Ohio News Briefs


Police: Man tied up 3 family members, arrested after escape

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) — Police near Cleveland say a 34-year-old man kidnapped three family members and was taken into custody after his aunt escaped a basement where she had been tied up.

Authorities say the man was visiting his father Friday in Willoughby when he used chloroform to overpower him and then tied him up in the basement.

Police say he then lured his mother and aunt to the house where he tied them up too. They say the aunt managed to escape and call 911.

Investigators say they found handcuffs and zip-ties in the basement.

Willoughby police say the man is in custody but has not been charged yet.

Police and a bomb squad searched the man’s apartment in downtown Cleveland Saturday to make sure no one was being held there.

Ohio police: 2 dead, 3 hurt in shooting amid ongoing dispute

HOWLAND, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say an ongoing dispute led to a shooting that has left two people dead and three hurt.

Authorities in Howland near Youngstown say the shooting on Saturday wasn’t a random act of violence.

They say 47-year-old Nasser Hamad is the owner of the home where the shooting happened and has been charged with aggravated murder. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney.

Witnesses say they saw people fighting and running outside the house in a driveway before the shooting began.

Some of the victims were found in a van in the driveway.

The shooting shut down a busy road and took place near several stores and the entrance to a mall.

Neighbor say police have been to the house several times in recent months.

Cleveland airport worker sues over whistleblower retaliation

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland airport employee who federal authorities suspect was demoted in retaliation for raising concerns about runway snowplowing problems is seeking reinstatement and unspecified damages in a lawsuit against the city.

Cleveland.com reports Abdul-Malik Ali filed suit after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that he was demoted for alerting federal authorities.

The complaint states that Ali was demoted from manager of field maintenance in February 2015 after he informed an FAA inspector that his crews had been understaffed during a recent snowstorm.

Ali’s attorney says his client’s constitutional rights were violated and the city broke Ohio criminal and civil laws barring intimidation.

A spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson says he won’t address pending litigation.

Ohio police officer fatally shot in 2015 gets memorial chair

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati police officer shot and killed in 2015 after he responded to reports of a man with a gun will have a permanent spot in his police district’s roll call.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati police chaplain John Keuffer unveiled a memorial chair on Friday that will hold Sonny Kim’s spot in a roll call room.

Keuffer said a nonprofit group called “Saving a Hero’s Place” creates the honor chairs for fallen first responders killed in the line of duty.

Kim’s chair bears his name and the inscription, “Father, Husband, Friend, Partner, Warrior, Hero.”

Keuffer says he hopes Kim’s memorial also will remind officers to live life to the fullest.

Firefighters discover man’s body in Ohio creek

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man’s body has been found in a creek near Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that firefighters discovered the body around 3 p.m. Saturday in Westerville while returning to their station after a call. Columbus Police Sgt. Stan Latta says a firefighter thought he saw a mannequin in the water as they passed the creek, but it was a body.

Police say the man appears to be in his 30s and he may have been in the water for a day or two. No identification was found.

Authorities say there are no signs of foul play but they are treating the death as suspicious. An investigation is continuing.

Woman’s body found in trash bin in creek near Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 22-year-old woman has been found in a trash bin that was partially submerged in a creek.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s office tells WCMH-TV that the woman has been identified as Gabriel Ann Hinojosa, who had been reported missing Feb. 19. It’s not clear how she died.

The sheriff’s office says the body was discovered Friday in a curbside-style trash bin with wheels. It was found near a canoe and kayak rental site in Grove City.