Columbus police shoot suspect, 17, after chase
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus police say officers have shot a teenage suspect after a protracted chase.
The 17-year-old male was in critical condition Sunday. His identity was not being released pending an investigation.
Authorities say the boy's actions forced officers to discharge their weapons.
They had been called by a woman who said the suspect was in her residence in northeast Columbus with a gun. When his vehicle was stopped by police, he forced a female driver from behind the wheel and fled. Officers followed.
The suspect drove into a dead-end parking lot, and then took off on foot into a dark, wooded ravine near Stone Gate Circle and Olde Ridenhower Road. Police say officers fired during an exchange in the woods.
The male was treated and transported to Grant Medical Center.
2 die, 2 injured in central Ohio crash
MARION, Ohio (AP) - Two men have died and two others are being treated for incapacitating injuries after a two-vehicle crash in central Ohio.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the accident took place around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at State Route 203 and Keener Road near Marion.
Killed were driver 26-year-old Eric A. Richie and a passenger in his 1998 Honda CRV, 24-year-old Jarred J. Bullion. Another passenger, 19-year-old Quinton A. Owens, was injured.
Richie was southbound on 203 when the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 31-year-old Robert A. Persinger Jr. failed to stop for a stop sign, striking Richie's vehicle.
Persinger and Owens were both being treated at Grant Medical Center Hospital in Columbus.
All four men were from Marion. None was wearing a seatbelt.
Troopers say alcohol use is suspected.
2 vehicles roll over in SW Ohio crash
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Injuries appear not to be life-threatening in a multiple-vehicle rollover crash on under snowy conditions in surburban Dayton.
Harrison County emergency crews responded to the crash in Harrison Township north of the city around noon Sunday. They found three vehicles involved, two that had rolled over.
The Dayton Daily News reports some occupants of the vehicles were traumatized and medics were called. Some were taken to area hospitals where preliminary reports indicated non-life-threatening injuries.
AIRPORT BOARD SPENDING
Ohio-Ky. airport board spent $102K on food, booze
CINCINNATI (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found that the governing board of an airport serving Ohio and Kentucky spent more than $102,000 over five years on food and alcohol served after meetings, an average of $1,700 a month in taxpayer dollars.
The Cincinnati Enquirer report published Sunday comes amid questions over the structure of the Kenton County Airport Board, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Regional Airport.
Airport documents obtained by the newspaper showed the after-meeting spreads included carved strip steaks, crown roast of pork and Chilean sea bass, as well as top-shelf bourbon, scotch and vodka.
The newspaper could not identify any other public agency board in the area that routinely serves alcohol.
Airport board chairman Jim Huff pledged through a spokesman to end the post-meeting appetizers as soon as possible.
CHEERLEADER LIBEL LAWSUIT
Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit
CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision to allow a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader's defamation lawsuit against a gossip website to go to trial.
The Internet giants recently filed briefs in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
The briefs are part of a lawsuit involving ex-Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones against an Arizona-based website thedirty.com.
A jury found in July that posts on the site about Jones were substantially false and awarded her $338,000.
The companies say that if upheld, the northern Kentucky judge's ruling to let the lawsuit proceed has the potential to "significantly chill online speech" and undermine a 1996 federal law that provides broad immunity to websites.
Scientists test ideas in bird botulism outbreaks
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Scientists are stepping up efforts to learn where and how many Great Lakes water birds are getting fatal food poisoning.
The U.S. Geological Survey says around 100,000 may have died since 2000 from Type E botulism. Their bodies have littered beaches. Loons and other deep-diving birds appear especially vulnerable.
Researchers in Florida are using stuffed bird carcasses in a lab tank to develop a model that could trace their movements and pinpoint where they were poisoned.
It's part of a broader effort to determine what, if anything, can be done to stop the die-offs.
Experts believe the toxin is produced when algae dies, floats to the bottom and rots, sucking up oxygen from the water.
The toxin moves up the food chain until birds eat contaminated fish and become paralyzed.
NANCY DREW AUCTION
Items from Nancy Drew author sold at Ohio auction
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Typewriters and a desk from the home of the original author of the Nancy Drew mystery books, along with a book detailing how the series was created, have been auctioned off in Ohio.
The auction Sunday in Toledo featured a lifetime of keepsakes that belonged to Mildred Wirt Benson. She wrote 23 of the 30 original Nancy Drew stories using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Benson died in 2002 and left her belongings to her daughter, who died this year.
A copy of "Rediscovering Nancy Drew" inscribed for her daughter went for a gavel price of $2,150. A typewriter went for $825, and a desk had a price of $525.
The auction house handling the sale says many of the items, including autographed posters and awards, came from Benson's home office.
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