Ohio News Briefs

Autopsy planned on girl, 2, found on porch in freezing temps

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio investigators in the case of a 2-year-old girl found unresponsive on a porch in freezing weather are awaiting autopsy results to learn how she died.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the toddler’s mother found her Friday on the front porch of their apartment in Akron.

Authorities have identified the girl as Wynter Parker. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office was scheduled to perform an autopsy Monday.

WJW-TV reports that the mother told a 911 dispatcher she found the toddler “frozen” outside. Temperatures in the area on Friday ranged between 12 and 19 degrees Fahrenheit (-11 and -7 degrees Celsius).

The girl died after she was taken to a hospital.

No charges have been filed.

Boy hospitalized after fall through ice of frozen Ohio pond

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy who fell into a frozen Ohio pond was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water, and a police officer who tried to rescue him also was taken to a hospital.

Columbus firefighters say the boy fell through ice on a pond near an apartment complex Monday morning.

WBNS-TV reports that police say the boy was in the water for over 10 minutes before a fire department rescue team retrieved him and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

A police officer who first went into the water after the boy was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Ohio convention center to add restaurant built in old plane

CLEVELAND (AP) — A convention center in Cleveland says it’s turning a Cold War-era aircraft into a stationary restaurant in a bid to attract more visitors with a distinctive dining experience.

The Plain Dealer reports the Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter used for mid-flight refueling had been mothballed in Arizona for several decades before the International Exposition Center bought it last year and relocated it near the exhibition hall. The I-X Center hopes to renovate the interior of the air tanker into a 50-seat restaurant by 2020.

The industrial artist leading that task, Mike Ensminger of Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh), says he would like to leave the aircraft as historically accurate as possible.

The I-X Center has put $600,000 into the project so far, and officials anticipate spending another $500,000.