Ohio newspaper editor arrested, charged with kidnapping

The Ohio Newspaper Association is encouraging it's members to publish every name of citizens who choose to obtain a concealed handgun license. They say it's in the "public interest". We are beginning to wonder if it is in the public interest to publish the home addresses of every Ohio newspaper editor. After all, they can be quite dangerous...

May 13, 2004
Springfield News-Sun

WILMINGTON, Ohio — The editor of the Wilmington News Journal was arrested early Thursday and charged with kidnapping a woman, police said.

Jeff Hibbs was accused of forcing his way into the woman's car Wednesday afternoon and ordering her to drive to Sugar Grove Cemetery, police Chief Michael Hatten said in a news release.

Police said they had been notified at 3:13 p.m. that Hibbs was in the cemetery with a gun.

The woman, who was not identified, later told police that he prevented her from getting out of the car several times, but eventually she got free, Hatten said.

Hibbs was arrested at Cowan Lake State Park by Clinton County sheriff's deputies and was being held at the county jail, police Sgt. Bob Martin said.

Messages seeking comment were left for executives at Brown Publishing Co., which owns the News Journal.

Wilmington is about 40 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

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