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Bill Would Bar Death Penalty If ‘Serious Mental Illness’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill now in Ohio’s legislature would allow people convicted of aggravated murder to avoid the death penalty if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, of Uhrichsville, sponsored the bill. He has said the death penalty should… Read More

West Virginia Woman Admits to Stealing ID for Gun Purchase

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a West Virginia woman who used a stolen identification card to buy a gun from a licensed dealer has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says 36-year-old Erica Nicole Blake of Parkersburg entered the plea in federal court in Charleston. Stuart says in… Read More

Woman Arrested for Minor Violation Found Dead in Ohio Jail

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NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a 21-year-old woman arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court has been found dead in a northeast Ohio county jail. The New Philadelphia Times-Reporter reports Megan Larrick, of New Philadelphia, was found dead Thursday afternoon at the Tuscarawas County Jail. The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office… Read More

Mistrial Declared in Doctor’s Pain Pill Case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a West Virginia doctor charged with illegally distributing prescription opioid medications. Muhammed Samer Nasher- Alneam is accused of writing prescriptions to patients who were suffering from opioid addiction. He was facing 14 counts of illegal drug distribution, two charges of… Read More