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Father arrested in

toddler's fatal shooting

Akron -- Police say they have arrested an Akron man on charges including involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his 4-year-old son.

Akron police on Jan. 23 said 48-year-old Terrance Allen also is charged with felony child endangering, tampering with evidence and a weapons count in Jamarcus Allen's death.

A police statement said Terrance Allen flagged down a Summit County deputy Jan. 23, and the deputy found the boy in a car with a gunshot wound to his head. The child died at Akron Children's Hospital.

Police say they recovered a handgun from the car.

-- Associated Press

Dimora heads to

prison outside of Ohio

Cleveland -- A former Cuyahoga County commissioner convicted in a Northeast Ohio public corruption case will serve his prison sentence at a federal facility in West Virginia.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott tells The Plain Dealer that Jimmy Dimora will be moved soon from a private federal prison in Youngstown to a correctional institution in Glenville, W.Va.

Dimora was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering and other crimes but has denied wrongdoing.

Dimora is among 40 people sentenced to prison after a lengthy federal investigation in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland.

A federal judge had recommended that Dimora serve his sentence at a North Carolina prison. The newspaper said it's not clear why that recommendation wasn't followed.

-- Associated Press

Man killed in

snowmobile accident

Austinburg -- A man has been killed in a snowmobile accident in Northeast Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol in Ashtabula identified the victim of the Jan. 22 accident as 48-year-old Steven Pawlowski of Rome, Ohio.

Authorities say the snowmobile ran off the right side of the road, striking a ditch and then a tree just south of Interstate 90 in Austinburg.

WEWS-TV 5 reports that police believe alcohol may have been a factor.

-- Associated Press

US Senate bill targets Asian carp

Cincinnati -- Two U.S. senators are introducing legislation requiring federal agencies to work together more closely to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Ohio River basin.

The measure proposed by Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania would designate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate federal actions dealing with the invasive carp in the region. Other agencies include the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

They would share technology with state and local agencies and provide an annual report to Congress on Asian carp movement in the Ohio and upper Mississippi rivers.

Brown said Jan. 23 the government should fight Asian carp in the rivers as diligently as it battles to keep them from reaching the Great Lakes.

-- Associated Press

SFlbJudge orders dad to have no more children

Elyria -- A deadbeat father who owes $97,000 in child support must avoid having more children until he can support the four he has, a judge ruled Jan. 23.

Judge James Walther in Lorain County ruled in the child-support case against Asim Taylor, 35, of Elyria, who pleaded guilty.

The judge said the order would be lifted if Taylor pays the overdue support.

His attorney, Douglas Merrill, said the ruling was overreaching and violates Taylor's rights.

"The only way he can ensure not impregnating a woman is not to have sex and I don't believe the court has the ability to do that," Merrill said.

Merrill said he plans an appeal based on an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that overturned a similar order that focused on the mechanism for paying up.

-- Associated Press

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