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Sanders heading to Southeast Ohio

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sanders heading to Southeast Ohio

PORTSMOUTH, OHIO

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading deep into Trump country today with a morning rally planned in southern Ohio.

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate will talk about the economy and health care in Portsmouth. Republican Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a more than 2-to-1 margin in Scioto County, and he dominated the vote around Appalachian Ohio.

Sanders also plans to join Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers in Detroit for a town hall this evening.

Sanders was in central Ohio in late June to rally against Republican legislation to repeal the Barack Obama administration’s health care overhaul.

Ohio justice won’t recuse herself in abortion-clinic case

COLUMBUS

A justice challenged for appearing before an anti-abortion group after Ohio’s Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal involving an abortion clinic has declined to recuse herself from the case.

Justice Sharon Kennedy said in a filing Monday she reviewed a request by Capital Care Network of Toledo to step aside from their case over whether the clinic should close and found the request “without merit.”

A lawyer for the clinic sought the recusal.

Attorney Jennifer Branch said the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires justices to disqualify themselves any time their impartiality “might be reasonably questioned.”

At issue was Kennedy’s decision to speak to the Greater Toledo Right to Life in March. The group said the breakfast “legislative briefing” didn’t mention abortion.

An ethics complaint against Kennedy was dismissed.

Police: Intoxicated Ohio man impersonating officer had guns

OXFORD, OHIO

Police say an intoxicated 21-year-old Ohio man impersonated an officer and approached a driver about purported traffic violations, then was later found to have three handguns and a bulletproof vest in his vehicle.

Investigators say Jacob Staton walked up to a motorist who was in a vehicle and identified himself as an officer last week in Oxford, roughly 30 miles northwest of Cincinnati.

Police say the driver realized that the identification that Staton presented wasn’t for a legitimate officer and called authorities.

Staton was jailed on charges of impersonating a peace officer, using weapons while intoxicated and mishandling firearms in a vehicle. Butler County court records listed no attorney for the Oxford man ahead of his initial court appearance Monday.

Judge upholds order in case of buried newborn

LEBANON, OHIO

The judge in the case of an 18-year-old charged in the death of her newborn buried at her home is continuing to bar attorneys and others in the case from commenting publicly outside court.

The Warren County judge ruled Friday that the gag order he issued earlier in the case against 18-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson will remain in place.

Richardson has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder in the May death of the infant.

The remains were found July 14 in Carlisle, about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.

The prosecutor says Richardson “purposely caused” the death, then burned and buried the baby. Richardson’s attorney previously said she “didn’t kill her baby.”

The judge says his order is intended to help ensure a fair trial.

Pain doctors to meet amid opioid epidemic

CINCINNATI

Ohio’s opioid epidemic will be a prime topic for the first meeting of an organization for pain doctors.

The Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians expects hundreds of medical professionals to take part in the gathering that will begin Friday in Cincinnati as they focus on pain-management topics.

Among the speakers are journalist Sam Quinones, whose book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” covers the spread of painkiller “pill mills” in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Also speaking will be Dr. Kent Harshbarger, the Montgomery County coroner whose caseload has seen a dramatic increase in opioid overdoses.

Ohio has been one of the states hardest-hit by overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids.

Associated Press