Ohio News Briefs

Boy run over by float during central Ohio July Fourth parade

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A boy was injured after authorities say he was run over by a float during a Fourth of July parade in central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the boy was walking alongside a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington when witnesses say he either stopped or lost his footing. That’s when he was knocked to the ground and a trailer wheel ran over his leg.

Police Officer Shawn Paynter says the boy suffered a leg injury that wasn’t life-threatening. He says the boy seemed to being doing OK. The officer estimated the boy’s age as about 11.

The parade was stopped for about a half-hour while paramedics tended to the boy.

Ohio gas prices continue to drop; now below national average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Motorists are finding Ohio’s gas prices have continued to fall in time for the holiday.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.20 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 13 cents from the $2.33 reported this time last week and nearly 40 cents below the state average a month ago.

Monday’s national average was higher than Ohio’s at $2.27.

This time last year, the state average was $2.72 and the national average was $2.77.

Demand for gasoline is high for the summer driving season, but motorists continue to see savings at the pump. That is partly due to crude oil remaining relatively less expensive than in recent years.

Ohio man restoring plane flown in D-Day invasion

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A former state lawmaker who runs a small airport in northwestern Ohio is setting out to restore a plane that flew during the D-Day invasion.

Rex Damschroder says he hopes to have the DC-3 ready for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

And he plans to fly the plane to France for the celebration.

Damschroder operates the Fremont Airport and has been flying for more than 50 years.

He tells the Sandusky Register that the plane transported paratroopers into war.

There’s still a patched bullet hole below a window where soldiers once sat.

He says the plane has a colorful history and that after the war it became an airliner hauling passengers. Later, it was part of a parachute show at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati.

Court to hear Ohio ex-sheriff’s appeal in corruption case

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A former southeast Ohio sheriff appealing his corruption conviction will have his case heard next month by a state appeals court.

An attorney for former Athens County sheriff Pat Kelly has argued there was insufficient evidence to convict him on several charges, including theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. That’s among several issues raised in the appeal.

Kelly was accused of pocketing cash by selling county vehicles to a salvage yard and spending public money on clothes and meals. His attorney argued that Kelly traded forfeited vehicles for cash that was used for law enforcement purposes.

Kelly was sentenced to seven years in prison. The Fourth District Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments in the appeal on July 21 in Athens County.