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CLEVELAND (AP) - A man sought in Ohio on charges of kidnapping and raping a minor has been arrested in Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in Puerto Rico arrested 37-year-old William Torres on Friday. Authorities say Torres is wanted by the Cuyahoga County sheriff's office in Cleveland for allegedly holding a minor against her will and raping her in July. Court records show the Cleveland man is charged with 18 counts of rape and six counts of kidnapping. No attorney was listed for him.
Torres was on the "Agonizing Eight" list of most wanted, alleged sex offenders released Nov. 4 by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott says four of the eight have been arrested.
Authorities say Torres is in jail awaiting extradition to Ohio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio official is among government leaders from across the country appointed to a presidential task force on climate change.
Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, a Democrat, was appointed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 1 to the 26-member Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. She joins a line-up of local, state and tribal officials charged with advising the administration on ways the federal government can help U.S. communities as they experience impacts of climate change associated with global warming.
Obama has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for communities to strengthen resilience to extreme weather and to make other preparations.
Brooks is the only Ohioan on the panel.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--Ohio veterans can now use a mobile app to find information about available benefits.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services unveiled the app this week. Department Director Tim Gorrell (guh-REHL') says it enables veterans to find out quickly what major benefits they've earned and how and where to apply for them. There is also a portion of the app that provides contact information for each of Ohio's county veterans' service offices by name, zip code or location and map and directional information. The same contact, map and directional information is available for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Ohio.
The app is available free from the Google Play and iTunes stores, by searching the key words "Ohio veteran." The department's www.ohiovet.gov website contains a link to the stores.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer lamented the courts' seeming lack of jurisdiction over Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation board last week, he joined a growing chorus of the frustrated.
State lawmakers created JobsOhio in 2011 in a bill containing sweeping exemptions from public records and ethics laws. Defenders of the corporate-style setup say JobsOhio files a long list of reports, disclosures and business filings. But it isn't only Kasich's political opponents who have raised concern.
Besides Pfeifer, a fellow Republican, the state's auditor and the leader of the Ohio Ethics Commission have both talked of their agencies' lack of oversight of the agency.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--Fur takers in Ohio can begin hunting and trapping animals such as raccoons and weasels this weekend.
The state's Department of Natural Resources says hunters and trappers are expected to encounter good populations of fur-bearing animals when the season begins today. Ohio is among the nation's leading producers of raw furs.
The state says 22,520 fur taker permits were sold in Ohio last year. The state currently has 69 licensed fur dealers. Fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel hunting and trapping seasons are open Sunday through the end of January. Mink and muskrat trapping seasons are open Sunday through February.
Other information about the season and permit requirements can be found at wildohio.com.
COLUMBUS, OH (AP)--The death of a 4-year-old after she was found unresponsive in a Northwest Columbus apartment has officially been ruled a homicide.
According to police, Layla Malone, age 4, was found on November 6 with visible injuries from a severe beating. Malone was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital where she later died.
On Saturday, Columbus homicide detectives were informed that the Franklin County Coroner ruled the death a homicide. That determination was reached based upon the multiple severe injuries that Malone suffered. Michael McDaniel, age 28, was originally arrested and charged with felonious assault. Detectives now say that the charge will be amended to murder.
McDaniel is being held on a $1 million bond.