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Published: February 3, 2013 12:00 AM

Prade exonerated in

ex-wife's killing, freed

Akron -- A former Ohio police captain who spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's killing is free after a judge ruled that new DNA test results prove he's innocent.

Doug Prade was released from the Madison Correctional Institution west of Columbus on Jan. 29, just hours after an Akron judge ruled that new DNA test results prove he's innocent.

The now 66-year-old Prade was convicted in 1998 of shooting his ex-wife to death outside the Akron office where she worked as a doctor on Nov. 26, 1997.

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There were no witnesses and no fingerprints, and no gun ever was found.

Prade's conviction largely was based on a bite mark found on his ex-wife's body. The new test results show that Prade couldn't have left the mark.

-- Associated Press

$1.5 million OK'd for summer food programs

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Columbus -- Gov. John Kasich has authorized spending up to $1.5 million more to help feed needy children during the summer when they aren't getting free lunches at school.

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks said the money will help continue last summer's weekend meals backpack program for children in need. The money comes from the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Kasich signed the order Jan. 29.

Some 45 percent of school-aged children in Ohio receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. But when summer comes, participation in the seasonal companion program available to those same children draws only a fraction of eligible youngsters.

The foodbank association said childhood hunger can lead to higher rates of diabetes and other conditions, and affect learning.

-- Associated Press

Fire closed West Side Market indefinitely

Cleveland -- The city's historic West Side Market will remain closed until further notice after fire damaged some inside stalls.

Firefighters were called to the market about 2:20 a.m. Jan. 30. There was no structural damage but extensive smoke damage to the market, which is a popular attraction for city visitors.

Food throughout the market must be inspected for health and quality assurance before it can reopen.

No one was hurt in the fire. The cause was not immediately known.

The landmark is marking its 100th anniversary this year.

-- Associated Press


Judge won't move

students' rape trial

Steubenville -- A judge has ruled to keep the upcoming rape trial of two Ohio high school football players in the county where the alleged attack happened.

Judge Thomas Lipps on Jan. 30 sided with prosecutors who didn't want it moved out of Jefferson County in eastern Ohio. He rejected arguments by attorneys for the two defendants that moving it would cut down on witness intimidation and harassment.

The defense lawyers said that some potential witnesses have been threatened and that a county with a bigger courthouse would help protect such witnesses.

The judge also ruled that trial will now start on March 13 and that it should be open to the public.

The football players are accused of attacking the girl twice after an alcohol-fueled party in mid-August in Steubenville

-- Associated Press

Woman charged in overdoses of two men

Akron -- Authorities in Northeast Ohio say they have charged a 29-year-old woman with contributing to the deaths of two men who took fatal heroin overdoses nearly three years apart.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said Jan. 31 that Danielle Hoover was involved when Richard Davis took a fatal heroin overdose in September 2009 in Coventry Township. She also was involved, according to the sheriff's office, when Roland Harmon died from an overdose in a motel room in the city of Green in December of last year.

Harmon was arrested and charged with two counts each of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs, and a single count of tampering with evidence.

She was in jail Jan. 31 with no bond. Jail records did not indicate if she had an attorney.

-- Associated Press

United Way of Summit sets world record

Akron -- United Way of Summit County received notification that the 2012 United Way/Red Cross Campaign Kickoff event on Sept. 12, 2012, at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron has been recognized as the Guinness World Records "Largest Cornhole Tournament." A total of 268 people participated in the cornhole tournament that day, surpassing the previous record of 250 participants.

"We are proud and delighted that our 2012 United Way/Red Cross Campaign Kickoff/Cornhole Tournament qualified as a Guinness World Record," said Bob Kulinski, president of United Way of Summit County. "This recognition is a fitting conclusion to what will be a historic, record-setting campaign in which over 30,000 people contributed money or volunteered to make our community a great place to live, work and raise our families. We are blessed to live in the most philanthropic and collaborative county in Ohio."

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