Ohio News Notebook


Boy dies after being crushed

RUSHSYLVANIA — Authorities in western Ohio say an 18-month-old boy died after being crushed between a lawn mower and a pickup truck over the weekend.

Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds tells the Bellefontaine Examiner that the accident occurred Sunday afternoon outside a home in the village of Rushsylvania. Someone at the home reportedly had been trying to jump-start the lawnmower.

The child was rushed to a hospital but died. Investigators interviewed his relatives but didn’t immediately release the boy’s name or other details about how the accident occurred.

Akron police chief quits

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron’s mayor says the city’s police chief resigned after questions were raised about his actions in an investigation into the chief’s nephew.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Monday that Chief James Nice resigned Sunday at Horrigan’s request.

Horrigan says he was told over the weekend that there was evidence of serious misconduct by the police chief related to an ongoing investigation of his nephew. The mayor says there’s also evidence that the police chief made inappropriate contact with a city employee and made derogatory comments about police officials.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Nice’s attorney said Nice “regrets any inappropriate comments or behavior, but categorically denies any criminal conduct.” Attorney Mike Callahan says he knows little about the investigation involving Nice’s nephew.

Nice had been chief since 2011.

Man shot by Kettering police dies

KETTERING — A coroner’s office confirmed that a man shot by police in has died of his injuries.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says the body of a man shot by Kettering police on Sunday was released to them by the hospital where he had been taken for treatment.

Police declined to provide details of the shooting Sunday, but said more information would be released Monday.

The shooting was reported around 6:30 p.m. in Kettering when a report was put out of an officer in need of assistance. The call for help was canceled minutes later.

Hamilton County sheriff congratulates Arpaio

HAMILTON — An Ohio sheriff known for his controversial views on immigration enforcement and other issues is congratulating former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio on being pardoned by President Donald Trump.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones tells the Dayton Daily News that he thinks Arpaio’s prosecution and conviction for defying an order to stop racially profiling Latinos was “a political hack job.” The longtime metro Phoenix sheriff was pardoned by Trump on Friday in an immigration case.

Jones offered his congratulations in a tweet.

Like Arpaio, Jones has spoken in support of Trump. Jones also has suggested that local law enforcement should have more power to enforce immigration law, and he volunteered his department for a program that trains and deputizes local officers to enforce such federal law.

Macaw found after escape from zoo

POWELL — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says a macaw that flew away from an open-air exhibit area was safely recaptured after people spotted the bright yellow and blue bird near a golf club a few miles away.

Milo the macaw typically flies between handlers at the Columbus Zoo but took off on a gust of wind on Thursday.

The zoo asked people in the area to call if they spotted the 8-year-old bird, and they did. The zoo says it got multiple calls from the same area in Powell on Sunday, and staff recaptured Milo when one of his favorite people called to him and he flew to her.

Zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters tells The Columbus Dispatch that the macaw seems to be in good health after his adventure.

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