Ohio News Briefs


Ohio hunters take nearly 16,000 deer in muzzleloader season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says hunters took nearly 16,000 deer during Ohio’s four-day muzzleloader season this month.

The Department of Natural Resources says over 15,800 deer were checked from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10. That’s about 3,300 more than during the comparable season last year.

Hunters harvested more than 9,200 deer during the state’s two-day gun season last month. Archery season for Ohio deer hunters is open until Feb. 5.

State officials say the state tries to manage deer to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities and minimizes conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Little League president charged over misused $27K in Ohio

GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A Little League president in northeast Ohio is charged with felony theft and money laundering after investigators determined he used more than $27,000 in funds from the baseball program for his personal gain.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says it began investigating after learning in August that over $10,000 was missing from a bank account for the Little League program in Green, south of Akron.

Investigators say an analysis by a forensic account helped reveal that the president had co-mingled personal funds with Little League money and misused thousands of dollars.

Forty-six-year-old Timothy McCloud, of Green, faces two felony charges.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for his attorney.

Ohio hospital: Visitor maybe exposed others to tuberculosis

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say people at a northeastern Ohio hospital late last year may have been exposed to tuberculosis through a visitor who was later diagnosed with the airborne bacterial infection.

The Summit County Health Department said Friday it’s investigating the potential exposure from someone who visited a neonatal intensive care unit at Summa Akron City Hospital between mid-November and mid-December.

Hospital officials say the risk of others becoming infected is low, but the risk of complications is higher if young children become sick. They’re trying to identify anyone who may have been exposed to evaluate whether further examination or treatment is needed. So far, they say they’ve identified several dozen people with possible exposure.

They say anyone who was exposed in this case wouldn’t pose a risk to others now.

Cleveland officer investigating drugs is hit, dragged by car

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old Cleveland man is wanted on a felonious assault charge for hitting a police officer with a car and dragging the officer.

Cleveland.com reports the officer was struck Monday after approaching a vehicle where police say two people appeared to be using marijuana. Police say the driver refused to turn off the vehicle, so the officer opened the car door and then was hit and dragged by it when the driver reversed the car and sped away. Police say the officer was dragged about 35 feet but suffered only minor injuries.

Police say they later found the car abandoned, and there was marijuana inside it. A warrant was issued for the man believed to be the driver.

Police: Akron teen pistol-whipped, shot at by classmates

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Akron are investigating a teenage boy’s claims that two high school classmates pistol-whipped him during a robbery this week and then fired the weapon at him as he fled.

Cleveland.com reports the incident occurred just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Kenmore Branch Library, where the 15-year-old victim arranged to sell a hat.

Police say two of the victim’s schoolmates at Kenmore High School, ages 14 and 15, started attacking him when he arrived to the location.

The 14-year-old reportedly pointed a gun at the victim and then pistol-whipped him. As the victim ran, police say the 14-year-old fired one or two shots at him.

Juvenile assault and robbery charges are being pursued against both boys. Police haven’t apprehended either suspect yet.

The victim wasn’t seriously injured.

Dayton to upgrade 5,000 streetlights to LED fixtures by 2020

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say Dayton is poised to quadruple the number of LED streetlights posted in the western Ohio city over the next four years.

Diane Shannon, deputy director of Dayton’s Office of Management and Budget, says the city is on track to replace the 5,000 streetlights it owns with light-emitting diode fixtures by 2020.

The Dayton Daily News reports 426 streetlights have been upgraded to the more energy-efficient light-emitting diode fixtures since the city implemented a property-assessment program in 2014.

The rest of the replacements will coincide with the culmination of that assessment period in four years.

Authorities say the new lights will help make neighborhoods safer as well as save the city money on electric and maintenance costs.

Funeral expenses sought for woman killed in Ohio massacre

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is reviewing a request to help pay for the funeral of a woman killed in last year’s southern Ohio massacre of eight people.

The Dec. 12 request to the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program was made by the family of Dana Rhoden.

Rhoden was the mother of three children also killed in the attacks and the ex-wife of the children’s father, Christopher Rhoden Sr., who also was killed.

Payments of $22,500 from the fund were previously approved to pay for funerals for the Rhodens’ children: 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden and 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr.

The program also paid $7,328 to help cover the costs of a separate funeral for 20-year-old Hannah Gilley, the fiancée of Frankie Rhoden, who also died in the unsolved shootings.

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