financial ruin and asked her teenage daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend to find someone to kill her husband for insurance money. Prosecutors said the boyfriend contacted a cousin, who found someone to kill Walker. The defense argued the woman’s daughter cooked up the plan.

Curry-Walker was silent in court Tuesday. Her attorneys say they plan to appeal.

Other defendants in the case have accepted plea deals.

Tank leaks tons of molten glass into plant

ZANESVILLE (AP) — Authorities say 300,000 tons of molten glass spilled from a ruptured tank at an Ohio plant, oozing like lava from a small hole that quickly grew several feet wide.

It wrapped around structural beams at the Owens-Illinois glass plant in Zanesville on Monday. Firefighters worked for hours to cool the glass so it wouldn’t destroy beams and collapse the building.

No injuries were reported.

Owens-Illinois tells the Zanesville Times Recorder that employees followed safety protocols. The damage is being assessed.

South Zanesville Fire Chief Russell Taylor says the rupture started with a hole that quickly grew.

He says firefighters were prepared because he and other area fire officials had taken the precaution of talking with the plant in recent weeks about how to handle a potential rupture.

WWII veteran receives Purple Heart, Bronze Star

HILLSBORO (AP) — A 95-year-old veteran who fought in the Philippines during World War II has received medals to honor his military service seven decades ago.

WCPO-TV reports that a commander from Harry Shoop’s former infantry unit presented the Allensburg man with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star on Monday in Hillsboro.

The Purple Heart recognizes that he was wounded while fighting, having been shot through the hand.

The Bronze Start acknowledges “heroic” actions or other achievements of merit in combat.

Shoop says the medals are reminders of his sacrifices and his love for the United States.

Lawyer who ran ‘Breaking Bad’ scheme loses appeal

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland defense attorney in federal prison for running a money laundering scheme inspired by “Breaking Bad” has lost an appeal of his conviction.

Forty-six-year-old Matthew King was convicted in June 2016 of agreeing to launder $20,000 for a confidential informant who was posing as a cocaine dealer.

In his appeal, King objected to the use of his recorded conversations with the informant as evidence. One of the recordings captured him proposing to imitate a scheme on the TV show.

King said he should have been allowed to cross-examine the informant, who did not testify.

In an opinion issued last week, a federal appeals court rejected that argument, saying the recordings merely established that the informant presented the funds as ill-gotten.

King is serving a 44-month sentence.


By Associated Press