MEDINA COUNTY

Organization to hold

free shredding event

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities will host a free Community Shred Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Medina County Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road.

Shredding is limited to four boxes or bags per vehicle. While this is a free event, donations will be accepted for the MCBDD Donor Scholarship Fund.

For more information on the MCBDD, visit www.mcbdd.org.

COLUMBUS

FBI searches home

of police vice detective

The FBI has searched the home of a Columbus vice detective under investigation for what officials say was a complaint made against him a week before he killed a prostitute inside his unmarked car.

The Columbus Dispatch reports an FBI spokesman said the search occurred Wednesday at 30-year police veteran Andrew Mitchell’s home.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced Thursday she’d asked the FBI’s public corruption task force to take over an internal probe of the vice unit for what’s been described as a “variety” of allegations.

Police say Mitchell was under investigation before the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Donna Castleberry in August. A department spokesman said Mitchell was relieved of duty with pay Wednesday.

A union official declined to comment about the FBI taking over the vice unit investigation.

COLUMBUS

Inmate guilty in riot

fights execution date

An inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio is fighting a prosecutor’s request to set his execution date.

Lawyers for Keith LaMar, 49, told the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday the only evidence against him came from inmates that authorities never corroborated and that further proof of his innocence was withheld.

The filing also challenges the death penalty as disproportionately affecting minorities. LaMar is black.

LaMar, who is from Cuyahoga County, was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 for the deaths of inmates during a riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville. Nine inmates and guard Robert Vallandingham died during the riot. LaMar received the death penalty for the slaying of four inmates — Darrell Depina, William Svette, Albert Staiano and Bruce Vitale.

Vallandingham was among 12 staff members taken hostage on April 11, 1993, when inmates overtook the prison that sits 10 miles north of the Ohio River. They were exiting the recreation yard on an Easter Sunday when it happened.

Rioting inmates wanted to have single cells rather than be doubled up and wanted more classes and visitation. Muslim prisoners wanted an exemption from a mandatory tuberculosis test that they said violated their religion and an end to forced racial integration.

A special prosecutor asked the court last week to set an execution date, saying LaMar had exhausted his appeals.

CANTON

Man indicted in slayings

of mother and brother

A man who authorities say killed his mother and brother and then turned the gun on himself in June 2017 at their family farm in Bethlehem Township has been indicted on two murder counts.

The Canton Repository reported the Stark County prosecutor waited until this week to charge Jacob Stockdale, 26, in the slayings of Kathryn Stockdale, 54, and James Stockdale, 21, until he’d sufficiently recovered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Stockdale turned himself in Thursday.

Stockdale along with his father and slain brother performed together in the bluegrass-themed Stockdale Family Band. Jacob Stockdale was a celebrated fiddler. Kathryn Stockdale appeared on the reality show “Wife Swap” in 2008.

Authorities haven’t offered a motive for the slayings.