Ohio News Notebook

By Associated Press

Fulton Co. deputy wounded in shooting

LYONS — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy pursuing a stolen vehicle was shot and wounded in northwest Ohio, leading to a search for a suspect near the Michigan state line.

The Fulton County sheriff says one of his deputies was shot Monday night after trying to pull over the vehicle in the village of Lyons, roughly 25 miles west of Toledo.

Sheriff Roy Miller tells WTOL-TV that the driver and a passenger fled the vehicle, and someone fired at the deputy. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

Ohio troopers joined authorities from three counties to search for an 18-year-old driver suspected in the shooting but didn’t immediately find him. The passenger was taken into custody.

Ex-convention head pleads to child porn counts

HILLSBORO — A former convention bureau director in southwest Ohio has pleaded guilty to two child pornography charges.

Federal court records show that Robert Lambert appeared Monday before U.S. District Judge Susan Dlottto change his plea from not guilty. Terms of a plea agreement weren’t made public immediately. His trial had been set to begin Aug. 7.

He was indicted on four federal charges after his arrest last year in Hillsboro on charges involving sexual material depicting minors.

Dlott allowed Lambert to remain free during presentencing investigation with conditions such as not contacting witnesses. Attorney William Butler said Monday it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment, pending sentencing.

Lambert was fired from the Highland County Convention and Visitors Bureau last year.

Man gets 17 years for shootout that killed child

DAYTON — A man convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a shootout that killed a 1-year-old boy has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Montgomery County’s prosecutor says 27-year-old Isaiah Smith was sentenced Monday for his part in the January 2016 shootout in Dayton that killed Elijah Johnson and injured a woman. The Dayton man also was found guilty of aggravated robbery and weapons charges.

A message left at Smith’s attorney’s office wasn’t immediately returned.

Prosecutors say co-defendants Isaiah Smith and Shawn Smith Jr. both fired guns in the shootout.

Shawn Smith Jr. was convicted earlier of murder and other charges and sentenced to 37 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors had said the shooting developed after Shawn Smith Jr. went looking for a man who robbed him.

Uniontown police fficer released from hospital

AKRON — A police officer who was shot four times while responding to a domestic violence call last month has been released from the hospital.

At a news conference Monday, Uniontown police Sgt. David White thanked the doctors and nurses who treated him at Summa Health in Akron.

The 25-year police veteran was shot July 9 while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in Uniontown. Police say Ryan Probst opened fire as officers arrived, hitting White four times. Another officer returned fire, killing Probst.

The Stark County sheriff says Probst had a history of confrontations with police.

White will undergo extensive physical therapy and is not expected to return to duty for at least eight months.

Awards stolen from Armstrong Museum

WAPAKONETA — An Ohio police chief says a rare, solid-gold replica of the lunar space module wasn’t the only item stolen from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum over the weekend.

Wapakoneta Chief Russel Hunlock says award medals and presentation coins also disappeared from the same museum display case in late astronaut Neil Armstrong’s hometown.

Police responded to an alarm late Friday and discovered someone took the gold replica, which is less than a foot high. Hunlock says evidence indicates multiple people were involved.

A retired NASA agent who previously helped recover valuable stolen moon rocks has said he suspects the thief in this case intends to melt down the replica for the value of the gold rather than trying to sell the collectible.

The FBI is helping with the investigation.


By Associated Press