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Ohio biologists: Proposed rules could put snakes in danger

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:03 PM

LAURELVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two southern Ohio biologists who are trying to help rattlesnakes say state forestry officials are pushing for changes that could hamper their work and endanger the snakes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1IxzQxv) the proposed rules would prohibit electronic monitoring of wild animals in state forests. The researchers, who monitor snakes with radio transmitters, would have to obtain a special state permit first.

OSU students work with street luger, trying to break record

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:53 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A professional street luger from Columbus is enlisting the help of five Ohio State University students to help him break a world record.

David Dean has won two street luge world titles, but now wants to be the first luger to go 100 mph, The Columbus Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1IetTDO) July 20.

"It'll be a unique experience," he said. "I don't think I've ever gone faster than low 80s."

Officials investigating after drone flies over Ohio prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:45 AM

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a drone flew over a northern Ohio prison while inmates were outside in the recreation yard.

A spokeswoman with the Mansfield Correctional Institution tells the News Journal (http://ohne.ws/1Id4zKZ) the drone flew over the state prison Wednesday afternoon. Mansfield is located about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Drones are unmanned aircraft that are remotely controlled or fly autonomously using flight plans and a GPS.

State Fair's Senior Day set Aug. 4 for older Ohioans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:36 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Older Ohioans can get free blood pressure and other health screenings amid the funnel cakes, corn dogs and other Ohio State Fair fare.

The state Department of Aging is urging people to visit the "Well Beyond 60!" expo at the fair on the Aug. 4 Senior Day, when visitors 60 and older get half-price admission to the fair. The expo will offer blood pressure and vision screenings, falls risk assessments, and other health information. There also will be a falls prevention mini-workshop.

California relative charged in Ohio girl's drowning death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say criminal charges have been filed in the death of a 7-year-old Columbus girl who drowned while visiting her grandparents in California.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1fSY3RP ) the body of Annielee Sweet Pea Palmer was recovered Thursday from the Coachella Canal in Riverside County, California. The canal diverts water from the Colorado River to desert communities near the Mexican border.

University of Akron spends big on president's house

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 09:55 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Newly released records show the cash-strapped University of Akron has spent $950,000 on renovations to president Scott Scarborough's home.

The university announced earlier this week that it was eliminating 213 positions to help overcome a $60 million deficit. The school says the renovation of the president's residence was long overdue and represents a "20-year investment" to keep it up to standards.

Suburban Columbus theater designated as historic place

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 09:52 AM

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — The Drexel Theatre, a 1937 Art Deco cinema located just outside Columbus, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1I92hwo ) the East Main Street theater is the sixth Bexley site recognized as a historic place worthy of preservation.

The designation allows the theater to apply for state and federal tax credits to use toward future renovations.

Feds investigate after Ohio worker dies deglazing bathtub

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 07:01 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal agency says it is investigating the death of a worker in Cleveland who apparently was overcome with chemical fumes while stripping the glaze off a bathtub.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it is looking into the Wednesday death of a man who worked for a suburban Cleveland bathroom refinishing company. The worker wasn't named.

Ohio police officer arrested for selling guns to felons

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 06:46 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A suburban Cleveland police officer has been arrested on a federal criminal complaint that alleges he sold guns and a ballistic vest to two convicted felons who aren't allowed to buy or own firearms.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Lumpkin is accused in an FBI affidavit of selling the guns and vest in 2012. He's a police officer with North Randall village. Lumpkin surrendered to FBI agents on Friday. A federal magistrate has ordered that Lumpkin be detained until a hearing Wednesday.

Ohio man sentenced for creating child pornography

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 06:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 34-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for photographing his sexual abuse of a young child.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jeremiah Malfroid of suburban Columbus was sentenced Friday by a judge who called his crimes "disgusting." He had pleaded guilty in April to production of child pornography.

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