Ohio News Briefs

Ohio city bans water due to unsafe reservoir levels

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio city is banning water due to unsafe reservoir water supply levels a day after the city was issued a boil advisory because of water quality issues stemming from a water main break.

WCMH-TV reports the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office sent out an alert Sunday evening to the residents of Logan stating the ban will remain effective until the reservoir returns to safe levels.

Authorities say residents shouldn’t wash their cars, water their lawns or do anything else that could further drain the reservoir.

A boil alert had been in effect for Logan, Enterprise and Rockbridge after a major water main broke on Friday.

Ex-student gets life term for killing baby at sorority house

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio college student accused of giving birth in a sorority house bathroom and killing her baby girl by disposing of her in a trash bag has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A judge in Zanesville sentenced 21-year-old Emile Weaver on Monday. A jury last month found her guilty of aggravated murder and other charges.

Prosecutors said Weaver gave birth in a bathroom at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority at Muskingum University on April 22, 2015, then purposefully caused the death of her baby.

They said the baby girl died from asphyxiation after Weaver put her in a plastic trash bag and left it outside the sorority house.

Weaver apologized in court and said she plans to appeal the sentence.

Ohio gas prices drop; remain higher than national average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices continue to fall, while remaining slightly higher than the national average.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.34 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down six cents from the $2.50 reported this time last week and eight cents below the state average a month ago.

Monday’s national average was slightly lower than Ohio’s at $2.31.

This time last year, the state average was $2.83 and the national average was $2.78.

Demand for gasoline remains on track to set a new all-time high for the 2016 summer driving season. But motorists continue to see savings at the pump due partly to crude oil remaining relatively less expensive than in recent years.