Ohio News Briefs


2 Ohio adults charged after children found in U-Haul truck

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two adults have been charged with child endangering in Ohio after they were seen putting five children into the cargo area of a U-Haul truck.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports 25-year-old Jamie Adkins and 55-year-old Brian Dekam, of Cleveland, were arrested Wednesday in Elyria, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of downtown Cleveland. Adkins told police she and Dekam had been caring for the children for several weeks and the children’s mother knew they were being transported in the U-Haul from Cleveland to Elyria.

Police say the children, who range in age from 2 to 15, were infested with fleas, bedbugs and lice. The 2-year-old was hospitalized for heat exhaustion. The other four children are now in foster care.

Records don’t indicate whether Adkins and Dekam have attorneys.

Ohio man sent to prison for slaying over parking space

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to prison for a slaying that authorities say occurred two months after an argument over a parking space.

The Blade reports 24-four-year-old Philando Hudson, of Toledo, received 14 years Wednesday as part of a plea bargain with Lucas County prosecutors. Hudson entered an Alford plea last month to an involuntary manslaughter charge, which means he doesn’t admit to guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict him.

Hudson was indicted on an aggravated murder charge in the weeks after the Jan. 2 slaying.

Prosecutors say Hudson pulled up alongside a car and shot 26-year-old Effram Smith six times in front of Smith’s girlfriend and 10-year-old stepdaughter.

The sentencing judge told Hudson the shooting was “about nothing.”

Hudson’s attorney declined to comment on Friday.

Police: Man killed by SWAT team during search

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a man was shot and killed by a SWAT team as they were searching a home.

A spokesman for the Allen County sheriff said the shooting happened Thursday morning in Lima as an Allen County SWAT team and the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force were conducting a search.

Police did not identify the man who was killed.

Two officers from the sheriff’s office have been placed on leave. Their names were not released.

The shooting is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Wood County Sheriff’s office.

Grand jury declines to indict officer who killed Emirati man

HUDSON, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict an Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed United Arab Emirates citizen last year.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday that Hudson police officer Ryan Doran will not face criminal charges.

Police say Doran shot and killed 26-year-old Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri on Dec. 4. Authorities say Doran shot Alameri five times amid a struggle after the Case Western Reserve University law student fled the scene of a crash.

The UAE embassy in Washington said it is disappointed with decision and is exploring “additional legal options” with Alameri’s family.

Doran was on paid leave during the investigation.

Sheriff’s records: Inmate hanged himself in county jail cell

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Sheriff’s records say an inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to his cell door at a county jail in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office records say officers found the 19-year-old inmate in his cell around 5 p.m. Wednesday and weren’t able to revive him. A sheriff’s report stated that paramedics then arrived at the jail and pronounced the inmate dead shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the inmate’s name pending notification of relatives.

The sheriff’s office has said it would not release any other information about the death until the investigation was completed.

The newspaper reports that a county prosecutor’s spokesman said it appeared the man was in jail in connection with a misdemeanor assault case.

Ex-councilwoman convicted in bribery case gets 5 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a former county councilwoman found guilty of accepting bribes in exchange for trying to influence court proceedings and investigations in Ohio has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A federal prosecutor’s office says 58-year-old Tamela Lee, of Akron, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. A jury earlier found the former Summit County councilwoman guilty on charges including conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents.

Prosecutors alleged Lee took cash, home improvements and other services from Akron-area businessmen for helping obtain a bond for one of the businessmen’s criminal charges and helping cut through governmental red tape.

The defense argued Lee innocently sought help from friends.

Lee’s attorney declined to comment Thursday.