Ohio News Briefs

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say mosquitoes trapped in an area of central Ohio have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Franklin County Public Health says the infected mosquito pool is in Norwich Township near the Columbus suburb of Hilliard. Health officials say the pool was identified in a surveillance of traps set up to monitor the mosquito population.

Health officials are reminding people to wear insect repellent containing DEET, limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn and empty all standing water around their homes.

Symptoms experienced by about 20 to 30 percent of people infected with the virus include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and rash. Most survive.

Symptoms of more severe disease can include high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures and paralysis.

Ohio teen rescues 4-year-old on first day as a lifeguard

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teen lifeguard has rescued a 4-year-old boy — the first day on the job.

Jack Viglianco says he was 20 minutes into his shift at a Lakewood swimming pool Thursday when he heard the boy calling for help. The 15-year-old sprang into action, jumping into the water and helping the child to safety.

Viglianco says his heart was racing during the rescue, but says being a lifeguard is a dream come true.

The Lakewood Aquatics manager says there were 42 rescues last summer between the pools at Lakewood and Madison Park. All the victims were saved.

Ex-wife: mental health of officer slaying suspect unraveled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The ex-wife of the suspect in the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer says the man’s mental health was unraveling in the weeks before the 2016 shooting.

Jennifer Young testified during ex-husband Lincoln Rutledge’s death penalty trial Monday that his behavior turned frightening on March 22, 2016, when he pushed her and screamed at her during an encounter at his apartment building.

The 45-year Rutledge has pleaded not guilty to charges of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant on April 10, 2016. Smith died two days later.

Young testified that she told officers at the time that Rutledge believed the FBI and CIA were after him.

Dog shelter praises involvement of Ohio inmates in training

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — The head of an Ohio dog shelter is praising the involvement of inmates at a nearby prison who train the animals before adoption.

Ashland County dog warden Tom Kosht says all dogs that go through the program at Richland Correctional Institution have been adopted.

The Mansfield News Journal reports the shelter has sent about 700 dogs to the prison in north-central Ohio since 2007.

Prison officials on Monday donated $3,000 to the shelter from money raised from the prison’s doggy daycare and grooming services.

Inmate trainer Michael Gannon says working with the dogs is peaceful and gives him something positive to do.

Police: man who barricaded self a suspect in triple slaying

BRUNSWICK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say a man taken into custody after an overnight barricade situation is a suspect in the slaying of a mother and her two adult daughters.

The 45-year-old man was removed from a home in Brunswick south of Cleveland early Tuesday morning.

Brunswick Police Lt. Robert Safran says a stun gun was used to subdue the man who was armed with a handgun.

The man is suspected in the deaths of the women whose bodies were found Sunday night at a home in nearby North Royalton.

Police say the women may have died a day before their bodies were found.

No information has been released about a motive.

Ohio judge orders DUI defendants to download rideshare apps

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge known for handing down unusual sentences is requiring convicted drunken drivers to download ridesharing apps on their phone as part of their punishment.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti in Painesville in northeastern Ohio also requires defendants to enter a credit card number on the Uber and Lyft apps as a condition of probation.

Ridesharing apps allow users to summon a ride via their smart phone similar to taxi services.

Cicconetti tells the Willoughby News-Herald it’s common sense to take advantage of the technology, which is safer than driving drunk and a and cheaper alternative to thousands of dollars spent after a drunk driving arrest.

In the past Cicconetti has told a drunk driver to view crash victims’ bodies at a morgue.