CLEVELAND

Examiner determines

cause of runner's death

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner on Friday released its finding that Taylor Ceepo of Medina died from “sudden cardiac death in association with physical exertion, pseudoephedrine use and cardiomyopathy” May 19 during the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.

Ceepo, 22, a recent Walsh University graduate and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School graduate, collapsed a quarter-mile from the half-marathon finish line. She was treated on the scene, then taken to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Hospital officials said 60 to 70 racers were treated on site for heat illnesses, dehydration and other injuries.

Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in cold medicine; cardiomyopathy is a disease that affects the heart muscles' ability to pump blood to the rest of the body.

COVENTRY TWP.

Car fatally strikes

pedestrian on road

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while walking in the roadway on State Mill Road early Friday morning, the Summit County Sheriff's Office said.

The road was closed between Manchester Road and Portage Lakes Drive for several hours after the 5:30 a.m. incident.

Authorities said a 2015 Honda CRV traveling east on State Mill Road struck the pedestrian. The Honda was driven by a 71-year-old man from Coventry Township.

The pedestrian, identified as a 29-year-old Parma resident, was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Summit Metro Crash Response Team.

GREEN

Akron-Canton Airport

installing naloxone kits

The Akron-Canton Airport is installing seven live-saving naloxone kits, Beacon Journal news partner News 5 Cleveland reports.

"Minutes can matter when it comes to saving a life and we want to be able to provide that opportunity," airport President and CEO Ren Camacho told the television station. "The ability to save one life, it's well worth the investment."

The kits, which each cost $250, will be installed next month in public and secure areas next to automated external defibrillators.

Earlier this year, Green decided to install kits at several hotels along the Interstate 77 corridor as part of its effort to address opioid overdoses.

MEDINA

Sheriff will not seek

re-election to office

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller says he's not running for re-election after serving two terms, the Medina Gazette reports.

His current term ends in the first week of January.

“I’m ready to move on to the next phase of my life,” Miller, 70, told the newspaper. “It’s really a personal decision, a change of lifestyle.”

He began his law enforcement career with the Brunswick Police Department and has served as a special education teacher in Brunswick schools, director of protective services at MetroHealth System and chief deputy at the Sheriff's Office before becoming sheriff, the newspaper said.

Montville Township Police Chief Terry Grice is interested in the position, the Gazette said.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Accused attacker ruled

competent to stand trial

A man accused of trying to set a Portage County sheriff’s deputy on fire earlier this year has been found competent to stand trial for a second time.

Jay Brannon, 45, of Atwater, is charged with five counts of attempted aggravated murder, five counts of aggravated arson and one count of felonious assault, all first-degree felonies. He faces between three and 11 years for each count, Portage County Prosecutor Victor Viglucci said previously. He could spend the rest of his life in prion.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for October and the trail could begin in January.

On Feb. 14, three deputies and two officers from the Northeast Ohio Medical University were serving felony warrants on Brannon after receiving confidential information that he was at 3964 Route 44 in Rootstown, Portage County Sheriff Dave Doak said at the time. When officers attempted to arrest Brannon, he allegedly set a can of a liquid believed to be paint thinner on fire and threw it at deputies, catching Portage County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Acklin on fire.

Acklin was burned on his face, arms and hands, over “about 20 to 23 percent of his body,” Doak said at the time. Acklin has since been released from the hospital.

During a hearing in May, Judge Becky Doherty found Brannon competent to stand trail. Brannon’s attorney did not dispute the accuracy of that finding, but he did dispute another that said Brannon does not have any mental illness or intellectual disability and requested a second sanity evaluation.

Doherty ordered a second evaluation be completed by a different psychological center.