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Dragan Sekulic Guilty, Sentenced to Life

The jury has quickly rendered a verdict in the Dragan Sekulic trial, and the 38-year-old has been sentenced. The 6 men and 6 women came back late Friday morning with a guilty verdict to the charge of aggravated murder. After a short break, Judge Kristin Farmer then sentenced Sekulic to life in prison without parole plus 14 years. Sekulic is accused of gunning down his ex-wife Zeljka in the parking lot of the nursing home she worked at in Meyers Lake.
 

Memorial Day Forecast: Nice and Warm

The unofficial beginning of summer is being accompanied by: Summer weather. AccuWeather says highs will be in the low and mid 80s through the weekend. There is the chance for an afternoon or evening shower or thunderstorm through Sunday; Memorial Day looks to be dry. Normal highs for this time of year are in the low 70s.
 

Many Memorial Day Travelers are Flying

It's a busy weekend for air travel as well, with most flights in and out of Akron Canton Airport full. Christy Van Auken with the airport says the TSA lines are manageable, just give yourself 90-minutes before departing time if you have a lot of luggage; 60-minutes if you have just carry-ons. Even Cleveland Hopkins at last report had no real issues with long lines.
 

ODOT Says Drive Carefully This Weekend

ODOT reminds you that it's a "Click It or Ticket" holiday weekend. They say Memorial Day has been the second-deadliest holiday weekend the last five years. As you've seen on those portable traffic signs, over 340 Ohioans have been killed in traffic accidents so far this year; nearly a third of the victims were NOT wearing seat belts.
 

DORA Coming to Canton on June 3

The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in downtown Canton kicks in on Friday June 3rd. The official kickoff is at 6 p.m. at the Buzzbin on Cleveland Ave. NW during the Canton First Friday eventCouncil voted to permit outdoor consumption of alcohol in the designated downtown and arts district area last month.

Rep Shuring: Medical Marijuana in Place in Under 2 Years

The chair of the state Medical Marijuana Task Force thinks the mechanism needed to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for their patients in Ohio will be in place in less than two years. State Rep Kirk Schuring says the rules that will guide the process will be written in 240 days. The Medical Marijuana bill passed the House and Senate this week; Schuring says the governor will sign it.
 

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$950 million bond package to go before Columbus City Council

A $950 million bond package that officials say will contribute crucial capital improvements in neighborhoods across Columbus will likely head to the city council on June 27, when the council is expected to place the issues on the Nov. 8 ballot for voter approval. City Auditor Hugh Dorrian said voter support will allow the city to borrow at lower rates.

Man arrested in 2010 shooting that left bystander Alix Reese paralyzed

Six years after an errant bullet fired in a Near East Side gang war irrevocably altered the life of Alexandria "Alix" Reese, Columbus police have charged a local gang member in connection with the shooting. Police have charged Drakkar D. Groce, 25, of the 300 block of Parkwood Avenue on the Near East Side, with felonious assault. Detectives said that after years of dead ends, they have found a witness who identified Groce as one of two men who, on the night of May 27, 2010, shot at rivals on the opposite side of Atcheson Street.

Ohio University student charged in murder of accomplice in drug deal

A man accused of burglarizing an apartment to collect on a drug debt was fatally shot inside the unit near Ohio University in Athens on Thursday. Markel J. Morrison, 22, of Cincinnati, was found seriously wounded at the River Park on South Green apartments at 8:45 p.m., according to a police report. Police on Friday confirmed his death.

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