Ohio News Briefs

More cracks in concrete at Ohio nuclear plant prompt repairs

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — Workers will spend several weeks repairing cracks in an Ohio nuclear plant’s concrete walls that protect its reactor.

FirstEnergy Corp. says its Davis-Besse nuclear plant along Lake Erie near Toledo will continue to operate during the work this fall.

Workers will remove and replace concrete in the areas where the cracks are located.

The utility and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission both say consultants have determined that the cracks have not weakened the concrete shield building.

The first cracks were found in the plant’s concrete shell in 2011. Plant operators have said the problem traces back to a 1978 blizzard that likely pushed moisture into the concrete.

FirstEnergy waterproofed the building and stepped up inspections, but it believes there is still water within the concrete causing the cracks to grow.

Ohio prosecutor says 7 non-citizens cast illegal ballots

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor says seven people have been indicted on charges they voted illegally because they weren’t citizens.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the seven registered and voted in the county that includes the city of Columbus during elections in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

O’Brien, a Republican, says his office also investigated several non-citizens who registered and voted but had also checked a box on a questionnaire indicating they were not citizens.

O’Brien says those individuals weren’t prosecuted but were removed from the voter rolls.

The prosecutor investigated the allegations along with the Ohio Secretary of State and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Mother arrested after death of 3-month-old child

KENT, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother has been arrested after the death of her 3-month-old daughter.

Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Knisely was arraigned Thursday on a charge of child endangering.

Police responded to a home in Kent on Wednesday after a man called 911 to report an infant not breathing.

Kent Police Lt. Mike Lewis tells the Akron Beacon Journal it appeared Knisely was sleeping in the same bed as the infant before the child’s death. He says police are continuing to investigate, but he believes the death was preventable.

The newspaper says Knisely could not be reached for comment.

Pursuit of bank robbery suspects ends with deadly crash

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a pursuit of suspected bank robbers in suburban Cleveland ended with a crash that killed one person and injured several others.

The robbery was reported Thursday at a bank in Garfield Heights. Police say the fleeing suspects struck two police vehicles during the chase, injuring an officer and a police dog, but continued driving and crashed into another vehicle.

One of the suspects was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Two others were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. A person in the other vehicle was also expected to survive.