Ohio News Briefs

Ohio city not liable for foliage growing near stop sign

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled against a woman suing an Ohio city over foliage growing in front of a stop sign that she says caused her to have an accident.

At issue is a 2013 crash in Campbell in northeastern Ohio in which the woman didn’t see the sign because of foliage growing 34 feet in front of it.

The woman’s personal injury lawsuit said the accident was caused by the city’s failure to maintain the so-called “devil strip” of grass between the street and sidewalk to ensure the sign was visible to approaching traffic.

The city argued the stop sign itself was not obstructed and it hadn’t been notified about the foliage.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-2 in favor of the city.

Former OSU football player arrested for assaulting officer

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State University offensive linesman has been charged with felony assault of a police officer.

Charges against 33-year-old Kirk Barton were filed Monday after his arrest outside the Bogey Bar & Grill in Dublin.

Police say Barton was at the bar Friday when management asked deputies to remove him because the 6-foot-6-inch man was intoxicated, stumbling and knocking people over due to his size.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s office says deputies escorted Barton to a taxi van without incident, but the man couldn’t provide his address.

Police retrieved his license, and officers and the taxi driver where trying to determine the address when police say Barton slammed the van’s sliding door on a deputy’s arm.

It is unclear whether the deputy suffered any injuries.

Ohio driver charged in crash that killed her 2 kids, brother

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A driver has been charged in a crash that killed her two young children and her brother after she went the wrong way on an Ohio interstate connector.

Twenty-five-year-old Kanosha Bason, of Warren, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the Feb. 23 collision on state Route 711. The vehicle she was driving collided head-on with a tractor-trailer hauling steel beams.

Prosecutors say tests showed Bason had alcohol, marijuana and cocaine in her system at the time.

Youngstown Municipal Court records listed no attorney for Bason as of Monday.

Police say the crash killed 7-year-old Noreyion Bason, 5-year-old Nialaisha Bason and 32-year-old Cedrick Lyons. Kanosha Bason also was hospitalized after the crash. The 53-year-old truck driver was treated for minor injuries.

Big Boy is back in downtown Cincinnati as Frisch’s returns

CINCINNATI (AP) — A popular Cincinnati restaurant chain will make its return to the city’s downtown this week.

Frisch’s will open its Carey Tower location to the public Wednesday. It closed its last downtown Cincinnati restaurant in 2004.

Frisch’s return comes during a surge of economic growth over the past decade in the downtown area.

Atlanta-based private equity firm NRD Capital bought the chain from its family ownership in 2015. Long an iconic Cincinnati brand, Frisch’s has the Big Boy trademark in the region and operates restaurants in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

The Big Boy trademark also is used by Big Boy Restaurants International and was previously used by many regional chains.

National Air Force museum in Ohio marks D-Day anniversary

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force plans to mark the D-Day anniversary with an opportunity for visitors to talk with aviation experts about World War II aircraft such as the B-25 and B-24 bombers and the P-61 fighter plane.

The “Plane Talks” program Wednesday includes a civilian, Alexandra Moore, who lived in Portsmouth, England, in 1944 and will discuss seeing the German Luftwaffe attack her city. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions of the experts while viewing exhibits at the museum near Dayton, Ohio.

D-Day refers to the June 6, 1944, landing of Allied troops in France to begin the liberation from Nazi occupation, leading to the end of the war in Europe in May 1945.

Lawsuit claims man cannot leave jail after posting bond

CINCINNATI (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Ohio claims that at least 13 people who have posted bond are still in jail because the county ran out of monitoring units.

WCPO-TV reports Rozell Martin filed his lawsuit against Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and the Hamilton County Commission Friday.

The lawsuit says Martin has posted bond, but he is required by a judge’s order to wear an electronic monitoring unit and all of the units are currently in use.

According to the lawsuit, the sheriff’s office has told Martin’s family that he is 13th on the waiting list.

Attorney Carl Lewis says it’s “unconstitutional, and it’s illegal” that Martin has to remain in jail.

Officials with the sheriff’s office and the county have not responded to requests for comment.

Officials send alert to southern states seeking female’s ID

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office and a county sheriff have sent an alert to authorities in six southern states in an attempt to identify a female believed to have been slain by a convicted serial killer.

The Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday said Shawn Grate confessed to killing a female in Marion County in 2004 or 2005. Her body was found in 2007. The female’s age has been estimated at between 15 and 30 years old.

An isotope analysis of the female’s bones by the University of South Florida show she was likely born in one of the states receiving the alert, which include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The 41-year-old Grate was sentenced to death last week for killing two women in Ohio’s Ashland County.

Prosecutor: Man pushed slain niece into line of fire

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prosecutor in Ohio says a man pushed his niece into the line of fire to save himself during a shootout that killed the 21-year-old woman.

An assistant Hamilton County prosecutor at a court hearing Tuesday described how Diamond Green was fatally shot.

The uncle, 34-year-old Johnathan Green, and the man he’s accused of engaging in a shootout with, 36-year-old Taureen Rice, were both wounded during the shootout Monday morning in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

The prosecutor said Johnathan Green was still shooting at Rice when he pushed his niece.

Both men have been charged with murder and felonious assault. Attorneys for the men asked for reasonable bonds at Tuesday’s hearing with the judge setting bail at $1 million.