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Cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps, hurting 2

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 125 feet has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors.

Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards says a cable on one of the Skyhawk ride's carriages disconnected late Saturday. One rider was treated at a hospital and released. The other rider was treated at the scene.

Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders at speeds up to 60 mph. The park says the ride was closed temporarily in 2013 for an unrelated reason.

Edwards says Skyhawk will remain closed until an investigation into the cause of the accident is completed.

He says, "Safety is our top priority."

Cedar Point in Sandusky is the flagship park of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the nation's fourth-largest amusement park company.


Ohio authorities say 2 killed in small plane crash

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio say that two people were killed in an early morning small plane crash.

The Hancock County sheriff's office says that the crash occurred at about 1:10 a.m. EDT Sunday. Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board launched investigations of the single-engine plane crash that killed both people on board.

The Blade newspaper of Toledo reports that the plane crashed into a ditch, along a county road just northeast of the city of Findlay. The falling plane clipped a power line, knocking it down.

The Blade reports that the plane was traveling from Holland, Michigan, to Bluffton, Ohio, near Findlay.

Authorities say the plane carried a male pilot and female passenger. Names of the dead weren't released pending notification of family.


Ohio man's body found in southeast Michigan lake

ERIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Southeastern Michigan authorities say that a 34-year-old Toledo, Ohio-area man apparently drowned after falling from a personal watercraft on a private lake.

The Monroe County sheriff's department says that searchers found the body of Jason G. Mitchell of Perrysburg, Ohio, about 1 p.m. Sunday in about 7 feet of water.

The lake is in Erie Township, just north of the Ohio state line.

The sheriff's department says in a statement that that a 28-year-old Ohio woman was operating the watercraft and Mitchell was her passenger. It says he fell off and disappeared under water about 8 p.m. Saturday.

The department says Mitchell wasn't wearing a flotation device. It says that searchers worked from 8:15 p.m. Saturday until 1:30 a.m. Sunday and resumed the effort after dawn.


Ohio man jailed after slow-speed police chase

CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities in southwest Ohio say a 44-year-old man has been jailed for inducing panic and other charges after leading police on a slow-speed chase in which he held a gun to his head.

Christopher McFerron of Lockland was being held Sunday in Hamilton County Jail pending a court appearance Monday. No attorney was listed for him.

Police say dozens of officers were involved in a chase at 2 mph to 30 mph that lasted more than an hour Saturday in the western Cincinnati area.

Authorities say police had signaled McFerron to stop. They say he stopped on Interstate 74, ordered his wife out, and then drove off with a .40-caliber handgun to his head. Police say they closed parts of Interstate 275 until McFerron gave up after ingesting heroin.


Pretrial hearing set for indicted Ohio legislator

CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain has a pretrial hearing.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John Andrew West scheduled a hearing Monday in the case, with state Rep. Pete Beck scheduled for trial in November.

Beck is charged with felony counts that include theft and securities fraud.

A former business partner has agreed to testify against Beck as part of a plea agreement.

The 61-year-old accountant from the northern Cincinnati suburb of Mason has denied the allegations through his attorneys. Beck lost his chances for re-election after being defeated in in this year's Republican primary, but he has rejected calls for his resignation.


Up to $4.5M available to improve Great Lakes water

CHICAGO (AP) - Grants totaling up to $4.5 million to improve Great Lakes water quality are available to cities on the lakes' shorelines.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Great Lakes shoreline cities with populations greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply this year for the green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000. The EPA last year awarded Shoreline Cities Grants totaling just under $7 million to 16 cities with populations greater than 50,000.

EPA officials say the grants will be used for projects to reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair water quality of the lakes. Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of projects such as rain gardens, greenways and constructed wetlands on public property.


Ohio State U hospital to open new emergency room

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University will soon open a new emergency department aimed at reducing wait times and eliminating use of hallway beds.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that emergency department stays for those admitted to Wexner Medical Center have been averaging just over six hours, one of the longest waiting times in the state.

The department has more beds, and there are procedural and other changes that medical officials say should reduce length of stay for patients.

With its opening next Sunday, the university will have 70 emergency department beds, up from 50 or so now. Renovations in the old emergency department will push the total past 100 beds next year.

The new department is named for Ohio-based clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, which donated more than $10 million.


Group restoring plane that flew Lake Erie islands

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A northern Ohio group restoring a Ford Tri-Motor plane to flying condition hopes it will someday help future generations appreciate the aircraft's role in developing the Lake Erie Islands region and commercial aviation.

The Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation has worked for a decade to restore a 1929 plane that flew for Island Airlines to the Lake Erie Islands in 1946-1952. The aircraft held 12 people and transported islanders and visitors daily.

The restoration is being done at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. The chief mechanic says it's expected to take about another five years and $2 million to complete.

The Port Clinton News-Herald reports that the plane will be based in Port Clinton and travel to air shows and museums in the Midwest.


Ohio offers extra hunting days for mourning doves

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio will allow extra days for hunting mourning doves this year.

The Ohio Wildlife Council recently extended the state's dove season 20 days. Dove hunting will be allowed Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 and Dec. 15 through Jan. 1. The daily limit is 15 birds with a possession limit of 45 birds after the season's second day.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. The controlled hunts will occur the first two days of the season, Sept. 1 and 2.

Hunting hours will be noon to sunset for all controlled dove hunts.

The council also set Sept. 1 as the opening day of hunting for other early migratory birds including the Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.


Cincinnati man wins grueling, 135-mile foot race

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man has won what is widely considered the most grueling race in all of running.

Thirty-eight-year-old Harvey Lewis finished first Tuesday at the Badwater 135 ultramarathon, with a time just shy of a full 24 hours.

He beat out about 100 other competitors from across the globe, 14 of whom weren't even able to finish the race.

Badwater is a 135-mile slog outside California's Death Valley.

This year's race course was altered to include more extreme elevation changes, and Lewis says it's the hardest run he's ever done. He says it felt like he was pushing a car or carrying 100 pounds on his back the entire time.

Lewis is a teacher at downtown Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts.

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