Ohio News Briefs

1-year-old in stroller fatally hit by truck; mom badly hurt

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a truck veered off a road and plowed into a woman and the stroller she was pushing, killing her 1-year-old son and leaving the mother hospitalized in critical condition.

The medical examiner’s office says the boy, Troyonn Berger, died at the scene Monday.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the driver of the truck went off the roadway. Police say he didn’t appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the midday crash occurred.

The driver wasn’t arrested. Investigators say the facts of the case will be presented to the prosecutor’s office to determine whether a case should be pursued.

Sheriff: 3-year-old boy run over by farm equipment, dies

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff’s office says a piece of farm equipment ran over a 3-year-old boy and killed him.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says the preliminary investigation has found that the child was accidentally struck by a skid loader at a farm in Butler Township.

Sheriff’s officials say they received the call about 10:30 am. Monday, and Richland County coroner’s officials pronounced the boy dead at the scene.

Authorities say the boy lived at the residence. The Mansfield News Journal reports that coroner’s investigator Bob Ball says the boy’s father was in the skid loader at the time and says he didn’t see his son.

DNA sought to help identify 4 dead in fiery Ohio car crash

HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they’ll use DNA testing to help confirm the identities of four people killed in a fiery car crash in northeastern Ohio.

State troopers say the vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames near a driveway after a speeding driver apparently lost control Sunday evening in Stark County’s Lake Township. The Repository in Canton reports that they believe two males and two females were trapped in the vehicle as it burned.

Investigators have asked relatives of the vehicle’s owner for DNA samples to help positively identify the remains.

A witness to the crash, Emily Herron, says she saw the car speed around a bend and crash. She says her husband unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose.

Police dog collapses, dies during pursuit of child abductors

FOREST PARK, Ohio (AP) — Officials in suburban Cincinnati say a police dog died while pursuing suspects in the abduction of a 1-year-old child, who was found safe.

Green Township police say the 7-year-old male Belgian Malinois and shepherd mix named Dino collapsed Monday night while pursuing suspects who fled a vehicle.

Police say they believe the K-9’s death was due to a “medical event.” A necropsy was planned.

The dog was searching for suspects in an abduction in the northern suburb of Forest Park. Police there say a woman reported being approached by masked gunmen who took money and the child and fled in an SUV.

Police say they chased the vehicle until the men stopped, jumped out and ran, leaving the child behind.

Police say one suspect was arrested. Three others are sought.

Police: 6-month-old expected to OK after apparent overdose

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 6-month-old Ohio boy is expected to survive after apparently overdosing on an opioid.

Akron police said Monday that the boy is expected to be OK after being found unresponsive on Friday.

Police say the boy’s mother called 911 to report that he wasn’t breathing and was guided through CPR by a dispatcher. The child was revived at a hospital.

Police say the infant and a 1-year-old who also lived at the home have been placed into the county’s custody.

Investigators are awaiting the results of the boy’s toxicology tests. No charges have been filed.

Woman charged with OVI while picking up man charged with OVI

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio woman drunkenly drove to a sheriff’s office after receiving a call to pick up her boyfriend, who had already been arrested for drunken driving.

WEWS-TV reports a sergeant at the Stark County Sheriff’s Office talked to the woman by phone last week and told her that her boyfriend wanted her to pick him up. The sheriff’s office says the sergeant noticed she sounded drunk and advised her not to drive if she had been drinking.

Police say she drove to the office anyway and was given a breath test that measured her blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit.

They say she had two children, ages 5 and 9, in the car.