9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - A Pentagon report presented a sobering new assessment Wednesday of the Taliban-led insurgency, saying that its abilities are expanding and its operations are increasing in sophistication, a view that highlights the extent of the challenge still confronting the Obama administration's war strategy. The report, requested by Congress, gives the most realistic and comprehensive U.S. view in years of the Taliban and other insurgent groups, and for the first time portrays a movement with deep roots and broad reach, able to withstand repeated U.S. onslaughts and to re-establish its influence, while discrediting and undermining the country's western-backed government.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Saint Mary's College of California has punished a singing instructor, who is the brother of a college trustee, for his choice to use a song that uses racist terms in a voice class last month. College leaders said Monday the incident called into question Louis Lebherz's future at the school. The musician already has been forced to apologize to the class and to complete diversity training, said Beth Dobkin, the college's provost.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Beating victim Josie Lou Ratley entered a new stage of recovery Wednesday morning, joined by family members she will be leaning on during a long, painful and uncertain rehabilitation process, her family's lawyer said. Ratley, 15, was taken to an undisclosed local rehabilitation facility Tuesday after spending close to six weeks at Broward General Medical Center. She was brought to the Fort Lauderdale hospital on March 17 after she was brutally assaulted on the Deerfield Beach Middle School campus.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Brian Trumpower knows about dangers within the workplace: He lost a friend and co-worker to an on-the-job accident a couple years ago. The two were fairly close, "got along really well" and "it troubled me quite a bit." While Trumpower, of Norwalk, might not need a reminder about dangers working people face, he still attended Wednesday's Workers Memorial Day ceremony in town.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - Three former workers at the farm of Robin Vess, who's accused of starving dozens of horses, testified in court Thursday that the animals were fed on a regular basis, but they said the animals seemed to have lost weight in the winter months. Megan Stover, Tim Stayancho, and Daniel Majers, who said he regularly helped out on the farm for free, told jurors in Ottawa County Municipal Court that they fed the horses frequently.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - A psychiatrist for Robin Vess, the Oak Harbor woman standing trial on charges she starved 42 horses, told a court yesterday Vess suffered from "major depression,' a condition that could have affected her ability to care for her animals. Testifying on behalf of the defense, Dr. Agha Shahid told jurors he treated Vess while she was at a hospital in February, shortly after the Humane Society of Ottawa County removed all the live horses from her farm the night of Jan. 29.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jeffrey A. Resor's involuntary manslaughter trial date of Oct. 18 should stand depending on what the Ohio Supreme Court does. On June 27, 2008, a jury acquitted Resor, now 29, of 72 Townsend Ave., of murder and child endangerment in connection with the February 2007 death of 10-month-old Donavan Lykins. The child was the son of Resor's now former girlfriend.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Milan residents and those working in the village will be paying more on their income tax. The final vote by village council Wednesday was to increase the tax rate from a half percent to 1 percent. The vote came after council considered three other motions that had to do with the ordinance, but contained different language and stipulations.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steve Perry was skeptical when the producers of a television pilot about a high school glee club sought permission to use his band's signature song in their show; the former frontman for the classic rock group Journey is protective of his legacy. "I want to be able to put these songs somewhere with good conscience that they're not going to be abused,' Perry said in a recent interview. "I don't want to see that happen.' He needn't have worried. Perry overcame his doubts, agreed to license the song to the producers of Fox's "Glee,' and a year later "Don't Stop Believin'' has reached a new generation of music fans.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
SWANTON - A state Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a commercial vehicle on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 13 in Williams County at 8:36 a.m. today. Trooper Tommy Alexander, 41, was stopped along the side of the turnpike conducting a routine traffic stop, when his cruiser was struck from behind by a commercial vehicle.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - A restaurant owner has been charged with setting the fire that destroyed his business in September and making a fraudulent insurance claim for the loss. John Bou-Sliman, 49, owner of the Garden Restaurant, was in the Ottawa County jail last night without bond pending an appearance this morning in the county's Common Pleas Court. He was indicted Monday by an Ottawa County grand jury on multiple counts of arson and one count of insurance fraud in connection with the fire. The grand jury also charged him with multiple counts of state tax offenses not related to the fire.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
University of Idaho scientists recently discovered a pod of elusive giant Palouse earthworms and have three specimens in captivity. The rare discovery, made late last month and announced Tuesday, occurred while soil scientists were using electric probes to shock a section of native Palouse soil during an earthworm density study. An adult and juvenile worm were found as well as two worm cocoons that have since hatched. The juvenile and hatchlings are alive and being kept in a lab at the university.
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
As a columnist/English teacher/word lover, I am always interested in new ways of phrasing things. For example, in a recent help wanted ad, I saw that a local fast food restaurant was looking for an employee to work in the kitchen. But instead of asking for "kitchen help," the ad called the position a "sandwich artist." Wow a sandwich artist! I like that. The word artist implies creativity and originality and skill. Next time I fix dinner, perhaps I will think of myself as a "casserole artist."
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Boy, are my brother and sister in-law steamed!" announced Doberman. "You who watch your dollars carefully will find this sad story interesting. "Those two relatives of mine have a birthday within a week of each other. A custom for years, they pooled any cash they received as gifts. The money is spent for a shared activity or purchase.
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bellevue resident Nick Eisenhauer will lead fit clubs from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday nights at the Norwalk Masonic Lodge, 319 E. Main St. Sessions will begin this Monday. They will consist of hour-long work-outs featuring cardio movements during which people will burn more than 1,000 calories, said Eisenhauer, an independent beach body coach. A $2 donation is requested to participate, with proceeds going to the Masonic Lodge. Those interested can just show up on Monday or call (419) 541-7007 for more information.
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco failed to impress the judges Monday on "Dancing With the Stars," putting each in danger of being eliminated from the ABC series during tonight's results episode. Meanwhile, pop singer Nicole Scherzinger of "Pussycat Dolls" fame and her professional dancing partner, Derek Hough, scored a pair of 10s and an 8 two points shy of a perfect score with their contemporary jive to Rihanna's "SOS."
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
Four boys face two felonies each in connection with vandalizing Milan Baptist Church. Each of the juvenile suspects, ages 14 to 16, was charged with breaking and entering and vandalism stemming from the April 1 incident. Prosecutors filed the complaints this morning (Monday).
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard Fire & Rescue Shift Supervisor John Weiss is back to work after being kept overnight for smoke inhalation at Willard Mercy Hospital, assistant chief Joe Reiderman said. Weiss was one of 13 Willard Fire & Rescue firefighters who responded Thursday to the fatal fire at 524 Pleasant St., Willard.
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department responded to a burglary in progress early Saturday morning on Newton Street. "The suspect fled the scene when he realized the neighbor/caller had observed him," Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said in his report. The canine unit tracked the suspect's scent to 39 Jefferson St., where Ian S. Poland, 20, came out of his home and approached the officers. He was interviewed at the police station.
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - On the first day of the long-awaited animal-cruelty trial of Robin Vess, the Oak Harbor woman accused of starving dozens of horses, two witnesses described how they arrived on her farm to find the animals desperately weak, skinny, and dehydrated. Shayna Roberts, a veterinary technician for the Humane Society of Ottawa County, said that when she got to Vess' farm on Jan. 29, she discovered one dead horse, three that had fallen and were too weak to get up, and 37 horses that were "very skinny' and living in stalls covered in feces.
8:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village residents will see a 10-percent increase in sewer user rates starting about July 1. Council voted 4 to 2 Tuesday to increase the rate, a move recommended by public utility consultant John Courtney of Findlay-based Courtney and Associates. Council members Terry Reed and Don Wangler voted no.