Ohio News Briefs

Ohio Right to Life to backers: Should we endorse Trump?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s oldest and largest anti-abortion group is surveying supporters about whether it should endorse Donald Trump.

Ohio Right to Life emailed the survey ahead of its president’s meeting Tuesday with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. It marks the latest sign of anxiety among political conservatives in the battleground state over Trump’s candidacy.

The letter said the group is analyzing his policy positions on its priority issues, which include abortion, adoption and euthanasia — some of which have changed over time.

It said Trump appears to present a contrast to “the radical pro-abortion candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” but that Right to Life leaders are “well aware” that anti-abortion voters have “different perspectives” on a Trump endorsement.

The survey gave three choices: endorse Trump, remain neutral or choose “unsure.”

Cleveland says protest rules in line with other conventions

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland says in a court filing that its rules for protests and marches during the upcoming Republican National Convention are similar to those in other convention cities where federal courts upheld challenges.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sued the city in federal court last week on behalf of two groups that claim rules and restrictions on protests within the event zone covering downtown Cleveland would infringe on people’s free speech rights.

Cleveland responded Monday by saying rules that prohibit some items in the event zone and secure zones established by the U.S. Secret Service won’t infringe on freedom of expression. The secure zones include areas surrounding the convention arena and a media center.

A hearing on the ACLU’s lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday in Cleveland.

Worker crushed to death in hydraulic press at Ohio plant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a worker was crushed to death at a sheet molding plant in central Ohio.

Columbus police say 60-year-old Timothy Underwood was working in a press area with a co-worker early Monday at a Core Molding Technologies plant when he fell into a hydraulic press. Police say he suffered a “catastrophic injury to his head” and died at the scene.

Underwood had worked at the Columbus business for about a year.

Core Molding says it is cooperating with authorities in their investigation of what led to the death. The manufacturer makes primarily truck parts, including hoods and fenders.

The state Bureau of Workers Compensation and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

A union spokesman says the union is working to understand how the death happened.

$1M in inventory lost in Ohio bookstore fire; 3 injured

TIPP CITY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an estimated $1 million in inventory was lost in a bookstore fire that broke out twice within a few hours and injured three people in southwestern Ohio.

Firefighters say a firefighter and two people inside the building in Tipp City, about 25 miles north of Dayton, were taken to hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation. Fire officials say electrical wiring is believed to have caused the blaze that rekindled Tuesday after it was first reported Monday night.

Officials said occupants of an upstairs apartment were initially trapped Tuesday, but police were able to talk them out a window and down a fire escape.

The Dayton Daily News reports the building built in 1871 is in an historic district in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

Ohioan wanted in US fraud case since 1995 arrested in Israel

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a man who fled the United States after pleading guilty in 1994 in a $3.2 million food stamp fraud case has been arrested in Israel and returned to northeast Ohio.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott says 54-year-old Najeh Ottallah was arrested last month in Jerusalem. A hearing is scheduled in federal court in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Cleveland.com reports the former Lakewood man has been wanted on an arrest warrant since 1995, when he fled before his federal court sentencing on three food stamp fraud-related charges.

Ottallah attorney’s, Kent Minshall, says “nobody ran him down.” Minshall says Otallah is like others who want to return to the United States where they can get better health care as they get older, even if they have to serve prison time.

Library planned for historic Wright brothers factory site

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a new library in southwest Ohio will be built on the historic Wright brothers’ airplane factory site.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Dayton Metro Library plans to spend about $10 million to transform seven acres off U.S. Route 35 into a roughly 24,000-square-foot library. The site is home to the Wright Co. Factory.

The new library would become the system’s second-largest branch.

Officials say the library will be pedestrian friendly and have meeting space. Public input will be used to determine the library’s design and amenities.

The project also calls for helping the National Aviation Heritage Alliance preserve the site and make it a national park.

The alliance plans to sell the seven-acre parcel to the library and two buildings to the National Park Service.

Authorities: Ohio woman likely fatally shook, hit son

MARION, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman has been charged with murder after authorities say they believe she shook and hit her 6-month-old son, who died over the weekend.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Tequila Mannering called 911 late Friday afternoon saying her son Aaden wasn’t breathing and may have choked while drinking milk.

The infant was taken from their Marion home to a local hospital. He was then airlifted to a Columbus hospital.

Hospital staff told deputies Saturday the child was in critical condition and wasn’t expected to survive. He was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon.

It wasn’t immediately known when the child was hurt. An autopsy is planned.

Mannering faces charges including murder and involuntary manslaughter. She’s jailed on $1 million bond.

Court records don’t indicate if she has an attorney.

Ohio biker gang leader charged in 2 slayings during shootout

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say that the head of a northeast Ohio biker gang badly wounded in a shootout has been charged with two counts of murder in municipal court for killing two members of a rival gang.

The (Warren) Tribune-Chronicle reports that 45-year-old David Bailes Jr. is hospitalized in Cleveland after being shot multiple times during the shootout Saturday afternoon outside a bar in Warren Township. Court records don’t indicate whether Bailes has an attorney.

Police say they responded to a call about the shootout between Bailes’ gang, Forever Two Wheels, and a rival gang, Brothers Regime. Officers found two members of Brothers Regime, 41-year-old Jason Moore and 54-year-old Robert Marto, fatally shot. Two other members of Brothers Regime were wounded in the exchange of gunfire.