Compiled from staff and wire reports
Car dealership robbed by 2 armed men
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - Armed with a gun, two men robbed Cal Cars, a used car dealership in the 8400 block of Beechmont Avenue, of an undisclosed amount of money Friday night.
The manager told Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies that he was trying to close the business shortly before 10 p.m. when two males knocked on the front door, flashing a business card.
He opened the door and was immediately attacked by one of the men. After being punched in the face several times, he was ordered to open the safe.
The men, both black, fled through a rear door. One man is described as 25 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 190 pounds. He has a muscular build and was wearing blue jeans and a blue Adidas shirt.
The other man is described as 25 years old, light-skinned, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. He had a goatee and was wearing a dark-colored ball cap, blue jeans and a black shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office, (513) 825-1500 or Crime Stoppers, (513) 352-3040.
Man given 4 years for not disclosing HIV
AKRON, Ohio - An HIV-positive man was sentenced to four years in prison for putting a woman's life at risk by not telling her about his illness.
Morrondo Roberts, 31, was a supervisor in the Summit County Department of Job & Family Services and had no criminal record.
But Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove said Friday that Roberts' conduct warranted more than probation or the minimum sentence of two years. A jury had found him guilty of felonious assault.
Lawyers said they believed it was the first such conviction in Ohio since a law took effect three years ago making it a crime for someone to have sexual contact with another person and not disclose he had the virus that causes AIDS.
Roberts had testified he was gay and never had sex with a woman.
But a woman said she began dating Roberts in October 2001 and moved in with him in Canton last June. She testified she learned Roberts had HIV after she saw bottles of prescription medicine and checked the names on the Internet.
Roberts apologized Friday to the two women, who have not tested positive for HIV.
Democrats gain clout as GOP touts tax bills
COLUMBUS - The reluctance of some Republicans to support higher gasoline taxes is giving Democrats negotiating clout they've lacked in recent years.
Republicans control the House and Senate but aren't finding enough support among party members for an increase in the 22-cents-a-gallon tax. In exchange for their votes, Democrats are pushing a plan to reduce the tax by 2 cents and to exempt schools.
Twelve anti-tax House Republicans defied Speaker Larry Householder two weeks ago when they voted to reject a 6-cent increase. Householder, of Glenford, relied on 14 Democratic votes to help pass the measure.
Only 14 Republicans in the Senate support the transportation bill, which includes increases in the gas tax, and license plate and vehicle registration fees.
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