Lightning Hits City Elevator Shaft, House In Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Lightning strikes from strong wind and thunderstorms in the Cincinnati area sparked at least two house fires and struck an elevator shaft at a city building, forcing a brief evacuation. No injuries were reported. Heavy rain whipped by winds of more than 40 mph...

Former Bluffton police officer sentenced to prison

LIMA — A former Bluffton auxiliary police officer was ordered to serve four years in prison for sex with a teenage girl. Andrew Probst, 24, of Bluffton, engaged in sexual conduct with the girl who was between the ages of 13 and 15, said Assistant Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser....

Editorials From Around Ohio

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 26 It’s time to review the death penalty. Regular review and, if necessary, reform of death penalty standards are essential to be sure the ultimate...

Ohio Boy Loses Eye In BB Gun Accident

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A 10-year-old Ohio boy has lost his eye in a BB gun accident. His grandmother, Barbara Bennett of Harrison Township near Dayton, tells the Dayton Daily News (bit.ly/1fkVQOl) the boy was playing with a friend Sunday when the incident occurred. Dayton police and...

New Giraffe Born At Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is welcoming a new baby giraffe. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (cin.ci/1pGdkJc) 7-year-old mother Tessa gave birth around 5:30 a.m. Monday. Zoo officials couldn’t immediate determine the calf’s gender. The...

Ohio’s Tick Population Eyed As Funding Awaited

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say it’s difficult to know the exact size of Ohio’s rising tick population after funding cuts to a monitoring program. The Columbus Dispatch reports (bit.ly/1hHRQl7) the bugs and the diseases they carry, such as Lyme...

Cleveland Official IDs Woman Killed In Store Crash

CLEVELAND (AP) — A county medical examiner has identified a woman killed in Cleveland after a car in which she was a passenger crashed into a convenience store. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer newspaper reports (bit.ly/1fIPHWJ) the woman was 27-year-old Amandia Davis of Toledo....

Students In Ohio Protest Tuition Hikes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Students across Ohio are protesting recent tuition increases enacted or proposed at eight of the state’s 14 public universities. The Columbus Dispatch reports (bit.ly/1rE2CR1) some of those who are upset by rising costs have joined the Ohio Student...

Volunteers Seek Body Of Missing Ohio Boy, 4

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Local volunteers in Dayton say they plan to continue helping police search this week for a 4-year-old boy missing since last month. The Dayton Daily News reports (bit.ly/1kc2G5U) about a dozen volunteers searched the Stillwater River area Sunday for Zaden...

Gorilla Surprises Zoo By Acting As Surrogate Mom

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo says a baby gorilla in need of a surrogate mother has bonded surprisingly with a female gorilla who showed no interest in parenting her own seven offspring. The young male gorilla, named Kamoli (kam-AH’-lee), was born at the central Ohio...