A winter storm in Ohio this morning resulted in multiple massive multi-vehicle crashes that continue to snarl traffic into the afternoon.
On State Road 8 in Summit County, Ohio, a pileup of 75 to 95 vehicles was reported following whiteout conditions on Tuesday morning, News 5 Cleveland reports. The pileup occurred on SR-8 between Route 303 and Seasons Road. There is no word yet on whether anyone was injured. SR-8 has since reopened in both directions.
(CNN)One Ohio county had an “unusually high number” of overdose deaths in a little over a day, the county’s coroner said.“As of about 10 am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday.“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone,” Ortiz said on Facebook. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.”Fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine to create a deadly combination, the coroner said.The last peak of overdoses that the coroner’s office posted about was in August 12, when six people died in less than 24 hours.“The majority of overdose deaths continue to be fentanyl related,” the coroner said in the statement.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) —
A sheriff says four inmates have overpowered two corrections officers with a homemade weapon and escaped from a county jail in Ohio.
The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office says the four men forced open a secured door at the jail in Gallipolis, along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio, early Sunday. A sheriff’s release says they had help from at least one person outside the jail.
Authorities say the inmates should be considered dangerous. They’re asking anyone who sees them or knows their location to call 911.
The sheriff’s office says the inmates are 40-year-old Brynn Martin, 24-year-old Christopher Clemente, 30-year-old Troy McDaniel Jr. and 29-year-old Lawrence Lee III. The charges they were being held on weren’t immediately available.
A dispatcher had no information about whether the officers were injured.
Police said officers responded to a call about a stabbing at a home in Riverside, Ohio, Monday evening. The suspect fled the scene and crashed into a tree miles down the road, police said. At some point, the suspect allegedly jumped behind the wheel of a responding officer’s empty police cruiser and took off. He crashed into another police cruiser before slamming into two occupied cars outside the Dayton Metro Library, officials told Cleveland’s Fox 8 reported.
Ten people were killed early Sunday when gunfire broke out in Dayton, Ohio, according to police. The number of fatalities included the gunman, though how the unidentified shooter died was not immediately clear.
According to Dayton Police, some officers were in the area when shots rang out at 1:22 a.m. in the city’s Oregon District and “were able to respond and put an end to it quickly.”
HURON, Ohio – Authorities in Ohio have shut down a Lake Erie beach after a second swimmer went missing in less than a month.
Officials in Huron say Nickel Plate Beach will be closed until further notice while the city looks at ways to improve safety at the beach, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Cleveland.
Huron City Manager Andy White says high water levels and strong winds have been creating dangerous conditions.
The Ohio governor has been criticized over his role at the now defunct financial services company.
At one point during his first event in New Hampshire after announcing he was running for president, John Kasich turned to the cameras in the room just to make sure his point wasn’t missed.
“I learned a lot about the way America works when I worked at Lehman Brothers,” Kasich said to the cameras gathered at a town hall meeting at Rivier University in Nashua.
Kasich, 63, the two-term Ohio governor, who on Tuesday became the 16th Republican to jump into the presidential race, was responding to criticisms from Democrats that his stint as a managing director in investment banking at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is a black mark against his candidacy.
“I learned how entrepreneurs worked; I learned how boards of directors think.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich
Democrats have criticized Kasich and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who also worked for Lehman Brothers, as profiting from Wall Street while the firm collapsed in 2008 and ushered in the worst recession since the Great Depression.
“He couldn’t be more out of touch with the millions of Americans who struggled to make ends meet after the financial meltdown,” U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, said of Kasich in a blog posting for The Hill.
“The last thing we need in a president is the Lehman Brothers approach to America,” TJ Helmstetter, Midwest press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement after Kasich’s comment in Nashua.
Kasich made it clear that he’ll continue talking about his business experience on the campaign trail because he met people including the founders of Google and learned what it takes to create jobs.
“I learned how entrepreneurs worked; I learned how boards of directors think,” Kasich said in Nashua. “If you want to rebuild this economy, you better have somebody elected that understands the economic situation in this country and what makes businesses invest.”
Kasich’s former colleagues at Lehman have described him as a facilitator, forging relationships and working with Lehman teams on initial public offerings, debt offerings and other deals in areas including manufacturing, media and technology.
Kasich is spending the next two days in New Hampshire as part of his presidential campaign roll-out, followed by trips to Iowa, South Carolina and Michigan.
While New Hampshire is particularly attractive for Kasich because his record appeals to fiscal conservatives there, the governor will also campaign in the other early-voting states, said John Weaver, his chief strategist.
“We’re going to compete in every state,” Weaver said in an interview before Kasich’s announcement in Columbus. “Our goal is really to be disciplined enough not to get between he and the voters.”
While Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid and his positions on immigration and the Common Core education standards don’t endear him to some conservatives in Iowa, he can get support among Republicans there once voters hear from him, said Mary Ann Hanusa, an Iowa state representative from Council Bluffs. She accompanied Kasich on a June 24 trip to Iowa and traveled to Columbus for his announcement.
“He’s going to play in Iowa,” Hanusa said. “Iowa conservatives are not a monolithic bloc.”
Kasich, who has been languishing at about 2 percent in recent polls, has been airing televisions ads in New Hampshire in advance of his presidential announcement with hopes of polling high enough to be one of the 10 candidates included in the first Republican presidential debate Aug. 6 in Cleveland.
The ads were paid for by New Day for America, a 527 organization supporting Kasich’s presidential bid that will soon file with the Federal Elections Commission as a super-PAC, New Day spokesman Matt David said.
Kasich acknowledged in response to a question in Nashua about the campaign finance system that he won’t have as much money as other candidates “but hopefully, I’ll have enough.”