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Local & state roundup: Dec. 1, 2007


Tests verify remains are those of Ohio girl

HOUSTON - A  2-year-old girl, called "Baby Grace" by the police officials investigating her brutal death, has been officially identified as a missing Ohio girl.

On Friday, DNA tests confirmed the little girl`s identity as that of Riley Ann Sawyers, who disappeared in June after her mother moved to Texas from Mentor to marry a man she met online.

Riley`s mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, 19, and her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, 24, have been arrested in the toddler`s death.

Trenor told police she and Zeigler beat and tortured Riley to death July 24 in a disciplinary session that veered out of control. Trenor said they hid the girl`s body in a shed for two months before dumping it in Galveston Bay.

The little girl`s remains were found inside a plastic storage bin that washed ashore October 29.

Trenor and Zeigler were charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence. Bail was set at $350,000 each. Trenor`s attorney, Tommy Stickler Jr., said Trenor is pregnant.

An autopsy revealed that Riley suffered three skull fractures, but the cause of death has not been determined.

Clerk convicted of pocketing funds

ELYRIA - An Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles clerk who was stealing the license plate renewal fees from motorists pleaded guilty Thursday to tampering with records, theft in office and theft.

Connie Hall, 39, would take cash payments for the renewals and then cancel them after the customer left the Wellington BMV office where she worked and keep the money for herself.

Hall, who lives in Wellington, stole more than $5,000 before the thefts were discovered last year when car owners complained after learning their registrations were expired.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Monteleone placed on payment plan

ELYRIA - Former Elyria Councilman Joseph Monteleone Jr. will make $100 monthly payments on a fine or make a $100 monthly donation to a domestic violence shelter that a judge had ordered him to pay after he was convicted of asking underage girls for sex and fondling them at his pizza parlor.

Monteleone had faced losing his probation in the case, after county Common Pleas Judge James Burge learned he hadn`t made the payments.

Burge said he had believed Monteleone should have been able to pay either the $7,500 fine or $5,000 donation he ordered for the now-resigned councilman, but that Monteleone has been having trouble selling Master Pizza, where the crimes took place.

If Monteleone, 42, fails to make the payments, he`ll spend two days in jail for every missed month, Burge said.

National Guard get free CPR training

LORAIN - The Lorain County chapter of the American Red Cross is offering free CPR training for the Ohio Army National Guard from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this morning.

About 80 troops are expected at the training at 3520 Grove Ave. in Lorain.

"We felt this was a good way to say thank you to these men and women for their service to the Lorain County Community and beyond," said Janice DeAngelis, health and safety director for the local Red Cross.

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