Ohio News Briefs

Ohio police officer accused of forcing women into sex acts

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of abusing his authority as a police officer to force or pressure women into sex acts has been indicted on charges including rape, kidnapping and interfering with civil rights.

The Dayton Daily News reports 32-year-old Justin Sanderson, of Huber Heights, resigned from the Phillipsburg police after being arrested last month.

Court records list no attorney for Sanderson, who was jailed.

Montgomery County’s prosecutor says two women allege Sanderson separately took them into custody and forced them into sex acts at the police station. The prosecutor says two more women allege Sanderson arranged to meet them for sex at a motel, told them he was investigating prostitution, then engaged in sexual activity with the women, who said they felt compelled to cooperate because he was an officer.

Orangutan who loved ‘Price is Right’ dies at Ohio zoo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo is mourning the death of a 45-year-old orangutan who enjoyed interacting with children while on public view and watching recordings of football and “The Price Is Right” in his private time.

The Blade newspaper reports the primate named J.J. died Saturday when the Toledo Zoo put him under anesthesia to determine whether more could be done to treat his heart disease and declining health.

He was the oldest male orangutan in captivity in North America, having surpassed the typical life expectancy by a decade.

Longtime keeper Suzanne Husband says staff spoiled the aging primate with his favored foods and activities. They set a computer to play him YouTube videos of his favorite game show, but only older episodes, because J.J. preferred when Bob Barker was the host.

Ohio man reaches settlement with state over eye injury

MARION, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who was hit in the eye by a rock at a state park has reached a $70,000 settlement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Marion Star reports Richard Combs, of Marion, reached a settlement with the ODNR on Aug. 2. According to the agreement, the ODNR did not admit to any wrongdoing.

According to a complaint, Combs was hit in the right eye by a rock while walking in Indian Lake State Park in Logan County in July 2011. Combs claimed his nose was fractured and his eye was permanently damaged.

Court records show the rock was thrown by a mower operated by an ODNR employee. Combs argued the park worker was negligent.

Combs has agreed not to pursue any other claims against the state.

College president encourages students to counter hate speech

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The president of a university in southwest Ohio is encouraging students to anonymously report any violence and hate speech that might occur on campus.

Cheryl Schrader, president of Wright State University, sent the email message out to students at the Dayton-area school the first day of classes. It urges them to counter negative speech while being willing to engage in civil and productive conversations with people who have different points of view.

The email encourages students to report violence and hate speech through the Dayton-area university’s anonymous reporting system or the school’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Schrader says the university is opposed to discrimination in any form.

A university spokesman says the email wasn’t prompted by any campus events.

It comes weeks after a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.