Video shows officer punching resisting suspect
EUCLID — Suburban Cleveland police officials say an incident recorded on a cellphone video of a white officer repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on the pavement will be reviewed.
Euclid police has issued a statement that says the incident occurred Saturday morning after a traffic stop. Police say a 25-year-old Cleveland man ignored the officer’s orders and began resisting. The video shows a struggle lasting more than three minutes before the man is handcuffed with help from other officers.
WEWS-TV reports the video has been shared on Facebook more than 12,000 times.
The man was examined at a jail and then released after posting bond for driving under suspension and resisting arrest charges.
Euclid police say the incident was recorded on a cruiser’s dashboard camera.
Newtown Police officers to stop processing opiates
CINCINNATI — Newtown Police officers are changing the way they handle drugs after several officers had to be hospitalized because of suspected fentanyl exposure.
Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan tells WKRC-TV his officers no longer process drugs because of the dangers presented by fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid often mixed with heroin and sometimes sold and used on its own.
Synan says his officers won’t field test drugs they’ve seized or open packages.
His decision comes after Cincinnati police officers and probation officers were hospitalized after being exposed to suspected fentanyl.
Synan is a member of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition. He says his officers wear protective equipment and carry the overdose reversal drug naloxone.
He says the Hamilton County Coroner has identified through testing 10 variations of fentanyl.
Columbus pays $11,000 to euthanize 250 geese
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s capital city has paid nearly $11,000 to “humanely euthanize” 250 geese that populated a downtown river.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks obtained a state permit to have geese congregating along the Scioto River in downtown euthanized in late June.
The city paid a different service about $15,000 to scare the geese away with dogs and loud noises last year. Department spokesman Brian Hoyt says that effort didn’t work as well as officials had hoped.
Hoyt says the geese were killed this year using a procedure that puts the birds to sleep with carbon dioxide.
He says the city is working on reducing the bird’s habitat and encourages people not to feed the birds. About 50 geese remain in the area.
OSU preps for $20M airport project
COLUMBUS — Ohio State is launching a $20 million project to update the university airport in central Ohio with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Aug. 19.
The project includes construction of four new hangar buildings, an aviation education and research facility with state-of-the-art flight simulators, research labs and classrooms.
The renovation also includes an updated flight terminal. Half the funding comes from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation , which provides grants to promote and advance higher education.
The airport’s current infrastructure has remained largely unchanged for more than 50 years.
The new facility should be open in January 2019.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ohio State’s aviation education program and the 75th anniversary of its airport.
More than 500 Ohio State students pursue aviation degrees annually.
Air Force museum celebrates Orville Wright’s birthday
DAYTON — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio is offering free educational activities for families to celebrate National Aviation Day.
The event on Saturday will mark the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright, who was born in Dayton 146 years ago. Everything from the Wright Brothers’ first flight to today’s Air Force technology will be highlighted. Visitors can take part in hands-on activities such as building and flying balsa wood gliders.
There will be presentations by pilots and flight instructors about learning how to fly and the chance to use desktop simulators. There’s also a story time program for children.
The family day activities run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.