Ohio News Briefs


Bullet strikes helmet of responding Cincinnati firefighter

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati fire department says gunfire broke out at the scene of a blaze and a bullet struck the helmet of a firefighter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the firefighter was not injured in the incident as dozens of firefighters responded to a blaze at a vacant building early Sunday morning.

The fire department says gunfire narrowly missed other firefighters.

The fire, which is under investigation, caused about $80,000 in damage to the building.

Historic lighthouse a step closer to Ohio city waterfront

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A historic lighthouse is one step closer to a northern Ohio city’s waterfront after a city council approved an agreement allowing the move.

The Port Clinton Lighthouse was built in 1896 on the west pier of the Portage River. It was decommissioned in the 1950s.

Brand’s Marina bought the lighthouse in 1985, and owner, Darrel Brand, will sign ownership over to the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy.

The Sandusky Register reports Port Clinton city council unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday night to bring the lighthouse to the waterfront.

The city now must work with the state to sub-lease a piece of land that will tentatively be used for the lighthouse. The land was leased from the state to the city after the conservancy obtained a submerged land lease.

All-Star Game mustaches staying on Cincinnati area sidewalks

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than a dozen massive mustache statues throughout Cincinnati and northern Kentucky are staying on sidewalks for two more weeks.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports officials with the Cincinnati Reds say the “‘Staches on Parade” statues will remain throughout the city until about July 28. The statues were spread around the area to celebrate the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which held July 14 at Great American Ball Park.

Officials say each statue was funded by private donors and sponsors and will return to them at the end of July.

The pieces were inspired by the Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs, who had a handlebar mustache. Each statue is about 8 feet wide, 2 1/2 feet high and weighs about 850 pounds.

Workers at Ohio health care provider must now wear underwear

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Employees at Summa Health Systems in Ohio can no longer have bright colored red or blue hair and women must cover their legs, as part of a new dress code policy.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports men must also trim their beards and everyone is required to wear underwear under the new policy, which was updated last week.

The policy states visitors have a right to expect “a neat and professional appearance” of those serving them and that violators can be disciplined and asked to change.

The policy affects all employees, including those in Akron City, St. Thomas and Barberton hospitals, SummaCare insurance agency, Summa Physicians Inc., and outpatient facilities.

A Summa spokesman says the policy is designed with patients’ best interests and safety in mind.

Trial set in death of man found in sleeping bag in Kentucky

TROY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man and woman accused in the death of the woman’s grandfather whose body was found in a sleeping bag in a Kentucky creek are set for trial.

Miami County court officials say 35-year-old Richard Terrel and 24-year-old Hope Earnshaw-York are scheduled for trial Oct. 6.

Court officials say Terrel pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property in 88-year-old William York Sr.’s death. Twenty-four-year-old Earnshaw-York pleaded not guilty to charges of gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

Messages were left for their attorneys.

Police say York, of Tipp City, died of a blunt force head injury. His remains were found June 3 in a creek in Union, Kentucky.

3 members of family die as mobile home swept into Ohio creek

RIPLEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio mother and two children were killed when their mobile home was swept into a nearby creek during a heavy rainstorm.

Officials say the family’s father and two other children survived the incident in Ripley in southern Ohio late Saturday night.

Georgetown Village Administrator Art Owens said that Red Oak Creek flooded as rain fell as heavy as four inches an hour.

Owens said the mother, a son and daughter died after the mobile home went into the creek and the father and two surviving sons were rescued about two hours later.

Owens said one of the surviving boys was found in a tree. The survivors were taken to a Cincinnati hospital.

Owens said the rain also flooded streets in nearby Georgetown.