Three Ohio cities report

first homicide of 2013

At least three Ohio cities have reported their first homicides of 2013.

The medical examiner in Cleveland on Jan. 2 identified one victim as 42-year-old Nathan Brown of Cleveland. He was gunned down on the porch of a home about 3 a.m. Jan. 1. No arrests have been made.

The first slaying in the city of Dayton also likely occurred in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. Police say they found 30-year-old Bradley Thompson dead of gunshot wounds in a home. Multiple shots were heard in the area, but there have been no arrests.

In Toledo, police said a 23-year-old woman was fatally stabbed during a melee in a bar early on New Year's Day. They said Christina Henderson died from a stab wound to the neck.

-- Associated Press

Cop charged with pulling gun on fellow officer

Mogadore -- A Mogadore police officer was arrested and jailed Jan. 1, charged with pulling a gun on a fellow officer while drinking at an off-duty party at a Virgil Street residence on New Years Day.

Mark E. Halliwill, 43, is charged with one count each of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and having weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. Arraigned Jan. 2 in Portage County Municipal Court, Halliwill was ordered held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $40,000 bond. Conditions of his release include no consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs, according to court records.

Halliwill allegedly pointed a semiautomatic handgun at John M. Josef, another Mogadore police officer, during a party at Halliwill's residence. Both men were off duty and were socializing, according to Mogadore police Lt. Todd Higgins. Alcohol also was involved, he said.

No shots were fired, and there were no injuries, Higgins said.

A preliminary hearing on the charges against Halliwill is set in Judge Mark Fankhauser's courtroom on Jan. 11, according to Portage County court records. Additional charges may be filed after evidence is heard by a Portage County grand jury.

-- REcord-Courier

Flu season sees rise

in hospitalizations

Columbus -- The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a spike in the number of people hospitalized with influenza this year compared to last year.

Department spokeswoman Shannon Libby says it's early to see this much flu activity, with cases typically going up in January or February.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Jan. 1 that 863 Ohioans have been hospitalized with influenza this season, compared with just 65 by this time last season.

The paper says totals from early October through Dec. 22 included 326 hospitalized across the state during the week of Dec. 16-22.

That compares with just nine hospitalized statewide with the flu during the same week in 2011.

-- Associated Press