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Published: August 18, 2014 5:52 PM

Teen killed in
large street fight
Youngstown — Police say a 17-year-old boy has been killed in a “pre-arranged” fight that attracted a large group of people.
Lt. Doug Bobovnyik of the Youngstown Police Department said Shawn Cortez was shot Aug. 17 on a street in the south side of the city. Cortez died at a hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that witness accounts put the crowd of young men on the street at about 50, but Bobovnyik couldn’t confirm that. He said at least eight shots were fired from at least one gun.
Neighbors said the conflict involved two large groups of young males. They said words were exchanged, as were numerous rounds of gunfire.
— Associated PresS

Chevy pickup
most stolen vehicle
Columbus — A new report from a national insurance group has identified the vehicle most targeted by thieves in Ohio last year: a 1994 full-size pickup truck.
It was the second straight year that this Chevy truck headed the list from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The 2000 Dodge Caravan, which used to be at the top of the list, was second.
The rankings are dominated by old cars, which are easier to steal and don’t stand out, according to The Columbus Dispatch, which reported on the release of the survey Aug. 18. The newest vehicle on the list is the 2004 Ford full-size pickup.
Nationally, the Honda Accord was the most frequently stolen car last year, regardless of model year. That’s followed by the Honda Civic and two full-size pickup trucks from Ford and Chevrolet, according to the report.
In Ohio, the number of stolen cars has fallen by nearly half since 2006 and is the lowest since at least 1996, according to the state insurance group. The institute estimates that 18,888 cars were stolen last year in Ohio.
— Associated PresS

Visitors stranded on Cedar Point rides
Sandusky — Cedar Point officials say some visitors to the amusement park were stranded on rides after a “power bump,” but there were no injuries.
WJW-TV8 reports that park officials were able to get everyone affected off the rides safely and quickly Aug. 17. Park spokesman Bryan Edwards says he was unsure how many visitors were stranded.
The rides affected include the Millennium Force and the Iron Dragon. The TV station says the park worked with Ohio Edison to inspect the rides as a safety precaution.
Edwards says all ride safety systems worked properly.
Two park visitors were injured last month when a cable attached to the Skyhawk ride snapped.
— Associated PresS

Cleveland Clinic plans cancer center
Cleveland — Officials say the Cleveland Clinic will soon begin building a new cancer facility on its main campus.
The Plain Dealer reports that clinic officials introduced plans Aug. 14 for a 377,000-square-foot facility that will consolidate all of the clinic’s cancer treatment under one roof.
Construction on the $276 million facility is expected to be completed in early 2017. A $2 billion fundraising campaign launched in June will help pay for the project.
More than 10 locations on the clinic’s main campus currently provide cancer care. Officials say the new facility will allow for all of the clinic’s cancer treatment to occur in the same place.
The new center will not affect oncology services at regional locations.
Groundbreaking for the new cancer center is scheduled for Sept. 29.
— Associated PresS

100-year-old church installs gay pastor
Canton — An Ohio church marking its 100th anniversary has installed its first openly gay pastor.
The Congregational United Church of Christ in Plain Township, north of Canton, made the Rev. Dennis Coy its pastor in a formal ceremony Aug. 17.
Coy tells The Repositorthat since he was a boy, he had a feeling that he would go into the ministry.
The 35-year-old says coming out publicly in 2012 was a difficult decision that included ending his 10-year marriage to his wife.
But he says he’s come to terms with who he is and wants to show others that it’s OK to be who they are.
Coy, who investigates money laundering for a regional bank, joined the church last fall. He was unanimously elected as pastor in June.
— Associated PresS

Measles outbreak could be ending
Columbus — Health officials say no measles cases have been reported in Ohio since mid-July, while mumps cases continue to be tallied.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Aug 15 that 377 cases of measles have been reported in nine counties, with the last on July 23.
The state will consider the outbreak officially over at the conclusion of two 21-day incubation periods.
Measles are at a two-decade high in the United States, driven by outbreaks among unvaccinated populations of Amish in Ohio. The outbreak started among Amish in Knox County who had traveled to the Philippines.
— Associated PresS


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