Ohio News Briefs

Ohio sheriff sticks to refusal on Narcan by deputies

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio sheriff is sticking to his longstanding refusal to allow deputies to carry an overdose-reversal drug.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has said in recent interviews he remains opposed for safety reasons because people can become hostile and violent after being revived with Narcan, the brand name for naloxone.

County emergency crews administer Narcan and the Butler County Health Department has been offering free naloxone kits to relatives and friends of addicts.

Jones’ comments come after a city councilman in Butler County’s Middletown drew national attention with his suggestion that emergency crews should stop responding to people who repeatedly overdose.

Like many places in a state hard hit by the opioid crisis, Butler County has had record numbers of overdose deaths in recent years.

Man on motorcycle clotheslined by low-hanging wire

FAIRLAWN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say a 63-year-old motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after being clotheslined by a low-hanging wire.

WEWS-TV reports the man was pulled off his bike in northeast Ohio’s Bath Township on Wednesday yet walked away with only minor injuries.

The man told a 911 operator he felt a “rope burn” on his neck.

Police say the afternoon sun and shadows might have made it difficult for him see the black cable line owned by a communications company. The road’s speed limit is 45 mph.

Bath Township Police Chief Mike McNeely says it’s amazing the man wasn’t seriously hurt.

McNeely says the line likely drooped down shortly before the man drove into it because there hadn’t been any previous reports about the line on the heavily traveled road.

Ohio town to refund more than 100 speeding tickets

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Confusing signage in Ohio has led to more than 100 people having their speeding tickets refunded.

The Blade reports the refund applies to anyone who received a speeding ticket from a hand-held speed camera on Feb. 1 near Byrnedale Elementary School.

Republican Councilman Rob Ludeman and his wife are among those getting their tickets dismissed. Ludeman, who is running for re-election, says he and his wife weren’t in the school zone at the time of their tickets.

The Lucas County Democratic Party criticized Ludeman, saying he abused his power in asking the police chief to address the tickets. Toledo Police Chief George Kral says Ludeman did not act improperly.

Police say they are reviewing signs at all school zones to make sure they are clearly marked.

Women sentenced to prison for not reporting sexual abuse

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been sentenced to four years in prison after prosecutors say she failed to report a child’s sexual abuse.

The Canton Repository reports 39-year-old Patricia Horton, of Canton, was sentenced Thursday. Horton had previously pleaded guilty to felony counts of child endangerment and obstruction of justice.

Donell Powell was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. The alleged abuse involves a girl who was younger than 10 years old when it began in 2015.

Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Christy Donnelly says Horton was told of the abuse but failed to report or stop it. Court records show Horton also lied to police who were investigating.

Sheriff: Inmate falls from 3rd-floor window at jail in Ohio

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an inmate fell from a third-floor window at a southwestern Ohio jail apparently after breaking the cell window and climbing through it.

A release from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says a city employee reported an inmate lying on the sidewalk outside of the jail in Xenia around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The inmate was later identified as 38-year-old Bryan Goney. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of multiple fractures.

The sheriff’s release says a jury found Goney guilty in April on charges including robbery and kidnapping. Authorities say Goney was in jail awaiting final sentencing when he fell.

Sheriff’s officials say they are investigating to determine if Goney should face additional charges.

A message seeking comment was left at the office of Goney’s attorney.

Ohio patrol: 17 traffic deaths over holiday reporting period

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that 17 people died in traffic crashes during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period.

The patrol says impaired driving was a factor in five of the crashes that occurred in the period that began June 30 and continued through July 4.

Troopers say they made 908 arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence and 624 for drug-related charges. The patrol responded to 807 crashes and made more than 43,000 traffic contacts. Some of those contacts included assisting more than 5,000 motorists.

The patrol says there were 12 fatal crashes that killed 13 people over the same reporting period in 2016. That number included seven crashes involving impaired driving.

Ohio teen driver charged in crash that killed teen passenger

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the teenage driver of car that crashed and killed a 16-year-old passenger has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

The complaint filed in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court says the 16-year-old driver caused the death of Kailee Mayher, of Strongsville, and recklessly caused harm to other passengers. Court records show the driver also was charged with three counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

Authorities say the car carrying six teenage girls left the road and crashed into a tree outside of Cleveland on the night of June 7.

Strongsville police say three passengers were hospitalized. The driver and another 16-year-old passenger weren’t injured.

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

Grand jury indicts man after Ohio congressman threatened

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after a threatening voicemail message was left at the office of an Ohio congressman.

Authorities say the voicemail left June 21 at the office of Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers mentioned the June 14 shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Arlington, Virginia.

That shooting left Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise critically injured and four others injured.

Thursday’s indictment charges 68-year-old Stanley Hoff with one count of threatening to assault and murder a United States official.

A message was left with Hoff’s federal public offender seeking comment on the indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Kelley has said authorities were forced to take the message seriously when it mentioned the baseball game.