Thursday, December 4, 2003

Around the Tristate

Mayor under probe by both IRS and FBI

EAST CLEVELAND - The Internal Revenue Service and FBI on Wednesday executed search warrants at City Hall and at the home of Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor, the mayor said.

Onunwor told reporters that agents from the FBI and IRS knocked on his home door at 6 a.m. Wednesday and took tax records, other documents, cash and cell phones.

FBI spokesman Bob Hawk refused to give details about the warrants, which were sealed. The IRS also refused comment. No charges have been filed.

Onunwor said he's done nothing wrong.

Ohio moves to tighten do-not-call law

COLUMBUS - A bill allowing Ohio to stop persistent telemarketers from violating the national do-not-call registry is headed to Gov. Bob Taft.

The federal law applies only to calls placed from state to state or from out of the country, so the Ohio law is needed to stop calls made to Ohioans from within the state, said Sen. Robert Spada, the bill's sponsor and a North Royalton Republican.

Telemarketers challenging the rules in federal court say the rules violate free speech rights by allowing calls from some organizations but not others.

Both the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission are enforcing the calling ban during the court challenge.

One archdiocese suit dropped as too old

LOUISVILLE - A judge has dismissed one of the remaining sexual-abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Stephen Ryan said Tonya Blatz Francis filed the lawsuit May 14, past the time allowed under Kentucky's statute of limitations by a month.

The archdiocese has argued that the legal window to file lawsuits extends one year beyond April 2002, when the first of more than 200 lawsuits was publicized.

Gunshot kills 11-year-old boy

An 11-year-old boy was killed Wednesday afternoon in a Brown County residence when a rifle being handled by another boy discharged. The Brown County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Brandon Scott. The shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the 8000 block of Henize Road, about a mile east of Georgetown, the sheriff's office said. The boy was shot with a round from a muzzle loader, which discharged as another 11-year-old was taking it back to a gun cabinet after showing it to his companion.

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