Officials probe shooting of woman on Ohio Turnpike
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities are trying to figure out how a woman ended up taking a shotgun slug to her face while riding in a car on the Ohio Turnpike last month.
Forty-seven-year-old Julie Husband of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun Nov. 24 while riding with her family on the turnpike from Iowa to New York. She was hospitalized but is now recovering.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office are trying to figure out what happened. They have interviewed nearby landowners to find out who might have been out shooting.
The patrol tells The (Toledo) Blade that it might have been an errant shot from a hunter, since that was the second day of Ohio's two-day youth hunt.
TEEN'S 1984 DEATH-CHARGE
Not guilty plea in 1984 Cleveland girl's slaying
CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland man facing a possible death sentence has pleaded not guilty in the 1984 slaying of 14-year-old girl.
Fifty-eight-year-old Hernandez Warren entered the plea Monday to an updated indictment charging him with aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping. He was jailed without bond.
The new indictment including death-penalty specifications was returned last week.
Investigators say DNA evidence linked Warren to the killing of Gloria Pointer. She went missing while walking to school in Cleveland.
Authorities say Warren lived in the same neighborhood as the girl.
Moderate revenue changes for Ohio's 4 casinos
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Revenues at Ohio's four casinos changed only moderately last month.
Data released Monday by the Ohio Casino Control Commission shows that Cleveland's casino saw the most fluctuation, with a revenue increase from $19.5 million in October to $20.2 million in November. That's an increase of 3.5 percent.
Cincinnati's casino saw the largest drop, going from $18.2 million in October to $17.6 million last month. That's a drop of 3.3 percent.
Revenues at Columbus' casino dropped by 1 percent, to $17.5 million, while the Toledo casino's revenues went up by 1.2 percent to $14.8 million.
Statewide, casino revenues totaled $70.2 million in November. That's a 0.1 percent increase over October revenues.
Overall, the casinos have drawn more than $758 million so far this year.
OHIO PRISON RIOT-INTERVIEWS
Lawsuit seeks interviews with Ohio riot inmates
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio wants the state prisons agency to drop a ban on media interviews by inmates convicted in the 1993 Lucasville prison riot.
Four reporters and five inmates represented by the ACLU say the long-standing ban is unconstitutional and meant only to stifle public discussion of the riot.
The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Columbus asks a judge to overturn the ban and allow interviews with the inmates, including four prisoners sentenced to death for their role in the riots.
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the agency can't comment on pending litigation.
Nine inmates and a guard were killed during the 11-day riot, the nation's longest deadly prison uprising.
OHIO CAR CRASH
Ohio callers report speeding vehicle before crash
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Recordings indicate at least a half-dozen shocked travelers called emergency dispatchers to report a speeding car on the Ohio Turnpike before a double-fatal crash.
The car hit the back of a van Nov. 28, killing a Toledo couple.
In one of the call recordings released Monday by the State Highway Patrol, a woman says the car whizzed past and side-swiped her vehicle. Another caller estimates the driver was traveling "well over 100 mph."
A dispatcher also received an accident notification from a company that monitors Infiniti cars. The patrol says the speeding vehicle was an Infiniti sedan.
The patrol says troopers spotted the car but couldn't catch or keep up with it.
The driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, was charged with vehicular homicide. He's in jail on $1 million bond.
Ohio bingo profits dropping
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Profits generated by Ohio charities on bingo games have dropped steadily in recent years.
State numbers show charities playing bingo generated profits of more than $100 million last year, more than other state. But revenue has dropped annually since peaking in 2005.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the economic downturn, as well as the new casinos and racinos, have bitten into bingo profits.
Around 1,700 nonprofits use bingo to raise money. Most remain profitable, but some operations have closed in recent years or are scrambling to pay bills.
Ohio bingo games took in $855 million in 2012 and turned a profit of $106 million. But those numbers pale in comparison to 2005, when state bingo operations logged revenues of $1.4 billion and took $196 million in profits.
OSU trails Big Ten schools in research revenue
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University falls short of the other Big Ten schools in making money from research.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the university in Columbus spent $934 million on research in fiscal 2012 - the fourth-largest amount among the dozen Big Ten universities.
But Ohio State again came in last place for licensing income with $2.2 million. That's according to an annual listing by the Association of Technology Managers.
For a fifth year, Northwestern University tops the Big Ten and all other colleges with more than $122 million from inventions. Among Ohio schools, Ohio University in Athens earned $9.4 million - more than four times as much as Ohio State.
Ohio State officials said they're working hard at turning research into commercial products, but it takes time.
TRUCKER DIES ALONG TURNPIKE
Ohio trucker found dead in rig along Pa. turnpike
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - State police say a truck driver from Ohio has been found dead in the sleeping compartment of his rig after pulling off the Pennsylvania Turnpike during bad weather.
Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller says 49-year-old Robert Slaven Jr., of Springfield, Ohio, was westbound when he pulled off to the side of the toll road when rain began turning to ice on Friday night.
Police were summoned when the rig hadn't moved by morning, and say they found Slaven's body in the rig just before 11 a.m. Saturday.
Miller says Slaven died of cardiorespiratory arrest and ruled the death of natural causes.
Vapor intrusion is topic of meeting in Ohio suburb
RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) - Environmental and health officials plan to meet with residents of a suburban Dayton neighborhood about vapor intrusion that is causing dangerous indoor air pollution.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the public meeting is planned for Tuesday night at a high school regarding the environmental problems in a neighborhood in Riverside.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says vapor intrusion occurs when underground pollutants give off dangerous gases that can rise up through the soil and seep into buildings through foundation cracks and holes, causing unsafe indoor pollution that can make people sick.
The EPA's investigation started last summer after agency officials conducted some sampling in the area.
The meeting notification was sent to about 140 residences.
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