Ohio briefly, Jan. 15

Ohio Turnpike giving radios to fire, police

BEREA (AP) — The commission that oversees the Ohio Turnpike is giving about 250 of its used communication radios to fire and police department in northern Ohio.

Turnpike director Randy Cole said the radios are in good condition and should last another three to five years.

The turnpike says the radios are no longer needed because it decided to buy new ones.

Twenty-three police, fire and emergency management departments will be getting the radios.

The radios had been given to the turnpike through a shared services deal with the State Highway Patrol.

Police say off-duty officer killed man

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland say an off-duty officer working security at a bowling alley has fatally shot a man after an altercation.

Cleveland.com reported the shooting happened at around 11 p.m. Saturday at the Corner Alley business in the University Circle neighborhood. Police say a fight broke out in the bar area and the officer escorted several men outside who had been kicked out. Police say one young man came back and assaulted the officer near the front door.

The officer fired and hit the man, and police say he died at a hospital. The officer also was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

Police were still investigating Sunday and no names or other details were released immediately.

Youth jail brawl causes $200K in damage

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say teenagers fighting and rioting at a juvenile jail in Cleveland caused an estimated $200,000 in damage in the housing area as they smashed glass and damaged cell doors, showers, lights and a television.

The brawl at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center left a sheriff’s officer and a juvenile inmate injured with cuts. Officials say a dozen juvenile inmates were separated after the incident.

Officials haven’t released information about what started the fracas last Monday, which prompted a response from police and a SWAT team. Photos of the damage showed shattered panes of security glass and a large hole in a ceiling.

WJW-TV reported audio recordings of the response included reports of juveniles breaking glass and spilling cleaners, creating a slippery, dangerous situation for responding officers.

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