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Lincoln locomotive replica won't visit Columbus
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A full-size replica of a steam locomotive that pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral car won't stop at the Ohio Statehouse as scheduled next week.

The Leviathan 63 engine is part of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train project that will re-enact the president's final journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois.

A spokeswoman for the nonprofit group planning the anniversary event says the Columbus display was cancelled because of late-arriving funding and insufficient time to get permits for rail and road transport.

The locomotive is at the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington in northeast Ohio this weekend.

The visits are raising funds to complete the funeral car that will travel with the locomotive to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. The train will pass through seven states, including Ohio.


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Gee's move to WVU could save Ohio State millions
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University expects to save millions of dollars because former president Gordon Gee is giving up part of his retirement package as he becomes president of West Virginia University for the second time.

Gee stepped down at Ohio State last year and agreed to a deal worth $5.8 million over five years, including an annual salary of $410,000 and a $300,000 annual grant for research and other expenses as he retained tenure as a professor in the law college.

Ohio State spokesman Gary Lewis said in an email Friday that the school anticipates saving about $4 million because its obligation to meet some of the terms of Gee's deal ends when he begins his permanent role at West Virginia, where he has been serving as interim president for months.

Gee will remain on an unpaid leave of absence until then, and his employment with Ohio State ends July 1, according to a letter that was sent to Gee last month by the university's general counsel and was released Friday by the school.

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Two snakes, young alligator taken from Ohio home
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:37

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have seized two large snakes, a young alligator and other animals from a central Ohio home after neighbors complained to the local humane society.

Two anacondas, a young alligator, two rabbits and two dogs were removed Friday from a home in Lancaster, roughly 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

A humane officer tells the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (http://ohne.ws/1haSLu5 ) that authorities expect to file neglect charges against the owner. He says the dogs, both English mastiffs, showed signs of neglect. They're being cared for at the local humane society.

Its director says the animals' owner didn't have proper permits to have exotic animals.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture took the alligator. Columbus Zoo officials took the snakes.

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Information from: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com


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Search for two missing Lake Erie boaters to resume
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Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:38

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A state agency plans to continue searching western Lake Erie for two boaters who disappeared days ago with two others whose bodies have been recovered.

The Port Clinton News-Herald (http://ohne.ws/1nglq98 ) reports a local supervisor with the Department of Natural Resources' watercraft division said it would search Saturday for the missing men, who are presumed dead. Authorities don't think they could have survived days in frigid waters.

The Ottawa County sheriff's office and the U.S. Coast Guard have ended their search efforts.

Searchers found a partially submerged boat Thursday on a reef near the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant east of Toledo and later spotted the bodies of two females wearing life jackets.

The sheriff's office identified them as 33-year-old Amy Santus of Perrysburg and 16-year-old Paige Widmer of Leesville, South Carolina.

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Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald, http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com


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Ohio school shooting victim's dad died from heroin
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:40

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A coroner in Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose on the second anniversary of his son's death.

The Geauga County coroner confirmed Friday that 48-year-old Russell King Sr. died from the combined effects of heroin and alcohol. A family member found King dead at his home on Feb. 27.

King's 17-year-old son, Russell King Jr., was one of three students killed in the February 2012 shooting at Chardon High School east of Cleveland. Three other students were wounded in the shooting inside the school's cafeteria.

Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane pleaded guilty to the shooting rampage and is serving three life sentences.


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