Ohio News Briefs

Sheriff: Ohio EMT killed after vehicle strikes ambulance

KENTON, Ohio (AP) — A county sheriff in central Ohio says an emergency medical technician has been killed after a motorist failed to yield and struck an ambulance.

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart says in a statement that Saturday’s crash killed Krista McDonald and seriously injured EMT Peggy Eastman and a passenger in the other vehicle.

McDonald and Eastman worked for the private Southeastern Hardin Ambulance District

Everhart says McDonald was driving on State Route 292 when a car driven by a Belle Center woman failed to yield. McDonald and Eastman were ejected from the ambulance. McDonald died at the scene.

Eastman and a passenger in the other vehicle were flown to Columbus with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle and a child passenger were taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Ohio soccer fields in use after city caps contaminated soil

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Youth soccer fields at a Columbus park are once again in use after the city spent more than $2 million to place a cap over soil contaminated with arsenic and other toxins.

The Columbus Dispatch reports teams from the Kids Inner-City Developmental Soccer league returned to the park in September for the first time since 2013. The newspaper reported then that play on the contaminated fields continued despite a 2012 report about contamination.

The city has since spent $2.3 million to cap the contamination with 2 ½ feet (0.6 meters) of soil and a grass covering.

A fertilizer manufacturer that closed in 1970 is suspected of having contaminated the park and neighborhood.

Testing in 2014 found high levels of arsenic and other toxins at eight nearby homes.

Ohio sheriff’s deputy resigns after racial slur accusation

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being accused of using a racial slur at a Columbus bar.

Erie County deputy Justin Smith submitted his resignation letter Thursday after being placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 5.

Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said Smith was attending narcotics training in Columbus when he became intoxicated on Oct. 2 and used a racial slur while referring to a Sandusky-area attorney in front of co-workers at a bar.

Sigsworth said Smith resigned rather than face the possibility of being fired. Smith worked 13 years as an Erie County deputy and corrections officer.

Smith wrote in his resignation letter that he always “looked forward to coming to work” so he could serve community members “no matter the race, ethnicity, religion or social economic status.”

Ex-Ohio college police officer found guilty of sex charge

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A former police officer at Miami University in southwest Ohio has been found guilty of gross sexual imposition.

Thirty-six-year-old Dustin Young, of Trenton, also was found guilty of one count of abduction Friday at the end of a bench trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court. The judge acquitted him of another abduction count and one count of kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Young pulled a female co-worker onto his lap and pinned her against a locker on two occasions between August and November 2016. He was placed on leave last November and resigned in January after a 15-year career.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

Young’s attorney couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Sunday.