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Posted at 2:03 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 11, 1998 

Buckeye Briefs

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 Ed Morgan.

 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 in Cleveland.

 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.

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 AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A man was found murdered in his home over the  weekend.  

     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.

 

 
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