MASSILLON, Ohio – A woman whose husband of 45 years is accused of shooting her in the head in her hospital bed in a possible mercy killing had been in the intensive care unit in an extremely disabled state, a prosecutor said Monday.
Barbara Wise, 65, was incapacitated before John Wise stood at her bedside and shot her Saturday with a handgun, Akron assistant city prosecutor Craig Morgan said.
Wise entered the hospital through the main entrance and went up to his wife’s room without drawing any attention, apparently keeping the handgun concealed, hospital spokesman Jim Gosky said.
After the shooting, Wise, 66, surrendered to hospital security and was restrained until police arrived. He has cooperated with investigators, Zampelli said. He has an initial court appearance today.
GOP stars to speak at convention
Three female pioneers and three former GOP presidential contenders were among the first speakers disclosed Monday for the Republican National Convention this month in Tampa, Fla.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the first female governors of their states, will join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first black female to hold that job, in addressing the gathering that begins Aug. 27.
Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, all of whom have sought the White House, will also speak.
Doctor remarries after 2007 slayings
A Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion has remarried.
William Petit, 55, wed photographer Christine Paluf, 34, on Sunday. Paluf met Petit while working as a volunteer for the Petit Family Foundation, a charity set up by Petit in memory of his family after the killings.
Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes await execution for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela in their suburban home.
Indian reservation alleges clergy abuse
New claims of sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy are coming from the Blackfeet Indian reservation, bringing to at least 280 the total number of plaintiffs in two lawsuits seeking damages from the diocese that oversees western Montana.
One lawsuit alone has 200 plaintiffs after eight more joined Monday. Many are Native Americans who claim they were abused as children at schools, in orphanages, in church or in their homes.
Second fire destroys Missouri mosque
A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for evidence of arson.
No injuries were reported, but the Islamic Society of Joplin’s building was a total loss, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said.
School shifts policy on HIV, admittance
A Pennsylvania school for lower-income and socially disadvantaged students said Monday it will now treat HIV-positive applicants the same as all others and has offered admission to a previously rejected Philadelphia-area teenager.
A lawyer for the boy, whose pending lawsuit against the Milton Hershey School alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, said he was considering the offer.
Ryan loses appeal; 1 year left on term
A federal court in Chicago on Monday denied George Ryan’s latest appeal seeking his release from prison, dashing what was widely regarded as the former Illinois governor’s last credible hope to cut short his 6 1/2 -year sentence for corruption.
Even though the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling didn’t go in his favor, the 78-year-old Republican doesn’t have too much longer to wait behind bars. He is scheduled to finish serving his sentence at a Terre Haute prison in mid-2013.
Ad urges kids not to ignore bullying
Parents are urged to teach their kids to speak up if they witness school bullying in new ads that target an issue that top Obama administration officials vow to make a national priority.
The ads were unveiled Monday at an annual anti-bullying summit hosted by the Department of Education in Washington, where lawmakers, educators and government officials convened to develop a national strategy aimed at ensuring a safe, healthy learning environment for students.
13-year-old Ohioans drive to Kansas City
Two 13-year-old boys stole a parent’s car in Ohio and drove it hundreds of miles to Kansas City, Mo., where they were found sleeping in it in a downtown alley Monday, police said.
The runaways, from the Columbus area, were taken into custody by officers investigating a suspicious vehicle that matched the description of the BMW taken early Saturday from the mother of one of the boys, Kansas City police said.
Deluge submerges Philippine capital
Torrential rain pounding the Philippine capital early today paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools.
Incessant downpours set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and nine surrounding provinces and put authorities on alert.
Uganda hosts forum on Congo violence
Tensions are rising between Congo and neighbor Rwanda as Congo tries to fight a rebellion in its east that it accuses Rwanda of supporting. Regional leaders traveled to Uganda’s capital Monday for a summit aimed at easing the conflict that has plagued Congo since April.
Uganda is hardly a neutral venue, however, as the country is also trying to shrug off allegations that its military is fighting alongside M23 rebels, a group of former government soldiers who staged a mutiny and then engaged Congolese forces in intense battles that sent thousands of terrified villagers fleeing into Uganda and Rwanda.
Ambassador slain, Kenyan police say
Kenyan authorities on Monday charged the first secretary of Venezuela’s embassy with the murder of that country’s acting ambassador to Kenya in what police believe was a killing motivated by a battle over embassy leadership.
Dwight Sagaray pleaded not guilty in court to the murder of acting Venezuelan Ambassador Olga Fonseca. Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, an alleged co-conspirator who has gone into hiding, was also charged.
Jamaica celebrates 50 years of freedom
Shrugging off economic hardships and high crime, people across Jamaica proudly wore the national colors of gold, black and green Monday to mark the island’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.
Streetlights were wrapped in the flag’s colors across the scenic island of roughly 3 million. In the capital of Kingston, revelers thronged a golden jubilee village showcasing the country’s history, food and culture.