Ohio News Notebook


Fatal crash reported in Marion County

MARION — Authorities say a woman was killed and five others were injured when two vehicles collided in Marion County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 26-year-old Shane M. Deyo, of Rushylvania, was struck after he stopped at a stop sign and headed through an intersection on Saturday. His passenger, 46-year-old Mildred L. Robinson, was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Also taken to the hospital were Deyo; the other driver, 33-year-old Jeremy W. Cox, of Richwood; and Cox’s passengers, 31-year-old Lindsay Cox; 4-year-old Dallas Cox; and 11-year-old Makayla Cox. Their conditions were not immediately known.

No charges have been filed. An investigation is continuing.

Man sentenced to prison for library shooting

COLUMBUS — A man has been sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison after being charged with firing gunshots that wounded a man in the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s main branch downtown.

Defendant Joseph Steward pleaded guilty earlier this year to felonious assault and inducing panic following the June 11 shooting.

The Dispatch reports the 28-year-old Steward apologized to Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kim Brown at Friday’s sentencing. Steward told the judge he didn’t want to hurt the victim but also didn’t want to get beat up.

Defense attorney Robert Krapenc said Steward has a history of homelessness and misdemeanor offenses. He said he believes his client has “undiagnosed mental health issues.”

Prosecutors say Steward pulled a gun during an argument with a 47-year-old man and shot him in the ankle.

Bomb threat at Dayton Target store

DAYTON — Authorities say a bomb threat forced the evacuation of a Target store near the Dayton Mall in Miami Township.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center says someone called the store about 10 p.m. Saturday and indicated there were four packages inside that would be detonated.

Police closed nearby roads as a precaution.

An investigation is continuing.

Fiat builds off-road course in Toledo

TOLEDO — Fiat Chrysler says employees returning to its Ohio assembly complex to work on the new Jeep Wrangler will be greeted with new off-road courses.

The Blade reports the company has built dirt and gravel circuits inside the Toledo complex that feature steep hills, uneven logs and pitched slopes.

Plant manager Chuck Padden says the course will give employees hands-on experience with the Wrangler’s capabilities.

The company says professional drivers will take employees on the more difficult course while workers can try a less challenging one on their own.

About 3,200 workers were temporarily laid off in April so the plant could prepare for the launch of the new Wrangler. Padden says workers will be returning over the next few months.

Ohio State: Fall enrollment sets record

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University says overall fall enrollment hit record highs to include the main campus in Columbus.

The university said Friday that enrollment was 66,444 students overall and 59,837 in Columbus.

The university said incoming freshmen had the highest ACT scores to date for new students and a record of 1,542 minorities in the first-year class.

The total number of minority students on all campuses rose to just over 6 percent at 13,065 students, also a record.

Ohio State band headed to Macy’s parade

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Marching Band is headed to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ohio State announced on its website Saturday that the band will make its first appearance in the 2018 parade. It will join the enormous balloons, floats and performers.

Ohio State President Michael V. Drake says the university is thrilled that “the nation will experience the hard work, focus, creativity and brilliance of our students.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade creative director Wesley Whatley says the band selection committee “is proud to welcome ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’ to the streets of New York City.”

The band performed a New York-themed halftime selection at Saturday’s football game against Army, which Ohio State won 38-7. Songs included the “Theme from New York, New York.”

Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new gorilla

CINCINNATI — A new gorilla is making himself at home at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The zoo recently added a 29-year-old western lowland silverback gorilla named Mshindi from the Louisville Zoo.

He’s the first gorilla added to the exhibit since the 2016 death of Harambe, who was killed by zoo officials after a 3-year-old boy climbed into his enclosure. Harambe’s death inspired global mourning, criticism and satire.

Officials say Cincinnati zoo staffers spent time in Louisville learning about Mshindi’s personality by studying his body presentations during learned behaviors and health exams to help ensure a smooth transition to his new home.

Mshindi will be introduced to the Cincinnati Zoo’s two female gorillas, Chewie and Mara, after becoming acclimated to his new surroundings.

The exhibit will close Oct. 3 for renovations.

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