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Bettsville man sentenced to community control

A Bettsville man was sentenced to community control during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Justin M. Davis, 28, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Shuff sentenced Davis to three years of community control.

Davis must complete a substance abuse medication-assisted treatment program through Rigel Recovery Services, enter and complete any other appropriate counseling program and undergo weekly drug and/or alcohol urinalysis as directed by Adult Parole Authority, according to court records.

Fishing & Outdoor Festival set for today in Fremont

FREMONT — The third annual Fishing & Outdoor Festival in downtown Fremont is planned 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, hosted by the Sandusky County Visitors Bureau and Downtown Fremont Inc.

On display are to be “outdoor toys” such as campers, boats and ATVs.

In addition, visitors can see animals from Jungle Island Zoo’s “Bird Encounter Experience,” Mystery Creatures & Animal Encounters, Sandusky County Park District programs and a 2,500-gallon Hawg Trough mobile fish tank stocked with a variety of Ohio game fish. Pro bass fishermen are to give fishing and casting seminars from the Hawg Trough stage.

Also planned are jewelry and craft vendors, kids’ activities, minnow races, gemstone mining, ODNR programs, K-9 demonstrations, food and live music.

Pastor gets life in prison on child sex trafficking charges

TOLEDO (AP) — A minister in Ohio who pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking has been sentenced to life in prison.

Federal authorities say Cordell Jenkins was among three Toledo-area pastors who paid teenage girls for sex over the past few years and shared photos and videos of the girls.

A federal judge Friday sentenced Jenkins to the maximum sentence of life in prison. He had pleaded guilty to several charges in January.

Prosecutors have said Jenkins had sex with a teenager at his home and church office and that he recorded the acts with his phone.

Jenkins has maintained that he thought the girl was an adult.

Another minister charged in the case was sentenced Friday to 17 years while a third minster is to be sentenced in June.

Former county prosecutor gets 60 days jail

MARIETTA (AP) — A former Ohio county prosecutor accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a female victim has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

The Marietta Times reports 56-year-old Kevin Rings resigned as Washington County prosecutor Thursday before sentencing. A jury convicted him last month of coercion for helping the woman, who was involved in criminal cases as a defendant and victim, in exchange for sex.

Defense attorney Dennis McNamara asked Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove to allow Rings to remain free while an appeal is filed. Cosgrove ordered Rings to be jailed immediately.

She also denied McNamara’s request that Rings serve his time outside Washington County.

Business manager sentenced for defrauding Ne-Yo

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who served as business manager for Ne-Yo has been sentenced in Ohio to more than seven years in prison for defrauding the R&B singer in a sports beverage scheme.

Kevin Foster was convicted last year on 16 counts including wire fraud, money laundering and tax charges.

Prosecutors say the Montclair, New Jersey, resident convinced Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, to invest $2 million in a company called OXYWater, and then invested an additional $1.5 million of Smith’s money without his consent.

He also defrauded singer Brian McKnight by withdrawing money from his account without authorization.

Prosecutors contend Foster spent the money on a personal driver, expensive suits and jewelry, season tickets to the New York Giants and New York Knicks, and Super Bowl tickets.

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