Right-wing rally, counter-protesters clash
Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Ore., deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters.
Just before 2 p.m., police in riot gear ordered people to leave an area downtown, saying demonstrators had thrown rocks and bottles at officers.
“Get out of the street,” police announced via loudspeaker.
There were arrests and some injuries, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many. A reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive was bloodied when he was struck by a projectile. Eder Campuzano said later on Twitter he was “okay.”
Demonstrators aligned with Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, gathered around mid-day in a riverfront park.
Hundreds of demonstrators faced them from across the street, holding banners and signs with opposition messages such as “Alt right scum not welcome in Portland.” Some chanted “Nazis go home.”
Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo’s latest outbreak
The number of confirmed cases in Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday.
The World Health Organization has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as the region is a “war zone” with several active armed groups and thousands of displaced people.
The nearby city of Beni and heavily traveled borders with Uganda and Rwanda also complicate efforts to contain the disease, which is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.
Congo announced the latest outbreak last week with four confirmed cases, a week after declaring the end to a previous outbreak in the northwest with 33 deaths.
Prosecutor to erase convictions in strip-club touching cases
The city attorney for Columbus says he’s willing to erase convictions of those prosecuted under a state law prohibiting strip- club employees from touching customers.
The Columbus Dispatch reports City Attorney Zach Klein made the offer last week after announcing last month that Columbus would no longer file such cases and dismissed charges against adult film actress Stormy Daniels and two Ohio women.
Klein has since dismissed the pending cases of eight other women charged with touching.
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested after her appearance at a Columbus strip club in mid-July. She has achieved worldwide fame from her claim of having sex with Donald Trump in 2006.
Klein says women previously convicted under the no-touching law can file motions to withdraw their guilty pleas.
Execution date set for Ohio man who lit fire that killed son
The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date in four years for a man convicted of setting a fire that killed his 3-year-old son.
Death-row inmate Michael Webb doesn’t dispute the 1990 blaze in southwestern Ohio was arson, but he denies starting it. Webb says investigators using now-discredited methods came to the wrong conclusion about where in the house the flames broke out and says the correct determination points to someone else as the culprit.
The court on Friday set a July 19, 2023, execution date for Webb. A message was left with his attorney. State and federal courts have upheld his conviction and death sentence.
Investigators say Webb set the fire to kill his family, collect the insurance and start a new life with his mistress.
Air Force authorities probe mysterious 911 call at Dayton base
Air Force authorities are trying to find out what prompted a 911 call that caused a chaotic active- shooter reaction on a sprawling Ohio base.
Spokeswoman Marie Vanover at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton said Friday the investigation “is ongoing,” and that there’s no timetable yet for its completion. She said no injuries have been reported from the Thursday incident.
During an extensive search after the call to base security, a security team member shot a locked door during a room-by-room sweep of the base hospital as people on the base with some 27,000 military and civilian personnel were locked down.
Authorities said the call came during training that included an active-shooter scenario in another base area at least a half-mile away, but a link wasn’t clear.
Ohio issues licenses to seven medical marijuana processors
The Ohio Department of Commerce says only seven companies have met the state’s minimum standards to process plants into marijuana-infused products for use by people with physician recommendations.
Cleveland.com reports the companies were given provisional licenses Friday. Another six could receive licenses after background checks are completed.
Three of the seven processors also have licenses to grow medical marijuana, although none has been given approval to planting seeds. Only three cultivators have permission to grow plants to this point.