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Ohio news briefs — compiled April 12


Plane lands on golf course

The State Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported in the emergency landing of a single-engine plane on a golf course near Cincinnati.

The patrol’s Batavia post said the plane landed shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday on a fairway at the Stillmeadow Country Club in Clermont County. The patrol identified the two people on board as pilot Kenneth Howes and passenger and owner Karla Goodhouse, both of St. Clair, Ill.

The patrol said its preliminary investigation indicated that the engine failed after the plane took off from the Clermont County. The plane hit a sand bunker before coming to a stop and rolled partially on its side on the green.


Baby gorilla adapts to zoo

A baby gorilla named Gladys that was initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents has been successfully introduced into a social group typical for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Zoo officials said getting Gladys into a typical group with a male leader and other females was critical for her behavioral and social development.

Gladys was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and rejected by her mother. She was moved last year to Cincinnati where caregivers dressed in furry vests and kneepads to act as surrogate mothers until an older female gorilla took over

2 fatal shootings investigated

Police are investigating two separate fatal shootings that occurred the same day in a Cincinnati neighborhood.

Police responded to a call about a person down in the Westwood neighborhood around 6 a.m. Friday. They said Dawan Trotter, 25, apparently died from gunshot wounds. He was found in the yard of a residence.

A second man was shot about 11:30 Friday night not far from the area where Trotter’s body was found. Police said Jackie Perkins, 38, was taken to a hospital where he died.

Police did not immediately release additional details of the shootings or the hometowns of the two men. They also did not say whether or not they thought the shootings might be related.


Arrest in shooting near school

A man has been charged in connection with a shooting near an elementary school that injured two people and led to a precautionary lockdown.

No students or staff at Liberty Elementary School in Columbus were injured or involved in the shooting Thursday afternoon. But police said a 14-year-old boy was shot in the thigh and a 20-year-old man was shot in the foot.

Police said in a Arthur Valentine Jr., 48, was arrested Friday on two charges of felonious assault in the shooting. Court records do not list an attorney for Valentine.

New deer hunting regulations

State wildlife officials have signed off on new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, including decreased deer bag limits in many counties.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the Ohio Wildlife Council also approved a rule letting hunters use straight-walled cartridge rifles during the 2014 season’s gun week. Biologists with the state prepared the deer hunting proposals. The natural resources department says the new bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels.

Bag limits were trimmed in half of Ohio’s counties. The limits increased in five, while staying the same in 39 counties.

The council also voted to remove bobcats from Ohio’s list of threatened species, though they are still considered a protected species.


New life for seized computers

Cleveland schools are slated to receive hundreds of computers that authorities seized from Internet cafes where they were used for poker or slots-style games.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Investigative Unit plans to donate about 600 computers if the school board gives approval later this month, the Plain Dealer reported.

The casino programs and operating systems have been removed from the machines, which will need software installed before they can be used. The computers were offered to the city school district because its technical department is large enough to handle them, said Greg Croft, agent-in-charge of the investigative unit in Cleveland.

Compiled from wire reports.


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