FATAL CLUB SHOOTING
Warrant issued in Ohio bar shooting that killed 3
FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 33-year-old man suspected of opening fire inside a northern Ohio nightclub over the weekend, killing an off-duty police officer and two other men.
Police said Monday they are seeking Igmidio Mista in the shooting early Sunday at the Last Call Bar in Fremont, about 35 miles southeast of Toledo. The warrant charges him with three counts of murder.
Detectives say the suspect may have been in the bar for some time and gotten into a fight with another patron before he started shooting.
Killed were 26-year-old Elmore police Officer Jose Andy Chavez, 28-year-old bartender Ramiro Sanchez, and a 25-year-old customer, Daniel Ramirez.
A fourth man shot at the bar, 25-year-old Ramiro Arreola, was flown to a hospital in critical condition.
Panel sets vote on $22.5M for vets' raffle devices
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state legislative panel is set to consider authorizing $22.5 million in spending to build and operate new electronic raffle machines for veterans' posts and fraternal organizations.
The state Controlling Board votes on the Ohio Lottery Commission request Monday.
A lottery spokeswoman says 188 posts and lodges have committed to take 555 machines. The request funds 1,200 machines made by Intralot, a Greece-based international company that manufactures other lottery machines. That represents about $19,000 per machine over two years.
The request supports $10 million for state education funding and $7 million for the posts and lodges annually.
Lottery pursued the new devices after Attorney General Mike DeWine declared earlier raffle machines illegal. DeWine ordered those devices shut down, but that order was on hold pending court action.
Central Ohio shooting kills 19-year-old immigrant
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police say they have no suspects in the fatal central Ohio shooting of a 19-year-old man whose family had emigrated from Ethiopia.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Dinkisra Mengistu was killed early Sunday after he had just climbed into the back seat of a friend's car at a hotel in north Columbus.
Police said a black SUV pulled up behind the car, and shots were fired through the back window. Two of the shots hit Mengistu in the head. No one else was struck. The SUV sped away.
About 80 of Mengistu's friends gathered to remember him Sunday night behind the high school in the Columbus suburb of Westerville from which he graduated in 2012.
Mengistu emigrated with his family from Ethiopia when he was in middle school.
Police say central Ohio man fatally shot attacker
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police say man who fatally shot another man at his home acted in self-defense.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that 57-year-old Dale Stump shot and killed 50-year-old Duane Birtcher on Saturday night at Stump's home in west Columbus.
Officers found Birtcher shot inside his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police said Stump stayed at the scene, talked with detectives, and showed them injuries on his body that backed up his claim that Birtcher attacked him.
Stump wasn't charged, but police said the evidence will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for consideration.
Man dies in northern Ohio duplex fire
LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northern Ohio say a 39-year-old man was killed in a fire over the weekend.
The Lorain County coroner said 39-year-old Lonnie Mullet died of burns and smoke inhalation in the fire early Sunday at a duplex in Lorain.
The (Lorain) Morning Journal reports that arriving firefighters found smoke billowing from a rear kitchen window. Mullett was found in a small room off of the living room of one of the units.
Rescuers worked to revive Mullett, but he was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Fire officials said the blaze could have been started by unattended cooking on the stove.
The adjacent unit was occupied at the time of the fire, but a firewall between the two units prevented it from spreading.
Ohio jail idles scanner because of health concern
CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio jail has halted use of an inmate scanning machine because state health rules don't allow it.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Hamilton County Jail had been using the scanner since 2012, and it had detected a small gun, screwdriver, pocket knives, balloons full of drugs and other items hidden on or inside inmates.
However, state inspectors last August ordered the jail to stop using the SecurPass full-body digital scanner because it uses radiation.
Ohio Health Department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says state administrative code prohibits the use of an X-ray unless it is prescribed by a physician.
Sheriff Jim Neil says the rules are antiquated. He says the company that makes the scanners says they use little radiation and aren't dangerous.
Ohio gas prices steady to start work week
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After weeks of increases, Ohio gas prices have flattened out.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.58 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about a penny lower than last Monday.
Monday's price is 35 cents higher than a month ago, but is 2 cents lower than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was about $3.50 per gallon, which is up 4 cents from last week, and 23 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say prices are up because of seasonal maintenance at refineries, and crude oil prices rising as Russia's advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.
State warns older Ohioans of falling hazards
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state's Department of Aging urges older Ohioans to remain alert to possible hazards that could lead to falls as spring and summer approach.
The department and the STEADY U Ohio initiative say potential hazards that could cause falls as temperatures warm can include rain and mud from winter thaw and spring storms, power outages, storm debris, flooding and heat-related illnesses.
The department says Ohioans also should look around their homes for common tripping and slipping hazards.
Department of Aging officials say falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to emergency room visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans ages 65 and over.
STEADY U Ohio is a falls prevention initiative led by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and the Ohio Department of Aging.
Higher ed agency to vote on WVU selection of Gee
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Higher Education Policy Commission is holding a special meeting to vote on Gordon Gee's appointment as West Virginia University's permanent president.
The university's Board of Governors unanimously approved Gee's appointment last week. The commission also must approve the decision.
Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Charleston.
Gee was named interim president after Jim Clements left for Clemson last November. Gee also served as WVU's president from 1981 to 1985.
Gee also served two stints as president at Ohio State. He retired from Ohio State in July 2013 after he criticized Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema, who now coaches at Arkanas. The remarks were made in December 2012 to Ohio State's Athletic Council.
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