Ohio News Briefs

State wildlife council approves some fishing rules changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Wildlife Council has approved changes to bag and size limits for fish in some bodies of water.

The council recently approved changes to allow a year-round open season for black bass in the Lake Erie sport fishing district.

Additional changes establish a daily bag limit of one black bass with an 18-inch minimum size limit from May 1 through the fourth Saturday in June. Existing black bass regulations of a five-fish daily limit with a 14-inch minimum size limit still apply at other times of the year.

Other approved changes remove the 30-fish daily bag limit and the 9-inch minimum size limit for crappie at Acton, Clendening, Hargus, Highlandtown, Knox, Madison, Nimisila, Rush Creek, and Springfield lakes and at C.J. Brown, Clear Fork, Griggs, and West Branch reservoirs.

Couple pledge $1M to cancer research at university

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio husband and wife have pledged $1 million to expand pancreatic cancer research at the University of Toledo.

The university says the gift from Hal and Susan Fetterman, of Toledo, will fund research into pancreatic cancer treatment. The National Cancer Institute says pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

The donation setting up the UTMC Pancreatic Cancer Research Innovation Fund honors Hal Fetterman’s sister, Joyce Schwyn, and three friends who died from pancreatic cancer.

Half of the donation will go to recruit a top-tier faculty researcher to UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The other half will cover costs of an upcoming clinical drug trial at the University of Toledo Medical Center and support a grant competition among faculty cancer researchers.

Car hits Amish buggy, injuring all 7 people in buggy

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s State Highway Patrol says a man has hit an Amish buggy with his car, injuring all seven people in the horse-drawn vehicle.

A release from the patrol’s Ashland post says Patrick Muscaro failed to maintain an assured clear distance and struck the rear of a buggy driven by 31-year-old Andy Swartzentruber around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Sullivan Township. The patrol says Swartzentruber, his wife and five children were ejected from the buggy.

Troopers say Swartzentruber and two of his children were flown to hospitals with serious injuries. His wife and their other children were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The patrol says 47-year-old Muscaro, of West Salem, was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence. Court records don’t show an attorney for him.

Police: Body in park was found on fire

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a woman’s body found in a park in Ohio over the weekend was on fire when authorities arrived.

Police in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington initially reported that a body was found shortly after 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Burbank Park under what they considered suspicious circumstances.

Officer Bryan McKean said later that firefighters were called to the park on the report of a fire and found the body after extinguishing the blaze. A cause of death hasn’t been released.

McKean says the woman hasn’t been identified, but is believed to have been between the ages of 18 and 30.

Police reopened the park Sunday afternoon. They said there was no immediate threat to area residents.

The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting police in their investigation.