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Neighbor arrested in slaying of 9-year-old Ohio girl

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Neighbor arrested in 9-year-old’s death

A neighbor was arrested Sunday in the killing of a 9-year-old Ohio girl whose body was found in a trash bin near her home after authorities and residents searched for the child.

Jerrod Metsker, 24, was arrested at his home on a murder charge about 12 hours after deputies found the body of Reann Murphy near her home at a mobile park in Smithville, about 30 miles southwest of Akron, Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said at a news conference.

It was not clear whether Metsker had an attorney. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday morning.

Reann was last seen Saturday night playing at the park. Hutchinson wouldn’t say how the girl was killed or offer a motive. He described Metsker as a neighbor and friend of the girl’s family.

— Associated Press

Jerrod Metsker, 24, of Green Township, Ohio. (Courtesy of Wayne County /Via AP)
Sentencing scheduled in charity fraud case

A mysterious figure convicted of masterminding a $100 million cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The defendant, who identifies himself as Bobby Thompson, 67, but who authorities say is Harvard-trained lawyer John Donald Cody, faces sentencing Monday.

The Ohio attorney general’s office, which handled the trial, asked the judge for a sentence of 41 years in prison and a fine of $6.3 million. The defense has requested a new trial.

Thompson was convicted Nov. 14 of racketeering, theft, money laundering and 12 counts of identity theft. The fraud occurred in 41 states, according to trial testimony. Thompson disappeared for nearly two years. He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore.

— Associated Press

EDUCATION
Presidents of private colleges rewarded

Presidents at 42 private colleges scaled the $1 million annual mark in total pay and benefits in 2011 — a slight bump from the year before, according to a survey based on the latest federal tax information from the 500 private schools with the largest endowments. Median compensation was $410,523, or a 3.2 percent increase.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s report released Sunday used federal tax data from 2011.

The top earner in the survey was Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago. His base pay was $918,000, but his total compensation was $3.4 million. About 40 percent of his total earnings stem from deferred compensation — a retention tool commonly used to keep college presidents on the job longer, the Chronicle said.

— Associated Press

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