COLUMBUS

Nine killed on Ohio roads

during holiday weekend

The State Highway Patrol says nine people were killed in traffic crashes around Ohio during the Christmas weekend.

The patrol says three people died in drug- or alcohol-related crashes during the five-day holiday period that began last Friday.

It also says three fatalities were related to the lack of seat belt use.

During this year's Christmas travel period, troopers arrested 404 drivers for operating a vehicle while impaired. They also made 164 drug arrests and issued 635 safety belt violations.

MEDINA COUNTY

Mail carrier killed

in Wadsworth crash

A mail carrier was killed Wednesday afternoon in Wadsworth Township after his vehicle was struck from behind on state Route 94, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

Randy L. Irwin, 59, of Macedonia, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Medina Highway Patrol post. He was partially thrown from his U.S Postal Service truck after it was hit from behind by a Dodge Caravan, police said.

The driver of the Dodge minivan, Danielle M. Ullman, 31, of Doylestown, had minor injuries and was treated at Summa Health Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center, police said.

Ullman was driving north on Route 94 when her vehicle hit the mail truck. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. north of Eastern Road, police said.

Irwin was pulling into traffic when his truck was hit, causing it to overturn and go off the west side of the road, police said.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be involved, police said. Ullman was wearing a seat belt while Irwin was not, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

RICHFIELD

Drowning at hotel pool

not considered suspicious

Police say the death of a 26-year-old man who drowned at a hotel pool in Summit County doesn't appear to be suspicious.

A detective says the man was with family members Wednesday at the Days Inn & Suites pool in Richfield when he started flailing and calling for help.

Police told cleveland.com that none of the others knew how to swim well enough to try to save him.

Detective Mike Swanson adds that some of the people near the pool might not have thought the man was being serious when he called for help.

Police say hotel staff members pulled him out and were performing first aid when police and paramedics arrived.

Authorities identified the man as Jevonte Ball of Cleveland.

CINCINNATI

Officer recorded using

racial slur during arrest

A white officer in Cincinnati has had his police powers suspended for allegedly using a racial slur while trying to arrest a black woman at a nightclub last weekend.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that police Chief Eliot Isaac called such behavior unacceptable.

In an email to the city manager, Isaac says officer Dennis Barnette's use of the slur is "clearly heard" on a recording of the incident from another officer's body-worn camera.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for the police union's president. Barnette has been restricted to desk duty pending an internal investigation of the incident.

The chief's email says Barnette had gone to the nightclub to help with parking complaints and traffic control, and the female patron pushed Barnette.

Police declined to release the body camera footage.

TOLEDO

Boy rescued from fire

that killed father dies

A 2-year-old boy who was rescued from a fire in Northeast Ohio that killed his father has died.

The Lucas County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Carter Jones' death Wednesday. The office did not say when he died or the cause of death.

Firefighters pulled Carter and his 49-year-old father, Gregory Jones, from a burning apartment in Bedford on Friday.

Gregory Jones died at a Bedford hospital shortly after his rescue. Carter was flown to a hospital in Toledo for medical treatment before his death.

Bedford Fire Chief Dave Nagy says the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to have started in the kitchen.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com and Associated Press