Ohio News Notebook


Ohio man charged in Virginia fights extradition

CINCINNATI — An 18-year-old Ohio man charged in connection to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is fighting extradition to Virginia.

Daniel Borden, of suburban Cincinnati, appeared by video Tuesday and declined to waive extradition. Hamilton County Magistrate Michael Bachman set bond at $100,000 and scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing.

Borden was arrested recently on a charge of malicious wounding.

Attorney Greg Berberich said earlier that Borden was struck in the head and tear-gassed multiple times, and he sought protection from Charlottesville police. He says Borden’s family expects him to be exonerated.

James Alex Fields Jr., of the Toledo, Ohio, area, is accused of driving a car into counterprotesters Aug. 12 and killing Heather Heyer. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

Wright State chief urges students to counter hate speech

DAYTON — The president of a university in southwest Ohio is encouraging students to anonymously report any violence and hate speech that might occur on campus.

Cheryl Schrader, president of Wright State University, sent the email message out to students at the Dayton-area school the first day of classes. It urges them to counter negative speech while being willing to engage in civil and productive conversations with people who have different points of view.

The email encourages students to report violence and hate speech through the Dayton-area university’s anonymous reporting system or the school’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Schrader says the university is opposed to discrimination in any form.

A university spokesman says the email wasn’t prompted by any campus events.

It comes weeks after a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jury declines to charge officer in shooting

CLEVELAND — An officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed driver in a Cleveland suburb.

A grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict Euclid Officer Matthew Rhodes after hearing evidence from prosecutors with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Authorities say Rhodes shot 23-year-old Luke Stewart three times after a struggle to gain control of a moving car Mar. 13 in Euclid. Rhodes was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle with another officer who wasn’t involved in the shooting.

The jury’s decision comes as activists have been criticizing Euclid police for an arrest where an officer was caught on video punching a man more than a dozen times in an August traffic stop.

The shooting and the August arrest have inflamed racial tensions in the city.

Marion man settles with state over eye injury

MARION — A man who was hit in the eye by a rock at a state park has reached a $70,000 settlement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Marion Star reports Richard Combs, of Marion, reached a settlement with the ODNR on Aug. 2. According to the agreement, the ODNR did not admit to any wrongdoing.

According to a complaint, Combs was hit in the right eye by a rock while walking in Indian State Park in Logan County in July 2011. Combs claimed his nose was fractured and his eye was permanently damaged.

Court records show the rock was thrown by a mower operated by an ODNR employee. Combs argued the park worker was negligent.

Combs has agreed not to pursue any other claims against the state.

Airport beginning $6M upgrades

HEBRON, Ky. — The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has started a modernization project that’s expected to include $6 million in upgrades to its terminal and concourses.

Airport officials say the project will be split into six phases and is scheduled to be completed by spring.

The project’s first phase includes work on the baggage claim area with upgrades to the lighting and carpeting. The ground transportation center also will receive new carpeting. The first phase is scheduled to be completed either by the end of this year or the beginning of 2018.

Other upgrades will include simplified signs at the curb front, new carpeting at the ticketing level and improvements to the vestibules near the garage tunnel.

Airport CEO Candace McGraw says the project will help provide an “unforgettably positive experience” for passengers.

Orangutan that loved ‘Price is Right’ dies

TOLEDO — An Ohio zoo is mourning the death of a 45-year-old orangutan that enjoyed interacting with children while on public view and watching recordings of football and “The Price Is Right” during private time.

The Blade newspaper reports the primate named J.J. died Saturday when the Toledo Zoo put the orangutan under anesthesia to determine whether more could be done to treat the animal’s heart disease and declining health.

J.J. was the oldest male orangutan in captivity in North America, having surpassed the typical life expectancy by a decade.

Longtime keeper Suzanne Husband says staff spoiled the aging primate with the animal’s favored foods and activities. They set a computer to play YouTube videos of J.J.’s favorite game show, but only older episodes, because the animal preferred when Bob Barker was the host.

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