Ohio News Briefs

Ohio church passes out opioid overdose drug at festival

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some people have questioned a southwest Ohio church’s decision to hand out the opioid reversal drug naloxone at a family festival.

WLWT-TV reports Holy Family Catholic Church in Cincinnati’s East Price Hill neighborhood partnered with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to distribute nearly 70 overdose kits this past weekend.

Parish operations manager Jeremy Bouer said providing the kits was the right thing to do because people need to be equipped to save lives when someone overdoses.

Not everyone agrees. One woman at the festival said it was an inappropriate setting and sends the wrong message to drug users. Another woman said the church should help those in need.

Naloxone has become widely available in recent years as the opioid epidemic has taken root in Ohio, killing thousands of people.

Investigators say father killed son with hatchet

EATON, Ohio (AP) — Court records show that an Ohio man who told police he killed his son with a hatchet during a confrontation has been charged with aggravated murder.

Fifty-eight-year-old Gabriel Schaaf, of Lewisburg, is scheduled for an initial appearance Wednesday in Eaton Municipal Court. He also faces a tampering with evidence charge.

Schaaf was arrested last week after investigators found his DNA beneath 29-year-old Jonathan Schaaff’s fingernails.

Police say Gabriel Schaaf called 911 in December and reported having found his son’s body in their home about 30 miles west of Dayton.

The Dayton Daily News reports Schaaf told investigators his son was holding a rifle when he killed him.

Court records don’t indicate whether Schaaf has an attorney.

Ohio officer fired for 137-shot barrage won’t get job back

CLEVELAND (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled that the lone Cleveland police officer charged criminally for killing two unarmed black people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire shouldn’t get his job back.

Cleveland.com reports the arbitrator also ruled that five officers should be reinstated without back pay after being fired for shooting into a car following a high-speed chase in November 2012. Unpaid suspensions for six other officers were upheld.

The arbitrator said Michael Brelo shouldn’t get his job back because of the “egregious” nature of his conduct. Brelo fired 49 rounds, including the last 15 from the hood of the car. A judge acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges at trial.

The city paid $3 million each to the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams to settle a lawsuit.

Body found outside Ohio State University medical center

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a body has been found outside an Ohio State University medical center.

Officials say the male body was left outside the emergency room at the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus Tuesday afternoon.

The person’s identity and the cause of death have not been released.

Officials say the case is under investigation.

Man charged in slayings at Cleveland used car lot

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a 29-year-old man has been charged with aggravated murder for killing a couple at their used car lot in Cleveland after matching his DNA to evidence gathered at the crime scene.

Records show 29-year-old Joseph McAlpine was arrested and charged Tuesday for fatally shooting 47-year-old Michael Kuznik and 46-year-old Trina Tomola in April.

McAlpine has not appeared in court. An online court docket doesn’t indicate if he has an attorney.

The couple was found by their 19-year-old son. Both were shot in the head.

Police say two cars, surveillance equipment and computers containing business records were taken from the business. The family’s dog also was killed.

Cleveland.com reports McAlpine was released from prison last year after serving nine years for robbing a pregnant woman at knifepoint.

Teen accused of shooting brother won’t be tried as adult

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A teenage Ohio girl who police said told them she fatally shot her 15-year-old brother after they fought over a video-game system and he repeatedly hit her in the face won’t be tried as an adult.

A Lucas County judge has ruled that the case will remain in juvenile court. The 15-year-old Toledo girl was 14 at the time of the December 2016 shooting. She has been charged as a juvenile with murder. She has denied the charge.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles charged with crimes.

The judge said Tuesday that prosecutors didn’t prove the need to transfer the case to adult court and rehabilitation is still available to the girl.

A prosecutor says the girl could remain in the juvenile system until age 21, if found guilty.