Mom who microwaved baby wants new trial

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 3:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 3:55 PM

A woman convicted of microwaving her month-old baby in a microwave wants a new trial.

An attorney for China Arnold argued Tuesday in Ohio's Second District Court of Appeals that there were five errors made in Arnold's case and that she should get another trial without death penalty specifications.

Arnold, 33, was convicted of murdering her 28-day-old daughter, Paris Talley, by placing the baby in a microwave and "cooking" her in August 2005.

Prosecutors say Arnold put the baby in the microwave after a drunken argument with her boyfriend over whether the infant was his biological daughter.

Arnold was tried three times, with the death penalty a possibility each time.  Her first trial in February 2008 ended in a mistrial.

Her second trial ended in September 2008 when she was found guilty but the jury could not decide on the death penalty. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman imposed a sentence of life in prison, but that decision ultimately was overturned on appeal in November 2010. 

In the third trial, which ended in May 2011, Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a parole after a jury did not vote for the death penalty. Defense attorney Christopher Thompson listed multiple possible trial court errors in the third trial in his filed brief.

Seattle mayor willing to sue President Trump over executive orders

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

            Seattle mayor willing to sue President Trump over executive orders

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is willing to sue President Donald Trump over his executive orders.

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KIRO 7 News confirmed with the Mayor’s office that Murray is expected to announce a plan during his State of the City address at a North Seattle mosque.

Murray is expected to demand answers on the intention of Trump’s executive orders, as well as his plans for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and sanctuary cities.

If the Trump administration does not respond within 20 business days, Murray plans to sue.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban weeks ago.

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Ferguson announced a complaint that asked the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare key provisions of the executive order unconstitutional and illegal.

Ferguson also filed a motion for temporary restraining order seeking an immediate halt to the executive order’s implementation in the state and nationwide. 

>> Read a full explainer on the lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart of Seattle issued a ruling last week granting the restraining order brought by the state of Washington. This means Robart’s decision temporarily halted Trump’s travel ban. The Department of Justice filed a motion with the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- requesting President Donald Trump's travel ban be temporarily resumed pending the White House’s appeal. 

After arguments, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban.

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Nearly a week later, Trump’s administration said in a court filing that it would replace the travel ban with a new one. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday that Trump is working on a "streamlined" version of his executive order banning travel from the seven nations to iron out the difficulties that landed his first order in the courts.

Corrections officer pleads guilty to providing phones to inmates

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

            Corrections officer pleads guilty to providing phones to inmates

The former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer accused of providing cell phones to inmates to conduct heroin trafficking pleaded guilty Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Michael Rose Jr., 29, pleaded guilty by bill of information to attempted extortion under color of official right in front of U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice.

“It’s so important to investigate and prosecute cases like this because corruption by a corrections officer harms not just the jail where he’s working,” said Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “but (it) undermines confidence in law enforcement generally and our whole system of justice.”

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The statutory sentencing range for the charge is from zero to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000. Defense attorney James Fleisher calculated Rose’s non-binding sentencing guideline range at 12-18 months. The plea agreement didn’t include an agreed sentence.

Asked by Rice if the statement of facts read aloud that included the efforts to sell multiple cell phones to inmates are true, Rose said, “Yes, Sir. They are.” Asked how he pleaded, Rose said, “Guilty, your Honor.”

Rose is scheduled to be sentenced May 23 after Rice receives a pre-sentence investigation report.

MORE: 15 lawsuits allege mistreatment at area jails

An affidavit written by Frederick Zollers, a member of the sheriff’s office and a task force member, alleged that Rose, who started working at the Montgomery County Jail in April 2016, provided a cell phone to an inmate in exchange for cash.

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Few showers late today; strong storms Friday

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:21 AM

Warmer weather Tuesday morning with temperatures in the 40s. No fog to worry about for the morning commute.

  • Potential showers/drizzle on Tuesday
  • Highs reach up into the 70s this week
  • Storms expected on Friday

TODAY: Clouds increase through the afternoon, and mild with temperatures into the upper 60s. The record high for today is 68 degrees and temperatures will come close to tying or breaking that later today. A cold front will bring the chance of a few passing showers late afternoon into the evening. Showers taper off tonight and some breaks in the clouds may lead to patchy fog by morning. Overnight lows around 50 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: A mild start to the day in the 50s. A few areas of patchy fog possible early. A stray shower or light drizzle cannot be rule out. Clouds break for some sunshine into the afternoon. Highs climb back to the upper 60s. The record for the day is 69. More clouds arrive Wednesday night with a few light showers towards Thursday morning.

THURSDAY: Warm temperatures again with highs in the middle 60s. Breezy through the day. Isolated showers or thundershowers possible into the night as a warm front lifts north.

FRIDAY: Warm and breezy day with highs soaring to 70s which will likely break the record of 67 degrees for the day. Dry time ahead of the cold front. As that front pushes through into the evening and overnight, storms are expected to develop. These may organize and become strong.

SATURDAY: Colder air arrives behind the system. Some rain shower and gusty winds as well. Highs climb to the low to mid 40s.  A few flurries may mix in as temperatures become cooler.

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Rain today, later this week Feb 21, 2017 - 5:39 AM
Rain today, later this week Feb 21, 2017 - 5:39 AM

Florida teen creates teddy bear out of fallen Orlando police officer's uniform

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:32 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

            Florida teen creates teddy bear out of fallen Orlando police officer's uniform

 A South Florida teenager is finding a way to give back and honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

Megan O’Grady, 14, who started Blue Line Bears, on Monday morning presented a teddy bear that she made out of Lt. Debra Clayton’s uniform to the Orlando Police Department and Clayton’s son, Johnny Brinson.

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Clayton was shot and killed last month in a Walmart parking lot in Orange County by Markeith Loyd, police said.

The bear includes pieces of Clayton’s uniform and even her badge number.

"I looked forward to this for a few months now," O'Grady said. "I wasn't sure Johnny wasn't going to be there, but when he was, it was definitely worth it. He was very welcoming, he was crying. It was worth every single second making the bear and delivering the bear."

Photos: Pictures of Lt. Debra Clayton

>>Vigil held for fallen officer

“Out of all the gifts I got, this is one of the best that I have received. This is one of the best, because I always hugged her in her uniform, even before she went to work, while she was on duty, because we were that close, and talked every day and every hour. Seeing this patch, feeling it again, I thought I would never be able to feel it. It’s amazing. I’m very thankful for it, to Megan. It’s amazing, I love it, I really do,” Brinson said.

O'Grady also made a bear for fallen Orange County deputy Norm Lewis, who died in a motorcycle crash while responding to Clayton's shooting.

O’Grady posted on the Blue Line Bears website that she created the nonprofit organization to help the children of fallen law enforcement officers who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

“Blue Line Bears will not only provide a lasting keepsake to help keep the officer’s memory alive, but will also help their child to see that there are caring individuals who respect and appreciate men and women in uniform," the organization's website says.  

"Children of officers killed in the line of duty are oftentimes young, perhaps too young to remember the parent who died.  For those children, a bear from Blue Line Bears will provide a tangible reminder that their loved one will always be with them." 

Blue Line Bears has a GoFundMe page to raise money for its organization.