Sheriff: Amish target
in attacks, burglaries
Middlefield — A sheriff in Northeast Ohio is looking into a spree of attacks and burglaries against the Amish.
The Geauga (ounty sheriff says the string of crimes happened nearly a week ago near Middlefield.
Sheriff Dan McClelland tells WKYC-TV 3 that say a group of masked men chased an Amish man and his girlfriend riding in a buggy and then the men later swung baseball bats at two other men in a buggy.
One of the two men was hit in the leg.
The sheriff says three Amish-owned shops were broken into that same evening.
McClelland also says patrols are being increased while they search for the suspects.
— Associated Press

Nuisance geese
euthanized at park
Youngstown — A federal official says 238 geese and goslings were herded into a chamber and euthanized in Northeast Ohio as part of an effort to the control the population of the nuisance animals.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture tells The (Youngstown) Vindicator that the animals were humanely euthanized with gas June 26 at Mill Creek park.
The roundup was conducted by the agriculture department under an Ohio Department of Natural Resources permit.
A state wildlife official says it’s the first time for a roundup in this park, but others have been done elsewhere in Ohio to control the geese population.
The birds are typically rounded up in June because they’re easier to catch. Goslings aren’t sufficiently developed to fly, and adult birds also can’t fly because they are molting.
— Associated Press

Coma survivor meets Bruno Mars
Cleveland — An 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl who came out of a coma after listening to Bruno Mars songs throughout her recovery got to meet the singer that doctors say helped save her life.
Zumyah Thorpe had a private meeting with Mars before his concert in Cleveland this weekend.
Doctors didn’t expect her to survive a brain injury from a car crash that killed her pregnant mother and two younger sisters last year.
Nurses at a Cleveland hospital played Mars’ music every night during her recovery.
Zumyah’s grandmother tells WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland that not long after coming out of the coma she started singing Mars’ hit song “Just The Way You Are.”
On June 28, she joined Mars at the edge of the stage when he sang her special song.
— Associated Press

FBI arrests 28 in suspected drug ring
Cleveland — The FBI has arrested 28 people in Cleveland charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine shipped from Chicago, Texas and Toledo.
The individuals were named in a 107-count federal indictment filed earlier this month and unsealed June 26.
The arrests included the seizure of several pounds of heroin and cocaine and several guns.
Most defendants are from Cleveland, with others from Akron, Toledo, Chicago and Texas.
The indictment alleges drugs were sold at numerous locations around northeast Ohio between 2010 and this year.
— Associated Press

Coroner: Student OD’d on caffeine
LaGrange — A northern Ohio coroner says a high school senior found dead a week before graduation died from a caffeine overdose.
An autopsy found that Logan Stiner had a lethal amount of caffeine in his system when he died at home on May 27.
The 18-year-old was a senior at Keystone High School in LaGrange, southwest of Cleveland.
The Lorain County Coroner tells The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria ) that Stiner had more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system.
The coroner says most energy drinks have three to 15 micrograms of caffeine.
Stiner’s mother tells the newspaper that she found bags of caffeine powder in their house on the day he died. The coroner says powder caused Stiner to have a cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure.
— Associated Press