Ohio News Briefs


Suspect in Bush’s doctor’s death deeded house to Ohio woman

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who was an acquaintance of the man suspected of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush’s doctors in Houston learned several days after the fatal shooting that he’d deeded his home to her.

Jeannette Spencer, of Painesville, Ohio, told the (Willoughby) News-Herald she called Joseph Pappas on July 24 after being notified by mail about the deed transfer. Dr. Mark Hausknecht was fatally shot while riding his bike four days earlier.

She says Pappas told her he’d given the home to her because he was terminally ill. She says she’d known Pappas for about 25 years.

Spencer says Pappas texted her Monday and said he was committing suicide and provided instructions on securing the home.

Pappas killed himself Friday during a confrontation with Texas authorities.

Police: Dead woman, unconscious man found at vacant building

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say they have found a woman dead and a man unconscious behind a vacant building in southwestern Ohio.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that Middletown police Maj. Scott Reeve said officers were called Saturday morning after the two were found behind the house in the city roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Cincinnati.

Reeve said police believe the man and woman may have overdosed and then were transported and dumped behind the vacant building.

Reeve said the female was believed to be in her 20s. Her name is being withheld until relatives could be notified. An autopsy was planned for Monday.

Reeve says the unconscious man was transported to a hospital, and authorities hope he will be able to tell them “what happened.”

His condition wasn’t immediately available.

Dayton History creates new museum leadership position

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton History says it has created a new leadership position to oversee the museums services and programming.

Officials say an 18-year veteran of Dayton History has been named vice president for museum operations. Alex Heckman will perform a variety of duties in his new role. He will oversee education and public programming, daily operations and other services for Carillon Historical Park and Dayton History’s eight other museum properties.

Dayton History President Brady Kress said Heckman joined him in representing Carillon Historical Park in the process that created Dayton History in 2005 and has been central to the organization’s growth.

The organization describes Heckman as an authority on the Wright brothers’ lives and work and notes appearances on the History Channel and C-SPAN.