Ohio News Briefs

Proposed Ohio medical pot rule bans edibles with kid appeal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed rule for Ohio’s medical marijuana program says edible products that resemble cartoon characters, superheroes or pop-culture figures should not be allowed.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that it’s among more than 100 proposed medical marijuana rules to be considered Monday by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. The oversight panel can’t approve rules but can reject them, put them on hold or allow them take effect without action.

The state has been gearing up to make medical marijuana products available by September 2018 to people with physician recommendations for 21 qualifying medical conditions.

Those patients will be able to buy 90-day supplies of marijuana products that include creams, pills, patches and plant products at 60 dispensaries allowed in the law approved by the Legislature last year.

Woman fatally shot during fight at Ohio drive-thru store

LOCKLAND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been charged with murder after fatally shooting another woman at a drive-thru store near Cincinnati.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Tiffany Smith is charged in the slaying Saturday of 32-year-old Lacy Rae King at the drive-thru in Lockland. It’s unclear whether Smith has an attorney.

The Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that King and other people in a car began arguing with people whom they knew standing inside the drive-thru. The statement says Smith struck King in the head with a gun and then shot her once in the upper body.

King was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Memphis Belle taking shape in restoration with tail gunner

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The tail gun turret of a fabled World War II bomber undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio has been re-attached.

The Memphis Belle is being restored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton before going on display next spring. The B-17F “Flying Fortress” was the first Army Air Force bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe. It arrived at the museum a dozen years ago in pieces.

The Memphis Belle and the famous Esquire magazine pinup girl painted on its nose survived six months of punishing air combat in 1942 and 1943.

The crew and plane embarked on a highly publicized tour of the U.S. to help sell war bonds after the 25 missions were completed.

Pilot of Canada-bound plane loaded with cocaine pleads

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Canadian pilot of an Ontario-bound plane that landed in southern Ohio because of engine problems with 290 pounds (132 kilograms) of cocaine onboard has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 48-year-old Sylvain Desjardins entered his plea Friday to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. A judge ordered Desjardins to remain jailed until sentencing.

Desjardins landed the twin-engine plane at Ohio University’s airport in March after an engine began smoking. The plane was met by sheriff’s deputies, university police officers and federal agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection had tracked the Windsor, Ontario-bound plane after it left the Bahamas.

Desjardins’ attorney says his client has refused to cooperate with authorities.

A passenger, 46-year-old David Ayotte, pleaded guilty to a drug charge last month.

Ohio law enforcement agencies create zones for internet buys

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Two northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies have created safety zones where people buying and selling items on the internet can meet.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Township Police Department in Summit County are following a national trend in creating safety zones after highly publicized instances of people being robbed and killed while exchanging cash for goods sold on the internet.

The sheriff’s office safety spot is in the visitor’s lot of the county jail in Akron. A large sign says the area is under surveillance and has a camera trained on that location.

Springfield Township’s safety zone is outside the police department. It’s also monitored by a surveillance camera.