Ohio News Briefs

Playing toddler is fatally struck by car in Ohio driveway

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a car pulling into the driveway of a central Ohio home fatally struck a 2-year-old girl who was sitting or lying on the driveway while playing.

Columbus police say the toddler, Mya Canfield, died at a hospital after being hit on Sunday evening.

WSYX-TV reports that the girl’s uncle said he pulled the child from beneath the car and had tried to administer CPR with the help of a neighbor.

Police say the 52-year-old man who was driving the car has cooperated with officers investigating the apparent accident. No charges were immediately filed.

Edison’s Ohio hometown buries time capsule to mark 200 years

MILAN, Ohio (AP) — Residents of inventor Thomas Edison’s Ohio hometown have marked its 200th anniversary by burying mementos in a time capsule that’s intended to be opened in a century.

The Sandusky Register reports people in Milan contributed dozens of items. They included photos and drone footage of town, currency, bourbon, a phone book, Edison-related souvenirs, passes to Cedar Point amusement park and a ticket stub from a recent record-setting baseball win by the Cleveland Indians.

The reinforced canister was dropped underground during a Sunday ceremony and covered with a heavy plaque. It bears a picture of Edison and the words history, innovation and community.

Current residents are celebrating 200 years since people began claiming Milan as their home, but it’s not officially the bicentennial because the city wasn’t founded until 1833.

Woman killed in jet ski collision on rural Ohio farm pond

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old woman was killed when two jet skis collided on a farm pond in rural northern Ohio.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was on one jet ski when she was struck by another one on Sunday evening in Crawford County’s Tod Township, roughly 60 miles north of Columbus.

The woman was pronounced dead at a hospital. Authorities said her name was being withheld until her relatives could be notified about the death.

The sheriff’s office says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will help investigate what happened.

Medicaid enrollment service shuts down in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say they are shutting down a service that helps Ohio residents enroll in Medicaid.

The Plain Dealer reports the Ohio Association of Foodbanks decided to shut down its Navigator program last Thursday after it was notified of a 71 percent cut in its grant funding.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says most of the program’s 54 employees will be laid off effective immediately.

The organization employs Navigators who help residents sign up for health insurance through Medicaid or through Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Hamler-Fugitt says now there won’t be any Navigators left in the state. Another program ended its Navigator operations earlier this month after it had yet to receive grant funding.

Ohio Statehouse turns spooky for Halloween season tours

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Statehouse is preparing for its annual spooky celebration of state history and legend.

Ticket sales are underway for the Halloween season’s Haunted Statehouse tours, featuring staff members and costumed volunteers leading visitors on a family-friendly excursion through the state capital’s dimly lit limestone corridors.

This year’s tour features old favorites, new stories and what the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board calls “recently found evidence of paranormal activity” in the building.

Tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays during the last two weekends of October. They depart every half hour between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. They must be pre-ordered. The event is considered appropriate for ages 9 and older.