Girard woman killed in Pennsylvania crash
MERCER, Pa. - A Girard woman died early Friday after crashing her car on Interstate 80 between Mercer and Hermitage, Pa., police said.
Pennsylvania State Police said that Sharla Ranttila, 24, was driving her 2006 Pontiac G6 about 6 a.m. in the westbound lanes when she drove off the side of the road. She struck an embankment, which caused the car to roll several times.
Ranttila was wearing a seat belt, the report states. The crash remains under investigation.
Grand jury hands down indictments
YOUNGSTOWN - A Mahoning County grand jury indicted one man on a sex-related crime and another in connection with child pornography charges.
Gollin Freeman, 38, 36 Hilton Ave., was indicted on Thursday on a first-degree felony rape charge and sexual predator specifications. He is accused of raping a woman in April.
Daniel W. Nutt of Sebring was indicted on charges of illegally using a minor in nudity-oriented material and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
Car hits motorcycle, one taken to hospital
BAZETTA - One person was injured Friday night when a vehicle hit a motorcycle on state Route 305 near Bazetta Road.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was dispatched at 9:21 p.m. The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, troopers said. The driver's name and condition were not released Friday night.
Bible thumping takes on whole new meaning
TOLEDO - Police say a northwest Ohio man hit a gas station clerk in the head with a Bible numerous times forcing the employee back into the store and then demanded cash.
Abbott Griffin, 57, was arraigned on an aggravated robbery charge on Friday in Toledo Municipal Court. A judge set the Toledo man's bond at $50,000.
Court records show that when the amount of money seemed not to be sufficient for Griffin on Wednesday night, he allegedly threatened the clerk, saying he had something in his left hand that could put the clerk "on the floor." Police arrested Griffin at the scene. They found two folding knives on him during a pat-down.
Next OSU president has much to deal with
COLUMBUS - The Ohio State University trustee leading the search for the school's next president said one qualification is clear: The person must be able to deal with a large, complicated organization.
Trustee chairman Jeffrey Wadsworth said the candidate must be prepared to handle a breadth of issues at the school, a large research university that also has a huge medical center and one of the country's biggest undergraduate campuses.
Wadsworth said Friday that the search committee is collecting information about qualities of the leader it wants rather than coming up with lists of candidates.
Wadsworth said the committee hopes to have its profile of a potential candidate in place by next month and then start gathering names.
Governor backs use of recognition system
COLUMBUS - Gov. John Kasich is backing the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement officials to identify possible criminal suspects.
Kasich's Friday remarks follow the decision by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to convene a group of judges, a prosecutor and others to study the use of the sophisticated software by authorities.
Since June, local and state law enforcement officers could use the facial recognition software to match images of possible suspects or victims with Ohio driver's license photos. Critics have called the technology's use intrusive and have complained that DeWine didn't notify the public about its launch.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Kasich clarified his remarks Friday afternoon.
Staff, wire reports