Ohio News Briefs

Wrong-way driver killed in collision with other vehicles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a woman has died after driving the wrong way on a central Ohio street and hitting another vehicle head-on.

Columbus police say 60-year-old Bonita Allen, of Columbus, was killed while driving the wrong way on U.S. 23 early Monday. Police say Allen collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle, causing it to spin and hit a car in the same lane.

Police say two women in the SUV and a man in the car received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was Columbus’ 55th traffic fatality this year.

Land banks to spend $21M to raze blighted central Ohio homes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Agencies that acquire real estate on behalf of the city of Columbus and surrounding Franklin County plan to spend nearly $21 million to demolish more than 1,100 blighted homes before 2020.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Franklin County’s land bank, the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp., and Columbus’ land bank have already razed nearly 350 properties.

The land banks have been acquiring properties through tax foreclosures in the hope the structures can be demolished more quickly because of their blighted condition.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency awarded $2.3 million in federal money to the Franklin County land bank in October, bringing the countywide total for dealing with blight to nearly $21 million.

A code enforcement administrator for Columbus says the city has more than 5,000 vacant structures.

Man charged after young girl, mother struck in crosswalk

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in a hit-skip accident that critically injured a young girl and hospitalized her mother as they crossed a street near the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Cincinnati police say Donteiz Dickey is being held without bond Monday on charges of aggravated vehicular assault and failing to stop for an accident after his arrest Sunday. Police say he struck 3-year-old Khloe Pitts and her mother, 27-year-old Joy White, in a crosswalk Saturday as they walked to the zoo’s annual Festival of Lights.

Pitts is in critical condition. White is in serious condition.

Police say Dickey sped away after the accident. His car was found abandoned a few blocks away.

Man found shot to death in Cincinnati’s Roselawn section

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say the body of a 40-year-old man who was shot to death was found on the street by officers in Cincinnati’s Roselawn section.

Forty-year-old Joe Early had already succumbed to his wounds when officers arrived to the scene near Roselawn Condon Elementary School just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police have not released any information regarding any potential suspects or the circumstances surrounding Early’s death.

The Cincinnati Police Department’s homicide unit is continuing to investigate.

Anyone with knowledge of the shooting is asked to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Section.

Mother of Cleveland man killed on I-90 says son was targeted

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 24-year-old Cleveland man who was fatally shot while driving along Interstate 90 last week believes her son may have been targeted in the attack.

Michelle Norris, the mother of Jamel Greene, tells Cleveland.com that Friday’s shooting wasn’t the first time that her son has been in a gunman’s crosshairs.

Norris says a lot of people didn’t like her son because he didn’t go looking for trouble, although it always seemed to find him.

Police say Greene was driving westbound on I-90 near downtown Cleveland when another driver pulled up alongside his vehicle and opened fire.

No suspects have been identified in Greene’s murder, Cleveland’s 120th homicide this year.

Norris believes the person who first failed to kill her son wouldn’t stop until he was dead.

Police to charge Columbus man with murder in wife’s killing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Columbus say they expect to bring murder charges against a man whose wife was found fatally stabbed at an apartment in the city’s Far East Side.

Officers were dispatched to a residence at the Pheasant Run Apartments around 5 a.m. Sunday following reports of a disturbance. There police found 26-year-old Carmen Sanchez-Capellan suffering from numerous stab wounds including a slashed neck.

Sanchez-Capellan was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency medical personnel arrived.

The victim’s 24-year-old husband was also found at the apartment with what police have described as self-inflicted stab wounds.

He was rushed to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Police intend to charge the man with killing Sanchez-Capellan.

Witnesses told police that a heated argument between the couple turned violent.