8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - The 68-year-old grandfather accused of punching children in a Northwest Side Walmart appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court this morning. Judge Mark Hummer set bond for Ralph Conone, of 5687 Shadowbrook Dr., at $150,000. Should he post bond, Conone was ordered to stay away from his victims and Walmart while the case proceeds.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - A Lorain County sheriff's captain accidentally shot himself Sunday when he was test-firing the malfunctioning off-duty weapon of his wife, who also is a police officer. After the incident in the 5300 block of East Cleveland Road, John A. Reiber, 60, walked to a neighbor's house and was taken to Lorain Community Health Partners Hospital, Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW YORK (MCT) - No one was more surprised about ABBA being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than the band's co-founder Benny Andersson. "We're a pop band from the North Pole,' Andersson says, calling from his studio in Stockholm. "There's no such thing as a (continental European) band in the Rock Hall, so it is flattering. It feels good, but it's very unexpected.'
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
ALAMEDA, Calif. (PA SPORTSTICKER) - Willard, Ohio native Charlie Frye is sticking with the silver and black. On Monday, Frye signed a tender as a restricted free agent for the Oakland Raiders, the team he played with last season.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners remain cautiously optimistic after the most recent sales tax numbers showed an increase. "Sales tax numbers for March were up," Commissioner Mike Adelman said Sunday evening. "This number reflects the amount collected in December. It was up $35,337 over the same time last year."
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - A fugitive and convicted drug dealer who allegedly helped a "bling ring' sell off luxury items stolen from the homes of young celebrities including Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, pleaded no contest Friday to several felonies, authorities said. Jonathan Ajar, known as "Johnny Dangerous,' was the fence for the items stolen in at least 10 burglaries that also targeted the residences of Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale, authorities said.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - President Barack Obama, claiming that momentum is building for a historic overhaul of the nation's health insurance system, on Friday postponed a trip to Asia so he can stay in the capital next week to twist arms in Congress. Democrats in Congress said they didn't yet have the votes locked up to pass the legislation, but they were growing more confident that they could get a package through. "We're in a good place,' said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEATTLE (MCT) - Hunters were combing the snowy brush around Alaska's Chignik Lake on Friday in an attempt to hunt down up to four wolves that killed a 32-year-old special education teacher in the first known fatal wolf attack in the U.S. in modern times. But the wolves were elusive, and villagers were hoping that state game officials would send in a helicopter to help track the animals, village council president Johnny Lind said.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - The death of former child star Corey Haim may be linked to an illegal Southern California prescription drug ring, authorities said Friday. State Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that his office is investigating the ring's possible connection with Haim's death Wednesday. The 38-year-old actor, whose credits included "The Lost Boys' and "Lucas,' died at a Burbank hospital after being found unresponsive in his apartment.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
BEREA (PA SPORTSTICKER) - Brady Quinn will get a chance to start over in Denver. Whether he'll get to start is up in the air. The Broncos acquired the former first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Browns for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Will Charlie Sheen cut a deal with prosecutors, or is he ready to fight to clear his name? That's the question as the sitcom star's court date looms Monday. Facing a felony charge from a Christmas Day incident in Aspen, Colo., when his wife called 911 to say the actor was threatening her life, Sheen is facing the endgame of a scandal that has threatened to engulf his career.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, an agricultural cooperative, reports that much of the crop was devastated by the freezing temperatures. And some retailers around the nation are turning to Mexican tomatoes to stock their shelves. The result? Fewer tomatoes and higher prices - almost double - in the coming weeks.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - A woman who led authorities on a high-speed chase and drove in the wrong lanes on a divided highway has been released from the hospital. Vicki L. Laffartha, 36, has been discharged from Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, said Huron Police Chief John Majoy, who declined to elaborate.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
PHILADELPHIA (MCT) - The American arrested in a sweep of al-Qaida members worked as a laborer at five nuclear plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, federal officials said Friday. Sharif Mobley had a "red badge' clearance, the highest level a laborer can obtain, while working on at the Salem-Hope Creek nuclear plants in Salem County, N.J., according to a spokesman from the local union of which he was a member.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - In the music video for Lady Gaga's hit single "Bad Romance,' the pop diva vamps across several nightmarish tableaux wearing a variety of barely there lingerie get-ups. The flashy clip caused a sensation when it debuted in November and has racked up 85 million views on YouTube. But perhaps its most striking aspect is the unabashed product placement - conspicuous visual shout-outs to Nemiroff vodka, Nintendo Wii, Burberry and other brands.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department is continuing its attempt to contact the wife of a West Washington Street man who left his last will and testament behind last week. Chief Dave Light said officers haven't been able to talk to the wife by telephone, but he said someone will go to her home to speak to her. The wife reported her 54-year-old husband missing at 9:21 p.m. March 2 after she came home from work.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP - A Milan man was charged with failure to control Friday morning after the Ferrellgas truck he was driving overturned on Ohio 61. Kenneth A. Munns, 29, of 58 Cherry St., was heading south about 9:30 a.m. when he went off the right side of the road and overcorrected, said Trooper Rebecca Wellner, of the state Highway Patrol. The gas truck overturned on the road before continuing off the left side.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Young combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have another challenge waiting for them when they return home: steep unemployment. More than one in five can't find work, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Theme parks are being flooded with applications from job seekers, as unemployed mortgage agents, sales clerks and construction workers who can't find work elsewhere seek temporary positions that often pay little more than minimum wage. A job fair at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., last weekend drew 1,600 people - in the rain. Universal Studios Hollywood took in more than 1,100 job applications on just one day last month.
8:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - A store owner at the Allied Music of Ohio in South Toledo shot a man Friday after the suspect held a gun to a clerk's head, police said. Toledo police early Friday afternoon responded to the store at 2027 South Byrne Road near Heatherdowns Boulevard on a report of an attempted robbery and a person shot.
8:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - With the potential for heavy rains and flooding on roadways throughout the weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reminds motorists to be aware of the force and power of water and to "Turn Around Don't Drown." Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said his department is prepared for whatever happens.