CANTON

Man with gun disarmed

after entering courthouse

A man walked into the Canton Municipal Courthouse on Thursday morning armed with a .38 Special, but he wasn't arrested.

Police Capt. Dave Davis said the 63-year-old Garfield Heights man went to the courthouse to pay a traffic citation just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

The metal detectors just inside the courthouse entrance alerted police to the presence of the handgun, police reports show.

The man, who holds a valid permit for carrying a concealed weapon, told police he had forgotten to remove it from his person before he walked into the courthouse, Davis said.

Police confiscated the gun and tagged it into evidence, and notified the prosecutor's office.

Davis said results of the investigation into the incident were forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review.

The man has not been charged.

LEBANON

Escaped prisoner caught,

but another remains free

Authorities in southwestern Ohio say a tip about a suspicious person led to the capture of one of the two inmates who escaped from the Community Correctional Center in Warren County.

The men were reported missing early Friday from the facility in Lebanon, about halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Both were serving time on drug charges.

Authorities said Logan Michael Lee Fithen, 23, was apprehended Friday afternoon in the nearby city of Monroe. Officials were still seeking 34-year-old James Warren Adams III on Friday evening.

Sgt. Ryan Saylor of the Warren County Sheriff's Office told WCPO-TV it's not clear how the men escaped. Saylor said they were held in different parts of the facility but apparently left at the same time.

Authorities said the men will face additional charges for escape.

TOLEDO

Urban weed that sprouted

Christmas cheer uprooted

A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill has apparently met an early demise.

WTVG-TV in Toledo reported that someone pulled out the "Christmas weed" early Friday morning and drove off with it in his trunk.

The weed had become a holiday attraction after a family decorated it with tinsel to spread some Christmas cheer.

Others added their own ornaments and began leaving behind donations for the needy. It became so popular that Toledo officials set up donation boxes and handed out the items to local charities.

The weed had been scheduled to be cleaned up Saturday along with all of the decorations and donations surrounding it.

CLINTON COUNTY

Ex-police chief accused

of misusing donations

Officials said a former police chief used donations that were meant for a police K-9 on himself.

The Ohio Auditor's Office announced Thursday that Clinton Brown has been indicted by a grand jury on felony theft of office.

Auditor Dave Yost says donors gave more than $14,000 to the New Vienna Police Department K9 Fund in 2017, an account set up in Brown's name so he could purchase a police dog.

New Vienna Mayor Kathi Stone later requested state officials to investigate how the money was spent.

Yost's office said Brown acknowledged spending some of the money on clothing, food and gas.

He resigned as village police chief in December 2017.

Yost's office said the village discovered outstanding bills of more than $3,000 after Brown resigned.

New Vienna is northeast of Cincinnati.