Car crosses center line and hits SUV; driver, 6-week-old die
BETTSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a car hit an SUV head-on in northern Ohio, killing the driver of the car and a 6-week-old boy in the SUV.
Troopers say a northbound car crossed the center line on State Route 12 in Seneca County and struck the SUV on Sunday evening.
The patrol says the infant, Dhruv Misra, and the driver of the car, 21-year-old Casey Monroe, of Burgoon, died at a Toledo hospital early Monday.
Two adults and a 2-year-old in the SUV were taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.
Troopers say the children were in proper safety seats, and the adults in the SUV wore safety belts. Monroe did not.
Authorities are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.
6 bison killed by owners and farmers after farm escape
GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — Six bison were shot and killed after escaping from an Ohio farm.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says the bison escaped from a Grove City farm around 5 p.m. Sunday.
The sheriff’s office, Grove City Police Department and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources responded and attempted to corral the animals for more than an hour. Authorities say the animals were visibly agitated and attempts to corral them were unsuccessful.
Officials with the Department of Natural Resources advised that the animals should not be allowed to enter residential areas. Several options were discussed, and it was finally determined that the animals should be killed.
The owner of the bison and other farmers shot the animals around 6:47 p.m. No law enforcement personnel fired shots.
Police department creates dirt bike unit
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio police department has added dirt bikes to its fleet to combat unlicensed riders on city streets.
WEWS-TV reports the Cleveland Police Department now has its own dirt bike unit with three multi-purpose off-road bikes. The unit will be able to issue citations to dirt bike riders who do not have proper licenses or have improper equipment.
City policy prevents patrol cars from chasing dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, but police say the new dirt bikes will be exempt from this rule.
The department is planning on adding three more dirt bikes to its unit next year.
Man builds 2-story ‘Star Wars’ vehicle replica for Halloween
PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A two-story, “Star Wars”-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud.
Nick Meyer has built a replica four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, nearly as tall as his Parma home.
Meyer tells Cleveland.com he used wood, hard foam and plastic barrels. He says he enjoys the “Star Wars” movies but isn’t a fanatic and simply thought the display would be unique.
He’s not the only Ohioan continuing a habit of massive Halloween yard displays.
In Lorain, Ricky Rodriguez and his wife built what looks like a massive digging machine poking up through their driveway, surrounded by rock debris and skeletons. Rodriguez tells The Chronicle-Telegram that it’s made of wood and took six weeks to create.