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Father dies trying to save drowning girl
Bay Village — An Ohio father of four died trying to save a young girl from drowning in Lake Erie.
U.S. Coast Guard officials say 43-year-old Peter Radke of Medina was among a group of people who jumped into the lake just west of Cleveland on May 31 to help a young girl struggling in the waves.
The girl was rescued, but Radke didn’t emerge from the water.
A three-hour search ensued before divers found his body.
WEWS-TV reports that Radke was at the beach attending a birthday party with his children.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
Radke’s family says in a statement that though they didn’t expect to lose him so soon, they take comfort that his “final moments were spent saving the life of another.”
— Associated Press

Woman arrested for abandoning babies
Cleveland — A woman accused of abandoning two babies at a Salvation Army home in downtown Cleveland was arrested in suburban Columbus.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that 31-year-old Alisha Houston was arrested May 30, two days after workers at the home say she vanished seven hours after arriving, leaving behind a 1-year-old boy and a 3-week-old girl.
It’s unclear whether Houston is the babies’ mother.
Police tracked Houston down to the Columbus area, where she was arrested on a felony charge of child endangerment.
Police say Houston is charged because she left the babies unattended and that a medical examination found one of them had been injured.
The babies are with the Department of Children and Family Services.
— Associated Press

Zoo plans contest to name leopard cubs
Akron — The Akron Zoo plans to have a naming contest this summer for a pair of snow leopards born in mid-April.
The zoo announced the births May 28. The male cub and female cub born April 14 remain in a special area with their mother. They aren’t expected to go on public display until late June or early July.
The Akron Beacon Journal  reports snow leopards are considered an endangered species, with possibly 4,000 left in the wild.
Zoo spokesman David Barnhardt says the cubs weigh about 6 pounds and are walking and beginning to climb.
It was the second successful litter for the cubs’ parents, mother Shanti and father Roscoe. Two male cubs born in 2012 now are at zoos in Michigan and Rhode Island.
— Associated Press

Worker dies in fall from building
Cleveland —  Investigators are trying to determine how a man doing nighttime work on the windows of the federal building in downtown Cleveland fell six stories to his death.
Emergency workers say 51-year-old James Eiflander died after he fell from the Anthony J. Celebreeze Federal Building on May 31. Media outlets reported that he was doing glass work on the building when he fell.
Eiflander was treated at the scene and died later at a hospital.
— Associated Press

Goodyear scouting sites for tire plant
Akron — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.
The tire maker said its search is wide open, and that it will consider sites in both North and South America. It hopes to make a decision by early next year.
Goodyear, based in Akron, announced May 29 that it intends to construct a state-of-the-art factory that would make about 6 million tires a year.
Ohio officials wouldn’t say whether they’ve talked with Goodyear about putting the new plant within the state, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.
Goodyear has not built a tire factory in North Americas since 1990 when it opened a plant in Ontario, Canada.
— Associated Press

 

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