LABOR DAY-OHIO POLITICS
Ohio Democrats try to rally with labor
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio Democrats have their work cut out for them as they try to rally support at Labor Day gatherings.
Sometimes considered the unofficial beginning of the stretch drive to November general elections, Monday's holiday finds gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald trying to regain his footing after a series of political missteps.
FitzGerald plans to walk in a Cleveland Labor Day parade, then take part in Toledo's Labor Day Festival. Running mate Sharen Neuhardt will head to the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic at Coney Island near Cincinnati.
Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) angered unions early in his term with since-repealed restrictions on public union bargaining.
A state Republican spokesman says the outlook for Kasich and the party in November is very strong, but that Republicans aren't taking anything for granted.
ISLAND POLICE INVESTIGATION
Ohio island's police dept. under investigation
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff in northern Ohio and state investigators are looking into allegations of misconduct against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay.
The sheriff in Ottawa County says his office is investigating numerous complaints about police on South Bass Island.
Some of the complaints from island residents and business owners have been about what they say are heavy-handed tactics and unlawful arrests by police.
Put-in-Bay police Chief Ric Lampela tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that he's confident his department has done nothing wrong.
He says he welcomes the investigation.
The Put-in-Bay police department has a small year-round staff, but hires a number of seasonal officers to deal with the busy summer tourist season.
Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds.
Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out.
Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests.
A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag.
The man told police he didn't know how the items got in the bag and thought an employee might have placed the wedding cards inside.
He's was being held in jail on suspicion of felony theft.
Insulation led to underground explosions in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - American Electric Power says explosions that sent manhole covers flying in downtown Columbus last February happened when insulation material on electricity cables broke down because of water, salt and other factors.
Nobody was injured in the explosions that sent two manhole covers into the air and shattered one.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the utility is spending around $30 million to prevent any similar explosions.
AEP says the cracked insulation exposed metal wires to the air and the high level of electricity running through the cables produced heat. That caused the rubber insulation to burn, releasing a flammable gas.
The utility says the gas built up inside a small vault that holds electricity equipment and the heat and electricity likely led to a spark that caused the explosion.
Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash
CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland.
Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills.
Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport.
All four people aboard the plane were students at Case Western Reserve University.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says a preliminary report crash in suburban Cleveland should be ready within 10 days.
WAL-MART SHOOTING-BLACK CAUCUS
Ohio lawmaker seeks video in Wal-Mart shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) - The president of Ohio's legislative black caucus is urging the state attorney general to release surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a young black man in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store.
Democratic state Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati says on her web site that she has written to Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine expressing deep concern that information isn't being released in a way that inspires confidence, especially in the African-American community.
DeWine has said making the video public could lead to claims that the jury pool has been tainted if an upcoming grand jury investigation leads to charges.
A grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in shooting of John Crawford III. Police say he didn't respond to orders to put down an air rifle.
Cincinnati Zoo remembers last passenger pigeon
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo remembers the last known passenger pigeon with a renovated memorial 100 years after the bird's death at the zoo.
The zoo also is holding a series of events and lectures in honor of "Martha," the pigeon that died at the zoo on Sept. 1, 1914.
Monday's 100-year anniversary observance plans included a media preview of the renovated memorial. The zoo's executive director says officials hope visitors to the renovated exhibit will become inspired to learn more about what they can do to help species conservation.
One goal of the renovation was to update the building where Martha is believed to have been housed. But zoo officials also want to provide more information about Martha and the protection and conservation work that followed the once-flourishing species' extinction.
Authorities: Man shot on I-74 in Ohio
CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities say a 22-year old man says he was shot by someone in a car that pulled alongside his vehicle on Interstate 74 in Harrison Township, Hamilton County.
The victim told the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office that a silver four-door car pulled next to him east of the Dry Fork exit and that someone fired at least three shots, one of which struck him. The man drove off the highway and pulled into a gas station, where he asked the clerk to call for help. It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday.
The victim, who has not been identified, has been taken to a hospital. His condition wasn't immediately known.
An investigation is continuing.
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