Ohio News Briefs

Coroner: Woman found dead in western Lake Erie drowned

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say a woman found dead in western Lake Erie apparently drowned in the water.

The Ottawa County Coroner’s Office confirmed the drowning after an autopsy on the woman, who hasn’t yet been identified.

A fisherman found her body Saturday evening, floating in the lake about 4 miles north of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.

The coroner says it appears the body had been in the water for some time, and there were no signs of trauma.

Ohio boy, 13, dies of suspected heroin overdose; dad jailed

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old Ohio boy died of a suspected heroin overdose, and his father has been jailed in a previous drug-related case.

Nathan Wylie’s father and another man brought the unresponsive boy to a Dayton fire station March 28 and indicated that Nathan got into his father’s drugs. The boy died Saturday at a hospital.

Police told the Dayton Daily News on Monday they were awaiting a toxicology report and interviewing witnesses to determine exactly what kind of drugs the boy accessed and how.

His father, 40-year-old Robert Wylie, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and remained jailed in connection with a December traffic stop in which he was arrested for drug possession.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for his public defender in that case.

Ohio’s new ban on plywood for vacant properties takes effect

CLEVELAND (AP) — It’s officially illegal in Ohio to use plywood to board up properties certified as vacant and abandoned.

Ohio is the first state with such a ban to fight blight. The law that took effect this week is a boon for a practice known as clear boarding, using see-through polycarbonate windows and doors to secure vacant properties. Fannie Mae, the federal government-sponsored mortgage association, has used clear-boarding for several years.

Supporters of the change contend that though plywood is cheaper and easy to use, it sends a visual signal that lowers surrounding property values. They also say it’s not just aesthetics, arguing that plywood is susceptible to vandalism and blocks visibility for emergency responders.

The trade organization representing North American plywood makers says the change increases costs for the properties’ owners.

Scenes for movie starring Robert Redford to be shot in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some scenes for a motion picture starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck are slated to be filmed in southwest Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports some scenes for “The Old Man and The Gun” are scheduled to be shot Tuesday in Bethel, about 35 miles east of Cincinnati.

Some of the village locations chosen for the movie include a gas station and a theater.

Bethel Mayor Alan Ausman said the Midway Theater is one of the only single-screen movie houses remaining in Ohio.

Ausman says he’s pleased the village is being included in a major motion picture. He said he found out about it from his church pastor.

The Bethel United Methodist Church is serving as a parking area and commissary, of sorts, for the film crew.

Ohio VA center sets wreath ceremony on WWI anniversary

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A wreath-laying ceremony is planned for Thursday at the Dayton National Cemetery to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.

Veterans Affairs officials say the morning ceremony at the cemetery’s Soldiers’ Monument in southwest Ohio is open to the public.

The U.S. entry into war in 1917 helped swing what was also called the “Great War” and the First World War, which erupted in Europe in 1914.

Germany signed an armistice with the Allies on Nov. 11, 1918.