Ohio News Briefs

Ohio sheriff: Boy crushed between lawn mower and truck dies

RUSHSYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in western Ohio say an 18-month-old boy crushed between a lawn mower and a pickup truck over the weekend has died.

Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds tells the Springfield News-Sun that investigators believe Elias Dickinson became pinned Sunday while his father was trying to jump-start a lawnmower in Rushsylvania, about 50 miles northwest of Columbus.

Dodds says the death is being treated as an accident.

The boy was rushed to a hospital but died. The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that investigators interviewed his relatives but didn’t immediately release further details about how the accident occurred.

Ohio lawman congratulates ex-sheriff pardoned by Trump

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff known for his controversial views on immigration enforcement and other issues is congratulating former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio on being pardoned by President Donald Trump.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones tells the Dayton Daily News that he thinks Arpaio’s prosecution and conviction for defying an order to stop racially profiling Latinos was “a political hack job.” The longtime metro Phoenix sheriff was pardoned by Trump on Friday in an immigration case.

Jones offered his congratulations in a tweet.

Like Arpaio, Jones has spoken in support of Trump. Jones also has suggested that local law enforcement should have more power to enforce immigration law, and he volunteered his department for a program that trains and deputizes local officers to enforce such federal law.

Missing macaw found 3 days after taking off from zoo exhibit

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio zoo says a macaw that flew away from an open-air exhibit area was safely recaptured after people spotted the bright yellow and blue bird near a golf club a few miles away.

Milo the macaw typically flies between handlers at the Columbus zoo but took off on a gust of wind on Thursday.

The zoo asked people in the area to call if they spotted the 8-year-old bird, and they did. The zoo says it got multiple calls from the same area in Powell on Sunday, and staff recaptured Milo when one of his favorite people called to him and he flew to her.

Zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters tells The Columbus Dispatch that the macaw seems to be in good health after his adventure.

Akron police chief resigns at mayor’s request

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the chief of police in Akron has resigned at the request of the mayor.

The city announced the sudden departure of Chief James Nice on Sunday. Mayor Dan Horrigan’s office declined to say why Nice’s resignation was requested, but said more details will be offered at a Monday news conference.

City Council President Marilyn Keith tells the Akron Beacon Journal she was “very surprised” by the weekend announcement. She said she is not aware of the mayor’s reasoning for the move.

Maj. Kenneth Ball has been named to lead the department as the mayor searches for a replacement.

Nice had been chief since 2011. Before that, he worked for the FBI.

The Beacon Journal says Nice did not return a phone call seeking comment.