Is tech answer to opioid crisis?
DUBLIN — Ohio has launched its $8 million effort to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis.
The state is pitching the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge as global in scope. It is similar in its mission to an effort the NFL used to generate new ideas to address concussions.
Officials said Wednesday the effort will roll out in three stages, the idea, challenge and product phases. The deadline for the idea phase is Dec. 15.
Officials emphasize that private citizens and scientific and technological experts can participate by going to a website where ideas can be submitted.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently called for Ohio Third Frontier funding to increase the speed of scientific and technological breakthroughs that could help solve the U.S. opioid problem.
Alleged killer faces new drug count
DAYTON — A 19-year-old Ohio man who prosecutors say caused the death of his 14-year-old half sister is facing a new charge on top of his murder indictment.
The Dayton Daily News reports Jason Tidwell was indicted last week on a methamphetamine possession charge.
The Dayton resident was previously charged with murder, tampering with evidence and felonious assault following the death of his half sister, Mackenna Kronenberger, and pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say Tidwell and 18-year-old Dylan Angel were fighting outside Kronenberger’s home on July 5, when gunshots rang out. One shot entered the girl’s home, killing her.
Angel was detained after the shooting but wasn’t indicted.
Tidwell’s trial on the original charges is scheduled for Dec. 11. His attorney didn’t return telephone messages seeking comment Wednesday.
Missing man found dead
COLUMBUS — Authorities say a man reported missing has been found dead.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says the man went out Tuesday to set up a deer stand, but he never returned.
Officials say the man’s body was found early Wednesday morning.
The man has been identified as in his 50s, but his name has not been released.
The sheriff’s office has not released the cause or manner of death.
County settles lawsuit with ex-inmate
DAYTON — A former inmate who sued the Montgomery County Jail alleging a male corrections officer took her to the floor after she asked for milk instead of juice at breakfast has reached a settlement with county officials.
The Dayton Daily News reports Montgomery County officials and Marsha Pate-Strickland’s attorney confirmed a settlement in the federal lawsuit.
Security camera video of the 2015 confrontation showed the 60-year-old woman and the officer talking before she pulls away and he grabs her by the arm, taking her to the floor.
The lawsuit also alleges a jail nurse refused to send Pate-Strickland to a hospital, and it says Pate-Strickland was diagnosed with a neck fracture after her release from jail.
The financial terms of the agreement weren’t immediately released.