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Chickens in house likely used in cockfighting

YOUNGSTOWN — Federal agents looking for an escaped man in northeastern Ohio say they came across dozens of chickens that they suspect were part of a cockfighting ring.

Authorities say about 20 live chickens and two dozen dead ones were found inside a vacant home in Youngstown on Tuesday.

The Vindicator reports investigators also found a ledger listing the birds and wagers on their fights.

U.S. Marshals found the chickens while looking for a man who they say escaped from police custody.

The marshals found the man Wednesday night.

Ex-teacher gets 106 years

DELAWARE — A former central Ohio elementary school teacher convicted of more than 40 charges involving the sexual assaults of several students has been sentenced to 106 years to life in prison.

The Delaware County prosecutor’s office says 40-year-old Matthew Rausenberg was sentenced Thursday. The former Olentangy Local Schools teacher was found guilty Monday of numerous counts of gross sexual imposition, kidnapping and pandering sexually oriented materials.

The judge heard from the victims’ and their parents before sentencing Rausenberg, who taught second and third grade at Arrowhead Elementary School.

Rausenberg apologized briefly saying it was heartbreaking to hear that his actions hurt people he cared about.

A message seeking comment from his attorney, Thomas Waldeck, wasn’t immediately returned.

The allegations against Rausenberg stretch back to 2006. He was indicted in March 2015.

Hospital stops performing abortions for fetal anomalies

CINCINNATI — The last hospital in the Cincinnati area that allowed doctors to perform abortions after a fetal anomaly diagnosis has implemented a policy prohibiting that option.

Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn stopped permitting physicians from performing those abortions about two months ago, according to a policy obtained by The Cincinnati Enquirer ( The policy took effect in November and allows doctors to terminate pregnancies only “in situations deemed to be a threat to the life of the mother,” which is in line with practices at the region’s four other hospital systems.

Women seeking that option must now travel outside of the Cincinnati area or seek an appointment at Planned Parenthood, the newspaper reported.

Christ Hospital had failed to report its abortions to state officials, as required by state law, the newspaper found. The hospital has since told the state it performed 59 abortions in the last 5½ years.

Jury fails to reach verdict in 1982 killing

BOWLING GREEN — Jurors couldn’t agree on a verdict in the trial of a man arrested last year in the killing of a young woman found dead in a street 33 years ago.

The jury spent seven hours considering the evidence Wednesday and insisted they were deadlocked, even when the judge urged them to keep trying.

The judge declared a hung jury and deputies took Russell Adkins, 56, of Whitehouse, back to jail. A new court hearing was scheduled for Monday.

Adkins was charged in the killing of 19-year-old Dana Rosendale after authorities exhumed her body and ruled her death a homicide due to trauma to her head.

Rosendale died a few days after she was found in a suburban Toledo street in September 1982. The cause of her death was undetermined at the time.

Adkins told police he found Rosendale and then later told authorities she had fallen out of his car, according to media reports. He was not charged then.

He said he was giving her a ride home from a nightclub when she fell out of his car because of a faulty door latch.

A message seeking comment was left with prosecutors Thursday. Attorneys for Adkins declined to comment.

A coroner testified during the trial that injuries to Rosendale’s head led her to conclude she had been beaten, and the injuries did not match those of a fall from a moving vehicle.

An attorney for Adkins said in closing arguments there was no new evidence in the case, only a new interpretation.

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