Ohio News Notebook


Cop pleads not guilty to forcing sex on women

DAYTON — An Ohio man accused of abusing his authority as a police officer to force or pressure women into sex acts has pleaded not guilty to rape, kidnapping, interfering with civil rights and other charges.

Justin Sanderson’s attorney entered the not guilty pleas on Sanderson’s behalf at a hearing Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million. Sanderson, of the Dayton suburb of Huber Heights, resigned from the Phillipsburg police after being arrested last month.

Montgomery County’s prosecutor says two women allege Sanderson separately took them into custody and forced them into sex acts at the police station. The prosecutor says two more women allege Sanderson told them he was investigating prostitution and engaged in sex with them. The women told authorities they felt compelled to cooperate because he was an officer.

Dashcam video from police shooting released

KETTERING — Dashcam video from a police officer’s fatal shooting of a man during an Ohio traffic stop shows the officer warning the man in the vehicle not to reach for a gun before the officer fired.

The police cruiser video released Friday shows Kettering Officer Jonathon McCoy telling 33-year-old Jason Hoops more than a dozen times to show his hands. Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman says McCoy fired after Hoops reached toward a gun sticking out of his pocket. Two other occupants in the van are heard in the video pleading with Hoops to listen to McCoy.

The shooting occurred Sunday night. Court records show Hoops had prior felony convictions.

McCoy is on leave while the investigation continues.

Driver accused of slapping man through bus window

SHEFFIELD — Police in Ohio say an 82-year-old school bus driver is facing an assault charge for reaching out the bus window and slapping a man.

Sheffield Village police say the man had approached the bus to complain that its flashing lights were not on as students were being dropped off. Police say the driver first made a vulgar gesture and cursed at the man, then slapped him when he came closer.

The superintendent of Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools tells The Morning Journal the driver was immediately relieved of his duties as the district investigates. He said the man who was slapped had previously complained about the driver not using his flashing lights.

The driver is due in court on Sept. 6.

Ex-library worker gets probation for stealing DVDs

CLEVELAND — Prosecutors say a fired county library delivery driver in Ohio has received probation for the theft of thousands of DVDs and CDs over a 12-year period.

Cleveland.com reports 43-year-old Kelvin Shaw, of Parma, was sentenced Tuesday in Cleveland after pleading guilty in July to theft in office.

Prosecutors say Shaw took advantage of a Cuyahoga County Public Library rule that allowed employees to take home DVDs without checking them out. Shaw took home library materials but never returned them.

Investigators eventually placed a tracking device in a copy of the movie “Inferno” and then followed him to his apartment, where they found nearly 4,000 of the library’s DVDs and CDs.

Shaw apologized in court, callings his actions “stupid, lazy and dumb.”

Cleveland Clinic selects new chief executive

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic has chosen the chief executive of its branch in Abu Dhabi as the clinic’s new president and chief executive.

The health system said Friday that Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic will succeed its outgoing CEO, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, on Jan. 1.

Mihaljevic, a native of Croatia, joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as a surgeon specializing in robotically assisted heart surgeries. He has been chief executive of the hospital’s branch in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates since 2015.

The Cleveland Clinic is among Ohio’s largest employers, with about 51,000 employees. Besides its sprawling main campus in Cleveland, it also has 10 regional hospitals, outpatient sites throughout northern Ohio, and five out-of-state locations.

Retired cop steps off with college band

TOLEDO — A retired police officer with multiple college degrees has re-enrolled as a freshman at the University of Toledo for the opportunity to step off with the school’s marching band.

WNWO-TV reports 59-year-old grandmother Virginia Todd took to the field with her clarinet Thursday night for Toledo’s football season opener.

Todd spent 21 years with the Oregon Police Department outside of Toledo and is now an attorney, a coroner’s office death investigator and a full-fledged member of the Rocket Marching Band.

She says her young band mates accepted her with open arms and have helped her out as she re-learned her marching band skills after training for three months and attending a nine-day band camp.

Todd says Toledo created a special program that allowed her to re-enroll as a freshman.

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