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Cleveland fugitive arrested in $65 million Ponzi case
Other morning headlines: Boehner challenges opposition to budget deal;
Old sheriff becomes new sheriff in Stark County; Tressel receives promotion at Akron U.

by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and LAUREN SCHMOLL


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M.L. Schultze
 
Stark County Democrats have appointed George Maier as sheriff -- again.
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In The Region:
  • Fugitive arrested in $65 million Ponzi scheme case
  • Boehner challenges opposition to budget deal
  • Old sheriff becomes new sheriff in Stark County
  • Closing arguments expected in federal retrial
  • Tressel receives promotion at Akron
  • PUCO is pushing to expand electricity competition
  • Ohio's U.S. senators to introduce, support Williams
  • Cleveland to hold NCAA Wrestling Championships
  • Portrait of Ohio's only female speaker unveiled
  • Walsh University students invite the pope to dinner
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    Fugitive arrested in $65 million Ponzi scheme case
    A Northeast Ohio man wanted for 10 years in a $65 million Ponzi scheme was has been arrested in Peru.

    Cleveland.com is reporting that Eric V. Bartoli  was taken into custody Wednesday. A federal grand jury indicted Bartoli in 2003. The charges include money laundering, securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.

    He’s also facing a $49 million fine by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He’s accused of selling phony mutual funds, trusts and certificates of deposit to some 800 northeast Ohio residents and Latin Americans. Peruvian authorizes say Bartoli was arrested as he was leaving his home to exercise and that he had documents with multiple identities.


    Boehner challenges opposition to budget deal
    Ohioan and House Speaker John Boehner is challenging outside conservative groups opposing the tentative budget deal reached by House and Senate leaders.

    Boehner of southwest Ohio says groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action are “using our members and using the American people for their own goals.”


    Old sheriff becomes new sheriff in Stark County
    George Maier is once again Stark County’s sheriff. He was reappointed by county Democrats last night, after an Ohio Supreme Court decision removed him a month ago.

    Maier won the appointment in February after Sheriff-elect Mike McDonald was unable to take office because of failing health. But former Sheriff Tim Swanson challenged whether his experience at the Ohio Highway Patrol met the qualification under state law, and the Supreme Court agreed.

    Since then, Maier worked at a Harrison County deputy, and put in for reappointment.

    His critics have raised questions about spending since he became sheriff – something Maier challenged last night.

    Maier says he expects to be back in office today or tomorrow.

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    Closing arguments expected in federal retrial
    Closing arguments are expected today in the federal retrial of Antun Lewis on charges he set a house fire that killed nine people, including eight children.

    A jury convicted the now 29-year-old Lewis in early 2012, but Judge Solomon Oliver ordered the retrial, a decision upheld by an appeals court.

    Most of the evidence again Lewis came from people Oliver called “suspect witnesses, career criminals and jailhouse informants."

    The May 2005 fire killed Medeia Carterfour and four of her children and four other children attending a 14th birthday sleepover.


    Tressel receives promotion at Akron
    Jim Tressel has been promoted at the University of Akron leading to increasing speculation that he may be a strong candidate for the school’s next president. At the board meeting yesterday, Tressel was

    named executive vice president to head a campus-wide campaign for student success.

    Neither Tressel-- the former head football coach at Ohio State-- nor the university will confirm whether he’s a contender to succeed long-time President Luis Proenza. Nationwide advertising for the job is to begin next week.

    Akron hired Tressel last year into a newly created job after he left as Ohio State’s coach under a cloud and an NCAA investigation of memorabilia sales.


    PUCO pushing to expand electricity competition
    The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is looking to expand electricity competition in the state. But consumer advocates are concerned that more moves toward deregulation may benefit energy companies for sure, but not necessarily consumers.

    Ohio and about a dozen states let consumers choose who will provide their electricity and gas.

    The PUCO is considering changes such as phasing out regulated pricing for electricity altogether. Consumer advocates say that would particularly hurt senior citizens.


    Ohio's U.S. Senators to introduce, support Williams
    The Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that Ohio’s two U.S. senators will introduce and support former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams at his confirmation hearing next Tuesday to head the federal Economic Development Administration.

    Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman are both endorsing Williams, who is one of four people who have been nominated by President Obama and need Senate confirmation.

    The full Senate could be voting before the end of the year.


    Cleveland to hold NCAA Wrestling Championships
    The NCAA has announced Cleveland will host the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

    They’ll be at Quicken Loans Arena in March 2018. It’ll be  a first for Cleveland, which is also hosting a Division I Men’s Basketball regional 2015.


    Portrait of Ohio's only female speaker unveiled
    The statehouse unveiled the portrait yesterday of Jo Ann Davidson, the only woman to serve as speaker of the Ohio House.

    The Toledo Blade is reporting that it’s the ninth portrait painted by Toledo artist Leslie Adams to hang in the Statehouse and nearby Ohio Judicial Center. Davidson was speaker from 1995 to 2000.

    Adams says she painted Davidson ‘with her gavel laid next to her, but with a pen in her hand to symbolize and emphasize the fact that she is still diligently working and is a vital contributor.


    Walsh University students invite the pope to dinner
    A group of Walsh University students studying in Rome have invited Pope Francis to dinner.

    The invitation went out the same day the pope was named as Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.” When the pope stopped in front of the students during a general audience at St. Peter’s Square, the students handed him a handmade heart-shaped card.

    They’re living and studying in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, also the home of the pope’s summer residence.



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