Ohio News Notebook

By Associated Press

Man killed by SWAT team during search

LIMA — Police in Allen County say a man was shot and killed by a SWAT team as they were searching a home.

A spokesman for the Allen County sheriff said the shooting happened Thursday morning in Lima as an Allen County SWAT team and the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force were conducting a search.

Police did not identify the man who was killed.

Two officers from the sheriff’s office have been placed on leave. Their names were not released.

The shooting is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Wood County Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff: Inmate hanged himself in county jail cell

DAYTON — Sheriff’s records say an inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to his cell door at a county jail in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office records say officers found the 19-year-old inmate in his cell around 5 p.m. Wednesday and weren’t able to revive him. A sheriff’s report stated that paramedics then arrived at the jail and pronounced the inmate dead shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the inmate’s name pending notification of relatives.

The sheriff’s office has said it would not release any other information about the death until the investigation was completed.

The newspaper reports that a county prosecutor’s spokesman said it appeared the man was in jail in connection with a misdemeanor assault case.

No indictment for officer who killed UAE man

HUDSON — A grand jury has declined to indict an Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed United Arab Emirates citizen last year.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday that Hudson police officer Ryan Doran will not face criminal charges.

Police say Doran shot and killed 26-year-old Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri on Dec. 4. Authorities say Doran shot Alameri five times during a struggle after the Case Western Reserve University law student fled the scene of a crash.

The UAE embassy in Washington says it’s disappointed with the decision and is exploring “additional legal options” with Alameri’s family.

Doran was on paid leave during the investigation.

Man imprisoned for killing over parking space

TOLEDO — A man has been sentenced to prison for a slaying that authorities say occurred two months after an argument over a parking space.

The Blade reports 24-four-year-old Philando Hudson, of Toledo, received 14 years Wednesday as part of a plea bargain with Lucas County prosecutors. Hudson entered an Alford plea last month to an involuntary manslaughter charge, which means he doesn’t admit to guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict him.

Hudson was indicted on an aggravated murder charge in the weeks after the Jan. 2 slaying.

Prosecutors say Hudson pulled up alongside a car and shot 26-year-old Effram Smith six times in front of Smith’s girlfriend and 10-year-old stepdaughter.

The sentencing judge told Hudson the shooting was “about nothing.”

Hudson’s attorney declined to comment on Friday.

Ex-councilwoman gets 5 years in prison

CLEVELAND — Federal authorities say a former county councilwoman found guilty of accepting bribes in exchange for trying to influence court proceedings and investigations in Ohio has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A federal prosecutor’s office says 58-year-old Tamela Lee, of Akron, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. A jury earlier found the former Summit County councilwoman guilty on charges including conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents.

Prosecutors alleged Lee took cash, home improvements and other services from Akron-area businessmen for helping obtain a bond for one of the businessmen’s criminal charges and helping cut through governmental red tape.

The defense argued Lee innocently sought help from friends.

Lee’s attorney declined to comment Thursday.

Grandfather’s anti-drug campaign draws support

HAMILTON — A grandfather’s effort to deter drug sales in his Ohio neighborhood is drawing support from local residents.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports a rally to show solidarity against drug activity and support for 69-year-old Dennis Matheny’s efforts is set for Saturday in Hamilton, north of Cincinnati.

Matheny has been posting a sign that say “No Drugs Today” on his street.

Matheny’s granddaughter, 27-year-old Sarah Houston, says local pizza shops have offered food and sign companies are offering to make custom signs with Matheny’s slogan. Houston says her grandfather plans to meet with police next week about the city’s drug problem.

Hamilton’s police chief has commended residents for standing up against drug use and their willingness to work with police to address the problem.


By Associated Press