Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would require toy guns only be sold in bright colors to help distinguish them from real ones. But it seems some criminals might try using that to their advantage.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office reports deputies responding to a call about a man with a weapon located the suspect with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
A picture of the weapon shows it's been painted red to look like a toy gun.
The suspect was also carrying 9 grams of crack cocaine.
One of Hamilton County's canine units has died. The Sheriff's department reports Canine "Kid" died a week ago from an illness.
Kid was a 6 year veteran who worked in explosive device detection. The department says Kid and his handler, Deputy Steve Fischesser, worked every home Bengals game and responded to nearly 500 requests for service, 134 of which were threat incidents.
The pair also did demonstrations at local schools. The Sheriff's office says those demonstrations were the dog's favorite thing to do.
An audit of the Hamilton County Sheriff's department is recommending three issues be addressed. They include: staffing, technology and training.
The report concludes department staff are highly disciplined and resilient but also static and resistant to change. It says the agency, under former Sheriff Simon Leis, became "frozen in time" which prevents it from adopting more modern procedures and practices.