COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Columbus police officer who fatally
shot an escaped murderer will not be charged, a prosecutor said.
After hearing testimony from eight people Friday, a Franklin County
grand jury decided not to indict Office James Jardine for the Dec. 28 shooting
death of Simmie Weaver, 42, in a garage, said First Assistant Prosecutor
Jardine shot Weaver after he threatened Jardine with a knife,
police said. He died shortly later.
Weaver escaped earlier in the day from Pickaway Correctional Institution
in Orient, Ohio, stole a prison maintenance truck and drove to Columbus.
He had been in prison since 1981 for murdering his girlfriend
Jardine, 29, a Columbus officer since November 1991, has been
on administrative duty since the shooting.
The police division's firearms-review board will determine whether
the shooting following departmental policy.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A man was found murdered in his home over
Detectives at the scene found the man
face down in his bathtub. The bathtub had been filled with
24 gallons of milk, and the deceased had a pealed banana protruding
from his buttocks.
A high ranking police official, who spoke only
on the condition that his identity not be revealed, stated that detectives
are treating this homicide as the work of a suspected cereal killer.