Newspaper carrier raped on the job; her employer bans self-defense

The Toledo Blade reported today that one of its delivery personnel was raped early yesterday morning by a man who forced himself into her car on Tremainsville Road in the northwest part of Toledo.

Toledo police Sgt. Paul Hickey told the newspaper the suspect assaulted the woman at 5:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Tremainsville. The Blade said he declined to release further details of the attack.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5 feet, 8 inches, about 170 pounds, with corn row-style hair. He was wearing a black, silky stocking cap underneath a blue baseball cap and a dark-colored coat.

John Fortner, circulation director for The Blade, was quoted as saying the victim was a contract employee of the newspaper.

Everyone who follows this issue is acutely aware of the Toledo Blade's editorial stance against self-defense. So it will likely come as no surprise that an OFCC source confirmed today that the Blade enforces a ban against concealed carry on all of its employees, including newspaper carriers who travel into dangerous areas at odd hours of the night.

Our source also states that two of the Blade's night employees were robbed in the Blade parking lot just a few months
ago, within view of the "No Guns" signs on all of the doors of the Blade
building in downtown Toledo.

It is incumbent upon incoming the 126th General Assembly (2005-2006) to remove civil liability immunity from businesses which act to render employees and/or customers defenseless.

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