2 charged with dumping body

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Central Ohio sheriff’s deputies say two men dumped a female companion’s body in a ditch near a cornfield after she died from an apparent heroin overdose.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Corey Roberts and 22-year-old Nicholas McCord were arrested Monday and charged with abuse of a corpse. Jail records didn’t say if they had attorneys yet.

A sheriff’s report said the two men met up with 21-year-old Jordyn Hollingsworth Friday and began using heroin at McCord’s apartment west of Columbus. At some point during the night, Hollingsworth had trouble breathing and was unresponsive, but the two men went to bed instead of calling 911.

The sheriff’s office says that when the men awoke, they took Hollingsworth’s dead body and dumped it.

Infant to recover from burns

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A doctor says an Ohio infant burned by a neighbor’s fireworks is expected to make a full recovery.

The Akron Children’s Hospital has been treating the 4-month-old girl since Friday night for second-degree burns, mostly to her face and left hand.

Dr. John Crow, chairman of the hospital’s surgery department, said in a statement Tuesday that Au’Bre McCormick is in “fair condition and doing quite well.” He says she is expected to recover from the burns.

A neighbor of the Youngstown baby reportedly kicked over a lit tubular firework, which shot into the girl’s play seat on her porch. She was flown to the Akron hospital’s burn center.

The center treated six injuries related to bonfires and 16 related to fireworks during the holiday weekend.

Law professor’s suit settled

CLEVELAND (AP) – A professor’s lawsuit alleging a Cleveland law school dean retaliated against him for reporting alleged sexual harassment by the dean has been settled.

Professor Raymond Ku’s lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against Lawrence Mitchell and Case Western Reserve University sought an end to the alleged retaliation and unspecified monetary damages.

A joint statement issued Tuesday by Ku’s attorney and the school did not reveal settlement details. But it said Ku will direct the law school’s Center for Cyberspace Law and Policy.

The lawsuit said Mitchell threatened Ku with dismissal and trimmed his responsibilities after Ku complained about alleged inappropriate touching and comments involving female colleagues. The university said the lawsuit contained false information.

Wheelchair recovered in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) – The family of a Paralympic track athlete says his custom-built, $5,000 wheelchair has been recovered about a week after it was stolen.

Erik Hightower’s racing chair had disappeared from a truck that was parked outside a hospital east of downtown Cincinnati. The Phoenix-area man had been visiting family in Bethel after racing in Indianapolis.

His family members tell WLWT-TV on Tuesday that the chair turned up at a local shelter.

His mother Deb Hightower says the specialty chair was found along with her son’s track bag.

Erik Hightower had compared the wheelchair to a high-end bicycle that was designed for him. He had said it only would have had value to someone else if they sold it as scrap. The chair had been his for one month.

3 tornadoes touch down in Ohio

HINCKLEY, Ohio (AP) – The National Weather Service says three small tornadoes touched down in northeastern Ohio, causing minor damage, as strong storms moved across the state.

Meteorologist Brian Mitchell says one tornado caused minor damage to least one home in the town of Hinckley in Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) County. The tornado’s wind speed was estimated at 94 mph and it was about 150 yards wide at its maximum point.

Mitchell says another tornado with an estimated wind speed of 94 mph touched down in Valley City. He says it damaged a barn as it made a 7-mile path from Lorain County into Medina County along State Route 303.

Mitchell says the third tornado touched down in Mahoning County. It started along State Route 224 and skipped for about 5 miles through Canfield Township and the city of Canfield with winds of up to 90. He estimates 10 buildings including homes suffered some damage.

Crash injures 8 in family

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – The State Highway Patrol says four adults and four children from a Georgia family were injured when their van crashed on a highway in southeastern Ohio.

Troopers say two children were seriously injured in the one-vehicle crash on U.S. 33 near Athens. They were flown to a Columbus hospital. Their conditions weren’t immediately known.

The patrol says the driver and other members of the Pembroke, Georgia, family were taken to hospitals with “non-incapacitating” injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates an exploding old, worn tire contributed to the crash. Troopers say the van slid off the road and struck a guardrail before ending up back on the road.

The patrol says three children were fastened in child safety seats that weren’t properly secured, and all four children were thrown from the van.

Mosquitoes carry virus in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health officials in Columbus say two pools of mosquitoes on the south side of the city have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The city plans to begin spraying in those areas on Wednesday.

The Columbus Dispatch reports they are the first positive tests for West Nile virus in the region this summer. The Ohio Department of Health reported 24 human cases of West Nile virus last year and three deaths statewide.

Health workers in Columbus are trapping mosquitoes at 81 locations this year. They’re setting and collecting about 40 traps each week.

Officials recommend using insect repellant and wearing long pants and sleeves outside, especially at dusk and dawn. They also advise repairing torn window screens and getting rid of any standing water.