nmate captured hours after escape
Canton — Authorities say they recaptured a shackled northeast Ohio jail inmate hours after he escaped from a transport van.
Police in Canton say 29-year-old Michael Houghton was captured early June 3 in Canton alone in a car after a tip came from an anonymous caller.
They say Houghton had escaped from a transport van about a mile away. The van was en route from the Canton Municipal Court to the city jail. Someone called 911 after seeing him get out of the van in traffic at about 4 p.m. June 2.
He was wearing a red jumpsuit and was still in a belly chain and leg shackles when he escaped. Police don’t know how he managed to get out of the van.
Houghton was in custody on a domestic violence case.
— Associated Press

Goodyear scouting sites for tire plant
Akron — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.
The tire maker said its search is wide open, and that it will consider sites in both North and South America. It hopes to make a decision by early next year.
Goodyear, based in Akron, announced May 29 that it intends to construct a state-of-the-art factory that would make about 6 million tires a year.
Ohio officials wouldn’t say whether they’ve talked with Goodyear about putting the new plant within the state, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.
Goodyear has not built a tire factory in North Americas since 1990 when it opened a plant in Ontario, Canada.
— Associated Press

Father dies trying to save drowning girl
Bay Village — An Ohio father of four died trying to save a young girl from drowning in Lake Erie.
U.S. Coast Guard officials say 43-year-old Peter Radke of Medina was among a group of people who jumped into the lake just west of Cleveland on May 31 to help a young girl struggling in the waves.
The girl was rescued, but Radke didn’t emerge from the water.
A three-hour search ensued before divers found his body.
WEWS-TV reports that Radke was at the beach attending a birthday party with his children.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
Radke’s family says in a statement that though they didn’t expect to lose him so soon, they take comfort that his “final moments were spent saving the life of another.”
— Associated Press

Man sought after kindergarten brawl
Cincinnati — Police in southwest Ohio are seeking a man accused of starting a fight that led to a kindergarten graduation melee involving up to 20 people.
An elementary school went on lockdown June 2 as several police cruisers responded in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Mt. Healthy. Mt. Healthy Schools Superintendent Lori Handler says the lockdown was ordered because parents were panicking and the school wanted to make sure no other students or adults wandered into the cafeteria fight scene.
She says the some 150 newly graduated kindergarten students were having punch and cookies with their families when a man hit another man over an apparent domestic dispute, triggering the melee.
Authorities say no one was hurt badly.
— Associated Press

Smoke evacuates Kings Island ride
Cincinnati — A southwest Ohio theme park ride was evacuated June 2 and two people were treated at the scene after heavy smoke filled a building.
Authorities said the smoke came from an overheated motor inside the Kings Island indoor roller coaster ride building, Flight of Fear. A city of Mason spokeswoman said 18 people were exposed to the smoke, and two received treatment but weren’t transported.
City spokeswoman Jennifer Trepal said fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire at about 2:45 p.m. Crews from nearby jurisdictions also rushed to the scene. She said the motor was “smoking heavily,” but wasn’t on fire.
Power was shut off to the motor, and the building was cleared and ventilated. Kings Island closed the ride, which dates back two decades.
Kings Island spokesman Don Helbig said park officials hadn’t decided yet when the ride would resume operation.
— Associated Press