The FAA has given the Medina County sheriff's office permission to use drones to search for missing people or fugitives.
Sheriff Tom Miller says the drones will not spy on residents. Critics are concerned about privacy risks posed by the camera-equipped aircraft. Privacy rights legal experts say anything drones catch in plain view is constitutional. And Ohio University researchers are testing drone aircraft for use in inspecting crops and power lines, and in helping police during search-and-rescue operations. Researchers say the drones are different than those used by the military.