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COLUMBUS — A northeast Ohio sheriff has fired a deputy for ordering five jail inmates to dance to a song by Usher in exchange for privileges such as using a phone or microwave.

The Summit County sheriff identified the deputy as 35-year-old Dominic Martucci. An internal report shows he was fired this week for mistreating inmates, acting inappropriately and having a cellphone in the jail, apparently used to play the music.

The report says Mr. Martucci invited colleagues to watch April 11 as inmates danced. One inmate did the worm, while another said he mimicked a robot dance so he could use the phone to contact relatives after a family member’s death.

Investigators said Mr. Martucci admitted his mistake but said he was only trying to ease tension in the jail.


Snake blamed for capital city’s power outage

OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials say a snake slithered into an Oklahoma City electric substation and knocked out power to about 10,000 customers overnight.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. said the power outage affected customers in northwest Oklahoma City at about 2 a.m. Thursday. A spokesman told Oklahoma City television station KWTV that workers found a snake in the transformer at the Lone Oak substation.

OG&E said power was restored to all customers by 3 a.m.


Authorities arrest 1 more in hazing case

TALLAHASSEE — Authorities in Florida have taken into custody another of the 13 people connected to the hazing death of a Florida A&M University student.

Bryan Jones turned himself in Wednesday night in Hillsborough County. He was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

Meanwhile, a Leon County judge refused Thursday to let another suspect, Caleb Jackson, leave jail because he’s already on probation for battery. Jasmine Alexander, who said she’s the mother of a 3-year-old with Mr. Jackson and engaged to him, pleaded with the judge, saying Mr. Jackson is the only source of income for their family.

Rikki Wills, another defendant arrested in Leon County, was allowed to leave jail Wednesday night after posting $15,000 bond.

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