Ohio News Notebook


Teen jailed for taking loaded gun to school

SIDNEY — A 14-year-old boy has been jailed after a loaded handgun was found in his backpack at a central Ohio high school.

The gun was found during a search of bags inside a classroom Tuesday at Sidney High School after a girl told a teacher about a text message chain that said a ninth-grader had showed other students a gun.

School officials pinpointed a classroom where they believed the gun was, told students to leave and found the weapon.

The Sidney schools superintendent says no threats were made. He said the teen claimed that he’d forgotten the gun was in his backpack.

Slain Lyft driver was saving for wedding

CLEVELAND — The fiancee of a Lyft driver fatally shot in Cleveland says he was trying to earn extra money to pay for their dream wedding.

Cleveland.com reports Tyra Ford says she and 32-year-old Mourice Foster got engaged in March and were planning an outdoor wedding next July.

Foster was fatally shot and a 31-year-old female passenger was wounded early Monday when someone fired 10 rounds at his car as he dropped off the woman. Foster was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was shot in the arm and is recovering.

Police say a man arrested Monday is no longer a suspect.

Cleveland.com reports Foster worked in a factory and had four children ranging in age from 3 to 13.

Ford says she and Foster began dating two years ago.

Coroner rules toddler’s death a homicide

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS — The death of a 15-month-old girl near Cleveland has been ruled a homicide.

A medical examiner said Tuesday that Morgan Dillard suffered blunt impact injuries to the head and abdomen, including a fractured skull. The girl was found unresponsive Saturday morning at a Warrensville Heights home and died later that day at a hospital.

The girl’s mother, La’Shea Mitchell, says the child was being watched by a family member.

No charges have been announced. Police and prosecutors continue to investigate.

Lawmaker wants probe of justice’s job request for son

COLUMBUS — A lawmaker wants an investigation after a county prosecutor hired the son of an Ohio Supreme Court justice at the justice’s request.

State Sen. Cecil Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat, asked the court’s investigatory arm earlier this month to look into the request by Justice Pat DeWine in April.

DeWine said he “would really appreciate it” if Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters found a place for his son in the prosecutor’s summer internship program.

DeWine, a Republican, is also the son of Attorney General Mike DeWine. Deters, also a Republican, granted Pat DeWine’s request.

Thomas says DeWine improperly requested a favor from someone whose cases come before the court.

Messages seeking comment were left with Deters and Pat DeWine.

Mail carrier rescues injured elderly widow

MASSILLON — A mail carrier credited with rescuing an injured elderly widow lying helpless in her home says he knew something was amiss when the woman’s porch door wasn’t unlocked as usual for two straight days.

Donnie Lance tells The Independent in Massillon that he knew the woman lives alone, so he found a window to peek through and saw her on the floor, conscious but suffering from a broken hip and dehydration. She had fallen in the yard and pulled herself to the house but then could only manage to wait for help, perhaps for more than a day.

Once paramedics arrived, Lance continued with his delivery route. His colleagues learned about it later, when a thank-you note was sent by the woman’s pastor, who says she’s in rehabilitative care.

Judge: Student accused of sex assault can return to college

OXFORD — A federal judge has ruled a student barred from Miami University because of a sexual assault accusation can return to class.

The student is suing Miami University in Oxford, claiming he was falsely accused and Miami denied him due process in its investigation that resulted in his two-year ban. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the judge recently ruled the student can return to class while his lawsuit continues.

The attorney for the student identified as John Doe in court documents says they’re pleased the court recognized the student’s “right to fair notice and confront his accusers.”

Miami University officials weren’t sure Tuesday if they will appeal the ruling.

A university spokeswoman says Miami is committed to a fair and impartial judicial process and “denies any bias in that process.”

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