Ohio briefly, Nov. 6

Seized fentanyl enough to kill entire city

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio county prosecutor says the amount of fentanyl seized from three California men last month was enough to kill the entire population of Columbus.

A Franklin County grand jury on Friday indicted Joel Lassiter, Luis Delgado and Rashaad Williams on aggravated drug trafficking and drug possession charges. Court records don’t indicate whether they have attorneys.

Authorities say the men were arrested Oct. 25 by a drug task force in a Columbus hotel parking lot where 2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was found in the trunk of a car.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says a fatal dose of fentanyl is just 2 or 3 milligrams. The population of Columbus is about 860,000 people.

Medic injured in ambulance/car crash

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio fire department medic has been injured after a pickup truck drove into the ambulance he was driving outside of Cincinnati.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says a Sycamore Township Fire Department medical unit was headed to a hospital with a patient with its lights flashing when it was struck by the pickup as the ambulance began turning left at a traffic light.

The 40-year-old medic and 36-year-old driver of the pickup truck were treated and released at a hospital.

The patient was taken to the same hospital by an ambulance from Sharonville for non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office says alcohol or drugs are a suspected factor in the crash.

NJ man wanted in slaying surrenders

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man sought in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend is now in custody in Ohio.

Camden County prosecutors announced Sunday that 27-year-old Hector Sanchez is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey. He’s facing a murder charge in the death of 42-year-old Leydy Barahona.

Sanchez allegedly stabbed Barahona several times during an argument Thursday inside their unit at the Millbridge apartments in Gloucester Township. Authorities say he then fled the complex in her SUV and soon left the state, but turned himself in Friday to police in Cleveland.

Prosecutors had announced Saturday that they were looking for the SUV but did not disclose then that Sanchez was already in custody. The SUV was found Saturday night in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Somerdale.

O’Neill says he’ll vote on some cases

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate William O’Neill said he’ll continue to participate and vote on cases in which he was previously involved.

O’Neill sent the court a letter Friday announcing a “blanket notice” of recusal for all new cases to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The Dispatch reported the 70-year-old O’Neill says he’ll continue to be involved in 99 previous cases.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who cautioned O’Neill about his judicial duties after he announced his candidacy last week, will appoint judges from state appellate courts as needed to take O’Neill’s place. State Auditor Dave Yost, a Republican running for attorney general, has said O’Neill should resign.

O’Neill said he will step down from the bench by the Feb. 7 candidate filing deadline.

Scientist gets grant to work on AI chip

DAYTON (AP) — A researcher at the University of Dayton has won an award to develop a brain-inspired computer chip that can learn on its own.

Associate professor Tarek Taha plans to use the three-year, $44,000 award from the National Science Foundation to work toward his goal of developing an artificial intelligence chip. Taha said the chip will be more efficient and compact than current ones.

Taha said deep learning artificial intelligence chips can be used in self-driving cars and could potentially be used in robots at some point.

He says the chips are a part of an emerging multibillion-dollar industry, which could ramp up to develop learning networks for existing applications.

ND welcomes home Miss America

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thousands have welcomed Miss America Cara Mund back to her North Dakota hometown.

About 2,000 people turned out Saturday for Mund’s welcome-home party in Bismarck. Young girls and boys cheered when North Dakota’s first Miss America appeared at the Bismarck Event Center.

Mund told the crowd — whether young girls are in North Dakota or in a rural area — they can make their dreams come true if they work hard.

The 23-year-old was crowned Miss America in September. Saturday was her first homecoming party, and before the event she stopped at Sanford Children’s Hospital to visit patients.

Prankster puts yellow dye in fountain

NEW YORK (AP) — A prankster has thrown yellow dye into the fountain at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Photos posted on social media Saturday show lemon-yellow water gushing from the fountain, which sits in front of the Metropolitan Opera and is a popular tourist attraction that has been featured in movies including “Moonstruck” and “Ghostbusters.”

The Daily News reports the fountain was turned off after suddenly changing color Saturday afternoon.

A Lincoln Center spokeswoman says security notified the police, who are looking for the prankster. She says the fountain is being cleaned.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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