Ohio News Briefs


Father of 3-month-old charged with murder in her death

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a southwest Ohio man with murder after his infant daughter was found dead strapped to a car seat in his truck.

Clark County court documents allege 22-year-old Brian Hayslip told police he shook 3-month-old Lily Hayslip when she began crying while he was feeding her Tuesday. Someone called 911 hours later to report finding the girl dead inside the truck with its engine running in rural Mercer County.

Police found Hayslip in a field using a K9. Hayslip reportedly said he was looking for a place to bury Lily. Authorities determined Wednesday Lily was killed in Clark County.

Lily’s mother called Clark County authorities Tuesday to report her missing after Hayslip, her fiancé, failed to drop off the girl off at her grandmother’s house so Hayslip could go to work.

Ohio man says he shot brother who attacked him at apartment

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a southwest Ohio man shot his younger brother in the chest and was arrested at the scene.

Investigators say the 28-year-old Union man called 911 Wednesday night to report that he shot his 24-year-old brother when the brother attacked him at an apartment in Centerville, just south of Dayton.

A Centerville police spokesman said the younger man was taken to a hospital with injuries that were considered life-threatening.

The older brother was jailed on suspicion of felonious assault. The shooting remains under investigation.

It comes just days after a similar report involving a pair of brothers in Columbus. In that case, police say a 21-year-old man fatally shot his 19-year-old brother. Police say the shooter said his brother threatened him with a knife and he fired in self-defense.

Dad may face more charges after boy, 2, shoots himself, dies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy who shot himself with an unsecured gun has died in central Ohio, and a grand jury will consider whether charges are merited against his father.

Thirty-four-year-old Brandon Hill, of Columbus, was initially charged with child endangering last week after police said his 2-year-old son apparently grabbed a firearm that wasn’t properly secured and shot himself in the head. Hill flagged down an officer for help in a parking lot of a pizza parlor near his home.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the boy died Friday at a hospital.

In light of that, the Franklin County prosecutor says the case will be presented to a grand jury for other possible charges.

Court records don’t indicate whether Hill has a lawyer.

DJ gets 4 years in fatal beating over music volume complaint

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 65-year-old Akron bar DJ will serve four years in prison for beating a man to death who had complained that the music he was playing was too loud.

Robert Jarvis was sentenced Wednesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court for the fatal Jan. 8 fight that resulted in the death of 43-year-old Forrest Ryan, of North Canton.

Prosecutors say the incident began when Jarvis and Ryan got into an argument over the volume of the music that Jarvis was playing at the Zodiac bar in Akron.

After the men exchanged words, surveillance video later shows Jarvis seek out Ryan in another part of the bar and punch him three times in the head.

Jarvis pleaded guilty last month to a single count of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony charge.

Police: Gunman shoots man in face at Cleveland gas station

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland are investigating after an unidentified gunman shot a 22-year-old man in the face earlier this week at a gas station in the city’s Mt. Pleasant section.

Cleveland.com reports the shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a man reportedly wearing gloves reached into the victim’s parked car and fired a single shot at him before fleeing.

The victim was rushed to University Hospitals, where a doctor says the bullet was lodged against one of his vertebrae. The man’s current condition is unknown.

Police say the victim’s fiance told officers she and another woman witnessed the shooting.

The women reported they had pulled up to chat with the victim after noticing his car at the pump when the shooter struck a short time after. They were unharmed.

Officials: Youths charged in Dayton arson too young for jail

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio county juvenile court has ruled that three youths charged with setting fire to a Dayton dollar store on Christmas Eve are too young to be jailed.

The Dayton Daily News reports Montgomery County Juvenile Courts Administrator James Cole called the case a “rare situation” for the court.

Two of the suspects are just 10 years old. The other boy is 11. They have all been placed under 24-hour electronic home monitoring ahead of a juvenile court hearing next month.

The boys have been charged with felony aggravated arson for igniting a blaze that caused $250,000 in damage to the Dollar Tree store on Wayne Avenue. No one was injured in the fire.

Cole says options for punishing child offenders under the age of 12 are limited.

2 Ohio banks agree to pay $9M to settle biased lending claim

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two affiliated Cincinnati banks have agreed to spend $9 million to settle a federal claim of biased mortgage lending in predominantly black neighborhoods.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday the settlement with Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank. The DOJ says the banks engaged in the practice of “redlining” in black neighborhoods in the Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis from at least 2010 until 2014.

The banks have agreed to invest at least $9 million in black neighborhoods in the four cities and open two full-service branches and a loan center.

The banks’ chairman said in a statement given to The Columbus Dispatch that the institutions “strongly” disagree with the DOJ’s conclusions but will provide more lending opportunities to “improve the financial futures” of individuals, families and communities.

Fired Cincinnati police chief got confidential settlement

CINCINNATI (AP) — A city attorney has confirmed Cincinnati paid a police chief dismissed in 2015 just over $250,000 as part of a confidential settlement reached earlier this year.

Cincinnati media outlets are reporting City Solicitor Paula Boggs issued a statement Wednesday that says the settlement with Jeffrey Blackwell was reached after he claimed he was unfairly fired. The city agreed to pay Blackwell and to change his dismissal from a firing to a resignation to avoid what Boggs called the cost of “protracted litigation.”

Blackwell was fired in September 2015 after two years as Cincinnati’s top cop. City officials at the time cited low morale in the 1,100-officer department and Blackwell’s poor leadership.

An official at the law firm that represented Blackwell in the agreement said attorneys weren’t available for comment Wednesday.

County prosecutor to provide Cleveland police with dash cams

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cuyahoga County prosecutor has agreed to spend $500,000 to equip nearly 300 Cleveland police cruisers with dash cams that can be synchronized with officers’ body cameras.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty and Cleveland officials announced the planned purchase in a statement Wednesday. McGinty says the 275 dash cams will result in a “sharp increase” in convictions and a decrease in citizen complaints against officers.

Cleveland Safety Director Michael McGrath says the cameras will “add another layer of protection” to officers and citizens.

The dash cams will be paid from money paid to the prosecutor’s office through criminal forfeitures.

Cleveland began issuing body cameras to its entire 1,500-member department in early 2015. City officials have said the use of body cameras has caused a drop in citizen complaints.