Wednesday, June 18
Columbus - The Ohio Supreme Court refused to delay the June 24
execution of Lewis Williams, who says he received ineffective
legal aid during an appeal. Williams, 44, is to die by injection
for killing a woman during a robbery 20 years ago. He dropped an
earlier claim that he was mentally retarded and couldn't be
executed under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.
Tuesday, June 17
Columbus - State Attorney General Jim Petro sued to recover
$213,860 that auditors say was misspent on personal travel and
other expenses at the Fairfield County Sheriff's Department.
Former sheriff Gary DeMastry is serving a six-year prison
sentence for corruption. He and his wife have repaid $26,500.
Monday, June 16
Pomeroy - Budget cuts forced Meigs County Sheriff Ralph Trussell
to lay off his staff of 13 deputies and dispatchers. Now he's
working all by himself. Trussell said he'll cover as much of the
of the county's 429 square miles as often as he can, with the
help of local authorities and the State Highway Patrol. He's
told residents to call him on his cell phone if they need him.