Renowned scientist killed in car mishap
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a renowned Alzheimer's disease researcher has died after being hit by a car in Ohio, and the man suspected of hitting him also has been found dead.
Police say 45-year-old Mark A. Smith was struck early Sunday as he walked along a road in Bainbridge Township. Police say they found the car that hit Smith about a mile away.
Chief Jon Bokovitz tells The (Willoughby) News-Herald that the 50-year-old driver, Daniel Neesham, was found dead inside the car. Police are investigating how he died.
Smith was a pathology professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and director of basic science research at the university's memory and cognition center. He was executive director of the American Aging Association and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
A coroner's spokesman says Smith's death was an accident. Further autopsy results are pending.
Lobbyist admits to bribing legislators
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The lobbyist for a shuttered Alabama casino has admitted his firm offered millions to legislators in exchange for support for pro-gambling legislation.
Jarrod Massey pleaded guilty Monday in the corruption probe that has resulted in charges against a dozen lawmakers, lobbyists and casino developers. His assistant previously pleaded guilty.
Massey, the lobbyist for the Country Crossing casino in Dothan, pleaded guilty in court to one count of conspiracy and five counts of bribery.
A lawyer for Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley says his client never authorized any bribes and trusted the lobbyist to operate ethically.
Massey's plea agreement says he offered a state senator $1 million for a favorable vote, and he authorized his assistant to tell the lawmaker as much as $2 million of Gilley's money was available.
Passengers flee as bus burns on freeway
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A fire on a Greyhound bus traveling from Columbus, Ohio to Indianapolis forced some two dozen passengers to flee.
Authorities say the bus stopped along Interstate 70 near Greenfield, Ind., after passengers spotted the flames about 3 a.m. Monday. The driver was able to pull the bus over and all passengers escaped safely. Some said they climbed out through the windows.
Video from television station WRTV showed flames shooting from the wheel wells and smoke pouring from the sides of the bus.
Buck Creek Fire Chief Dave Sutherlin says it appears a mechanical problem caused the bus to overheat, igniting the fire.
Another bus was brought in to take the passengers to Indianapolis.
'Pedophiles Guide' author arrested
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles was arrested Monday and will be extradited to Florida to face obscenity charges, after deputies there ordered a copy of the book that has generated online outrage.
Officers arrested Phillip R. Greaves at his home in Pueblo on Monday on a warrant that charges him with violating Florida's obscenity law. During a brief court appearance, Greaves waived his right to fight extradition to Polk County, Fla., where Sheriff Grady Judd claimed jurisdiction because the author sold and mailed his book directly to undercover deputies. Judd said Greaves even signed the book.
"I was outraged by the content," Judd told The Associated Press. "It was clearly a manifesto on how to sexually batter children ... You just can't believe how absolutely disgusting it was."
The book — "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct" — caused a flap when it showed up on Amazon in November. The book was later removed from the site.
Bush visit prompts Graham appearance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham rarely appears in public these days, but a visit from former President George W. Bush is enough to bring him out.
Hundreds of people lined up at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on Monday for a chance to get Bush and former first lady Laura Bush to sign copies of their books.
Graham and his son, Franklin, had lunch with the Bushes before the book signing.
The evangelist, who was in a wheelchair, hugged the former president before leaving the Bushes in the library book store for the signings. The Bushes did not take questions from reporters.
Franklin Graham says his 92-year-old father is as sharp as he's been in the past few years.
Man held for trying to run over deputies
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee man is being held after allegedly trying to run over three sheriff's deputies with a stolen tractor.
The sheriff's office in Rutherford County said Monday that Christopher Nathan Davenport has been jailed on assault and other charges after deputies tried to apprehend him Friday for tearing up yards and driving the tractor recklessly.
A sheriff's statement says the 23-year-old man crashed the tractor into a tree after trying to run over the deputies. It says Davenport was caught after a foot chase and faces additional charges of theft, resisting arrest, vandalism and drug possession.
Authorities said Monday night it wasn't known if Davenport had a lawyer. He was being held on $168,000 bond awaiting a Jan. 10 court hearing.