Ohio News Briefs

Solicitations issued for Ohio opioid grants, tech challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has released its requests for proposals involving scientific breakthroughs that could help solve the U.S. opioid crisis and for the manager of a related technology challenge.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission says solicitations issued Thursday keep with the state’s accelerated timetable.

Republican Gov. John Kasich called for $20 million in commission investments during his April State of the State address. The panel agreed May 24 to move forward.

It will award up to $12 million in competitive research-and-development grants and launch an $8 million innovation challenge.

The requests seek grant applicants and a manager for the challenge. It is being modeled after the Head Health competition launched by the NFL, Under Armour and GE to address traumatic brain injuries.

Ohio leads the nation in opioid-related overdose deaths.

Man charged in slaying of woman whose body found in trunk

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man has been arrested in the slaying of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car more than two years ago.

The Blade reports 48-year-old Daniel Myers was arrested Thursday at a northern Ohio campground and charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in the slaying of Heather Bogle.

The Sandusky County sheriff says Myers and the 28-year-old Bogle worked together at a Whirlpool plant in Clyde. Sheriff Chris Hilton says the arrest came after electronic communications led to a search of the campground. He says a motive hasn’t been determined.

Bogle’s body was found the day after she was reported missing in April 2015. She was shot twice and beaten.

Court records don’t indicate if Myers has an attorney.

Inmate captured 24 hours after escaping Ohio jail

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say a man facing drug charges has been captured 24 hours after he escaped from jail.

Police say 24-year-old Richard Rush III was found Thursday after officers received a tip he was staying in a vacant house in Nelsonville. His girlfriend, Samantha Milliken, was also arrested. Milliken is facing charges for obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a wanted fugitive.

Rush escaped from the SEPTA Correctional Facility in Nelsonville Wednesday by climbing over a fence topped with razor wire. He was in jail for third-degree felony drug possession.

Reports show Rush is the seventh inmate to escape from the jail since September. Officials say they are planning safety upgrades at the facility.

1-year-old hospitalized after opioid overdose

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 1-year-old boy had to be revived with Narcan after he overdosed on opioids.

Police say the boy’s 9-year-old brother called 911 Thursday evening after noticing the infant stopped breathing. Paramedics arrived at their home in Akron and gave the child a dose of Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The child was taken to a local hospital and given another dose of Narcan. Police say he was able to breathe on his own around 8 p.m.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says the baby’s mother fled when officers arrived. Authorities are still searching for her.

Both children have been taken into the custody of Summit County Children Services.

Edwards says Thursday’s case is the youngest opiate overdose recorded in Akron.

Ohio wants invalidation of some ACT test scores reconsidered

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state wants a company that provides college-entrance exams to reconsider its invalidation of students’ scores in some Ohio school districts.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the state Department of Education says ACT sent incorrect test versions to 21 school districts that did testing April 19 as part of a statewide administration of the exam to juniors.

State officials say ACT refused to score the versions provided in error and offered to let students retake the test free in later national testing.

Education officials argue some students would miss college application deadlines because the next national testing dates aren’t until fall.

An ACT spokesman on Thursday confirmed the “misadministration” of tests at some Ohio schools. He says ACT will work to provide an opportunity for impacted students to retake the test.