Ohio News Briefs


5 drugmakers ask judge to dismiss Ohio opiate lawsuit

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Five drugmakers are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Ohio attorney general that alleges they helped perpetrate the state’s addictions epidemic.

Attorney General Mike DeWine accuses the companies of intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science.

DeWine announced the complaint in May as he accused the companies of creating a deadly mess in Ohio that they now need to pay to clean up.

Cleveland.com reports the companies filed documents in Ross County Court in Chillicothe last week arguing that federal requirements for their products preempt Ohio law.

The companies also argue DeWine failed to prove the companies’ actions caused the alleged harm.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney says the filings are being reviewed.

Court: apology expressing fault can’t be used in lawsuits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an apology by a medical provider that includes an admission of liability can’t be used in a later lawsuit against the provider.

At issue in the court’s Tuesday decision was the state’s “apology law” which already bars using apologies in lawsuits.

The new question before the court was whether an apology that includes an expression of fault can also be kept out of lawsuits.

Justice Sharon Kennedy wrote that under Ohio law the apology may include an acknowledgment that a patient’s medical care fell below standards of care without it later being used as evidence.

The court looked at the case of a woman in Brown County in southern Ohio who died after trying to kill herself in a hospital.

Police: Couple bound, gagged, duct taped 4-year-old twins

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man and his girlfriend have been charged after police say they restrained, gagged and taped his 4-year-old twin boys to a wall.

WLWT-TV reports James Howell Jr. and his girlfriend Jamie Carver have both been charged with two counts of kidnapping and child endangering. Both Howell and Carver were released on bond after a hearing on Tuesday.

Howell’s children have been placed with a foster family by Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

Police responded to a Cincinnati apartment Sunday afternoon. Investigators say Howell and Carver had bound the children with a belt and shoe laces. Police say the boys had also been gagged with socks and duct taped to a wall in the apartment.

Attorneys for the couple were not available immediately for comment.

Video shows altercation between inmate, officer at Ohio jail

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A security camera video shows an interaction between a female inmate and a male officer at an Ohio jail turning violent.

In the video obtained by the Dayton Daily News the officer can be seen talking to the woman and then reaching for her left arm.

When the woman pulls away, the officer grabs her by the left arm, spins her around and takes her down onto the floor.

Marsha Pate-Strickland has sued Montgomery County Jail in federal court over the 2015 incident, alleging a nurse contracted by the jail refused to send her to a hospital.

The lawsuit says Pate-Strickland was diagnosed with a neck fracture when she sought medical help after being released from the jail.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office declined to comment to the paper.

Autopsy planned for Pennsylvania boy found in Ohio pool

MASURY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an autopsy is planned for a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died after being pulled unresponsive from a pool in Ohio.

Sharon, Pennsylvania, police chief Gerry Smith says the boy’s name isn’t being released but more information should be available Tuesday. The boy died Sunday night at Sharon Regional Hospital.

Smith tells The Vindicator detectives are retracing the steps of the boy and his 5-year-old brother from the time they were reported missing Sunday afternoon.

The older boy was found playing in a rain barrel.

The boys’ home is in Sharon, Pennsylvania, one block across the Ohio line from the village of Masury.

Hundreds of people searched for the brothers.

Investigation sought after Ohio man’s arrest caught on video

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Community activists are demanding an investigation into the arrest of an Ohio man after cellphone video showed officers kicking and punching the man.

Protesters brought their concerns to Columbus City Council Monday where they called for the firing of officers involved in the incident.

At issue was the Sept. 1 arrest of Timothy Davis inside a Columbus convenience store where officers tried to arrest him on a warrant alleging he assaulted an officer last year.

Video shows officers struggling to subdue Davis and eventually punching and kicking him.

Police spokesman Sgt. Dean Worthington said use of force depends on a suspect’s behavior and police policy does allow for punching and kicking.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Davis.