Ohio News Notebook

By Associated Press

Toddler hospitalized after suspected overdose

DAYTON — Police say a 2-year-old girl has been hospitalized in Ohio after a suspected opioid overdose.

First responders were called to a home in Dayton around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of an unconscious child. The child was rushed to a hospital where she is reported in serious condition.

Dayton Police Lt. Steven Bauer says with the opioid epidemic in its height, there is reason to suspect the child suffered an overdose.

Bauer says the child was with a baby sitter at the time of the emergency.

Police are currently searching for the child’s mother, saying they know who she is.

Cincy cops rebuke critics over role in shooting case

CINCINNATI — Police in Cincinnati are expressing displeasure over criticism of their role in the case of a University of Cincinnati officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist.

Fraternal Order of Police local president Dan Hils says members have voted against participating in updating a long-standing agreement on reforms to improve community policing and transparency.

Hils says members are “extremely disappointed” by criticism from two participants in the collaborative effort of a police investigator who testified that Ray Tensing’s shooting of Sam DuBose could be justified.

Murder charges against Tensing were dismissed Monday after two hung juries.

The FOP also took a “no confidence” vote in the county prosecutor following prosecution criticism of the police investigation. Prosecutor Joe Deters responded Tuesday that he has “full confidence” in Cincinnati police.

Cleveland lead-safe plan excludes owner-occupied homes

CLEVELAND — A councilman who wants to require that Cleveland homes now over 40 years old be certified as safe from lead hazards says he’ll exclude owner-occupied homes from his proposal after hearing residents’ feedback.

Councilman Jeff Johnson initially told The Plain Dealer he’ll propose the city start requiring old homes, childcare centers and schools to be certified, in an effort to help address Cleveland’s child lead-poisoning problem.

Johnson says he’s adjusting that because a slew of residents raised concerns about whether some homeowners could afford to pay several hundred dollars for lead hazard assessments that would be required. Johnson says the proposal he plans to introduce next month still would apply to rental homes and apartments.

He says he’ll also propose creating a fund to help pay for such assessments.

Driver in serious condition after being shot on I-75

CINCINNATI — Police say a driver has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was shot on an Ohio highway.

Police say the shooting happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday on a ramp from the Sixth Street Expressway to southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Cincinnati.

The bullet shattered the driver’s side window and hit the driver, causing the victim’s car to crash into another vehicle. Police say no one else was seriously injured.

Officials say they do not know the cause of the shooting. The Cincinnati Police Department says they are treating the shooting as a homicide investigation.

Police union president injured in crash

CLEVELAND — Officials say Cleveland’s police union president has been hospitalized following a two-car crash.

Police say the crash happened around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at a Cleveland intersection. A police spokesman says Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis was hospitalized with injuries that aren’t life-threatening.

It is unclear if anyone else was injured in the crash.


By Associated Press