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State Briefing

Canton school employee fired

CANTON — A school safety and security employee has been fired after officials said he used excessive force on a kindergarten student. The Canton City school board voted Monday to fire Shawn Poole, a school resource assistant for the district since 2017, for malfeasance of duty. An investigation found Poole, 45, used excessive force on Jan. 21 when he tried to stop a 6-year-old girl at McGregor Elementary from running out of the cafeteria. Poole admitted to picking up and carrying the student, and said he did so to prevent her from exiting the building, the letter said. He said some of the witnesses could not have seen the interaction. The letter said he called their characterization of his demeanor incorrect. Stephen Humphrey, director of safety and security, recommended Poole’s termination and said that Poole disregarded his training when handling the girl.

Teens held in 80-plus car break-ins

CLEVELAND — Police have announced the arrest of four teenagers believed to have been responsible for scores of vehicle break-ins in Cleveland. Police said three 16-year-old males and a 17-year-old male are believed to be responsible for more than 80 car break-ins on the city’s southeast side, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights. Police say detectives are investigating whether they are also responsible for incidents in east Cleveland and the downtown area.

Shootout leaves 2 dead in driveway

YELLOW SPRINGS — A shootout in the driveway at a southwestern Ohio home left two people dead, though it wasn’t clear what sparked the gunfire. The Greene County Sheriff’s office said deputies went to the Yellow Springs home around 11 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about shots fired. They found two bodies in the driveway, near the street. Several shots were fired and more than one weapon was recovered.

House approves PTSD coverage

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House on Wednesday once again approved a measure covering post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders who haven’t suffered a physical injury. Police and firefighters have been pushing for the coverage under the state insurance fund for injured workers for years. The groups argue that it’s wrong for coverage to be available for responders who suffer a traumatic injury but not for those affected by witnessing or experiencing traumatic events. The legislation will help prevent first responders’ deaths by suicide by offering benefits and treatment for PTSD, said Rep. Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican and the bill sponsor. The House approved a similar measure as part of its Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget last year before the Senate rejected the idea after lawmakers said they wanted more time to study the concept. The bill passed Wednesday moves next to the Senate, where Senate President Larry Obhof, who supports the idea, promised a “full and fair process.”

Boy found wandering streets

SANDUSKY — A woman has been charged with child endangerment after a 2-year-old boy in her care was found wandering residential streets alone. Jillian Jaunzemis, who runs a day care from her Sandusky home, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday. Police responded to reports of a boy riding a plastic scooter in the middle of the street Monday morning. They found that the boy was not wearing a jacket or shoes in 35-degree weather, according to a police report. Officers determined the boy had come from Jaunzemis’ home, where she was taking care of six other children at the time. Jaunzemis told police she thought the child was sleeping downstairs while she was upstairs doing laundry. Police believe the 2-year-old exited out the front door because it had not been childproofed. This is the fourth time in less than five years that police have been called to Jaunzemis’ home about incidents involving children she watches, WEWS-TV reported.

Standoff ends with man found dead

AKRON — A standoff that started when authorities tried to evict a man from his apartment ended when police officers found him dead inside the unit about six hours later. The standoff started around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, when an Akron municipal court worker went to the apartment to carry out the eviction. When the 62-year-old tenant told the worker he was armed, the worker notified police, who called in a SWAT team around 11:20 a.m., authorities said. The man fired at least two shots during the standoff, authorities said, though neither shot went outside of the apartment or hit anyone. Officers did not fire any shots during the standoff. A robot used by SWAT personnel eventually entered the home and found the man lying on the floor.

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