Ohio News Notebook

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Police: Ambulance fails to show, woman dies

EAST LIVERPOOL — An Ohio police officer says he and a partner drove a barely breathing woman to a hospital because an ambulance crew said it was coming but didn’t show up.

The woman who had suffered a brain aneurysm died the next day at a Pittsburgh hospital. It’s not clear if the delay impacted the woman’s chances of survival.

East Liverpool police officer Jacob Talbott says the 62-year-old woman was found slumped behind the wheel in her SUV on Saturday.

Talbott says two ambulance services said they didn’t have anyone available, and they waited several minutes for a third ambulance that said it was coming. He says a dispatcher called the third ambulance service back and was told they no longer could make it.

The officer says he’s upset no ambulance responded.

2 dead in motorcycle crash

DAYTON — Two people have been killed in a motorcycle crash in Ohio.

State troopers say the crash happened around 7 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Route 42 in Greene County. Police say the motorcycle was traveling northbound when it collided with a Dodge Charger attempting to turn onto the highway.

Both the male and female motorcycle riders were killed. Police say the driver of the car was not injured, but a passenger inside the car was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed.

Toledo cops using body cameras

TOLEDO — Toledo’s police chief says all patrol officers in Ohio’s fourth-largest city now have body cameras.

Chief George Kral says the city has 304 cameras, enough for all officers in field operations and the motorcycle unit.

The chief says the cameras cost $500 apiece and were bought with a federal grant and capital improvement money.

Kral says the cameras will benefit both citizens and police by having a “fully recorded depiction” of traffic stops and crime investigations. Command officers could get cameras sometime next year.

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson says body cameras provide transparency and gives residents a chance “to be fully confident” in what police do.

Feds seek cop on the run

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police officer facing charges for the alleged physical and sexual assault of his girlfriend is on the run after police say he broke his GPS ankle monitor.

U.S. Marshals have confirmed they are actively seeking Officer Tommie Griffin III.

Griffin was arrested and charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping in connection with a domestic violence attack on his 42-year-old girlfriend at their Parma home in January. Police say the man pistol-whipped his girlfriend and fired two shots next to her during the attack.

Griffin, who is in his early 50s, was suspended without pay following his arrest.

Authorities later seized more than 60 guns from his home, including five assault rifles and an Israeli Uzi submachine gun.

An escape warrant has been issued.

Meijer recall due to listeria risk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. says it’s recalling some packaged produce items in six states due to potential listeria contamination.

The recall affects certain Meijer-brand produce sold in Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The items were purchased between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20 and are in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels.

They include broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, squash and peppers. A full list is posted on the Grand Rapids-based company’s website.

Meijer says no illnesses have been reported, but an issue was discovered with a supplier.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Otherwise heathy adults can experience flu-like symptoms.


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