I’m very happy (and excited) to announce that for the first time ever in my Ohio-based writing career, my application was accepted and I will be attending the 2014 Ohioana Book Festival. Rumor has it I may even be involved in a panel discussion or two!
Their website is in the process of being updated, but it does already have the basics up (directions, times, etc). If you’re not in the clicking mood, it’s going to be held from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus.
I will definitely be signing copies of my Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories. No confirmation yet, but several of my other books (Weird Ohio, Weird Indiana, Haunted Indiana) are still on the table as being other titles that will be available at the Festival.
More as it develops!
According to reports, 25-year-old Akron resident Robert Kiefer had been patiently waiting for some time for a check to arrive in the mail. As the days rolled on and still no check, Kiefer began to grow impatient. And on Saturday, February 8th, when Kiefer’s local mail carrier told him that there’d by no check for him that day, Kiefer got mad. Biting mad.
The Akron Journal Beacon Online reported that after demanding his check, Kiefer snatched the 56-year-old mail carrier’s pepper spray and sprayed it in the man face. He then proceeded to pummel the man while biting him three times in the leg. All the while, “a small crowd” made the whole city of Akron proud by standing there, doing nothing.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested Kiefer, charging him with misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest. As of this post, he was unable to post his $1,000 bond and remained in the Summit County Jail, awaiting his February 21st pretrial.
Paramedics released the postal worker at the scene after treating him for the bite marks which, judging by Kiefer’s mug shot, were extremely misshapen and crooked.