2 charged with enslaving Ohio woman found guilty
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Two people in Ohio have been found guilty of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her young child.
Jurors in a Youngstown federal court handed down guilty verdicts Friday on charges including forced labor conspiracy against 27-year-old Jordie Callahan and 32-year-old Jessica Hunt.
But both were found not guilty of stealing the woman's government benefits and tampering with a witness.
Prosecutors say the woman was sexually and physically abused and forced to do housework. They say she and the child were threatened with a python or pit bulls.
Attorneys for the pair say the woman wasn't forced to stay in the house where they lived in the northern Ohio town of Ashland.
Two others charged in the case pleaded guilty earlier and face sentencing this month.
6 Ohio fraternity men plead not guilty to hazing
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Six fraternity members at a university in Ohio have pleaded not guilty to hazing charges.
The six students from the University of Akron appeared in court Friday a week after they were accused of paddling a pledge so hard that he bled through his pants.
All six are charged with misdemeanor assault and hazing.
Police at the University of Akron say a 22-year-old man told investigators he went to a hospital after multiple nights of being beaten with paddles.
A police report says the abuse happened over three weeks in January during the fraternity's pledge process.
Officials at the university say they've shut down the fraternity while the national leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity say they will help authorities bring justice to anyone who may have violated the law.
Ohio's 4 casinos report revenue gains in February
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's four casinos saw gains in revenue last month after the facilities reported lackluster figures in January and December.
February revenue figures were released Friday as the facilities enter the second year with all four of them in operation.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission reports that total revenue for the facilities approached $66.8 million in February. That's up from roughly $59.7 million in January.
Toledo's casino was closed for about 11 hours last month because of the winter weather.
Revenue from the voter-approved casinos has fallen far short of campaign promises that said they could be as high as $1.9 billion annually. Instead, the casinos are on track for a level closer to $900 million.
The other casinos are in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL-HOSPITALIZED
Spokeswoman: Ohio attorney general feeling better
CINCINNATI (AP) - A spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he will remain in a Cincinnati hospital overnight after a bout of vertigo.
DeWine spokeswoman Lisa Hackley says in a statement that DeWine is feeling much better after earlier feeling ill prior to a speaking engagement in Cincinnati.
She said DeWine will remain at The Christ Hospital for observation Friday night, but he is expected to be released Saturday.
Earlier Friday, an ambulance took DeWine from a downtown restaurant near Fountain Square to the hospital for evaluation.
The 67-year-old DeWine is a former U.S. senator and Ohio lieutenant governor. After losing his Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006, DeWine ran for attorney general in 2010 and won.
DeWine, a Republican, is seeking re-election in November.
2 Ohio Libertarians lose spots on primary ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office in Ohio have been tossed from the May primary ballot by the state elections chief.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said Friday he relied on the recommendations of hearing officer Bradley Smith, a former federal elections commissioner.
Ohio Republican Chairman Matthew Borges (BOHR'-jihs) recently told reporters the party played a role in protests filed against gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary.
Lawyers challenging Earl told Smith in hearings this week that Democrats helped fund and carry out his signature-gathering effort. Under Ohio law, petition circulators must be neutral or affiliated with a candidates' party.
Earl stood to draw votes from Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) as the governor faces a likely challenge from Democrat Ed FitzGerald this fall.
Ford shifting truck production from Mexico to Ohio
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west of Cleveland.
The automaker says it is shifting production from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant. Production will begin early next year.
The move announced Friday is part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico.
The company says it's investing $168 million to make the change.
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