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Ohio base workers offered buyouts ahead of layoffs

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall.

The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1.

The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service.

Base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News that employees must leave by leave by Sept. 30 to receive incentives. That applies to employees who are at least 50 years old with at least 20 years federal service, or employees of any age with at least 25 years of federal employment.


2 Cleveland officers shoot suspect who pointed gun

CLEVELAND (AP) - Two Cleveland police officers shot a man they say pointed a gun at them.

A police spokesman tells WEWS-TV that it happened just before midnight Monday on the near west side of the city.

Police said the two gang unit officers were investigating two separate shootings that occurred late Monday. Officers began chasing a suspect they knew had a warrant. When the suspect pointed a gun at the officers, they shot him.

He was hospitalized and required surgery. The other suspect was taken into custody. The officers weren't injured. Police don't know if the suspects were involved in the earlier shootings.

No names were released.


Donations to Ohio State rise again

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.

The donations reported in the fiscal year ending June 30 were just shy of the record $407 million in 2011-12. Donations during that year included a $100 million pledge from L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner and the company's foundation.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the new numbers marked an 8-percent increase over the previous fiscal year, when donors gave $374 million.

Officials attributed the increase to more giving by alumni. They say the university focused on building stronger ties with alumni clubs across the country, and that the alumni association expanded its work to help alumni find jobs. Nearly 74,000 alumni donated over the past year.


Man accused of enslaving woman to be sentenced

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio is set to be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown.

A jury there found 27-year-old Jordie Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. His sentencing is Tuesday.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Callahan.

The jury also found his 31-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, guilty of identical counts. She's scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

Prosecutors say Callahan and Hunt threatened to harm the woman's young daughter if the woman did not obey them.

The couple kept the woman and child in a damp, dark basement without a bathroom. Prosecutors say the couple threatened the woman with a python and pit bulls and forced her to engage in sexual acts.


Teen girl fatally shot in central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in Columbus are looking for two young males who ran from the scene after a 17-year-old girl was fatally shot.

A police report says Shevona Whitehead was shot in the upper body at about 10 p.m. at a residence on the south side of the city. She was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Several people were at the residence at the time, and witnesses said two young males left on foot immediately after the shooting. A person of interest has been identified, but his name wasn't released.

Police don't know the motive for the shooting.


Bond bumped for Ohio teen in foster mom's slaying

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A judge has increased the bond from $750,000 to $5 million for a woman who testified that her foster father convinced her to kill his wife in November 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich was indicted on a charge of aggravated murder last week in the stabbing death of 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel (kuh-NAHF'-ul).

The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports she is scheduled for trial Sept. 3, but a plea agreement is likely that will see her sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole after 30 years.

She is charged with plotting with her foster father to kill Lisa Knoefel at their suburban Cleveland home. A Lake County jury convicted 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel last month of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder in his wife's death. His sentencing is Aug. 6.


Ohio man sentenced to life in marijuana slaying

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A 19-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he fired a shotgun into a man's face during a robbery at a marijuana-growing operation last fall.

A judge in Columbus sentenced Marsean Sowards to life in prison Monday with a chance for parole after 23 years following Sowards' guilty plea to aggravated murder.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Sowards and three accomplices were charged in the slaying of 52-year-old Richard Rundblad, who was shot in his house on Sept. 16. The body was found after firefighters responded to a fire at the house.

Prosecutors say Sowards shot Rundblad in the face after holding the shotgun on him during a robbery of his marijuana-growing operation.

Sowards did not comment in court.


Man killed in single car crash in Ohio

STEWART, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old man has been killed in a single vehicle crash in Stewart.

Authorities say Michael Allen Rood of Stewart drove off the right side of a road and struck an embankment. His car went airborne before hitting a tree. It happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Rood was pronounced dead at the scene by the Athens County Coroner's Office. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.


New Goodyear airship to be called Wingfoot One

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber says a 76-year-old Akron woman will get a special ride its new airship because she submitted the name chosen for the aircraft, Wingfoot One.

Charlotte White stood outside watching the blimp circle overhead Monday as she learned of her prize. In a Goodyear statement, she says she's thrilled.

Of roughly 15,000 contest submissions, 10 names were chosen for a public vote. Goodyear has used the "Wingfoot" symbol for a century, and the latest airship was assembled at the Wingfoot Lake hangar.

The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure different from earlier models that raises questions about whether it's truly a blimp, though Goodyear still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body has Goodyear's yellow logo on a blue background.


Cow made of butter to be revealed at Ohio fair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials unveiling butter sculptures of a cow and calf at the Ohio State Fair are ready to share names chosen for the pair after a social media contest.

The American Dairy Association Mideast invited people to submit names on Twitter using a specific hashtag. The winning names were slated to be revealed along with the display Tuesday, a day before the fair opens.

Some people submitted references to two Cleveland sports stars, the Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Browns' Johnny Manziel, with suggestions like "LeButter James" or "Johnny Mooziel." In a nod to Ohio State's colors, someone proposed "Scarlett and Grace." Other nominees included "Buttercup" and "Lucy and Ethel."

The butter cow sculpture goes back more than a century at the state fair, which runs through Aug. 3 in Columbus.


Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio museum

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due.

It was Charles Taylor - a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop - who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903.

On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.

The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a slew of automakers rejected the brothers' request to build one.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the San Diego-based Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association raised $6,000 to have the bronze bust displayed at the museum.

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