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Ohio man accused of dumping manure at county Democratic HQ

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A 47-year-old Ohio man accused of dumping manure at his county’s Democratic Party headquarters has been arrested.

The Warren County sheriff’s office said Monday that James Pinell is charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor.

The county’s Democratic Party chairwoman said a truckload of manure was dumped outside the Lebanon headquarters Saturday. She said the party had a security camera, after the same thing happened in 2012.

The local GOP in the Republican-dominated county northeast of Cincinnati denied any connection.

Pinell tells The Associated Press he is anti-abortion. He also asserted responsibility for the 2012 dump.

He says he was identified with the help of the security video. He says he will try to get an attorney, but expects to pay a fine.

He’s due in court Thursday.

Average gas prices in Ohio remain below national average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices in Ohio are below the current national average and below the state’s average price reported a month ago.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.05 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s 16 cents below Monday’s national average of $2.21 and nine cents below Ohio’s average price of $2.14 reported a month ago.

The average price in the state and the nation at this time last year was $2.18 for a gallon of gas.

Demand typically goes down in the fall due to lower driving demand and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline. But continued unplanned outages associated with seasonal refinery maintenance could create volatility in some parts of the country.

Ohio ex-trooper accused of raping female colleague off duty

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio trooper accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague has been indicted on two counts of rape in Lucas County.

The Blade in Toledo reports Adam Foster, of Liberty Center, is suspected of assaulting the woman at her home last year while they were off duty.

A message seeking comment was left Monday for his lawyer, who had indicated the 33-year-old Foster would turn himself in to authorities.

Foster was fired in September after an internal investigation. WTOL-TV reports the investigation found that Foster had made unwanted physical advances toward a different female trooper while demonstrating defensive tactics at the State Highway Patrol’s academy in Columbus.

He was an instructor there. He also had worked at the patrol’s Swanton post in northwest Ohio.

Live tiger planned at Ohio football game absent after all

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A football team that had a live tiger cub mascot on the sidelines for decades before Ohio cracked down on exotic animal ownership will have to wait to repeat the tradition.

Boosters for Massillon’s Washington High School had said a live tiger would be brought in from Syracuse, New York, for last Saturday’s rivalry game against Canton McKinley. Booster club president Matt Keller tells The Independent in Massillon that didn’t happen because there were logistical and staffing problems.

Ohio’s rules enacted several years ago included an exemption for Massillon’s “Obie” mascot under certain stipulations. Boosters had trouble meeting those requirements, so the live mascot has become a rarity.

The booster club had said the estimated $2,000 cost for bringing a tiger from Syracuse would be paid through donations.

Police ID 2 found shot at Columbus home; suspect arrested

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police have identified two people who were fatally shot at a home in Ohio’s capital over the weekend.

Columbus officers responding to the reported shooting found 43-year-old Nicole Caudill and 53-year-old Timothy Carney in a basement early Sunday. Both died at the scene.

A suspect, 48-year-old John Henry, of Clarksburg, was arrested in Fayette County and charged with murder. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Police say Henry had been linked romantically with Caudill and that the two had a dispute leading up to the shooting. Police say Carney apparently wasn’t an intended target in the shooting.

Police Sgt. Jeff Strayer says several other people were in the home when the shooting occurred.

Stone eagle flanking 122-year-old bridge toppled in crash

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a driver crashed into a 122-year-old bridge in a Cincinnati park, toppling one of four stone eagles that were once part of the city’s Chamber of Commerce building before it burned down in 1911.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports police say a hospital worker heading home from a night shift early Sunday crashed into the side of the Melan Arch Bridge trying to avoid hitting a deer.

The five-foot-tall eagles flank the bridge, which museum records say is the oldest reinforced concrete bridge in the country.

University of Cincinnati library records say the eagles had been on the estate of real-estate developer and business speculator Jacob Hoffner. Abraham Lincoln visited Hoffner’s statues in 1855.

The city Transportation and Engineer’s Office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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