Ohio News Briefs

Ex-cop who misused database, stalked women has early release

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former Akron policeman who assaulted his ex-girlfriend, misused a law enforcement database and stalked her and other women has been granted early release just over a year after being sentenced to four years in prison.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports a Summit County judge granted Eric Paull’s release request on Tuesday and put him on five years of probation and GPS monitoring.

His ex-girlfriend, Alexis Dekany, begged the judge to keep Paull in prison and said after the decision that she was terrified.

The 44-year-old Paull told the judge he had tried to improve himself in prison. His lawyer said Paull took advantage of programming available to inmates.

Paull had pleaded guilty to felony charges, including aggravated assault and evidence-tampering, for incidents involving Dekany and other women.

Police: Ohio officer shoots, kills suspect in armed robbery

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect as he drove off after running over the officer’s foot and dragging another officer with his vehicle.

The shooting occurred Tuesday in Ashtabula. Authorities haven’t identified the suspect. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

An Ohio Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman said Wednesday a plastic Airsoft-type pellet gun and a bag with cash from the video store robbery were found in the suspect’s vehicle.

Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell says three officers stopped the suspect’s vehicle shortly after the robbery. The officer who fired shots was treated at a hospital. The other officer wasn’t hurt. The suspect died at the scene.

Stell says the three officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Dad faces new murder charge after boy beaten in 2007 dies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man imprisoned for severely beating his infant son in 2007 has been indicted on a murder charge following the boy’s death last year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a Logan County grand jury indicted 52-year-old Michael Robinson on the new charge Tuesday. Court officials say their records do not show an attorney for him.

Robinson pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges including felonious assault and domestic violence in the beating of his son, Dana, at their Bellefontaine home. The boy suffered brain injuries and was left a paraplegic with cerebral palsy.

He died in his sleep last November. A coroner determined he died of complications from the brain trauma.

Robinson is serving a 14-year sentence but could face life in prison if convicted on the new charge.