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CLEVELAND (AP) - A man sought in Ohio on charges of kidnapping and raping a minor has been arrested in Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in Puerto Rico arrested 37-year-old William Torres on Friday. Authorities say Torres is wanted by the Cuyahoga County sheriff's office in Cleveland for allegedly holding a minor against her will and raping her in July. Court records show the Cleveland man is charged with 18 counts of rape and six counts of kidnapping. No attorney was listed for him.
Torres was on the "Agonizing Eight" list of most wanted, alleged sex offenders released Nov. 4 by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott says four of the eight have been arrested.
Authorities say Torres is in jail awaiting extradition to Ohio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio official is among government leaders from across the country appointed to a presidential task force on climate change.
Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, a Democrat, was appointed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 1 to the 26-member Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. She joins a line-up of local, state and tribal officials charged with advising the administration on ways the federal government can help U.S. communities as they experience impacts of climate change associated with global warming.
Obama has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for communities to strengthen resilience to extreme weather and to make other preparations.
Brooks is the only Ohioan on the panel.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--Ohio veterans can now use a mobile app to find information about available benefits.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services unveiled the app this week. Department Director Tim Gorrell (guh-REHL') says it enables veterans to find out quickly what major benefits they've earned and how and where to apply for them. There is also a portion of the app that provides contact information for each of Ohio's county veterans' service offices by name, zip code or location and map and directional information. The same contact, map and directional information is available for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Ohio.
The app is available free from the Google Play and iTunes stores, by searching the key words "Ohio veteran." The department's www.ohiovet.gov website contains a link to the stores.