Park honors Chardon HS students
CHARDON — A newly dedicated memorial park honors the three teenagers killed by a fellow student in the February 2012 shooting at Chardon High School in northeastern Ohio.
The News-Herald in nearby Willoughby reports the Chardon Living Memorial Park includes a playground, open-air fitness center and a wooded trail that are meant to reflect character traits of the three slain boys — Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr. and Danny Parmertor.
A large heart sculpture and commemorative benches also are part of the 17-acre park in Chardon, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Cleveland.
Organizers raised over $400,000 in contributions, grants and in-kind services for the project. It was dedicated Saturday with a crowd that included school representatives and emergency responders.
The shooter, T.J. Lane, is serving life in prison.
Teen killed exiting moving vehicle
AKRON — Police say a 17-year-old teenager was killed after he exited a moving car and was subsequently struck by multiple cars on an Ohio highway.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was a passenger in a car traveling south on Interstate 77 when he left the vehicle and was hit.
Authorities pronounced the boy dead at the scene around 2 a.m. Sunday. His identity has not been released.
No charges have been filed.
Police have not released the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death, and an investigation is ongoing.
Officer injured in crash
COLUMBUS — Police say an officer was hospitalized after a car struck his cruiser while he was helping a stranded motorist.
Columbus Police Sgt. Stephen Carr says in a Facebook post the crash happened shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 670.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Columbus Police Sgt. Benjamin Messerly was hospitalized with a cut on his head that required staples. It is unclear if he was inside or outside of his vehicle at the time of the crash.
Police say Messerly’s police cruiser and the vehicle that crashed into it were destroyed.
Authorities say the driver, 32-year-old Amber Marinello-Cabrera, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. The Dispatch reports she is facing an additional charge of aggravated vehicular assault.
Woman killed in head-on crash
CLEVELAND — Cleveland police say a car slammed head-on into a firetruck returning from a call, killing the car’s driver and injuring a firefighter.
Investigators say they suspect the 41-year-old female driver was speeding in a 25-mph zone on Monday, shortly after midnight, when she crossed a center line and hit the truck.
Firefighters worked to get the unidentified woman out of the mangled car, but she died at the scene.
Police didn’t immediately release details about the injured firefighter, who was taken to a local hospital.
Goodyear airship sails over 10 states
AKRON — Goodyear says the second of three semi-rigid airships replacing its original blimps has left the company’s hangar in Ohio for its permanent base in California.
Officials at the Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. say Wingfoot Two left the company’s hangar in Portage County on Sunday on its way to the hangar in Carson, California, near Los Angeles. Wingfoot Two will fly over 10 states and make tour stops before arriving in Carson by the end of the month.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the tire maker calls the new airships blimps. Purists say they look like the previous blimps and use helium, but are semi-rigid dirigibles with a fixed structure holding the balloon in place.
Goodyear says the new airships are easier to maneuver than the original ones.