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Man indicted

A man was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Joseph E. Patterson, 39, was charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, according to court records.

Judge blocks schools from Ohio suit against e-school founder

COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge won’t let school districts intervene in Ohio’s civil case seeking to recoup millions of dollars in public funding from leaders of a now-defunct online charter school.

Eight districts, including Dayton and Toledo, sought to be part of the case involving founder William Lager and officials from the massive Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The districts argued the state wouldn’t adequately represent their interests and political affiliations might keep it from pursuing certain claims.

A Franklin County judge rejected that argument this week. She noted some claims and parties that the districts said were missing were added in Ohio’s amended complaint. The judge also noted that the schools and the state have the same goal of recouping funding.

Historic 36-star flag returns for anniversary of Lincoln’s repose

COLUMBUS (AP) — An historic flag is returning to the Ohio Statehouse during this year’s commemoration of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln.

The 36-Star flag that flew over the grounds during Lincoln’s repose was originally presented to David Nevin Murray, of Portsmouth, on behalf of the Union Army for Murray’s contributions to the Civil War effort. Murray’s descendants donated it to the Ohio History Connection.

A flag dedication will begin activities at the Statehouse on Monday, the 154th anniversary of the assassinated president’s repose in the Statehouse Rotunda. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, is to have an honor guard from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other events include cannon firings, a Civil War encampment and music. A photo exhibit on the journey of Lincoln’s funeral train runs Friday through Tuesday.

Missing teen found, 3 charged with human trafficking

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky sheriff says a missing teenage girl has been found in the back of a U-Haul truck and three people have been charged with human trafficking.

News outlets reported the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the girl was reported missing Saturday and found the next day by police in Cincinnati.

The statement said deputies arrested three people: 34-year-old Michael Nason, 29-year-old Tiffany Cheek and 27-year-old Carl Hickman.

Cheek is accused of luring the teen from her home “under false pretenses.” She and Hickman face charges including custodial interference, kidnapping and human trafficking. Authorities say Nason had sex with the girl and faces a count of rape in addition to the other charges.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the three have attorneys.

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