WARREN, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor in Ohio says a teenager who tried to rape and beat to death a 94-year-old neighbor with a flashlight should spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance for parole. Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker wrote in a sentencing document filed Friday that Jacob LaRosa's brutal slaying of Marie Belcastro in Niles when he was 15 was "straight out of a slasher film."
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio home owned by a Cincinnati Bengals player has been searched and a man living there arrested and charged with marijuana trafficking. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the home in West Chester outside Cincinnati is owned by Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. It was raided April 10. Kirkpatrick isn't a target of the investigation. The man arrested has been charged with drug trafficking and drug possession. Court records don't show if he has an attorney.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has agreed to pay $765,000 and review its policies to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by two women who said they were forced to retire as instructors. The Columbus Dispatch reports Julianne Taaffe and Kathryn Moon sued the school in 2015. Both taught English as a second language. Moon is 67 and Taaffe is 62. They retired in late 2014. Their lawsuit alleged a program director equated working with older employees as "herding hippos."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The medical marijuana program Ohio's set to launch later this year has been beset by questions. It's unclear whether growing operations will be able to ramp up in time to meet initial demand, whether the rollout will be tangled up in legal and administrative red tape and whether enough doctors will sign up to serve needy patients. Still, state officials say progress is being made toward the Sept. 8 launch date.
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