Fisherman finds woman’s unidentified body in Lake Erie
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities say a fisherman has found the unidentified body of a woman in western Lake Erie.
The Sandusky Register reports the Ottawa County coroner has said the fisherman found the body floating in the lake around 5 p.m. Saturday about 4 miles north of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.
Coroner Daniel Cadigan says the body had been in the water for some time and that it doesn’t appear to have any signs of trauma.
The Lucas County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine how the woman might have died.
Authorities find 1 man, seek 2 others from prison escape
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have captured one man and are searching for two others who escaped from a state-run regional prison in southeast Ohio.
Nelsonville police say 30-year-old David Skeens was found in Licking County after escaping around 3 a.m. Saturday with 25-year-old Justin Stanley from the SEPTA Correctional Facility about 60 miles southeast of Columbus.
Authorities say they’re also searching for 29-year-old Troy Byrd, who escaped shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Stanley is serving time on a burglary charge and Byrd for heroin possession. Skeens is serving time for felonious assault.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction website says the prison has 112 beds and has an inmate work-release program.
State prison officials couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.
Police: Student sold cookies containing marijuana at school
ONTARIO, Ohio (AP) — A high school student accused of selling cookies sprinkled with marijuana has been charged with a misdemeanor in northern Ohio.
The Mansfield News-Journal reports that an Ontario police report says the 18-year-old girl told police and school administrators she made the cookies, sprinkled them with marijuana and sold them at school to fellow students.
The Ontario High School student is charged in Ontario Mayor’s Court with a first-degree misdemeanor relating to putting harmful substances in food.
Police say the teen said she brought the cookies to school two days in March and sold two bags of them for $5 each to two other students.
Authorities say none of the handful of students who reportedly ate the cookies showed signs of impairment when police performed a field sobriety check.
Senior volunteers can earn college credits under new program
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new program at Ohio State University will let older residents from the surrounding area earn vouchers through volunteer work to help cover tuition for themselves, relatives or other students in need.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that seniors who volunteer 100 hours or more annually at selected agencies can earn three credit hours at OSU under the school’s “GIVEback. GOforward” program.
The new initiative announced last week stipulates that the volunteers — Franklin County residents age 60 and up — can use their vouchers to take classes themselves or donate them to others.
OSU President Michael Drake says the idea behind the program is to bring two generations together, encourage community engagement by seniors, save tuition money and increase the pool of local volunteers.
Pence lauds Trump’s terrorism efforts during Ohio speech
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence lauded President Donald Trump for his administration’s battle against the Islamic State terror group during a visit to central Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Pence said during a speech at an electronics manufacturing services company in suburban Columbus on Saturday that Trump is “taking the fight to the terrorists, on our terms, on their soil.”
Pence in his speech at Dynalab in Reynoldsburg said Trump’s executive order aimed at unraveling former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan marks the end of the “war on coal” and Washington’s “assault” on affordable energy.
Pence also said the fight to repeal and replace Obama’s signature health care initiative isn’t over despite the recent failure of the U.S. House to muster enough votes to pass legislation.