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Ohio man's wife upset by North Korea appeal

CINCINNATI (AP) - The wife of a southwestern Ohio man detained in North Korea is upset about his comments that he and another American will soon be put on trial.

The attorney for Jeffrey Edward Fowle's (FOWLZ) family said Friday his wife hadn't seen the video, but had read news reports about his comments appealing for U.S. help to get them home.

Lebanon lawyer Timothy Tepe (TEEP) says the comments are very upsetting to Fowle's wife. Tepe says he and the family are still gathering information and expect to make a statement Monday.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner says he is "very concerned" about the situation. The Dayton Republican says he's in communication with the State Department. He says former Dayton congressman and U.S. diplomat Tony Hall is trying to help.


Ohio Democratic governor candidate, wife, 'disappointed' by newly released police report

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Democratic candidate for Ohio governor and his wife say they're disappointed by what they call personal attacks following a report that police responded to a call about the candidate and a woman in a car two years ago.

Ed FitzGerald and his wife, Shannon, also say they're disappointed that friends in Ireland are being dragged into what they call a negative campaign.

The couple's announcement came just hours after a northeastern Ohio news organization published details of 2012 police records about FitzGerald and the woman in suburban Cleveland in a vacant parking lot at about 4:30 a.m.

Fitzgerald told the Northeast Ohio Media Group Friday ( ) that nothing inappropriate happened with the woman, a friend visiting from Ireland

FitzGerald canceled planned events Friday.


Ohio theme park says it topped shaved-heads record

MASON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio amusement park says it has set a record for the most heads shaved simultaneously.

Kings Island says 213 heads were shaved Friday by hair stylists at the park north of Cincinnati. The event is part of the park's effort to raise awareness and money to fight cancer.

Guinness World Records says the current record of 182 heads shaved simultaneously was achieved by an Australian cancer group in March.

Some attendees had personal reasons for taking part. One father and son pair said the boy's grandmother is fighting brain cancer. One of their stylists had herself lost a family member to cancer.

A Guinness spokeswoman says it will take about six to eight weeks to process the park's claim on the record.


Ohio man convicted in fatal beating of teen

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio man convicted of participating in the fatal beating of a 16-year-old drug dealer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Michael Watson was convicted by a jury Friday in Lebanon of murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. He was found not guilty of aggravated murder.

Watson's co-defendant, Michael Geldrich, testified during the trial that the two repeatedly beat Dione Payne last Dec. 1 when the teen wouldn't give up his stash of money and drugs.

The two men then loaded Payne into a truck and drove him to a Middletown hospital, where Watson wheeled Payne into the emergency room before they drove off.

The Dayton Daily News reports Watson's attorney argued that taking Payne to a hospital showed the men didn't intend for him to die.


Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak fabricated food-safety lab results sent to customers including food giant Kellogg's.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Dasher told jurors in an opening statement Friday that Peanut Corp. of America shipped chopped nuts and peanut paste without waiting for microbiological testing, and sometimes faked lab certificates given to customers.

Defense attorney Tom Bondurant said company owner Stewart Parnell struggled to keep up with day-to-day operations and was left "holding the bag" by managers and employees who failed him. Lawyers for two other defendants, food broker Michael Parnell and plant quality control manager Mary Wilkerson, deferred openings until later in the case.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened by the 2009 outbreak in 2008 and 2009.


Truck crashes into 'M-A-S-H' Ohio hot dog eatery

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a tractor-trailer driver has died after he crashed into Tony Packo's, the Ohio hot dog eatery made famous on "M-A-S-H."

Police are still investigating the crash. No one was inside the restaurant at the time.

Toledo Fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld says firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 7:15 a.m. Friday. He says the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The man's name has not been released.

Hertzfeld says the restaurant has significant structural damage to its front and will have to be stabilized.

Tony Packo's became a household name in the 1970s when actor Jamie Farr portrayed a homesick U.S. soldier in the Korean War who longed for Packo's hot dogs.

The original Packo's remains a tourist destination and is decorated with "M-A-S-H" memorabilia.

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