Ohio News Briefs


Pence to speak at Ohio GOP dinner as party faces fissures

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is slated to return to Ohio this month for the Ohio Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner.

Party officials say Pence will speak at the July 22 event at Ohio State University. It’s his second visit to Ohio in less than a month. He toured a Cleveland manufacturing facility June 28.

His speech comes after battles over health care have left Republicans in state government and Congress at odds within their party. GOP Gov. John Kasich last week protected Ohio’s Medicaid expansion by vetoing a provision that state lawmakers had approved in an effort to eventually halt program enrollment.

Kasich also is among Republican governors pressuring GOP senators to shield their states from Medicaid cuts as they work toward scrapping Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law.

911 calls reflect chaos from shooting at gender reveal party

CINCINNATI (AP) — Recorded 911 calls reflect chaos and confusion after gunfire at a party near Cincinnati that left a woman dead and eight people injured.

WCPO-TV reports one caller told a dispatcher: “There’s a whole lot of people here shot.”

Colerain Township police say two gunmen opened fire Saturday night at a house party held to reveal the gender of a pregnant woman’s unborn child. The injured included three young children and the expectant mother, who told local media she lost her baby after being shot in the leg.

Police say the woman who died was 22-year-old Autum Garrett, of Huntington, Indiana.

A motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately clear.

The gunmen fled. No arrests have been made. The police chief is urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

Small plane crashes in Ohio pond; bodies of man, woman found

BEVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed when a small plane crashed into a retention pond in southeastern Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the remains of an unidentified man and woman have been recovered from the site near the Washington County village of Beverly, about 75 miles southeast of Columbus.

Authorities believe the crash occurred Saturday morning as the private plane was traveling to an airport near Parkersburg, West Virginia, from Cass County, Indiana. A search began after it disappeared from radar, and the wreckage from the plane was found at the pond Saturday afternoon.

There was no immediate word on what might have caused the crash. It is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ohio officer shot responding to domestic call; Arrest made

UNIONTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say an officer was shot several times while responding to a domestic call and a suspect has been apprehended.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office says the officer was shot four times at a Uniontown home Sunday evening in northeast Ohio.

The condition of the officer, who was taken to a hospital, was not immediately known and no further details were released by the sheriff’s office Monday morning.

Police: Man tries to set police headquarters on fire

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police have arrested a 26-year-old man who is accused of trying to set the Cincinnati Police Department’s headquarters on fire.

Police say the man lit a can of gasoline on fire Saturday and placed it next to the building. Part of the building caught fire, causing damage to a garage door.

Police say more than 50 officers and administrative personnel were inside the building at the time. No injuries were reported.

The man is facing two charges of aggravated arson and one charge of vandalism.

Funeral set for Ohio National Guard soldier killed in WWII

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio National Guard soldier whose remains went missing for 75 years after he died in World War II’s Bataan Death March will be buried in his home state.

The Ohio Adjutant General’s Department says Technician 4th Grade John Kovach Jr. will be buried with full military honors Monday in his hometown of Port Clinton in northern Ohio.

The Adjutant General’s Department says Kovach died during the brutal march in the Philippines in 1942. He was buried in a camp cemetery and was later moved to a mass grave. The U.S. Army exhumed remains from the grave in 2014 and identified Kovach through DNA testing.

Kovach enlisted with the National Guard’s 37th Tank Company in Port Clinton in 1940. He fought at Luzon and Bataan before being captured.

Rape suspect found fatally shot after Ohio police standoff

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine if a rape suspect found dead in Ohio after a police standoff was fatally shot by officers or killed himself.

The standoff occurred Sunday morning in Akron. The suspect hasn’t been identified.

Akron police say officers responded around 4 a.m. to a report of a man raping a woman at gunpoint. Police later learned the woman had sent a text message that an acquaintance was trying to sexually assault her. The woman ran out of the home when officers arrived.

Police say the man shot at officers when they tried to enter the home and that officers returned fire.

Officers fired a chemical irritant into the house four hours into the standoff and found the man fatally shot.

Two officers have been placed on leave.

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