Ohio News Briefs


Ohio pair indicted for transporting kids in sweltering truck

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man and woman have been indicted on child endangering charges for transporting five children in the back of a U-Haul truck on a sweltering August day.

Fifty-five-year-old Brian Dekam and 26-year-old Jamie Adkins, both of Cleveland, are free on bonds after being indicted Thursday in Lorain County.

Authorities say the pair was arrested Aug. 2 when they stopped at an Elyria gas station for drinks while traveling to Cleveland. Concerned Elyria city workers stopped the truck from leaving and found five sweat-soaked, flea-bitten children ranging in age from 2 to 15 inside the cargo box.

The 2-year-old was hospitalized for heat exhaustion. Temperatures that day reached 85 degrees.

Adkins told police she was babysitting the four youngest children.

Messages were left Friday with attorneys for Dekam and Adkins.

Ohio unemployment rate drops in November

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in November but remained higher than the national rate.

The state unemployment rate decreased from 5.1 percent in October and was lower than the 5 percent rate of November 2016.

The national rate was 4.1 percent in November, unchanged from October, and down from 4.6 percent in November 2016.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 5,600 jobs in November.

Job gains were reported in sectors that include educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; financial activities; professional and business services; and other services. Those gains exceeded losses in the information and trade, transportation and utilities sectors.

Government employment in Ohio dropped by 9,700 jobs in November.

Ohio judge ruled hospital gunman incompetent 2 years ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Court records show an Ohio judge two years ago ordered treatment in a state mental hospital for the gunman who this week wounded a security officer at a psychiatric emergency room before killing himself.

Isaiah Currie was confined temporarily in a hospital and ordered to take medication after his arrest in 2015 for assaulting a UC Health security officer, injuring the officer’s knee. Wednesday’s shooting also involved a UC Health security officer, whose identity hasn’t been released.

A 2015 police report says Currie was a patient, but didn’t elaborate.

His current attorney says she knew Currie, who was 20, had a mental health history but that he seemed stable and coherent when she last saw him. He was recently freed on bond for a charge of assaulting a jail officer.

Man killed during home invasion just released from prison

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities say was fatally shot while trying to commit a home invasion robbery had just gotten out of state prison.

Cleveland.com reports 20-year-old Cornelius Love was released three days before being fatally shot early Wednesday at a home on Cleveland’s east side.

The 41-year-old homeowner was not arrested after shooting Love several times.

Love was arrested in December 2015 and pleaded guilty the following December to robbery and other charges for stealing cellphones and wallets at gunpoint from two people on the same day.

Police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid found three handguns, a knife, a pellet gun and ski masks in Love’s car when he was arrested.

Parents give teachers wine with picture of son’s face

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple says they decided to put their son’s picture onto bottles of wine and distribute them to his teachers because the educators deserved more than the typical thank you gift.

Mary Sommers, of Beavercreek, tells the Dayton Daily News she doubted her son’s teachers needed any more coffee mugs, but, she joked, “who doesn’t need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?”

She and her husband, Paul Sommers, gave the wine to the teachers at their son Jake’s school in Kettering. In addition to a picture of Jake’s smiling face, the labels bear a message: “Our child might be the reason you drink so enjoy this bottle on us!”

The gifts garnered widespread attention after the couple’s older son posted about them on Twitter.

Ex-school leader remains banned despite winning board seat

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A school board in Ohio has decided not to lift a ban against a former school superintendent who resigned amid an investigation and then was elected to its school board in November.

The move means former superintendent Patrick Hickey remains barred from going onto the district’s property.

Hickey resigned as superintendent from Toledo’s Washington Local district in 2015 before the school board could consider a resolution to fire him.

He later was banned after officials said he verbally abused referees at a basketball game and harassed school employees.

The board on Wednesday upheld the ban.

Hickey says he’s confident a new board will lift the ban in January and allow him to attend board meetings on school property.

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