OHIO NEWS


Akron school officers to carry naloxone

AKRON (AP) — Officers patrolling public middle and high schools in one of northeast Ohio’s largest cities will start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone during the coming school year.

The Akron Board of Education voted 5-1 in favor of the policy Monday. Supporters say access to the antidote, also known by the brand name Narcan, could help prevent potential drug deaths amid the opioid epidemic.

Only board member Debbie Walsh dissented. Walsh tells the Akron Beacon Journal she worries it sends the wrong message and gives people the idea that, as she puts it, “As long as there’s Narcan, we’re safe.”

School resource officers at Akron’s six high schools and nine middle schools will carry the antidote and be trained to use it. It will be stored in the schools’ health clinics.

Abortion clinic access at issue in Toledo

TOLEDO (AP) — A proposal before the city council in Toledo would make it a misdemeanor crime to obstruct access to health care facilities including the Ohio city’s only abortion clinic.

The Blade reports the proposal would create 20-foot buffer zones where people would be banned from using unwanted physical contact or threats of such action to block someone from entering or exiting.

Council President Steven Steel sponsored the measure. He says such physical contact already is unlawful but would elevate the crime based on location if the proposal passes.

The abortion clinic’s escort coordinator, Kristin Hady, says she supports the idea because protesters sometimes harass and intimidate patients and don’t respect the rules, creating safety concerns.

Pro-life advocates say the measure would limit free speech. Steel says that’s not true.

Coroner: Wrong-way driver had alcohol, pot in system

DAYTON (AP) — A coroner’s office says a driver killed when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Ohio and crashed into a tanker truck full of gasoline had alcohol and marijuana in his system.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says 30-year-old Andrew T. Brunsman, of Centerville, died from multiple blunt force injuries in the April 30 crash.

Police have said Brunsman was driving the wrong way when he collided with the truck, which exploded. The truck driver suffered a dislocated shoulder in the accident.

The explosion sent smoke and flames into the air above downtown Dayton for hours, causing damage to pavement on the highway and a fire in the storm sewer system. No other injuries were reported

A third vehicle was damaged by debris from the crash.

Help needed to ID woman’s remains

CLEVELAND (AP) — A medical examiner is seeking the public’s help to identify a woman whose remains were found in a bag last year in a vacant field in Cleveland.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a release Monday that the remains found Oct. 17 were those of a woman who had been shot in the head. Her death was ruled a homicide.

The release describes the woman as a white female in her 30s or 40s, about 5-feet 4-inches to 5-feet 6-inches tall. The release also says she was wearing medium-size gray boxer shorts or pajama bottoms and appeared to have been dead for weeks before the bag was found.

The medical examiner’s office asks anyone with a missing relative who fits the description to contact them immediately.

Cleveland diocese has new leader

CLEVELAND (AP) — An auxiliary bishop from New York will become the next bishop in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

The diocese says Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Nelson Perez was announced Tuesday by the Vatican’s emissary in Washington. He will be installed Sept. 5 in Cleveland.

The 56-year-old Miami native has served on Long Island for the past five years as auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, New York. He previously worked in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The previous leader of the Cleveland diocese, Bishop Richard Lennon, retired in December, citing health concerns. Toledo Bishop Daniel Thomas has led the northeast Ohio diocese in the meantime and is slated to continue doing so until September.

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