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COLUMBUS (AP) —Water samples from homesand public water systems willhelp government officials iden-tify parts of Ohio where arsenicin groundwater could threatenresidents’ health.The Columbus Dispatchreports the U.S. GeologicalSurvey plans to develop amodel illustrating which partsof the state have hazardousconcentrations of the poisonousmetal in groundwater. It will bebased on data collected by theOhio Environmental ProtectionAgency and on samples fromresidents.That effort seeking the pub-lic’s help in the project beginsTuesday in Licking County,where a workshop will offerresidents sample bottles andfree lab tests to show whethertheir well water contains arse-nic.Bob Frey of the OhioDepartment of Health saysarsenic in low levels isn’t anacute poison but can increaseresidents’ risk of chronic ill-nesses.
State looking forpublic’s help totest for arsenic
BAZETTA (AP) —Authorities in northeast Ohioare likely to file charges afterfireworks during a rodeo scareda horse ridden by a mounteddeputy, seriously injuring theman.Investigators say a rodeoofficial had been told that fire-works weren’t allowed withouta license, but that the explo-sives were used anyway dur-ing the show at the TrumbullCounty Fair.The county sheriff’s officetells The Vindicator news-paper in Youngstown that itplans to file felony chargesMonday against the operatorof the rodeo.The deputy injured duringFriday night’s rodeo sufferedtwo broken ribs, a puncturedlung and a broken shoulder inthe fall off his horse.
BELLEFONTAINE (AP) — It’s unlikelythat a suspect in two 1986 Ohio slayings canbe charged a second time despite new DNAevidence, a prosecutor said.Constitutional issues may prevent charg-ing Terry Lowe again, including the fact thata person can’t be tried twice for the samealleged crime, Logan County ProsecutorWilliam Goslee told the BellefontaineExaminer.A former prosecutor in 1994 dismissed acapital murder case against Lowe, who nowlives in Lima. He was accused of fatallystabbing Phyllis Mullett, 37, in her BelleCenter home and shooting 64-year-old townMarshal Murray Griffin when he tried to helpthe woman on the night of July 5, 1986.The prosecutor’s office this winterreceived DNA testing results from more than20 boxes of evidence collected days after theslayings. Testing on a drop of blood foundon a sliding glass door at Mullett’s homeshows a high probability that the blood camefrom Lowe, authorities said.DNA extracted from inside a knot on arope used to bind Mullett’s legs also pointedto Lowe, according to authorities.Lowe could not be reached for comment.A telephone number was not available. Hisformer attorney, Dennis Day Lager, said hecontinues to believe that authorities targetedthe wrong man.The state didn’t have sufficient evidencewhen Lowe went to trial and the case “can-not be reopened,” said Day Lager, who isnow the public defender in Portage County.Authorities had decided in 2010 to takeanother look at the case after learning abouta cold case unit that received a federal grantto look at unsolved cases. Technology usedin the latest DNA testing did not exist at thetime of Lowe’s trial.But constitutional issues that prohibit aperson from being tried more than once andprotect the right to a speedy trial most likelywill prevent the filing of new charges, thenewspaper reported.Prosecutors also must consider the avail-ability of witnesses and the strength of theevidence, even with the DNA results.But Goslee’s staff is studying the priorcase file and looking for any precedents inOhio and other states.He believes local authorities did the bestthey could with information available at thetime.“It’s a shame two good people were mur-dered and we can’t prove who did it,” saidMullett’s former husband, Dick Mullett.Former Logan County Sheriff’s DeputyPhil Alloway was an investigator on the1986 case.He said Lowe once babysat Mullet’schildren and disappeared a few days afterthe slayings. Lowe was later found at amotel with scratches on his arm and knee,the newspaper reported. Investigators neverfound a murder weapon.
2nd trial unlikely forman in 1986 slayings
By CARL E. FEATHERThe Ashtabula Star Beacon
CONNEAUT, Ohio (AP)— John Myers grinned asthe cool breeze rolled acrossLake Erie and refreshed hisface.It was 9 a.m. and he’dalready walked from hishome to the lakefront, pullinga small grocery cart behindhim. The cart held his ballcap, a wad of plastic shop-ping bags and a few smashedaluminum cans that Myersplanned to sell to the scrapyard. At this rate, he was mak-ing about 10 cents a mile.He shuffled from trashcan to trash can at the publicdock and marina, hopeful thatunder each lid would be acache of cans left behind bysoda-guzzling teens or beer-sucking fishermen. No suchluck this morning; John saidit looked like the refuse truckhad beaten him to it.Undaunted by the smalltake, Myers headed towardConneaut Township Park,where the pickings are almostalways better. Collecting isalso good on the sandbar,where people like to drink andleave behind another man’streasure. And then there arethe festivals — that’s whenMyers can really clean up.Myers, 80, calls himself a junker. He’s full time, year-around. He starts from hishome around 7:30 a.m. andspends 8 hours or more a daywalking the streets and lake-front of Conneaut in search of working man’s silver.Retired from BrownMemorial Hospital’s laun-dry department, Myers is aConneaut fixture; just aboutevery resident knows who heis, even if not by name. Folksappreciative of his recyclingmission assist him as theycan.“These are brand-newshoes that were given to me,”Myers said, proudly showingoff his tan sneakers. “A fellasaid to me, ‘What size doyou wear?’ I said ‘9.’ He hadthem in a box and gave themto me, brand new!”There was a time Myersused a wheelbarrow to trans-port his booty to the scrapyard, more than a mile fromhis house on the east sideof town. When a friend sawMyers’ moil, he arranged tohave a wagon built just forthe task.“Red Fuller had it cus-tom built,” Myers said. “Hewas resting in bed and gotto thinking ‘that’s a lot of work with those wheelbar-rows, so I’ll make his life alittle easier.”’When the wagon, which is7 1/2-feet long, is filled withenough scrap to make the tripworth his trouble, Myers pullsit across a bridge to the scrapyard.“I made $49.50 one time,and $52 another, with cansand metal together,” Myerssaid proudly.He figures that each can isworth about 2 cents. But forthis octogenarian, the walk-ing and socialization offeredby his pastime are priceless.“I got to keep active. I gotarthritis from my head to mytoe. If I just laid around, thatwouldn’t be a good thing todo,” he said with a grin.
Ohio man gets more thancash while picking up cans
AKRON, Ohio (AP) —All-American Soap BoxDerby officials are showingoff some old cars, championplaques and other memora-bilia ahead of the 75th run-ning of the event in Akronlater this month.They’ve dusted off 77cars and other items that hadbeen stored in a basementand a trailer and are display-ing them in an outbuildingat the race site that they’vedubbed the Hall of Fame andMuseum, the Akron BeaconJournal reported.“I said, ‘Why not put thesewhere people can really enjoythem?”’ President Joe Mazursaid.The cars make up roughlyhalf of the 140 winning vehi-cles to date. The winning carswere supposed to be retired,but a lack of storage spacemeant some were trashed ortaken home by their owners.A derby volunteer kept about40 cars in a trailer, and racealumni provided others.Among them is a replicaof a vehicle that raced inthe Dayton event that led tothe first Soap Box Derby inAkron. Bob Gravett’s car,now the derby’s officialemblem, was constructed of old lumber, tin and wagonwheels.There’s also a replica of the winner from 1973, whena racer put a magnet on thenose of his car in a cheatingscandal that led to a closerexamination process for rac-ing vehicles.For this year’s racers, thatprocess starts this week. The450 competitors will sendtheir cars to Derby Downs inAkron for inspections aheadof the July 21 championship.Up for grabs will be thou-sands of dollars in scholar-ships for the top finishers.Mazur has been workingto rebuild the popularity of the nonprofit organization,and the museum could be anadded draw. It will be closedduring most of July for thechampionship but will open tothe public during derby officehours starting in August.COLUMBUS (AP) —Power is coming back to areasof central and southwest Ohiomore than a week after violentstorms hit the state.American Electric Power-Ohio says it has about 31,000who still don’t have electricity.Most are in Athens, Guernsey,Licking and Muskingumcounties.The utility says it had660,000 customers affectedby the storms at one point.Meanwhile, the AmericanRed Cross says it is clos-ing shelters in Franklin,Muskingum and Fairfield aspower returns to those areas.It says shelters will remainopen in Perry, Hocking,Licking and Guernsey coun-ties as long as there’s a need.
No power inparts of Ohiomore than aweek after storm
All-American Soap Box Derby in Ohiodisplays cars for its 75th running
CHARDON (AP) — A school in northeast Ohio wherethree students died in a shooting last February is getting a grantfrom the federal government to pay for a security guard andmental health screenings for students and staff.The U.S. Department of Education is giving $56,000 to theChardon school district to help it recover from the shootings.The money also will go toward paying for substitutes forteachers and staff who need time for counseling.U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says it’s vital thatstudents and teachers receive support.A teen charged in the shooting at Chardon High School eastof Cleveland has pleaded not guilty and is being held at a youthdetention facility.Three students died in the shooting and three others wereinjured.
HUDSON (AP) — An oldfarmhouse in northeast Ohiois opening for its first publictours in an attempt to helppreserve it.The free tours will be self-guided at the Case-Barlowfarmhouse in Hudson, locat-ed about 30 miles south of Cleveland. Tours will be heldduring certain hours on thesecond Sunday of each month,between the spring and fallseasons, the Akron BeaconJournal reported.A nonprofit group andlocal volunteers have workedtoward preserving the 1826home and grounds for about 16years. They now hope a morepublic profile will continue toattract donations that can helppay for needed renovations onthe rest of the property.“We’ve come so far, butthere is so much left to do,”said Linda Matty, a trustee withthe Case-Barlow BicentennialFarm, the nonprofit group thathas focused on sprucing up theproperty.The grounds include anoriginal outhouse and an 1890dairy barn still fitted withmilking equipment.The farm was founded in1814 by the Case family, whowere known to hide escapedslaves in the years before theCivil War. As a result, thehome earned designation as anofficial Underground Railroadsite in 2000.The property stayed withthe original family for sev-eral generations until itbecame property of the FirstCongregational Church of Hudson in 1995.“It stayed in the familythrough five generations,” saidtrustee Barbara Bos. “That’spretty rare.”The public stepped in tosave the house after the churchshowed interest in selling it.Voters then passed a levy toturn the bulk of the farmlandinto a park, and the nonprofitgroup formed to manage thefour acres that included thehouse and outbuildings.Since then, the groupand volunteers have workedtoward restoring the house toits mid-1800s style. That’sincluded removing modernupdates, rebuilding fireplacesand restoring original floors.Volunteers also maintain agarden with heirloom veg-etables.The house has since beenrented out over the last fewyears for a variety of activi-ties, including weddings andgraduation parties.The public tours willfocus on the farmhouse, butit also will allow visitors tosee restored second-floor bed-rooms of a homestead.“Enough has been donenow to make it interesting,”said trustee Bob Porter.
Old Ohio farmhouse opens for rst public tours
School gets federal grant after shooting