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ELDERLY VETERAN BEATEN

WWII vet, 86, beaten outside Ohio hospital

CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities say an 86-year-old World War II veteran is recovering after being beaten outside a southwest Ohio hospital where he was visiting his ailing wife.

WCPO-TV reports that Paul Browning was outside Good Samaritan Hospital when the attack happened Sunday. He was there visiting his wife, who is recovering from a stroke.

Family members say Browning was left bruised and swollen, and was expected to be hospitalized a few days.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Craig Phelps. He's charged with cocaine possession, felony robbery, possession of drug instruments and damaging property.

He's being held in jail until his next court appearance Sept. 10. No attorney was listed for him.

CLEVELAND SHOOTINGS

Man dead, 2 others wounded in Cleveland shootings

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police in Cleveland say one man was killed and two others were wounded in overnight shootings.

Police said the first shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on the city's east side. Reports said a man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly afterward, officers were called to a gas station, where a man was shot while sitting in a vehicle. He was hospitalized in critical condition.

Another shooting was reported at about 2 a.m. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.

No arrests have been reported.

Media reports said two other people were shot Monday night in the east Cleveland suburb of Euclid.

BOY IN RIVER

Search to resume for boy in southwest Ohio river

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say they expect to resume the search for a young boy who fell into a southwest Ohio river.

Emergency crews suspended the search for the child in the Great Miami River at about 11:30 p.m. Monday and planned to resume Tuesday morning.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the child, who is 8 to 10 years old, fell into the river at about 4 p.m. Monday as his family fished in Elizabethtown, west of Cincinnati, near the Ohio-Indiana line.

More than 70 emergency personnel deployed helicopters, boats and sonar to search a 2-mile stretch of the river.

Mike Siefke of the Whitewater Township Fire Department says by dark Monday, the search had turned from a rescue operation to a recovery one.

NEW NATURAL GAS PIPELINE

Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

NEW YORK (AP) - Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because the enormous new domestic supplies have drastically lowered its price and it burns cleaner than the nation's other most important fuel for electric power, coal.

The 550-mile project will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and stretch to Robeson County, North Carolina, in the southern part of the state.

The partners, which included Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, expect to receive regulatory approval by mid-2016 and to start operating the pipeline in 2018.

GUARDSMAN KILLED

Funeral set for Ohio guardsman killed on highway

GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled for a 29-year-old Ohio National Guardsman who was hit and killed while changing a flat tire on the side of an interstate highway.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Nathan Richeson was killed on Interstate 77, just south of Interstate 70 in eastern Ohio at about 5 p.m. Friday. The patrol says Richeson was changing a tire when another driver lost control and hit him.

The (Newark) Advocate reports that Richeson was declared dead at the scene. Charges against the driver are possible.

According to an online obituary, Richeson was an Ohio University graduate and a captain in the Ohio Air National Guard 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Columbus.

His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in his Granville hometown.

VILLAGE DISSOLVED

Dissolving of Ohio village takes time

ORIENT, Ohio (AP) - Apparently, making a village disappear is more difficult than it looks.

Although it's been nearly a year and a half since the residents of Orient voted to dissolve the central Ohio village, little has been done toward that end.

Residents of the village southwest of Columbus voted to allow the land, along with its 88 homes and 200 residents, to be absorbed by surrounding Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) Township.

But The Columbus Dispatch reports that a required state audit still hasn't been done and properties are being neglected. With the village status unresolved, there's no one around to enforce any maintenance or zoning codes.

The state auditor's office says the process couldn't start until certain things were done at the local level, and some of those didn't happen until recently.

GAS PRICES-OHIO

Ohio gas prices higher to start work week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying more for gasoline coming out of the long holiday weekend.

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.51 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a dime from a week ago, and it's a few cents more than last month at this time.

The Ohio average is higher than the national average, which was $3.43 on Tuesday. That's about the same as a week ago.

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged has lowest average at about $3.34 per gallon.

Analysts expect prices to stay lower if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.

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