Ohio News Briefs

Reports of campus rape increase in annual Ohio State report

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual report says the number of reported on-campus rapes at Ohio State University more than doubled in 2016.

The university attributed the increase to more students living on campus and better awareness and reporting of sexual assaults.

Kellie Brennan, director of the university’s compliance office, tells The Columbus Dispatch the increase was expected because of work being done to boost reporting.

The federally mandated review published last week said 61 rapes were reported in 2016 compared with 25 in 2015 and 20 the year before that.

The university’s most recent campus climate survey found 1 in 5 female undergrads have experienced nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force or incapacitation.

Freedom Center lecture to focus on Ohio native US Grant

CINCINNATI (AP) — The heroism of Ohio native Ulysses S. Grant as a Civil War general and U.S. president will be highlighted during a lecture at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Author and historian Ronald C. White will speak Wednesday evening in Cincinnati. White is the author of “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant.”

White’s book details how Grant was a brilliant Union Army commander in the Union Army and then a president who promoted civil rights and battled the Ku Klux Klan.

The Freedom Center’s Christopher Miller says White will discuss the challenges Grant overcame during the Civil War and his presidency.

The nation’s 18th president was born in Point Pleasant, 25 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

Southern Ohio awarded $3 million to fight opioid abuse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Department of Justice has allocated nearly $3 million to Ohio’s southern federal court district to supplement drug court programs as part of a national initiative to curb opioid abuse.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman says the Ohio Supreme Court will receive $1 million for data-supported responses to prescription drug misuse. The Justice Department has awarded about $700,000 for a family drug court reform program.

Franklin and Hamilton counties will each receive about $400,000 to support opioid abuse prevention programs.

Glassman says opioid abuse is “one of the most significant public safety and public health issues of our lifetime.” He says prevention and treatment are needed to keep communities safe.

Dayton VA renews efforts to fight veteran suicides

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials at the Dayton VA Medical Center are launching a new effort to prevent veteran suicides.

VA officials signed a pledge Thursday committing to a plan to help reduce suicides. Officials will organize a “buddy system” to identify at-risk veterans using predictive modeling while expanding suicide prevention training. The new initiative also includes partnerships with community organizations.

The VA says about 20 veterans in the U.S. commit suicide each day. Dayton VA suicide prevention coordinator Eleanor Bola says sexual trauma, stress and multiple deployments all contribute to suicidal thoughts in veterans. Bola says veterans need to know help is available.

School officials: Loud sound but no shots fired at dance

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A high school homecoming dance ended early after the sound of a table being flipped over caused some students to fear shots had been fired.

The Wayne High School Twitter page says when the table was flipped Saturday night, some students yelled “gun.” It says no gun was located.

The Dayton Daily News reports police officers from across the area rushed to the school in the Dayton suburb of Huber Heights. After determining that no suspects were inside, officers allowed students to get their belongings.