Ohio News Briefs

Police: Toddler on sidewalk at midnight apparently overdosed

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Police who responded to a report of an Ohio toddler apparently passing out on a sidewalk from a suspected drug overdose in the middle of the night say she was treated at a hospital, and her parents are charged with child endangering.

Portsmouth police say a frantic person approached an officer Wednesday, shortly after midnight, seeking help for the 18-month-old girl, who was unconscious and having trouble breathing. Police say the girl’s father and another person drove her to a hospital before the officer arrived at the scene in the Ohio River city, about 90 miles east of Cincinnati.

Police found the girl’s 26-year-old mother unresponsive from a suspected heroin overdose inside their apartment nearby. She also received medical treatment.

Court records didn’t list attorneys for the parents.

Man punished for graffiti wedding proposal doesn’t regret it

SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — A man who spray-painted a marriage proposal on a northeastern Ohio shopping center has been fined for criminal mischief and sentenced to community service but says he doesn’t regret the unusual graffiti for his girlfriend.

After all, she said yes.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports a magistrate in Sheffield Lake told 23-year-old Kyle Stump that the more traditional down-on-one-knee proposal might have been preferable.

Stump says he thinks authorities overreacted.

Stump pleaded no contest this week in mayor’s court in Sheffield Lake, about 20 miles west of Cleveland. He was ordered to pay over $300 in restitution for cleaning the wall, and his community service might include painting fire hydrants.

The mayor says romantic gesture or not, it’s still a crime with a penalty.

Armed man killed in standoff with SWAT team at Ohio home

MADISON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an armed man was killed when he confronted a SWAT team with a handgun after barricading himself in a northeast Ohio home.

They say the standoff happened Wednesday evening in Madison Township, roughly 40 miles east of Cleveland. No other serious injuries were reported.

Police didn’t immediately release details about the man or what led to the standoff. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is expected to discuss more about the confrontation at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Records: Local official found dead in Ohio lake was stabbed

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — Preliminary autopsy records shed more light on the mysterious death of a local official found in a northeast Ohio lake and indicate he was stabbed repeatedly.

A kayaker found Byron Macron’s body in Chippewa Lake in February, two months after the 45-year-old Lafayette Township trustee was last seen leaving his home near Medina. Authorities found his township office in shambles and his SUV parked miles away in a lot near the lake, roughly 30 miles southwest of Cleveland.

WKYC-TV sued for access to the autopsy results and got it Wednesday. They show Macron was stabbed in the neck, arms and shoulder.

The cause and manner of his death remain under investigation. The autopsy results indicate hypothermia or drowning also might have been factors in his death.

Ohio student’s family sues the man charged with killing her

WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — The family of a slain Ohio college student who disappeared while bicycling is suing the suspect charged in the potential death penalty case.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday by Sierah Joughin’s family seeks unspecified damages from James Worley, of rural Delta. The family’s attorney tells The Blade in Toledo they want to get control of Worley’s property and destroy a barn where authorities found and hidden room with restraints and a freezer with blood inside.

Worley’s attorney wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit.

The 57-year-old Worley has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder.

Joughin was found dead in a cornfield last July, three days after the 20-year-old University of Toledo student was last seen bicycling near her home 20 miles west of Toledo.