A spokesman for Ghana's immigration service said that 161 Chinese nationals, who were arrested for illegal gold mining this week, will be deported to China.
Francis Palm-Deti, spokesman for Ghana's Immigration Service, said the miners were arrested between Saturday and Wednesday. It brings to 181 the total number of Chinese that the country's immigration office has arrested within the past month in this African nation.
The Chinese gold-diggers are accused of forcibly taking over people's land in farming areas near artisanal mines. Farmer Nana Kwame Yeboah, whose crops were destroyed, said that they arrived at night. When he woke up, he found the Chinese had taken over his farm. He said they waved a gun at him when he tried to approach.
The Syracuse University athletic department's former media director has been sentenced to five years of probation for secretly videotaping male athletes in locker rooms.
Local media outlets report that the judge who sentenced Roger Springfield on Thursday called his actions "strange, bizarre and colossally stupid."
The 57-year-old former local television sportscaster pleaded guilty in March to a felony count of unlawful surveillance. Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH'-gah) County prosecutors say they found more than 100 identifiable victims on recordings he kept on his computer.
They say he obtained the images by hiding a camera in the locker rooms of the football team and the men's lacrosse and soccer teams. He was fired in December after a police investigation that started when a university employee noticed locker-room footage on a video from a football game.
Two medics and a patient died Thursday morning when their ambulance crashed into a tractor-trailer that was headed in the opposite direction jackknifed across the center lane and into oncoming traffic, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Another car pulled over to yield to the ambulance, which caused the tractor-trailer to jackknife, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Franka Young told the paper. The accident occurred on Ga. 32 in Irwin County, which is reportedly 190 miles south of Atlanta.
The State Patrol says the patient was 65-year-old Charles Arvin Smith of Tifton. The emergency medical technicians were identified as 44-year-old Teresa Ann Davis of Axson, who was driving the ambulance, and 56-year-old Randall Whiddon of Ashburn.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Two Ohio high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year will be classified as sex offenders at a hearing next week.
The June 14 hearing by Judge Thomas Lipps at Jefferson County Juvenile Court in eastern Ohio is a possible first step for the two teens to be transferred from a state juvenile detention center to a facility that works with sex offenders.
Lipps must place the teens in one of three sex offender levels, with the strictest requiring reporting every three months for life and the most lenient requiring annual reporting for 10 years. Unlike adult sex offenders, however, the teens' names won't be included on publicly accessible websites. And the teens can request to be removed later based on their history of rehabilitation.
Lipps sentenced Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, to time in the juvenile detention system in March. He convicted them of raping the West Virginia girl after an August party celebrating a successful football team scrimmage. Richmond was sentenced to at least one year for raping the girl, while Mays was sentenced to at least two for raping her and taking a picture of the underage girl naked.
The case received international attention because of the role of texting and social media in exposing the attack. A grand jury is considering whether other people broke the law in connection with the case by not alerting authorities to initial reports of the rape.
At the time of their conviction and sentencing in March, Lipps recommended the boys be assigned to a facility in Chillicothe that he said has a strong program for treating juvenile sex offenders, Lighthouse Youth Center-Paint Creek.
The privately operated center is an open campus where staff members rely on their relationship with residents to prevent escapes, according to the Department of Youth Services.
Staff and children live together at the facility, which has shown success in keeping teens treated there from committing new crimes.
Both Paint Creek and state officials conduct face-to-face meetings with young people and review their records in state facilities whenever determining placement, said Youth Services spokeswoman Kim Parsell, adding that all state juvenile facilities "are able to meet the unique needs of youth." She declined to comment specifically on the hearing or Mays and Richmond's case.
Mays welcomed the chance for the transfer, his lawyer said.
"Our client looks forward to the opportunity to attend the Paint Creek program, follow all the facility rules, and display to the Court and the community that he has been rehabilitated fully in hopes of returning to his family," Columbus attorney Brian Duncan said in a statement. Messages were left for Richmond's attorney.