Ohio News Briefs

Ohio deputy shoots suspect who refused to drop knife

BREMEN, Ohio (AP) — Officials in central Ohio say a sheriff’s deputy shot a suspect who refused orders to drop a knife.

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred late Saturday near the village of Bremen, about 40 miles southeast of Columbus.

WCMH-TV reports the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, was hospitalized in serious condition.

Deputies responding to a domestic-violence report stopped the suspect’s car on Main Street. They say the man refused to cooperate with deputies and put his knife down. Officials say he made an aggressive movement toward one of the deputies and was shot by another.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

Vending machines help firefighters keep track of drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vending machines being installed in Columbus firehouses will help paramedics and firefighters keep better track of the drugs they dispense.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that about $220,000 is earmarked for the city fire to buy 18 vending machines that first-responders will have to use when restocking medic units with drugs.

Fire officials said the devices are similar to candy machines but require a unique identification number and, in some cases, a biometric scan such as a thumbprint for drugs to be released.

Battalion Chief Steve Saltsman says the machines will help keep better track and secure drugs that are regulated by state and federal agencies, such as opioids. He says it reduces the possibility for clerical errors and abuse.

The machines cost about $12,500 each.

Ohio man killed while directing traffic around dump truck

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Troopers in central Ohio say a man was killed while directing traffic around his company’s dump truck that was parked partially on the roadway.

Dayton Daily News reports that 51-year-old David Lynch of Springfield was killed Saturday on Ohio 56 in Madison County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Lynch was standing in the northbound lanes directing traffic around the Meade’s Paving vehicle when he was hit by a car that first hit the dump truck and a pickup truck.

He was pronounced dead at a Columbus hospital. The driver of the other car was treated at the scene. The accident is still being investigated.

State clears way for plugging of well linked to earthquakes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio has issued a permit to plug and abandon a wastewater injection well shut down after a series of earthquakes.

The Vindicator reports that North Star Disposal Services has received permission to plug and abandon the Northstar I injection well that was blamed for the 4.0 earthquake in the Youngstown area Dec. 31, 2011, and other smaller quakes.

North Star Disposal has until June 6, 2019, to plug the well.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently released a copy of the permit, which was dated June 6 and gives the owner permission to cement the well at various locations across its 9,192 feet of depth.

ODNR spokesman Steve Irwin said once a well is plugged and abandoned, it is unlikely to return to use.

Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball fetches $403,000

CINCINNATI (AP) — The baseball Pete Rose swatted for his record-breaking 4,192th hit in 1985 has sold at auction for the more than $403,000.

The auction site Lelands.com reported that the ball sold Saturday for $403,657.20. Rose’s hit on Sept. 11, 1985, at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record.

Leland’s did not say who bought the ball, which came with documentation including copies of a notarized letter signed by Rose and a letter from the collector who first bought it from Rose.

Lelands.com said the ball was initially sold in 1987 as the first piece of baseball memorabilia to fetch six figures.

Rose was banned from baseball and remains ineligible for the Hall of Fame for betting on baseball when he managed the Cincinnati Reds.

Rest stop garden in Ohio planted to attract birds, bees

PORTAGE, Ohio (AP) — A renovated rest stop along Interstate 75 in northern Ohio includes a small garden with native flowers and grasses designed to attract pollinating birds and bees.

The “pollinator habitat garden” covers one-third of an acre at the rest stop just south of Bowling Green.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it will take a while for the garden’s 1,500 plants to take shape.

Joel Hunt oversees the highway department’s highway beautification and pollinator habitat program.

He tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the garden will become more colorful next summer and that it will be fully established in about four years.

A group of students, researchers, and others studying monarch butterflies, will help with maintenance.

Coast Guard along Great Lakes seeing increase in hoax calls

CLEVELAND (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard stations that watch over the Great Lakes say they’re seeing a huge jump in fake distress calls.

The Coast Guard says more than 160 hoax calls have been made across the Great Lakes so far this year. That’s nearly triple the number they had at this time last year.

Capt. Joseph McGilley of the Coast Guard’s Cleveland-based Great Lakes unit says hoax calls put boaters at risk because they can divert search and rescue responders during real emergencies.

People making fake distress calls that come in by phone and marine radio can face up to six years in prison and $250,000 in fines.