Ohio News Briefs

Truck collision closes I-275; crash leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

CINCINNATI (AP) — One person is dead and two others are injured after a semi-trailer truck apparently crossed an interstate highway median and collided with an oncoming pickup truck.

A section of Interstate 275 near Cincinnati was closed after the accident, which took place near Kirby Road at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Media outlets attribute the description of the crash to deputies on scene.

They report the driver of the pickup was killed and a passenger in the pickup and the driver of the semi were both injured and hospitalized. Names had not yet been released.

2 shot at downtown Columbus nightclub; police seek suspects

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police are working to determine who opened fire at a downtown nightclub and shot and injured two patrons.

The assault at XO Club on East Long Street happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say unknown suspects began shooting and struck 23-year-old Joseph Davis and 24-year-old Myron Herring while they were on the dance floor.

Each man was shot in the leg. They were transported to an area hospital and are expected to recover from their injuries.

Police ask that anyone with information on the crime contact their assault unit or call central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477.

Ohio air base doesn’t make cut for new F-35A fighter jets

SWANTON, Ohio (AP) — Military officials say an Air National Guard base in northwest Ohio isn’t among the finalists to house next-generation fighter jets.

The Ohio Air National Guard base at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton was among the bases vying to become home to F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Instead, those making the cut are Air National Guard locations in Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Idaho and Wisconsin.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio air base just outside Toledo says the decision may only be a temporary setback because the Air Force’s long-range plan is to obtain about 1,700 F-35s.

Prosecutor named to head efforts to reduce youth violence

CLEVELAND (AP) — A longtime federal and county prosecutor will help lead efforts to reduce youth violence in Cleveland.

Duane Deskins on Tuesday was named the city’s new chief of prevention, intervention and opportunity for youth and young adults.

Mayor Frank Jackson says Deskins will blend public and private programs to address societal issues and lacking opportunities that lead to crime and violence.

Cleveland.com reports Deskins says safety involves reducing crime and expanding opportunities for kids headed for the juvenile justice system.

Deskins previously worked to reform how cases are reviewed and youths are charged to ensure that individuals arrested in Cleveland are treated the same as those in its suburbs.

Deskins also increased enrollment in diversionary programs. Youths are also no longer kept in adult holding cells at the county jail.