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OFFICER ACCUSED OF USING TASER ON JUVENILE – POLICE CHIEF SUSPENDED

More details are being released in the claims that a Central Ohio police officer used a Taser on a 9-year-old boy last week.

According to a police report, a Mount Sterling police officer was called to a home shortly before 8:30 a.m. on March 6 in reference to a 9-year-old boy who was not attending school and had an active warrant.

Upon arrival, the officer said, he asked the boy to put on his shoes and coat, and go with him. According to the report, the boy put on one shoe, stopped and started begging his mother to go to school.

Police said the boy’s mother told him it was too late, and the officer then warned the boy that he had one minute to cooperate or the officer was going to remove him from the home.

The report indicated that the minute passed and the boy refused to cooperate. The officer said the boy took two steps toward the door, before he dropped to the floor and began flailing around.

The police officer said the boy refused all orders, and that’s when he told the boy that he would deploy a Taser if he did not comply and place his hands behind his back.

According to the report, the officer tried to handcuff the boy, but he placed his arms under his body and refused to cooperate.

The officer said he pulled his Taser from the holster and activated it into the air to allow the electrical current to arc and provide a show of force.

The officer said the demonstration did not work and that the boy continued to ignore orders while kicking and flailing on the ground.

The officer said he warned the boy again and that the boy’s mother also asked him to comply.

The police officer said he then deployed a “drive stun” into the boy’s lower back for the pre-programmed five seconds. The officer said he again asked the boy to comply, but that he continued to resist.

According to the report, the officer deployed another five-second “drive stun” into the boy’s lower back. After the second stun, the boy complied and surrendered, police said.

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THIRD CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DIES

CHARDON, Ohio – A third Chardon High School student who was shot Monday morning has died.

Demetrius Hewlin, a junior, died today at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

“We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community,” his family said in a statement released by the hospital. “Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Demetrius was one of three students taken by helicopter to MetroHealth following the shooting. Russell King Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead late Monday and died early this morning. Daniel Parmertor, 16, died Monday.

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Live School Shooting Coverage Chardon High School Ohio

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1 STUDENT DEAD, SUSPECTED GUNMAN IDENTIFIED

Four students injured, one dead after being shot in cafeteria before school this morning; suspected gunman in custody.

USPS plans to close Dayton Post Office center, move work to Columbus

DAYTON — After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will close the processing plant in Dayton and relocate operations to Columbus, which is expected to slow mail delivery and impact more than 400 local jobs.

The postal service said a study of mail-processing operations in Ohio concluded that processing and distribution facilities in nine cities in the state would be closed and consolidated into centers in other areas.

Dayton’s processing operations are moving to Columbus, and so are those in Athens, Chillicothe, Ironton and Toledo. Akron, Canton and Youngstown operations are relocating to Cleveland, and Toledo’s are being divided between Columbus and Michigan.

Jeanette Carlton, president of the American Postal Workers Union Dayton Area Local, said she has no clue what will happen to the center’s more than 400 employees, especially because most cannot be laid off or relocated beyond 50 miles under contract.

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Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder won’t apologize for joke that Obama should be jailed

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder said today he will not apologize for a joke made at a recent GOP event suggesting President Barack Obama should be jailed.

Batchelder, a Republican from Medina who leads the House of Representatives, made the comment Saturday at the Summit County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Washington Post.

Batchelder was introducing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he cracked a joke about whether Obama, a Democrat, should be re-elected.

“The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start,” said Batchelder, according to the Post.

Today, Democratic Rep. Vernon Sykes, of Akron, called on Batchelder to apologize immediately.

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