Ohio Turnpike will give communication radios to fire, police


Ohio Turnpike will give communication radios to fire, police

BEREA, OHIO

The commission that oversees the Ohio Turnpike is giving about 250 of its used communication radios to fire and police department in northern Ohio.

Turnpike director Randy Cole says the radios are in good condition and should last another three to five years.

The turnpike says the radios are no longer needed because it decided to buy new ones.

Twenty-three different police, fire and emergency management departments will be getting the radios.

The radios had been given to the turnpike through a shared services deal with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Cleveland police say off-duty officer kills man

CLEVELAND

Police in Cleveland say an off-duty officer working security at a bowling alley has fatally shot a man after an altercation.

Cleveland.com reported the shooting happened at around 11 p.m. Saturday at the Corner Alley business in the University Circle neighborhood. Police say a fight broke out in the bar area and the officer escorted several men outside who had been kicked out. Police say one young man came back and assaulted the officer near the front door.

The officer fired and hit the man, and police say he died at a hospital. The officer was also taken to a hospital to be treated.

Police were still investigating Sunday and no names or other details were released.

Ohio confirms 1 case of disease fatal to deer

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says it has confirmed a positive case of chronic wasting disease in a captive deer and is taking steps to control any spread of the disease.

Department officials said there has been no evidence that the disease has affected the state’s wild deer population.

Ohio officials say the positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Guernsey County. The animal was transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County just days before it was harvested. The preserve and the breeding farm remain under quarantine as monitoring continues.

While the disease is fatal in deer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans.

Brawl at youth jail causes $200K in damage

CLEVELAND

Authorities say teenagers fighting and rioting at a juvenile jail in Cleveland caused an estimated $200,000 in damage in the housing area as they smashed glass and damaged cell doors, showers, lights and a television.

The brawl at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center left a sheriff’s officer and a juvenile inmate injured with cuts. Officials say a dozen juvenile inmates were separated after the incident.

Officials haven’t released information about what started the fracas last Monday, which prompted a response from police and a SWAT team. Photos of the damage showed shattered panes of security glass and a large hole in a ceiling.

Ohio native Clarence Page to receive journalism award

ATHENS, OHIO

Southwest Ohio native and Ohio University alumnus Clarence Page is being honored for a half-century of journalistic achievement.

The National Press Foundation says the Chicago Tribune columnist will receive the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award at its annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15.

Page, 70, was born in Dayton and raised in Middletown, where he attended Middletown High School. After earning a journalism degree at Ohio University, he built a career as reporter, editor, syndicated columnist, author and commentator.

He earned the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989. He was named Ohio University’s 2015 alumnus of the year.

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