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FOOTBALL PLAYERS-RAPE

Grand jury weighs other charges in Ohio rape case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An eastern Ohio grand jury is continuing its investigation into whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Among issues being investigated by the Steubenville panel are whether adults like teachers or coaches knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by state law.

The panel reconvenes today..

A judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the West Virginia girl in August 2012.

The grand jury previously charged the Steubenville city schools' information technology director with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The panel also has indicted the technology director's daughter on theft and receiving stolen property charges unrelated to the rape case.

TOLEDO JEEP PLANT

Toledo plant will build half-million Jeeps in '14

(Information in the following story is from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/ )

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The manager of the Chrysler assembly plant in Toledo says the facility will build more than a half-million Jeeps next year — making it one of the highest-volume assembly plants in North America.

That's according to plant manager Zach Leroux, who spoke to a rotary club in Toledo Monday.

Chrysler builds the Jeep Wrangler and new Jeep Cherokee at the Toledo facility.

The (Toledo) Blade reports that workers at the plant built about 275,000 vehicles last year and have built about 226,000 vehicles through October this year.

Chrysler officials several years ago set ambitious goals to reach global sales of 2.8 million cars and trucks by 2014.

The Toledo plant hired more than 1,800 new people ahead of launching the Cherokee, bringing total plant workforce to about 4,000.

DROWSY DRIVING

Drowsy driving a leading cause of Ohio crashes

(Information in the following story is from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com )

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — State statistics analyzed by a newspaper show injury crashes blamed on drowsy driving are on the rise in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that 1,415 injury crashes last year in Ohio were attributed to drivers falling asleep, being tired or fainting, according to data analyzed by The Dayton Daily News.

That was up 7 percent from 2011 and up 13 percent from 2010.

More than one in 25 Americans admit to recently falling asleep while driving. And the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says more than one in four motorists say they have been so tired while driving in the past month that they had trouble keeping their eyes open.

BODY FOUND-SCHOOL

Young woman's body found near Ohio school

(Information in the following story is from: WBNS-TV, http://www.10tv.com/ )

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating the discovery of a young woman's body near Reynoldsburg High Schools' Summit Road campus, prompting school officials to cancel classes there.

WBNS-TV reports that the body was found in a field around 5:30 p.m. Monday. It was identified as 18-year-old Danielle Michaels early Tuesday.

Officials are treating Michaels' death as a homicide and are trying to determine how she died.

Due to the investigation, Reynoldsburg schools have cancelled classes Tuesday at the Summit Campus' Encore Academy and eSTEM Academy and at Summit Road STEM Elementary.

Police say Michaels took online high school classes and did not attend Reynoldsburg High School.

BODY FOUND

Ohio police looking for help after body found

(Information in the following story is from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com )

VANDALIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Dayton are asking for the public's help in identifying a badly decomposed body found in a park.

Vandalia police Lt. Dan Swafford said county workers found what appears to be the body of a female while working in a sewer line Monday at Art Van Atta Park.

The Dayton Daily News reports that an autopsy is scheduled for today and officers were talking to people who live near the park.

Swafford wouldn't' comment on whether the body might be that of a 20-year-old exotic dancer who's been missing since Sept. 28. Police have been looking for her since finding evidence at the scene of a possible attack in Eaton, west of Dayton.

COLD CASE SLAYING

Witness tells of scene in decades-old OH slayings

(Information in the following story is from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com )

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says fingerprints link an Ohio prison inmate to the slaying of a northeast Ohio family four decades ago — but jurors haven't been told of a possible motive.

The trial of 64-year-old James Ferrara began Monday in Youngstown. Already serving a life sentence for murder, Ferrara has pleaded not guilty in the December 1974 slayings of 33-year-old Benjamin Marsh, his 32-year-old wife Marilyn Marsh, and their 4-year-old daughter Heather.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that a friend who found the bodies testified Monday about the bloody scene.

Ferrara was indicted in June for the murders after his fingerprints were matched to the scene in 2009.

His attorney told jurors that detectives at the time compiled a list of 167 suspects and Ferrara's name was never on that list.

INTRUDER SHOT-PLEA

Ohio man who killed intruder takes plea deal

(Information in the following story is from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com )

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man who claimed he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot a fleeing intruder has pleaded guilty rather than risk being convicted at trial.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Donald E. Griffin III pleaded guilty Monday in Columbus to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Quenton Savage.

Police say the 20-year-old Griffin shot an unarmed Savage who had climbed into a second-floor window In October 2012. Savage jumped out the window, but police say Griffin fired several shots at him, hitting him in the back.

By pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter without a gun specification, Griffin could get probation or as few as three years in prison. If he'd been convicted at trial, the mandatory sentence would have been six years.

JFK-PLANE

Ohio museum expands access to Kennedy plane

(Information in the following story is from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com )

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — With interest building in the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, a museum near Dayton is stepping up the public tours of his presidential jet.

The Boeing 707 is at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum will now shuttle visitors to the plane four times a day and seven days a week through Dec. 1.

Visitors can see where people packed into the plane's sweltering state room to watch Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy's vice president, sworn in, with Jacqueline Kennedy alongside in the suit stained by her husband's blood.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the museum has received more calls and national media coverage focused on the jet in recent days, with the 50th anniversary of the assassination coming on Friday.

BEAGLE-POLAR BEARS

Beagle's nose predicts few US polar bear cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) — A specially trained beagle's smell test for polar bear pregnancies predicts there will be few new cubs for U.S. zoos this year.

Animal conservation scientists at the Cincinnati Zoo worked with a dog trainer in Shawnee, Kan., to devise the test being tried out this year. Zoos around the country provided fecal samples that the 2-year-old dog named Elvis had been trained to sniff for proteins that scientists say are found only from pregnant polar bears.

Cincinnati Zoo scientist Erin Curry says that with nearly all samples from 14 zoos checked, the Elvis test indicates this year's cub class will be similar to last year's. Only three cubs were born in U.S. zoos. She declined to provide the results for other zoos but says the one for Cincinnati's "Berit" was negative.