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Woman Wins Rural Ohio Bowling Alley's $3.4M Raffle Jackpot


GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Organizers of a rural Ohio bowling alley's weekly raffle that has drawn huge crowds in recent weeks say a woman has won more than $3 million.


SkyLane Bowling owner Aaron King says a Mantua woman won the Queen of Hearts drawing Sunday. The winner wasn't present at the Garrettsville bowling alley but will receive the full prize — 90 percent of the $3.4 million jackpot.


About 15,000 people showed up for the drawing last week, prompting organizers in the Cleveland suburb to change the rules so the winner didn't have to be present to receive the full winnings.


The drawing cost $5 a ticket. Players hope to guess which slot on a board of cards holds the namesake card.


King says about 5,000 people attended Sunday's drawing.



UPDATE: Ohio Sheriff: Search Turns Up No Sign of Ultralight Crash


UPDATE: Ohio sheriff: Search turns up no sign of ultralight crash


URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in western Ohio says crews who searched through cornfields after getting a report of an ultralight crash found no evidence of a wreck.


Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said Sunday that it appears there never was a crash. He says search crews looked over the area Saturday on the ground and by air.


He says no wreckage was found and that there are no missing person reports from any of the airports nearby.


The sheriff says a witness who lives nearby had called authorities to report that he thought he saw an ultralight go down north of Urbana.


Melvin says the only thing they found in the fields were a few birthday balloons.


Sunday 2:11AM


Authorities say an ultralight glider has crashed in Salem Township and the operator has not been found.


The Champaign County Sheriff's Office says the crash was reported around 3:40 p.m. Saturday in an area between Bellefontaine and Urbana. WHIO-TV reports that a search conducted by a drone and another ultralight glider failed to locate the operator.


The search for the operator of an ultralight glider that crashed Saturday was called off in the evening.

The crash was reported in the 2000 block of Kennard-Kingscreek Road in Salem Twp., but this evening there were no authorities on scene and it wasn’t known where the aircraft was taken.


An investigation is continuing.



Driver of Ohio Ambulance Struck by SUV Dies


CLYDE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an ambulance driver has died after an SUV went through a stop sign and struck the ambulance.


The State Highway Patrol reports that 45-year-old Sandra L. Cline, of Holland, died Friday at a hospital in Toledo where she was taken after the Thursday night crash.


The patrol says the SUV driver and two passengers in the ambulance, including a patient, were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.


The patrol says a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, man was driving his SUV on a Sandusky County road in Green Creek Township when he went through a stop sign and hit the ambulance. The force of the crash caused the ambulance to overturn.


The crash remains under investigation.



'Don King Way' Won't Move to Street Where he Killed a Man


CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's city council won't further consider a proposal to put Don King's name on the street where the legendary boxing promoter stomped a man to death in 1966.


Don King


The honorary "Don King Way" already exists in Cleveland, on a segment of a boulevard near the newspaper he owns.


Two council members proposed moving the honorary street name to an avenue where King killed an employee.


Cleveland.com reports the council president determined the proposal won't move forward.


King says he doesn't care whether "Don King Way" is moved.


King says he's felt contrition for killing the man, Sam Garrett, who he says had jumped on his back. King spent almost four years in prison for the killing and was later pardoned by former Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes.



Ohio Elections Chief Wrongly Purged Voters According to Appeals Court


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's process for maintaining its voter rolls wrongfully removes eligible people, a federal appeals court ruled Friday as the perennial presidential battleground state prepares for the fall election.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the New York-based public advocacy group Demos sued Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted in April, claiming the state illegally drops registered voters from its registration list based on their failure to vote in recent elections.


The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found Ohio's process violates federal law. One judge on the court's three-judge panel concurred in part, and dissented in part.


The decision sends the case back to the lower court, which must establish a process for either restoring purged voters to the rolls or allowing them to vote provisionally and having all those votes count.


In a statement, Husted said he awaits a "workable remedy" from the district court.


"To that end, if the final resolution requires us to reinstate voting eligibility to individuals who have died or moved out of Ohio, we will appeal," he said.


The ACLU's Mike Brickner said time is of the essence, with the general election less than seven weeks away and early voting beginning even sooner.


"It's important that we have some finality here, so that poll workers, voters and election officials all know what the rules are in advance of Election Day," he said.


It wasn't clear exactly how many voters have been affected by the purge process, but estimates are tens to hundreds of thousands.


Voters can check their registration online. The state's deadline to register, re-register or update an address is Oct. 11.

Husted says the appeals court ruling overturns 20 years of practice carried out by the last four elections chiefs.


The state's attorneys had argued that other states "use processes like, or more expansive than, Ohio's." In an appeals court in a brief, they noted methods in Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Montana.


The 6th Circuit sided with the groups' allegations that the state's maintenance of the voter rolls "has led to, and threatens to continue to result in, the disenfranchisement of eligible Ohio voters."


Judge Eugene E. Siler Jr., wrote in a separate opinion that he finds Ohio's procedure lawful, noting the state's removal process includes other factors such as failure to respond to address-confirmation notices.


The groups' lawsuit had claimed that Husted "has cancelled the registrations of voters in part because of their failure to respond to a notice mailed to their registered address, including notices sent to homeless voters who frequently cannot receive mail reliably."


Last year in Democrat-leaning Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland, about 40,000 individuals were illegally purged from voter rolls for choosing not to vote, with a disproportionate number from poor and minority neighborhoods, according to the Ohio chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, a labor group representing minorities.


A federal judge rejected the groups' complaint in June after finding their claims lacked merit.


The Justice Department had urged the appeals court to reverse the district judge's decision.


In a July brief, the department said federal law requires a voter's removal when the voter becomes ineligible because of a change of residence, but only after the state confirms the move.




Another Fraternity Suspended for Hazing at Ohio's Miami U


OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Miami University in Ohio has suspended another fraternity after investigating allegations of hazing.


Miami U


School officials say the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity is suspended through May 2018.


The school had suspended two other fraternities earlier this year for hazing and alcohol-related violations. At least nine such organizations at the Oxford campus are currently suspended.


Miami spokesman Claire Wagner tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News the school has more than 50 fraternity and sorority chapters overall, and most of the participants are focused on values such as scholarship, service and leadership.


The Cincinnati Enquirer reports over one-third of the school's undergraduates are in fraternities or sororities, making the conduct of those organizations an important campus issue.



Woman Admits Assisted Living Home Thefts, Posing as Nurse


DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman has admitted under a plea deal that she stole jewelry, watches and other items from residents of senior living facilities over several years to support her drug habit.




Susan Gwynne pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Delaware to 46 of the 101 charges originally brought against her, including burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.


Gwynne told the judge she began stealing items from patients' rooms to support her cocaine habit while working as a nurse at an assisted living facility in 2004.


The 55-year-old Columbus woman says she was later fired, but continued to go to facilities in Delaware County and Franklin County in her uniform and stealing from rooms.


Investigators found more than 3,000 items at her home in March.


Gwynne's sentencing is scheduled for November.



Court OKs Rule That Lets Ohio Attorneys Advise on Pot Law


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted a rule change to let attorneys counsel clients seeking to comply with the state's new medical marijuana law.


The high court says the amendment adopted Tuesday allows attorneys to help clients navigate the law, what it permits and how it's implemented. It also says lawyers in such circumstances should advise clients regarding related federal law.


The change comes after the court's professional conduct board said attorneys can't ethically provide services to people setting up medical marijuana-related businesses because of federal prohibitions on the drug. Using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.


Ohio's medical marijuana law took effect Sept. 8 but won't be fully operational for two years.



524k Ohio absentee ballots requested, 40k more than 2012


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say more than 524,000 absentee ballots have been requested in Ohio this year — an increase of 40,000 compared to the same period during the 2012 presidential election.


Secretary of State Jon Husted says nearly 12,000 of the absentee ballot applications are from military and overseas voters. The rest are from in-state residents.


Absentee ballot applications must be submitted by Nov. 5, the weekend before the Nov. 8 general election. Husted says voters should submit them as soon as possible.


Requests can be made online through MyOhioVote.com.


Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7 and arrive at the county boards of elections offices within 10 days after the election.


The state says a record 1.87 million absentee ballots were cast in 2012.


52,000 students participate in Ohio college credit program


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says more than 52,000 students participated during the first full year of a statewide program that allows Ohio middle- and high-schoolers to earn free college credit.


The Ohio Department of Higher Education announced inaugural College Credit Plus results Monday.


The department says nearly 15 percent of Ohio high school juniors and seniors participated in the program. Ninety percent of participants got the passing grade necessary to earn college credit.


The department estimates families saved $110 million in future college tuition through the program. Students' home districts pick up the tab for most of that cost.


Two-thirds of participants took courses at a community college. Another 22 percent attended a public university. The remaining 12 percent studied at an independent or private college. Most took core subjects.



Police Officer Meets Ohio Man he Saved Nearly 20 Years Ago


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus police officer was taken by surprise when he met an Ohio man he saved from drowning nearly 20 years ago.


The Columbus Dispatch reports that both Christopher Jones and officer James Poole were overcome with emotion Friday when they met for the first time since the 1997 incident.




The 24-year-old Jones says he had commented on the police division's Facebook page after he saw a photo of Poole. Jones recognized his name as the officer who pulled him from a swimming pool when he was 5 years old.


He was then contacted by the division to organize a surprise reunion. Jones had his 5-year-old daughter with him when he met Poole.


Poole says he never thought he'd be thanked years later.


More Funding Sought for Post-9/11 Veterans Memorial in Ohio


SUNBURY, Ohio (AP) — The father of a Gold Star veteran who died in combat after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is working with others to secure permanent funding for an Ohio memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers.


Ohio Memorial


Jim Bernholtz and other Gold Star parents and veterans groups helped create the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury in 2005 to remember those who've died since 9/11.


The Columbus Dispatch reports that Bernholtz and others worry that the privately funded site could fall into disrepair.


Bernholtz, the president of nonprofit Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, is seeking support to set up a legacy trust fund.


They are trying to raise as much as $1 million, the interest from which would support the memorial's annual $25,000 maintenance costs and about $600 to install each new marker.



Polar Bear Cub on Display for Final Weekend at Ohio Zoo

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — Monday is the last day visitors to an Ohio zoo can see a female polar bear cub born there and hand-reared by staff before she relocates.


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced earlier this year that Nora will join a female bear named Tasul (TAWS'-uhl) at the Oregon Zoo this fall. Now 10 months old and about 170 pounds, she'll spend a period in quarantine before being moved.


Officials say the move was approved so the zoo environment is positive for more cubs to be born if other bears become pregnant. They say would-be mother bears need quiet, which would be impossible with Nora's habitat-sharing schedule.


Zoo staff raised the cub after her mother started leaving her unattended. Viewing is limited to morning hours.




Ohio Water park Closing This Weekend End of Era at Geauga Lake

AURORA, Ohio (AP) — The closing of a northeastern Ohio water park this weekend marks the end of amusement parks at Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) Lake.


Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora closes Monday.


It's on the site of what was Sea World Ohio and next to where the Geauga Lake amusement park once stood. The site was briefly a Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.


Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment bought the property in 2004. It closed the amusement park three years later, but the water park stayed open until its closing was announced last month.


The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports the site should be attractive to developers and its future is likely to include restaurants, housing and shopping.


The only ride left is the Big Dipper wooden roller coaster built in 1925 that's now in disrepair.



Officials to Check 12,000 Gas Pumps for Skimming Devices

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — County auditors in Ohio say 12,000 gas pumps will be inspected for skimming devices used to steal credit card information.


Gas Pumps


At least 30 such devices have been found at gas pumps in a dozen counties since October 2015.


The sweep is expected to be conducted at more than 1,500 gas stations over Labor Day weekend. Included in the checks are Butler, Hamilton and Montgomery counties in southwest Ohio, as well as Medina County in northeast Ohio.


Officials say customers who pay with plastic cards should use them as credit cards. Debit card PIN numbers are more vulnerable. Cash is the safest option.




Filming Underway in Ohio for Movie Starring Bruce Willis


GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Filming is underway in central Ohio for an action-thriller starring Bruce Willis.


Bruce Willis


Willis plays a Granville police chief who is investigating the kidnapping of a young boy in a film called "First Kill."


Willis has been seen donning a police uniform at several locations in the suburban Columbus village. He's using a resident's car as a police chief cruiser.


A pharmacy has been made to look like a police department. A post office and restaurant also were used in the film.

The crew and cast expect to be in the area for several weeks.


The director has said he planned to film in Cincinnati, but moved it to Granville because the southwest Ohio city was too busy.




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