Ohio News Briefs


Pilot, wife found dead from apparent fentanyl overdose

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a commercial airline pilot and his wife have died of an apparent overdose from the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl.

Police say the bodies of 36-year-old Brian Halye and 34-year-old Courtney Halye were found by their children Thursday morning in Centerville, about 50 miles north of Cincinnati.

The Dayton Daily News reports Brian Halye was a pilot for Spirit Airlines, which told the newspaper Halye last flew March 10.

A county coroner’s investigator says the preliminary cause of death appears to be an overdose of fentanyl, an opiate many times more powerful than heroin. Centerville police say drug paraphernalia was found inside the home.

One of the four children living in the home found the couple unconscious on the floor of their bedroom.

Ohio bill would ban fees for removing mugshots from websites

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would make it illegal for companies to charge for removing or editing criminal records information or mugshots that have been published online or in print.

The bill approved this week by the House in an 88-4 vote moves to the Senate for consideration. It targets businesses that publish the information or mugshots and then solicit or accept fees for taking down or correcting the material. Violators would face minor misdemeanor charges and also could be open to lawsuits.

The legislation’s sponsor, Democratic state Rep. John Barnes, says some people view the practice of soliciting or accepting fees for removing or correcting the information as “a racket.” He says some companies want people to pay hundreds of dollars to have the information removed.

Police confronted by fellow cop who pointed assault weapon

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say an off duty Cincinnati police officer has been charged with misdemeanors for pointing an assault weapon at fellow officers while intoxicated.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports officers responded Monday to a 911 call about a fight at an apartment building and were confronted by 45-year-old David Jenkins, who was wearing a Cincinnati police jacket and carrying an AR15 assault weapon.

Officers initially didn’t believe Jenkins when he identified himself as a police officer, prompting them to retreat and call for backup. Jenkins surrendered after hearing a request over a police radio to step outside.

Jenkins has been a Cincinnati police officer since 2002. He’s been charged with using weapons while intoxicated and disorderly conduct. Court records don’t indicate if he has an attorney.

Truck overturns, spills over 2 tons of chicken feed

TROTWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Montgomery County say a tractor-trailer spilled over two tons of chicken feed after overturning.

WHIO-TV reports that the tractor-trailer crashed on state Route 49 in Trotwood around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say the driver of the truck said he swerved to avoid a car that cut him off before hitting a guard rail and overturning.

Officials say the driver was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.

Crews used industrial vacuums to clean up most of the 5,000 pound load. Police say the driver was headed to a chicken farm in South Carolina.

Police: Man seriously injured in Ohio shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in suburban Dayton say a shooting has left one person seriously injured.

Springfield police say a man was found with a gunshot wound to the chest around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition.

No arrests have been made. Police have not released any information about a possible suspect.

An investigation is ongoing.

Police search for pair who robbed Ohio dollar store

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Dayton are searching for two suspects who they say robbed a general store.

WHIO-TV reports that two men wearing masks robbed a Dollar General Store around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Police say one of the men was armed with a revolver.

Authorities say the men fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

No arrests have been made. An investigation is ongoing.

National search to begin for new president of Freedom Center

CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati says it will begin its national search for a new president in April.

The institution said in a news release this week that it has appointed public historian and educator Dan Hurley to serve as interim president until a successor is found for Clarence Newsome. Newsome announced last year that he would step down, effective March 31, 2017

Newsome has led the museum and educational center since 2013.

The center along the Ohio River opened in 2004. It focuses on the inspirational “Underground Railroad” network that helped enslaved people reach freedom and on the continuing fights for freedom around the world.

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