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The wooden clock measures more than 23 feet tall, 24 feet wide and 13 feet deep. It was hauled Wednesday from a vacant lot to a street corner in Sugarcreek, about 70 miles south of Cleveland.

It features a hand-carved, five-piece band playing music and a cuckoo bird that sounds at regular intervals. Sugarcreek Mayor Clayton Weller tells the Times-Reporter in nearby New Philadelphia that the clock doesn’t function and will get needed electrical work to operate again.

A Swiss cheese-maker added the clock at his restaurant near Wilmot three decades ago. The restaurant closed in 2009, and the clock was sold to an Ohio man who agreed to move it to Sugarcreek.


Judge rejects Amish hate crime law challenge

COLUMBUS — A judge has rejected a challenge of the federal hate crimes law by Amish defendants charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio.

The defendants argue the alleged attacks last fall weren’t hate crimes but internal church disciplinary matters not involving anti-Amish bias.

The defendants also argue that the federal hate crime law violates their First Amendment rights of religious expression.

U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster on Thursday dismissed those arguments, saying the religious beliefs of the victims, not the defendants, are what matter in the case.

Judge Polster also said nothing in the hate crime law prohibits it from covering acts of violence perpetrated by one religious group on another.

The attorney pushing for the hate crime charges to be dropped did not immediately return a message Thursday.


Mom with stroller testifies in Detroit rape case

DETROIT — Detroit mother says she was robbed while pushing her 7-month-old daughter in a stroller, raped behind a vacant house and shot in the back when she fled.

The woman testified Thursday in the preliminary exam of 18-year-old Job Hughley.

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