CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a van driver who fled from a trooper during an attempted traffic stop has crashed into a utility pole, killing himself and injuring two passengers. The Highway Patrol has identified the man killed early Saturday as 30-year-old Cleveland resident Antonio Whitley. The patrol says a trooper tried to stop Whitley's van for running a red light and quickly ended a pursuit for safety reasons but later found the crashed van a short distance away.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has rejected an effort by the Department of Justice to strip a terrorist of U.S. citizenship. Pakistani-born Iyman Faris is a former Ohio truck driver and is serving the last years of a 20-year sentence imposed in 2003 for his guilty plea to plotting with al-Qaida to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge. The Department of Justice argues Faris entered the U.S. using someone else's passport, but his Chicago lawyer says his plea agreement never included the possibility of deportation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan says the war on drugs has failed and he now supports marijuana legalization in all 50 states. The northeast Ohio Democrat announced his position Friday in an op-ed on CNN. Ryan says criminal penalties are morally wrong, "economically nonsensical," and place an unnecessary strain on law enforcement agencies. Ryan is co-sponsoring legislation to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances and eliminate criminal penalties for possession and consumption.
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio nurse who authorities say faked a diagnosis of lung cancer to obtain money and sick time has pleaded not guilty. The Columbus Dispatch reports 33-year-old Tawni Fuller, of Galena, appeared Friday in a Delaware County courtroom after being indicted on charges of telecommunications fraud, theft and forgery. Documents show that Fuller acknowledged the ruse last year and said she fabricated the story because she was depressed and liked the positive response she received from co-workers
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