Ohio News Briefs

Ex-plant managers charged with cover-up in fatal accident

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two former Ohio aluminum plant managers have been indicted federally for allegedly conspiring to cover up previous safety concerns during an investigation into an accident that killed one worker and seriously injured another.

An indictment filed Tuesday charges Brian Carder and Paul Love, managers at Extrudex Aluminum outside of Youngstown, with conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction and false statements.

Prosecutors allege the men were aware of potential dangers regarding a conveyor system used to move racks in and out of an oven and pressured employees to provide false statements to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator after racks toppled over on workers in October 2012.

A message was left with Carder’s attorney. Court records don’t indicate who Love’s attorney is.

The company says it’s cooperating with the investigation.

Ohio village says speeding tickets issued since ‘13 invalid

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio village police chief says speeding tickets issued since 2013 are “unlawful” because the department failed to renew a Federal Communications Commission license that’s required for calibrating radar guns.

The Newark Advocate reports Buckeye Lake Police Chief Vicki Wardlow told the Village Council about the problem Monday. She says she recently received a complaint from a resident who asked why she and the village’s other officer haven’t been ticketing motorists.

It’s not clear how many speeding citations have been written since 2013 or whether motorists ticketed since then have any recourse. Wardlow didn’t return messages seeking comment.

Wardlow says an FCC license will cost $840. She became police chief in July.

Buckeye Lake is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Columbus.

Officials hold groundbreaking ceremony for sports complex

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — City officials in Ohio were present for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a planned sports complex that will be one of the largest in the world when it is completed in 2021.

Hamilton has committed $26 million of the $144 million it will take to transform the deserted Champion paper mill into the Spooky Nook Sports complex. Spooky Nook founder Sam Beiler says the mega complex could be used to host multiple types of events, from sports tournaments to weddings.

The company’s name comes from the Spooky Nook Road location of its first mega project in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

City officials say the complex will contain the Greater Cincinnati area’s second largest convention space once completed.

Police: Mom who put plastic bag over son’s head arrested

ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio woman whose son told her he was going to kill himself said she would do it for him before placing a plastic trash bag over his head and pulling the drawstrings.

The Repository in Canton reports a 36-year-old Alliance woman was charged with attempted murder after Alliance police were called to her northeast Ohio home Sunday to investigate a domestic violence report. Stark County jail records show the young man, whose age wasn’t available, was able to tear open the bag to breathe.

Court records say the woman confronted him over alleged theft or abuse of medication. The records say another family member had to intervene and the woman later said “she was upset and out of control.”

Court records don’t show an attorney for her.