Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of ex-Ohio officer
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to take the appeal of a former Akron police captain fighting a lower court ruling that reinstated his conviction for killing his ex-wife.
The court ruled Wednesday against hearing the case of Douglas Prade, who was imprisoned for 15 years for the slaying before a judge ordered him released last year on the basis of bite-mark DNA testing.
It was not immediately clear what the next step is for Prade, including whether he must return to prison. Messages were left with his attorneys.
An appeals court said earlier this year the DNA testing raised more questions than answers, and Prade’s original conviction for Margo Prade’s death was based on overwhelming circumstantial evidence.
Prade was convicted in 1998 of shooting his 41-year-old ex-wife.
Ohio student death ruled suicide, no foul play
CINCINNATI (AP) — A coroner says there are no signs of foul play in the death of a University of Cincinnati student whose apparent disappearance triggered a wide search in May.
The Hamilton County coroner says 21-year-old Brogan Dulle died of asphyxiation by hanging. The report Tuesday stated he used an electrical cord. He died within minutes and had no other significant injuries.
Authorities have said a bottle of wine was found near the body, but no note.
The sophomore was last seen at about 2 a.m. May 18. He left his apartment without wallet or keys, telling friends he was going to look for his cellphone.
Some 1,000 friends, family and volunteers helped look for him before his body was found May 26 in a vacant building next to his apartment.
Ohio base ranked highly by Air Force newspaper
DAYTON(AP) — A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.
The base, which is Ohio’s largest single-site employer, tied as the top Air Force base to be stationed among 68 bases in the U.S. That’s according to a survey by the weekly Air Force Times newspaper, which made the rankings based on a dozen categories.
Wright-Patterson tied for the top spot with Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the rankings took into account factors including school quality, cost of living, housing costs and size of the community.
Ranked the lowest in the survey was Los Angeles Air Force Base in California.
Toledo suburb bans feeding of stray cats
SYLVANIA(AP) — Animal-welfare advocates are taking issue with a suburban Toledo city’s ban on feeding feral cats.
Officials say the law that took effect Tuesday in the city of Sylvania is necessary because of the large population of stray cats.
The (Toledo) Blade reports the issue has pitted city leaders against animal advocates, who say that feeding feral cats is crucial to being able to trap them for spay-neuter-return programs.
Also, advocates say, a feeding ban could lead to more nuisance complaints as stray cats get into garbage cans and hunt birds, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife.
The city tried a spay-neuter program for stray cats last fall, but residents say the problem persisted because people have continued to feed the animals.
Ohio man accused of killing mom, living with body
AKRON(AP) — Prosecutors in northeast Ohio say a 33-year-old man stabbed his mother to death then lived in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
Michael Petrie’s trial on charges of aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse began Tuesday in Akron. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Barberton man is accused of killing his 67-year-old mother Maureen Petrie. Prosecutors say he left his mother exactly where he killed her and left two murder weapons — including a martial arts dagger-like weapon — near her body.
His attorney says he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was off his medication at the time.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that a judge pronounced him mentally competent to stand trial.
Ohio veteran cited for therapy ducks due in court
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is getting his day in court after being cited for violating an Ohio village ban, even though someone else already paid his fine.
A hearing was scheduled Wednesday in Coshocton Municipal Court for Darin Welker, who keeps 14 ducks in his backyard in West Lafayette.
Welker was cited for not complying with a ban on residents keeping farm animals in the village, about 80 miles east of Columbus. The court clerk’s office says Welker’s $140 fine and court costs were paid online by a Newtown, Pennsylvania, man.
Welker said he didn’t know someone was going to pay his fine. He says he hadn’t planned to plead guilty or pay the fine and wants a hearing.
Cleveland’s last backlogged rape kits to be tested
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police have eliminated a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence and sent the last of nearly 4,000 rape kits to a state crime lab, though it could take another year before the testing is complete.
The Plain Dealer reports more than half those kits have been tested for DNA to be compared with profiles in a law enforcement database. That effort and investigations by a related task force have led to almost 170 indictments.
Authorities began the effort in 2009 to catalog and test kits that weren’t previously tested because of earlier policies and limits on what evidence the state lab would process. Some of the evidence dated to 1993.
A prosecutor says every Cleveland rape kit from 1993 to 2000 should be tested by September.