Ohio News Briefs


Immigration lawyer: Supreme Court decision still a win

CLEVELAND (AP) — An immigration attorney who helped a Cleveland Clinic medical resident refused entry to the U.S. under a Trump administration order in January says the limited ban allowed by the Supreme Court is still a “win” for those opposed to the ban.

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

Immigration attorney David Leopold helped secure the return of Sudanese national Suha Abushamma to Cleveland and says he’s happy that students like Abushamma won’t be affected by the court’s decision.

Leopold is concerned the court’s decision could hurt refugees and is disappointed that the court didn’t let prior injunctions stand.

The justices will hear full arguments in October.

Cleveland mayor plans $15 minimum wage for city-paid workers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s mayor plans to raise the minimum wage for city-paid employees to $15 an hour by next spring.

Cleveland.com reports that could affect roughly 500 employees, such as police and fire cadets, custodial staff and lifeguards at city pools. Those include full-time and part-time employees, some union and some non-union workers.

Mayor Frank Jackson says the raise would help counter the effects of tax burdens shifted onto the poor.

Completing that change will take time because it must be negotiated into the city’s labor agreements with nearly three dozen unions.

Jackson says the lowest-paid workers should be paid more. However, he opposed a recent proposal to raise the minimum wage citywide, saying he’s concerned about putting Cleveland at an economic disadvantage to other cities with lower minimum wages.

Jail, restitution ordered for Ohioan in fake shooting threat

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who falsely reported a planned shooting, prompting extra police security at several churches and synagogues, has been sentenced to spend four months in jail for the hoax.

The Blade reports 22-year-old Mohomed Abdouni, of Toledo, told the court he was drunk and used poor judgment when he told the FBI in January that a relative planned to travel from Columbus to Toledo to shoot people at a church.

He pleaded guilty in May to a felony charge of making false alarms.

He was ordered Monday to pay $13,000 in restitution, mostly to the FBI. He also was given four years of probationary restrictions and was warned that he could face a year in prison if he violates those.

Ohio sheriff issues safety warning against MS-13 gang

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff has issued a safety alert after receiving several reports of gang members planning on “taking out” snitches and spreading heroin doses intended to cause overdoses.

Sheriff Charles Reader says in the alert sent Monday that members of the international criminal gang MS-13 are planning on coming into Pike County this weekend.

Reader says the gang plans to spread “hotshots” of laced heroin that could lead to “an extremely large amount” of overdoses in the county and surrounding areas.

Reader says the information about the gang’s plans was gathered during recent drug-related investigations.

Prosecutor: Grand jury to hear sex case against schools head

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says the case of a central Ohio school superintendent accused of a sex crime involving a young girl will go before a grand jury.

Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart says a preliminary charge of gross sexual imposition against 52-year-old Patrick O’Donnell filed in Bellefontaine Municipal Court was dismissed so the case can be taken straight to a grand jury.

The Indian Lake School District put O’Donnell on paid leave after Washington Township police arrested him June 19. Authorities say O’Donnell is accused of touching the now-13-year-old girl inappropriately multiple times from 2013 through 2016.

O’Donnell’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Stewart says the girl wasn’t an Indian Lake student.

Police wouldn’t describe the relationship between O’Donnell and the girl.

Democrats enter 2018 races for Ohio treasurer, auditor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two more Democrats in Ohio have launched campaigns for statewide office in 2018.

Former University of Cincinnati board chairman Rob Richardson Jr. has filed to run for state treasurer and former U.S. Rep. Zack Space has filed to run for state auditor.

Their decisions give Democrats at least one candidate for each of next year’s open statewide races. The five sitting Republicans are all term-limited.

Richardson, a labor attorney, came in third in the Cincinnati mayor’s race in May. That marked his first bid for elective office.

Space, of Dover, spent two terms representing the 18th Congressional District in southeast Ohio before being unseated by Republican Bob Gibbs in 2010. He now works as a lawyer at the Columbus law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

Police: Man allegedly used his prosthetic leg to hit wife

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of using one of his prosthetic legs to hit his wife has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence in northern Ohio.

Sandusky police said 63-year-old Richard T. Wilson Sr. was arrested Saturday.

Police report Ronna Wilson said her husband became angry after officers responded Friday to a report of him being disorderly. She told police her husband later threw one of his prosthetic legs at her, striking her head, and threw her to the ground. Police say she stated her wrist injuries came from trying to block Wilson from hitting her with his other leg.

Police report the Sandusky man was jailed Saturday and denied assaulting his wife. Court records don’t indicate an attorney for him. A home telephone listing couldn’t immediately be found.