Ohio News Briefs

Ohioan charged in adult daughter’s death considers plea deal

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A Cleveland-area woman charged with murder in the suffocation death of her 26-year-old daughter is considering a possible plea deal before her scheduled trial next week.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports 47-year-old Janet Tyburski was ready to plead guilty this week under an offer that called for a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, but she learned prosecutors had taken that deal off the table.

As the discussion continues, a Lorain County assistant prosecutor says he’s now offering a plea deal with at least 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors allege Tyburski killed her daughter Rachele at their home in March 2015 and dumped her body in a field two days later with a younger daughter’s help.

That daughter is charged with corpse abuse and obstructing justice.

Police: Shoplifter trapped in store after closing calls 911

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say a suspected shoplifter called 911 for help after she hid in a fitting room at closing time and got locked inside a Kohl’s store.

Brimfield Township police say surveillance video from the incident late last month shows her taking clothing items, then realizing she’s trapped in the store near Kent, roughly 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. Police say officers already were heading to the store when she called 911 because she set off alarms.

WJW-TV reports 35-year-old Joanne Havens told police she heard the store-closing announcements and simply didn’t leave in time.

But officers say they found stolen items in her purse.

The Ravenna woman has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge. Court records listed no attorney for her.

Consultant to Chief Wahoo opponent pleads guilty in theft

CLEVELAND (AP) — A grant writer accused of working with a Native American activist to steal over $180,000 in federal grants intended to help Native Americans in Ohio has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Cleveland.com reports 47-year-old Craig McGuire, of Lewis Center, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of government funds and a conspiracy charge. His attorney declined to comment afterward.

Authorities allege a conspiracy between McGuire and the director of a Cleveland-area nonprofit group that supports Native American causes. Investigators haven’t charged the director, who’s known as a vocal opponent of the Cleveland Indians baseball team using the divisive Chief Wahoo logo.

McGuire has agreed to cooperate with investigators and to testify at trial if requested. If he fulfills his agreement, his potential sentence is between eight and 14 months in prison.

Woman of man convicted in Ponzi scheme pleads guilty in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman whose husband earlier pleaded guilty in a $70 million Ponzi scheme has pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering.

The Dayton Daily News reports 51-year-old Connie Apostelos pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Dayton. Prosecutors alleged she knowingly attempted to deposit a check for more than $224,000 that was from investors and was intended for illegal purposes.

Her attorney, Jon Paul Rion, said she pleaded guilty to a charge that showed she didn’t know about the “fraud of her husband at the time he was committing it.”

William Apostelos pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to conversion of funds from an employee benefits fund.

Authorities say the Ponzi scheme bilked hundreds of investors out of millions of dollars.

Retired professor sues Ohio State over energy deal details

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A retired Ohio State University professor has sued the university for allegedly withholding details of a proposed $1.1 billion deal between OSU and a French energy company.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday asks the Ohio Supreme Court to order Ohio State to make public an agreement spelling out terms of the proposed deal with Ohio State Energy Partners, an entity that includes Paris-based ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure.

The Columbus Dispatch reports retired professor Bruce Weide alleges OSU wants to keep the agreement under wraps until it’s approved and opponents can’t object.

A student group backed by a union that represents some OSU energy workers has protested that the deal could convert union-represented university jobs into outside-contractor positions.

University spokesman Ben Johnson says the school doesn’t comment on pending litigation.