Nurse accused of cancer hoax pleads not guilty to charges


Nurse accused of cancer hoax pleads not guilty to charges

DELAWARE, Ohio

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.

Authorities say Fuller, a former nurse anesthetist at a Columbus hospital, faked the diagnosis in 2016 and stole tens of thousands of dollars in sick time and thousands of dollars in cash, gifts and donated sick time from co-workers.

Her attorney declined to comment.

Delays make the availability of medical marijuana unclear

COLUMBUS

Ohio’s delays in selecting processors and giving cultivators the green light to grow plants appear to have pushed the availability of medical marijuana further past the Legislature’s Sept. 8 deadline.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a meeting between the Medical Marijuana Council and an advisory board Thursday provided no answer about when the state’s program will finally become operational.

Cultivators have been selected, yet only two have permission to grow plants.

Testing labs are ready, and physicians are in place to recommend medical marijuana, but no processors to turn plants into edibles, oils, creams and tinctures have been selected. A Commerce Department official says those licenses will be issued in the coming weeks.

Highway patrol: Van driver flees traffic stop, dies in crash

CLEVELAND

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a van driver who fled from a trooper during an attempted traffic stop 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.

A front-seat passenger, 25-year-old Ashley Martin, is hospitalized with serious injuries. A juvenile backseat passenger was taken to a hospital for less-serious injuries.

The patrol says a trooper tried to stop Whitley’s van for running a red light shortly after 1 a.m. on Cleveland’s east side. The patrol says the trooper quickly ended a pursuit for safety reasons and then found the crashed van a short distance away.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Fiat Chrysler chooses Jeep exec Manley to replace ailing CEO

ROME

Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobile after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne’s health suddenly deteriorated following surgery, the company announced Saturday.

Marchionne, a 66-year-old Italian-Canadian, joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Turin-based company’s merger with bankrupt U.S. carmaker Chrysler. Manley, 54, had been heading the Jeep brand since June 2009 and the Ram brand from October 2015 and has been with the company since 2000.

The announcement, at the end of an emergency board meeting Saturday, marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat, the takeover of bankrupt U.S. automaker Chrysler and the spinoffs of the heavy machinery and truck maker CNH and supercar maker Ferrari.

Trump finds it ‘inconceivable’ lawyer would tape a client

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.

Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it “inconceivable” that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with Trump.

The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized earlier this year by federal authorities from Michael Cohen, the longtime Trump fixer.

In a tweet, Trump called such taping “totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.” He also asserted, without elaborating, in a post: “The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”

Authorities say one killed in Los Angles market standoff

LOS ANGELES

Authorities say a woman was fatally wounded when a gunman being chased by police in Los Angeles fled into a supermarket and took hostages.

The gunman, who was not identified, surrendered following a three-hour standoff. Details on how the woman died inside the store were not immediately known.

Authorities say earlier Saturday the man shot his grandmother and girlfriend. He then fled in a car with officers pursuing him through the city.

The chase ended with him crashing the car outside the store and heading into the store. Gunshots were fired during the chase.

Witnesses say employees and customers inside Trader Joe’s ran or jumped out of windows to get to safety.

Associated Press

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