Suspect in military base security breach charged
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities have filed charges against a man they say ignored guards’ instructions to stop at a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security gate, prompting evacuations at Ohio’s largest military base.
Officials at the facility near Dayton say charges were filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court against 32-year-old Edward Novak, of Beavercreek. Authorities say Novak on Nov. 24 also entered a secure building without authorization before he was stopped. They say he didn’t have a weapon.
Charges include trespassing, assault, inducing panic and making false alarms. The other counts are operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to comply with a lawful order, fleeing and eluding a police officer and disorderly conduct.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Novak. Calls to his home Wednesday were met with a busy signal.
Police: Teenage boy fatally shot, suspect arrested
COLUMBUS — Police say a 17-year-old boy has died after he was shot at a house in central Ohio and a suspect is in custody.
A statement from Columbus police says Jordan T. Moore was shot around 1 a.m. Wednesday and died a short time later at a hospital.
Police say they have arrested 19-year-old Malik Whatley in the shooting. The police statement says the Columbus man was arrested on a charge of murder in Moore’s death.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Whatley. He is scheduled to be arraigned at a hearing on Thursday.
Moore is the second 17-year-old boy fatally shot in Columbus this week. The other teen was shot Monday at a Columbus house and died later that day.
Police are continuing to investigate that shooting.
Lawsuit says mall discriminating against disabled
DAYTON — A federal lawsuit says an Ohio mall is discriminating against people with disabilities by not allowing buses to stop at the mall’s entrances.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton on Tuesday says that not allowing buses to stop at Dayton Mall entrances forces people with disabilities to cross a large parking lot to reach the mall.
A message seeking comment Wednesday from mall owner WP Glimcher Inc. in Columbus wasn’t immediately returned.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of four Dayton-area residents and two organizations representing people with disabilities says the shopping facility is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing easier access. It asks the court to require the mall to allow buses to stop at its entrances. The lawsuit isn’t seeking any monetary damages.
Donor pays off $106K in shoppers’ layaways
CLEVELAND — A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers’ layaways at two Wal-Mart stores in northeast Ohio.
WEWS-TV in Cleveland says the man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday every year. They say he insisted on remaining anonymous.
The anonymous donor paid off a total of nearly $70,000 for the layaway items at the Steelyard Commons store in Cleveland and about $36,000 for items in Lorain. Items on layaway included toys, 70-inch televisions and even a pair of socks.
Tara Neal said she had paid $10 on a bed for her 3-year-old daughter at one of the stores when she was told Tuesday that the remaining balance of more than $80 was paid. She said it was “like Santa.”
Air Force to commemorate powered flight anniversary
DAYTON — A public ceremony to commemorate the 112th anniversary of powered flight will be held at Ohio’s largest military base.
The ceremony is set for today at a memorial to Orville and Wilbur Wright on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The brothers from Dayton took their first flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.
The 88th Air Base Wing commander and members of the Wright brothers’ family will take part in the wreath-laying portion of the ceremony on Wright Memorial Hill. The superintendent of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park also will present a presidential proclamation at the event.
A formation flying demonstration team from MACAIR Aviation in Xenia is scheduled to fly a formation of Piper Warrior aircraft over the memorial to conclude the ceremony.
Woman found fatally shot
DAYTON — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 72-year-old woman found dead at her home in southwest Ohio as a homicide.
A Dayton paper reports that Dayton police Lt. Mark Ponichtera says a family member found the woman and called police about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The lieutenant said that it was early in the investigation and he couldn’t say how many times the woman had been shot or where in the house she was discovered.
Police did not immediately release the woman’s name. They also would not say whether the shooter had forcibly entered the woman’s home.
Girl, 11, faces abuser as he’s sentenced to prison time
AKRON — An 11-year-old girl insisted on facing the man who sexually abused her as he was sentenced in a northeast Ohio courtroom.
A service dog was there to comfort the victim as she watched 40-year-old William Ensminger be sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday on three felony counts in Akron. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Falls man pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in the case.
Summit County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Dangelo called the child “a brave little girl.” The Akron Beacon Journal reports she handed a letter to a caseworker who read it aloud.
Dangelo says the crimes occurred over a four-month span and the girl told officials at a child advocacy center that Ensminger had been molesting her.
Ensminger says he’s hoping to get help for his problems.