Ohio News Briefs


Trump to rally in Ohio’s blue-collar Youngstown on Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the blue-collar Ohio city where frustrated former Democrats crossed party lines last year to help send him to the White House.

The Republican president will appear in Youngstown at 7 p.m. Tuesday for an event at the Covelli Centre.

The trip comes as Ohio Gov. John Kasich hammers home the need for bipartisanship in Washington to reach an acceptable compromise for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Kasich, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is a leading Trump critic.

General admission tickets to the Trump rally are available online and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to two tickets may be requested per mobile phone number.

Texas man charged after wife’s body found in SUV in Ohio

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a Texas man has been charged with gross abuse of a corpse in Ohio after his wife’s body was found in the hatchback of her sport-utility vehicle.

The Mansfield News Journal reports a judge on Monday set a $1 million bond for 35-year-old Dequalan Harris, of Cedar Hill, Texas. He was arrested Saturday in Mansfield after Texas police asked officers to check on the missing woman’s vehicle after its onboard system showed its location in Ohio.

Mansfield police then found Tamara Harris’ body in the hatchback. Police used a stun gun on Dequalan Harris during his arrest.

Harris has pleaded not guilty. Online court records don’t show whether he has an attorney.

A county children’s services agency has taken custody of a child found with Harris.

2 men escaped Ohio jail through unlocked emergency door

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northern Ohio say two inmates have escaped from a country jail through an unlocked emergency door that was used by another inmate in a 2016 escape.

Sandusky County Sheriff Chris Hilton says 37-year-old Mickey Hardy and 26-year-old Jordan Chapman “took advantage of a bad situation” when they went through a door suffering from a mechanical failure at the county jail in Fremont Monday afternoon.

Court records show Hardy was jailed on aggravated menacing and burglary charges. Chapman was jailed on stolen property charges. Both men are still on the run.

Officials say another inmate used the same door to escape in March 2016, but he was captured an hour later.

Chief Deputy Ed Hastings tells The Blade the door has since been fixed.

Girl dies after being pulled from Ohio river

TROY, Ohio (AP) — Police say a girl has died after being pulled from a river at an Ohio park.

Rescue crews responded to a report of a possible drowning at Treasure Island Park in Troy around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

WDTN reports the Troy Police and Fire Department searched for the 11-year-old girl for 30 minutes before she was found. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Troy police Capt. Joe Long says the girl had been swimming with her friends that evening. The movie “Finding Dory” had been playing at the park’s amphitheater in front of the river at the time.

Prosthetic leg helps save man gone overboard

DOYLESTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man says his prosthetic leg helped save his life after he went overboard during a fishing trip.

Adam Shannon, of Doylestown, says he was fishing on Dohner Lake Monday evening when a seat on his boat broke, sending him into the water.

Shannon’s prosthetic leg came off as he went into the lake, but it stayed in his pants. The 45-year-old was able to use his prosthetic as a floatation device after air got trapped inside.

Shannon called 911 for help, and his yelling attracted the attention of a family who lives beside the lake. Jeffrey and Matthew Krause grabbed their boat, paddled out to Shannon and tugged the man to shore.

Shannon tells the Akron Beacon Journal he doesn’t know what would’ve happened without his leg.

Ohio expands list of work credentials that students can earn

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is giving high schoolers more options for industry-recognized credentials they can earn while studying a trade before graduation.

Earning certain work credentials and passing a career-readiness evaluation is one way Ohio students can earn a diploma.

The Ohio Department of Education has added 49 more possible credentials for the upcoming school year, putting the total list at over 250. ODE says Ohio businesses provided input about the additional credentials and what skills they’re looking for in potential employees.

The new options include credentials for jobs such as logistics technicians, veterinary assistants and forklift operators.

A department spokeswoman says the credentials offered vary among districts because schools can tailor the credential offerings depending on the job skills in demand in their geographic areas.

At-risk inmates get overdose antidote when leaving Ohio jail

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeastern Ohio sheriff says inmates considered at risk of overdosing on opioids will be given overdose antidote kits when they’re released from jail under a pilot project.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office anticipates distributing about 75 naloxone kits to inmates being discharged from the jail in Canton. The program also includes training on the use of the opioid-overdose antidote upon release.

The sheriff’s office says the naloxone distribution is a new part of a larger, state-funded pilot project to determine best practices for jail systems dealing with the epidemic of drug use.

The office says inmates considered at risk of overdosing were previously encouraged to contact a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program known as Project DAWN.