Ohio News Briefs


Ohio jobless rate rises slight in May from previous month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June from the previous month and remains higher than the national rate.

The state unemployment rate rose from 4.9 percent in May to 5 percent last month. Ohio’s unemployment rate in June 2016 was 4.9 percent.

The national rate was 4.4 percent in June compared with 4.3 percent the previous month.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 11,500 from May to June.

There were job gains last month in sectors that include manufacturing; construction; financial activities; trade transportation and utilities; health and education services; and other services. Those gains exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality; information; and professional and business services sectors.

Hogs removed from fair for slaughter after swine flu found

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say nearly 50 hogs at another county fair in Ohio were removed for slaughter after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the hogs were removed from the Franklin County fair on Wednesday for slaughter. The Franklin County Agricultural Society said Thursday that livestock areas have been disinfected and no swine flu was present on the fairgrounds.

State officials last week ordered 300 hogs slaughtered after the discovery of at least two swine flu cases at the Clinton County Fair.

Agriculture Department spokesman Mark Bruce told The Columbus Dispatch the two incidents weren’t related and involved different strains of influenza. He said viruses have an easier time infecting the animals when the weather is hot and humid.

18-year-old arrested after baby remains found

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old woman after human remains, possibly of a stillborn baby, were found in Ohio.

The woman has been charged with one count of reckless homicide following her arrest Thursday night.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office Lt. John Faine says remains were recovered at a Carlisle home July 14. Faine says the remains may have been at the site 10 to 12 weeks.

An investigator with the Warren County Coroner’s Office says authorities have returned to the scene to obtain samples to determine if it was a live or stillborn birth.

Faine says the case is still under investigation.

Ohio woman says police responded to 911 call hours late

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple who called 911 after a bullet shattered their kitchen window says emergency dispatchers told them police were too busy to respond.

Desiree Miles says the bullet came through the window at their Canton home around 11 p.m. Wednesday. She says her husband first called 911 at 11:10 p.m., and they were told officers would be there soon.

Miles called again around 11:45 p.m., 12:25 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. By the last call, she says dispatchers told her not to call again unless it was a “life or death emergency.”

She tells WEWS-TV police finally arrived around noon Thursday.

The Canton Chief of Police says they have spoken with the Mileses and they will “investigate this matter fully.”

Ohio man charged in Akron pizza shop slaying

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man imprisoned for robbery has been identified by police as the suspect in the 2015 fatal shooting of an Akron pizza shop employee.

Court records show 23-year-old Shaquille Anderson was charged Thursday with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault in Akron Municipal Court.

Authorities say Anderson killed 21-year-old Zak Husein, a University of Akron international business student, during a robbery in December 2015.

Surveillance video from inside the store showed a man wearing a mask demand money and shoot Husein before fleeing with the cash.

Akron police sought the assistance of the FBI in early 2016 to help solve the slaying. The FBI provided an enhanced copy of the surveillance video.

An Akron police captain says an “accumulation of evidence” led investigators to Anderson.

Arrest warrants issued for 2 men in fatal home invasion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police are searching for two men suspected of fatally shooting two occupants of a Columbus apartment during a home invasion that lasted nearly 10 hours.

Records show aggravated murder warrants were issued Wednesday for 35-year-old Desmond Webster and 22-year-old Julius Anderson, both of Columbus. They are suspects in the slayings early Wednesday of 19-year-old Abdul Cadir Ali Yussef and 26-year-old Mohamed Ali Mohamed.

A third occupant of the apartment was treated after being pistol-whipped and a 27-year-old woman who lived in the apartment below the home invasion was hospitalized with gunshot wounds from bullets fired through her ceiling. Another man in the apartment escaped by jumping out a second-floor window.

Police have told The Columbus Dispatch it’s unclear what prompted the home invasion or the shootings.