CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man has been sentenced to the maximum 55 years in prison in the September kidnapping and robbery of a cab driver left clinging to life. A jury found 30-year-old Charles Black guilty of felonious assault, kidnapping aggravated robbery and other charges yesterday. Mulugeta Shiferaw was locked in the trunk for 10 hours, depriving him of oxygen and injuring his brain. He's being kept alive on a feeding tube.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has 278 bridges similar to the one that collapsed in Washington this week, sending cars and people into the water below. The accident renews concerns about bridge safety as infrastructure ages throughout the country and Ohio. Across the state, 5,761 of about 26,900 county-maintained bridges are considered functionally obsolete or structurally deficient.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry has surprised middle school students in Ohio by showing up at a musical concert and donating $100,000 to help student athletes in the city's South-Western schools. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Perry was drawn to Finland Middle School yesterday after seeing a TV report about teacher Mary Mulvany starting a foundation to raise scholarship money to cover fees.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A 17-foot crocodile, dingoes, wallabies and a green tree python are among more than 50 species of Australian animals that just debuted at the Toledo Zoo. The Wild Walkabout exhibit opened this weekend and is attracting a crowd. The biggest draw is Baru the crocodile, weighing in at 1,500 pounds. He hails from Australia, where he was captured for killing too many cows.
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