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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 23, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: COVID-19 winning as Akron and Ohio politicians spin their wheels Akron Beacon Journal Nov. 22 Two votes in recent days illustrated how COVID-19 continues to exploit our divided politics as it sickens record numbers of people. With no...

Central Illinois man gets probation for threatening lawmaker

Nov. 23, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to making a threat against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling. The federal judge who sentenced Randall Tarr, 65, on Friday also also ordered the Rochester man...

Lincoln man accused of waving chain saw at neighbor

Nov. 23, 2020 7:48 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man is accused of waving a chain saw at a Black neighbor and yelling racial epithets at her. The Lincoln Journal Star reports a woman was entering her apartment building Saturday afternoon when a 41-year-old man allegedly confronted her with a chain saw, told her to leave the...

Alabama man arrested, charged with sexual extortion

Nov. 20, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A 20-year-old Alabama man was arrested and accused of sexual extortion, authorities said. Aden Willis Yeager faces several charges including sexual extortion and possession and dissemination of obscene matter containing persons under age 17. The West Alabama Human Trafficking Task...

In this June 24, 2020, photo is Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld at Cincinnati City Hall. Sittenfeld who has been planning to run for mayor has been indicted on federal corruption charges. An indictment Thursday, Nov. 19, shows that Democrat Sittenfeld faces six federal counts related to bribery and extortion. He pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate and was released with restrictions (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Feds charge 3rd Cincinnati councilman with corruption

Nov. 19, 2020 5:22 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati city councilman who has been planning to run for mayor has been indicted on federal corruption charges. An indictment Thursday shows that Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld faces six federal counts related to bribery and extortion. It states that Sittenfeld solicited $40,000 in...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, left, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, salute during the annual Independence Day military parade in Mexico City's main square. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against Gen. Cienfuegos, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

Nov. 18, 2020 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Wednesday dropped a high-profile drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, an extraordinary reversal that followed an intense pressure campaign from Mexico. The full scope of Mexico’s pressure was not clear and...

FBI: Missouri man charged with child porn accused of threats

Nov. 18, 2020 11:16 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rural eastern Missouri man charged with child porn counts has also been accused by the FBI of threatening to kill the heads of various online platforms, including YouTube and Twitter. Matthew Bryan Thilges, 56, of Jefferson County, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in St. Louis’ U.S....

This Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 booking photo provided by the Palm Beach (Florida) County Jail shows Karen Jones, who was arrested at her Lantana, Fla., home Saturday. Jones is facing three charges of making written threats to kill or do bodily harm to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, according to an arrest report. (Palm Beach County Jail via AP)

Woman arrested for online threats to Florida politicians

Nov. 17, 2020 9:20 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman is facing criminal charges for making a threat on social media to shoot Florida's governor and two U.S. senators, adding that the politicians were “looting" the state. Karen Jones, 55, was arrested at her South Florida home last Saturday. She is facing three...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Republican Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine woman charged with making threats against Sen. Collins

Nov. 16, 2020 5:39 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in voicemails after the election. Katrina F. Preble, 56, of Bangor, is charged with two counts of making interstate threats because the server that stores the voicemails is not located in Maine, the...

FILE - New York Giants rookie DeAndre Baker talks to reporters during NFL football rookie camp in East Rutherford, N.J., in this Friday, May 3, 2019, file photo. in East Rutherford, N.J. Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was cleared of robbery charges in Florida on Monday  Nov. 16, 2020, after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping all charges against Baker shortly after the county sheriff's office arrested attorney William Dean, 50, and charged him with extortion. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Ex-Giant Baker cleared of robbery; victims' lawyer arrested

Nov. 16, 2020 1:18 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was cleared of robbery charges in Florida on Monday after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping all charges against Baker shortly...