Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old boy will be prosecuted as an adult in the bludgeoning deaths of a northeast Ohio couple.
The boy was barely 14 when he was arrested last year as an accomplice in the slayings of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert in their home in New Franklin, near Akron. Authorities said they were beaten with a sledgehammer.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Summit County Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio cited the "the brutal and heinous nature of this crime" in binding the teen over to the adult court.
The principal defendant, 19-year-old Shawn Eric Ford Jr., is charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. Police say he had dated the couple's teenage daughter.
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - The boyfriend of a northern Ohio day care worker suspected of raping four children has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to related charges.
Prosecutors allege the worker raped the children last spring at the urging of her boyfriend, 34-year-old James Osborne of Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh), who is a registered sex offender. He is charged in Lorain County with dozens of counts, including complicity to rape and kidnapping and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
Defense attorney Michael Duff has requested an evaluation of whether Osborne is competent for trial.
Duff tells local reporters that Osborne told him he's heard voices for some time. Duff wouldn't discuss details of that.
A judge has granted prosecutors' request that Osborne and his girlfriend be tried together.
In-service days not enforced
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State lawmakers have struck a compromise on what to do about missed school days around Ohio brought on by the season's extreme winter weather.
A House-Senate compromise committee approved a bill Tuesday to provide four extra snow days. The panel removed a provision that would have required teachers to undergo professional development training.
The decision followed an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.
Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.
Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year. Govenor John Kasich backed adding extra snow days on a one-time basis.
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:38 Written by Associated Press