State Briefing

We are not that Vermilion

VERMILION — An Ohio police department receiving angry emails and Facebook messages about the controversial arrest of a teacher is asking the senders to stop for one key reason: It actually happened in a similarly named community in Louisiana. Police in Vermilion, Ohio, have received sometimes profane messages this week reacting to the Monday arrest in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The Ohio department pointed out that detail on its Facebook page with a plea: “Please stop sending us your hate mail.” The Ohio agency’s chief, Christopher Hartung, told reporters he has messaged some individual commenters to explain that they’re targeting the wrong place, and some have been apologetic. The commenters were reacting to the video-recorded arrest of teacher Deyshia Hargrave after she questioned the superintendent’s salary at the parish school board meeting.

OSU beer sales figure adjusted

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University says beer sales at its football stadium this season increased roughly 6 percent from 2016, a downward adjustment from a total sales figure the school had released earlier. Spokesman Benjamin Johnson said due to a miscalculation the university initially released an incorrect figure. He said the accurate total sales figure for 2017 was $1.23 million, not $1.35 million. The new figure was released to The Associated Press on Friday in response to a request. Ohio State began allowing beer sales at the stadium beginning in 2016. A review by The Columbus Dispatch found ejections from Ohio Stadium fell from 103 in 2015 to 24 this season while alcohol-related arrests rose from 15 to 57. University officials say most arrests are people under 21 attempting to buy alcohol.

Former police chief charged

AKRON — A former Ohio police chief who resigned amid accusations of potential misconduct has been charged with a misdemeanor accusing him of attempted unauthorized use of a police database. Former Akron chief James Nice was charged Friday in Summit County with the count of “attempted unauthorized use of property.” Court documents accuse him of attempting to access the Law Enforcement Automated Data System, or LEADS, database on Feb. 10, 2017. Nice resigned as chief last August amid allegations of potential misconduct related to an investigation into his nephew and accusations of using a racial slur and having a sexual relationship with a department member. He denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Man bit off part of trooper’s ear

ELYRIA — A pedestrian accused of biting off part of an Ohio trooper’s ear after the officer confronted him has been jailed on an assault charge. The State Highway Patrol says a trooper responding to a report of a man walking in the roadway approached Cornelius Carey on Thursday morning along a road near LaGrange, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Cleveland. The patrol says the 44-year-old Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh) man became confrontational, hit the male trooper in the face and then bit him during the struggle before the officer was able to subdue and handcuff Carey. Carey was held on bond of $1 million after his initial court appearance. A message seeking comment was left Friday for his appointed attorney, Douglas Merrill. The trooper was treated at a hospital.

Pilot crash-lands in yard

WADSWORTH — Authorities say a pilot flying solo to an Ohio airport lost power in his small aircraft and crash-landed in someone’s backyard but escaped injury. Retiree Roger Keene was preparing to land at Wadsworth Municipal Airport west of Akron around midday Thursday when his small, single-engine plane lost power. The Litchfield man clipped some treetops and landed in a Wadsworth resident’s yard, coming to rest next to a pavilion. No one was hurt. Keene tells The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria that he took up flying as a hobby and that after the crash-landing experience, he’s done with it.

Coach addresses jersey issue

CINCINNATI — The coach of a teenage basketball team dismissed from a Cincinnati recreational league for wearing jerseys with racist names has questioned how the league handled the situation and says the monikers were variations of his players’ surnames. The team suggestively nicknamed the “Wet Dream Team” wore jerseys with labels that included “Knee Grow.” The Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League dismissed the team from suburban Kings Mills after an opponent raised concerns during the fourth week of games. Coach Walt Gill said in emails to the league that no one previously complained, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported . “I really don’t feel that this was handled correctly,” Gill wrote in an email to a league spokesman Ben Goodyear. Gill requested a partial refund, saying he didn’t understand why he got no chance to rectify the situation. Goodyear refused to accept Gill’s explanation for the jersey names in his email response. “I just could not believe that any adult would want to argue or try to justify this behavior,” Goodyear said. Gill submitted the “Wet Dream Team” moniker to volunteer Kings Knights 7-12 organization coordinator Charrise Middleton. “I told coach Gill he could not use the team name of ‘Wet Dream Team,'” Middleton said. Gill never had a discussion about the names on the back of the jerseys, according to Middleton.

Woman dies as train hits car

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say an Ohio woman died after driving her rental car into the path of a train in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that 73-year-old Linda Short died Wednesday evening after she drove the car over the Florida East Coast Railway tracks into the path of the oncoming train in Delray Beach. Police say she turned onto the tracks after the crossing gate came down. Officers believe she may have mistaken the railroad tracks for a street that ran next to them, just a few feet away. Her son, Geoffrey Short, said his mother was from Berea, Ohio, and was spending the winter months in Florida. She was running errands when the crash occurred.

Teacher will undergo training

MASON — A white teacher in Ohio who admitted to telling a black student he would be lynched by his classmates if he didn’t get back to work will have to undergo sensitivity training. According to Mason school officials, Renee Thole admitted to making the comment to the student in December. A formal letter of reprimand placed in Thole’s file Thursday says the teacher will be required to undergo cultural proficiency training. District spokeswoman Tracey Carson says there is nothing that can be done to take back Thole’s words, and “this is a serious miss on her part.” District officials noted in their reports that this is her first offense. The student’s mother, Tanisha Agee-Bell, says she’s not satisfied with the school district’s punishment, calling it unclear.