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Judge: Ex-sub teacher must serve jail time

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has refused to vacate the 90-day jail sentence of a substitute teacher fired after showing Spanish-class students at a Columbus high school a film with graphic sex and violence.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 61-year-old Sheila Kearns’ sentence for disseminating matter harmful to juveniles was deferred while she appealed her March 2015 conviction.

Franklin County Judge Charles Schneider said Tuesday there’s no reason not to enforce the sentence.

Kearns showed several East High Spanish classes “The ABCs of Death” in April 2013. She told investigators she didn’t review the film beforehand, thought it had Spanish language scenes and had her back to the screen.

Kearns was fired and her state substitute license revoked. Her attorney sought work-release privileges and says an appeal of the sentence is being considered.

Natural gas leak blamed for blast

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say a natural gas leak contributed to the home explosion in Ohio that killed a 54-year-old woman, but the cause of the leak is still unknown.

In a statement Wednesday, Columbia Gas says they are confident their main lines and service lines did not contribute to the explosion.

Emergency responders received several calls from neighbors around 4 a.m. Monday after the explosion in southeastern Columbus.

Shelly Williams was pulled from the debris and her longtime boyfriend, 59-year-old Stewart Bell, was thrown from the home. Williams later died from her injuries. Their family dog survived.

Bell tells The Columbus Dispatch he smelled gas in the area last week, but he didn’t call because there was no smell inside the house.

An investigation continues.

Couple found dead in Mansfield home

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police believe carbon monoxide poisoning is to blame after a young couple was found dead in their home.

Records show a deputy was dispatched to a home in Mansfield Wednesday morning after the couple didn’t show up to work. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies of 34-year-old Megan Keller and 39-year-old Cody Keller were discovered inside. A dog was also found dead.

Megan Keller worked as a supervisor for the Wooster Police Department, and her husband was an employee with The Gorman-Rupp Company. Both employers issued statements saying the Kellers will be missed.

Authorities say a newly-installed coal burner at the home may have been the cause of the carbon monoxide leak.

Police: Shooting suspect killed himself on I-75

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted for shooting at a police officer last weekend has fatally shot himself after crashing his vehicle during a police chase on Interstate 75 near Cincinnati.

Police say 32-year-old Ronald Foster fled after shooting at a Springfield Township officer Sunday in a grocery store parking lot. No one was injured in an exchange of gunfire.

Police monitoring a Cincinnati vehicle impound lot Wednesday afternoon reported seeing Foster, leading to a pursuit. Cincinnati police said Foster was found by officers with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he crashed on I-75.

The interstate’s southbound lanes were closed for hours, backing up traffic for miles on the busy artery near the Ohio River.

Brothers killed in head-on crash

ORWELL, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two teenage brothers in Ohio have been killed after a head-on collision east of Cleveland.

The State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 19-year-old Jonathon Mulhauser, of Rome Township, went left of center Wednesday morning and struck a cargo van driven by a 32-year-old Jefferson man on State Route 45 in Rome Township.

The collision also killed 18-year-old front-seat passenger Jacob Mulhauser, who was being driven to Grand Valley High School in Orwell. The teens died at the crash scene. The cargo van driver reportedly wasn’t injured.

The state patrol says both vehicles caught fire after the collision. The Ashtabula Star Beacon reports a school bus driver stopped and tried to extinguish the flames.

Rome Township is about 55 miles east of Cleveland.

Middletown mayor’s mother, brother win elections

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Middletown will soon be joined in public office by his brother and his mother.

Cathie Mulligan won a seat on the City Board of Education and Joe Mulligan won a seat on the City Council in Tuesday’s election. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports they will join Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan in public office.

The Mulligan family will fill three of the 10 total seats on the school board and city council.

Joe Mulligan is a returning candidate to Middletown City Council, as he previously completed a term two years ago. Cathie Mulligan is a newcomer to the school board.

Larry Mulligan was elected to a third four-year term in November 2015.

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