Ohio News Briefs

Honda to invest $124M for wind tunnel at center in Ohio

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Honda says it will invest $124 million to establish a wind tunnel facility at a research center in Ohio.

A statement from the president of Honda R&D Americas Inc. says the new facility at the Transportation Research Center will be integral to the company’s aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research and development. The center is in East Liberty about 50 miles northwest of Columbus.

Honda says the tunnel will feature wind speeds of up to 192 mph and will be capable of testing both production vehicles and racecars.

Groundbreaking for the new facility is scheduled for this summer.

Honda also says the wind tunnel facility will have enough space to provide an opportunity for customers other than Honda to use it.

Ohio police: Dog that fatally mauled man is later shot dead

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a dog apparently broke away from a chain and mauled a man to death in southwest Ohio.

Dayton police responded to a report about a man screaming for help amid the sound of barking dogs around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Mark Ponichtera says police found the man being attacked in an alley. They were able to get the dog to back off, and the man was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Police shot and killed the dog, which they say was a pit bull. They were trying to determine its owner.

Police didn’t immediately have the man’s identity. They described him as middle-aged.

Dayton had two unrelated dog mauling deaths in 2014 — one of a 7-month-old boy, the other of a 57-year-old woman.

Nearly 1,900 wild turkeys harvested in 2-day youth season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say nearly 1,900 wild turkeys were harvested during the two-day hunting season for youths.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters age 17 and under were eligible to participate in the season for young hunters that ran from April 22 to April 23. The total harvest of 1,895 wild turkeys in this year’s season was an increase from 2016, when 1,564 wild turkeys were checked.

All participants were required to possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license and a spring turkey permit. They also had to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

The youth spring turkey season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed by the department’s Division of Wildlife. Special youth seasons also are set aside for upland game, white-tailed deer and waterfowl hunting opportunities.

Elections board ex-chief pleads guilty over false timesheets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former county elections board director in Columbus has pleaded guilty to a felony charge alleging he knowingly approved inaccurate timesheets for a fiscal officer who was paid for time that she didn’t work.

Former Franklin County elections board director William Anthony Jr. was indicted on theft and evidence-tampering charges. He pleaded guilty Monday in a plea deal to a single count of securing writings by deception.

A message seeking comment from his Columbus attorneys was left Tuesday.

The state auditor says a tip on a fraud hotline led to the investigation.

The auditor’s office says the former fiscal officer accused of wrongly receiving more than $7,500 in pay pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor falsification charge.

Central Ohio lawmaker resigns to focus on business, family

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from central Ohio has resigned, saying she wants to focus on her family and her financial planning business.

Heather Bishoff was elected to the Ohio House in 2012 and was in her third term representing communities east and south of downtown Columbus. The Army Reserve veteran from Blacklick resigned from the Legislature on Monday.

The 43-year-old Bishoff tells The Columbus Dispatch that her family plans to move to the San Diego area to be near her oldest son, a Marine recruit.

In a parting letter, Bishoff says she wishes her colleagues the best in continuing to maintain quality of life for all Ohioans.

The House Democratic Caucus says it expects to have a screening panel choose Bishoff’s replacement in the coming weeks.

New Ohio award will recognize military-friendly schools

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A new designation will honor Ohio schools that demonstrate commitment to helping students and families connected to the military.

State officials announced the Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools during an event Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton.

The state says about 34,000 Ohio children have at least one parent serving in the military as active duty, reserve or Ohio National Guard members. Officials say schools can help those families address related issues, such as students having to change schools frequently and coping with the effects of a parent’s deployment.

Schools applying for the two-year Purple Star designation will have to meet certain criteria . Those include providing a staff liaison for military families and having a dedicated school webpage with resources for those families.