Doctor gets 3 years for attack on son-in-law
Cleveland — A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist has been sentenced to three years in prison for felonious assault in an attack with a clawed pry bar on his daughter’s estranged husband in a Cleveland suburb.
Sheriff’s deputies took 67-year-old Dr. Georges Bensimhon of Allentown, Pennsylvania, into custody after sentencing in Cuyahoga County on July 1. Bensimhon apologized to his son-in-law before sentencing and said he would never commit another crime. Prosecutors dropped an attempted aggravated murder charge and other counts against Bensimhon in a plea deal. He faced up to eight years in prison.
Police arrested Bensimhon the morning of the Sept. 4, 2013, attack. His son-in-law, Dr. Seth Alan Hoffer, overpowered him despite a deep gash to the head. Hoffer had Bensimhon pinned to the ground when police arrived.
— Associated Press

ID theft suspect
gets federal charges
South Euclid — A suburban Cleveland woman accused of stealing the identities of 16 people and filing false tax claims has been indicted in federal court.
Prosecutors say 28-year-old Keauna Smith of South Euclid was indicted July1 on 16 counts each of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. She also faces one count of bank fraud.
Prosecutors allege Smith stole identities between 2012 and this year and used those identities to file tax claims totaling more than $44,000. They say that money was loaded on prepaid debit cards and withdrawn at ATMs.
Prosecutors also say Smith took about $26,000 this year by forging checks from her employer.
— Associated Press

Restaurant owner killed in robbery
Cleveland Heights — Authorities say the owner of a popular Northeast Ohio restaurant has been shot and killed during an attempted robbery.
Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson says officers were called to Brennan’s Colony restaurant and tavern at about 1 p.m. June 30 after reports of gunfire in the area.
He says officers found business owner Jim Brennan inside with gunshot wounds. Brennan was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
No arrests have been made in the shooting. Investigators say two suspects entered the restaurant in an attempt to rob it when Brennan confronted them.
Robertson said he knew Brennan personally and called him “a friend to generations.”
Cleveland Heights Mayor Dennis Wilcox says in a statement that Brennan was a community leader who hosted many charity and sports fundraisers.
— Associated Press

Four arrested in
attacks on Amish
Chardon — Three young men and a 17-year-old have been arrested in a string of attacks and burglaries against the Amish after bragging about what they did, authorities said June 30.
The four were involved in a string of break-ins targeting mostly Amish-owned businesses beginning in May, said Chief Deputy Scott Hildenbrand of the Geauga County sheriff’s office.
But they came away with just change in the break-ins because the cash registers were empty, so they decided to rob Amish residents, Hildenbrand said.
Just over a week ago, a group of masked men chased an Amish man and his girlfriend riding in a buggy before they were able to get away. That same night, two Amish men in a buggy said they were attacked by masked men swinging baseball bats.
The four suspects — ages 17 to 19 — were arrested at a park where they had been sleeping in a car, Hildenbrand said.
“We got a tip that they were bragging about the burglaries and bragging about beating up on the Amish,” he said.
Authorities also suspect they were involved in a robbery attempt in neighboring Trumbull County, Hildenbrand said.
— Associated Press

Air show attendance more than doubles
Dayton — Attendance at Dayton’s air show has more than doubled last year’s, when a fiery crash claimed the lives of two performers in an Ohio show that also was missing military participation.
Air show spokesman Tim Gaffney estimates that attendance at the Vectren Air Show this past weekend was about 65,000.
That’s on par with the air show’s average attendance and comes after last year’s unusually low turnout of 25,000.
Gaffney attributes last year’s low turnout to a plane crash on the first day of the show that killed a pilot and a wing-walker. Both died in front of thousands of stunned spectators.
Additionally, he says federal budget cutbacks forced popular military acts to cancel last year.
Gaffney says the air show’s all-time high attendance was 250,000 in 2003.
— Associated Press