FATAL CLUB SHOOTING
Officer among 3 men killed in Ohio club shooting
FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - Police say a gunman opened fire inside a northern Ohio nightclub, killing an off-duty police officer and two other men and wounding a fourth.
Authorities say the shooting happened early Sunday at the Last Call Bar in Fremont. No arrest has been made, and detectives are working to identify the gunman.
Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma says the shooter had been in the bar for some time and may have fought with another patron "when things went horribly wrong."
He identified the dead as 26-year-old Elmore police Officer Jose Andy Chavez, 28-year-old bartender Ramiro Sanchez and 25-year-old customer Daniel Ramirez.
A fourth man, 25-year-old Ramiro Arreola (AR'-ay-oh-lah), was taken to a Toledo hospital in critical condition.
Fremont is about 35 miles southeast of Toledo.
HOUSE FIRE-COUPLE KILLED
Married couple killed in Cincinnati house fire
CINCINNATI (AP) - A house fire has killed a Cincinnati husband and wife who were in their 80s.
WLWT-TV reports that fire crews arrived to the burning home Sunday morning but were unable to save Hank and Janet Drescher. The pair were pronounced dead at a local hospital
Police say that 80-year-old Hank Drescher is a retired police officer.
Neighbor Vicki Wnuk tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that Hank used to be a detective for Cincinnati police.
She says he and his wife were kind people and had three adult children.
More than 10 fire departments were called to the scene. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Ohio man's killing last year still a mystery
CINCINNATI (AP) - More than a year ago, 65-year-old Paul Leiter (LIGHT'-er) was in his southwestern Ohio home when someone outside his window trained a gun on him and shot him dead.
His killing remains unsolved.
Sgt. Al Fatute (fuh-TOOT'), the lead investigator in Leiter's death for Miami Township police, tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the department has worked the case every day since Leiter's wife found him dead in a chair the morning of Feb. 12, 2013.
Fatute described Leiter as "a very decent human being who never had an enemy in the world," and says that investigators want to be careful to get the case right.
He says the department is focused on potential leads of persons of interest but declined to elaborate.
Anyone with information is asked to call 888-352-3040.
Cleveland's natural history museum plans face-lift
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is moving toward a major renovation project.
Museum officials say they'll break ground on the $125 million project in two years.
Plans call for the museum to tear down about half of its existing space and then add new construction.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the area that houses the museum's collection of dinosaurs and prehistoric life will be rebuilt.
Museum Director Evalyn Gates says the final designs are still evolving. She says one goal is to change the museum drab appearance on the outside.
One other change will be the addition of a parking garage.
CITY POOLS-DRUG MONEY
Ohio mayor: seized drug money could fund pools
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo's mayor says seized drug money and revenue from property seized from other criminal activities might keep the northwestern Ohio city's public pools open this summer.
City council members criticized officials in Mayor D. Michael Collins' administration after learning the proposed 2014 city budget provides no funding for pools.
Collins told The (Toledo) Blade that he will review the law enforcement trust fund that contains money from police seizures of property from criminal activities. But he said he needs to determine how much money is available.
The 2013 budget included more than $230,000 for six pools and a splash pad operated by the city.
A city spokeswoman says the law enforcement trust fund typically generates $200,000 to $250,000 a year. She is reviewing permissible uses for the money.
BOY WITH BOOT STATUE
Ohio city replaces statue after 7 decades
WADSWORTH, Ohio (AP) - A northeastern Ohio city that has been without its iconic Civil War statue for more than seven decades is getting a duplicate in time for the community's bicentennial celebration this year.
The new statue for Wadsworth in Medina County depicts a boy with a leaking boot taking water to Civil War soldiers. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Wadsworth's original statue was installed in the late 1800s, but taken down at the beginning of World War II for scrap metal for the war effort.
The Medina Gazette reports that the city of Sandusky loaned one its two statues of a boy with a boot to be used as a model for Wadsworth's new one.
Similar sculptures can be found in other locations around the world. The origins of the design aren't clear.
Jimmy Carter plans Ohio book-signing event
NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to be in southwest Ohio on April 1 for a book-signing event.
Carter will be at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Cincinnati suburb of Norwood. The book set for release later this month by publisher Simon & Schuster is titled: "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power."
The 39th president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate has written books ranging from his memoirs to focusing on international issues. This book is about discrimination and human rights abuses against women and girls around the world.
The 89-year-old Georgia native will also discuss his book at the event.
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