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Deputy who shot photographer back to work

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy has returned to work after being placed on paid administrative leave for shooting a newspaper photographer when he mistook a camera for a gun.

The Springfield News-Sun reports 25-year-old Clark County deputy Jacob Shaw has been assigned to the county jail after the Sept. 4 shooting of New Carlisle News photographer Andrew Grimm, who had stopped to take a photograph of a traffic stop.

The shooting continues to be investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Footage from Shaw’s body camera shows the deputy stopping a vehicle, returning to his cruiser and then opening his door and firing two shots. He’s then seen running toward Grimm and can be heard apologizing when he realized who he’d shot.

Grimm was released the next day after surgery.

Cleveland cop’s gun stolen during assault

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say an off-duty officer moonlighting as a security guard at a Taco Bell had her gun stolen during an attack by two suspects in the restaurant’s parking lot.

A department spokeswoman says the officer was in uniform escorting a customer to a vehicle on the city’s east side Thursday night when two males thought to be in their late teens assaulted her and took her city issued firearm.

Police searched the area with a K-9 after the attack but weren’t able to find the suspects.

The officer was treated for facial injuries at a hospital.

Man sought for child’s murder in custody

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man wanted on charges he raped and killed a 13-month-old girl in Ohio is in custody in Pennsylvania.

KDKA-TV reports Joshua Gurto was captured in Pittsburgh around 1:30 a.m. Friday and was taken to the Allegheny County Jail. Conneaut, Ohio, police on Facebook said they would have more details later in the day.

Aggravated murder and rape charges were filed earlier this month against the 37-year-old Gurto in the death of Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley.

On Oct. 7, police responded to a call about an unresponsive child at an apartment in Conneaut, northeast of Cleveland. The girl had blunt-force injuries to her head and body. She died at a hospital.

Ranger accused of assault is fired

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio parks district has fired a ranger accused of kicking an elderly woman and throwing her husband to the ground before placing them in handcuffs.

Summit Metro Parks Executive Director Lisa King says the ranger was fired Wednesday for violating park procedures, exceeding his authority and using excessive force.

King says the ranger followed Carl Wilson and his wife Margaret home from an Akron park after they honked their car horn at him. Carl Wilson previously said the ranger confronted him and his wife in their driveway and handcuffed them.

The couple, both in their 70s, was facing charges that included resisting arrest and obstruction of official business. Court records show the charges were dismissed Oct. 2.

Kasich recognizes schools’ green efforts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has been named the nationwide leader in building environmentally-friendly school buildings.

The U.S. Green Buildings Council recognized the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for having surpassed 300 green K-12 school buildings.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a resolution Thursday honoring the commission and its staff.

David Williamson, the commission’s executive director, says the agency first mandated environmentally friendly design techniques in state-funded K-12 projects a decade ago.

Green-certified schools are designed to be more energy efficient and reduce water consumption.

The commission oversees public school construction and renovation in Ohio along with projects by state agencies and state-supported universities and community colleges.

4th graders protest for longer trick-or-treating

BROOK PARK, Ohio (AP) — An unusually young group of protesters have taken up their cause in an Ohio city.

Fourth grade students from Brook Park Memorial Elementary School marched to City Hall Thursday for longer trick-or-treating hours. The students wanted to extend their time by 30 minutes in Brook Park, which would have trick-or-treating run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Close to 200 children signed a petition for the change and brought it to Democratic Mayor Tom Coyne. After meeting with the protesters, Coyne decided to grant their wishes.

The march was part of a lesson on government, and Coyne says he was happy to play a part.

Coyne says those wanting to make a difference and a change in their communities need to get involved.

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