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Toledo man pleads guilty

A Toledo man pleaded guilty to a drug-related charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Ronald J. Johnson Jr., 32, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation report.

Tiffin woman pleads guilty

A Tiffin woman pleaded guilty to a theft charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Dawn S. Chaffee, 52, entered written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of theft from an elderly person, a fourth-degree felony, court records state.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation report.

Feds accuse vice officer of forcing women into sex

COLUMBUS (AP) — A lawyer for a vice squad officer in Ohio says his client is innocent of charges of forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest.

Defense attorney Mark Collins said Columbus Police Officer Andrew Mitchell looks forward to entering a not guilty plea to charges in an indictment unveiled Monday.

The indictment also accuses Mitchell of witness tampering and lying to federal agents when he said he’d never had sex with prostitutes.

Mitchell has also been investigated by state authorities after police said he fatally shot a prostitute who stabbed him in the hand while sitting in his unmarked police car.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Monday he expects to take that case to a grand jury soon.

Police: Car fleeing police hits bus, killing 2 in car

TROTWOOD (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a car fleeing a police traffic stop crashed into a regional transit bus, killing two people in the car and injuring seven others.

The State Highway Patrol said Kyren Wright, 18, of Dayton, and an unidentified teenager died and the car’s driver was critically injured after the crash around 6 p.m. Sunday in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood.

Authorities said the Greater Dayton RTA bus driver and the five passengers on the bus were taken to a hospital for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. RTA CEO Mark Donaghy said in a statement that the bus driver and the passengers “are expected to be OK.”

Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson said the car crashed while trying to run a red light.

The investigation is continuing.

Body of Ohio sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is identified

WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of an Ohio sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II has been identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Lawson was accounted for Aug. 27, 2018.

Officials said the 25-year-old sailor from Butler County was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft Dec. 7, 1941. A total of 429 crewmen on the battleship were killed. Only 35 crew members were identified over the next few years.

A renewed effort to identify unknown remains from the USS Oklahoma that began in 2015 resulted in Lawson’s identification.

The Defense Department said Lawson will be buried April 27 in Madison, Indiana.

Community college to offer

degree in cloud computing

COLUMBUS(AP) — A new two-year program at Columbus State Community College aims to teach students about cloud computing.

The college said the new associate of applied science degree in software development will be developed in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College and the education arm of Amazon Web Services. The Columbus Dispatch reported Columbus State has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for nearly $600,000 to create the curriculum.

Amazon says cloud computing relies on a “cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.”

College official Todd Warner said Columbus State will be one of fewer than 20 higher-education institutions across the country to partner with AWS to develop a program in cloud computing.

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