Ohio briefly, Aug. 27

Governor orders flags lowered for McCain

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s governor has ordered all flags at public buildings and grounds in the state be flown at half-staff to honor the life and service of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’sik) on Sunday evening ordered the flags lowered effective immediately through the day of McCain’s interment. The six-term senator, Vietnam War hero and prisoner of war died Saturday at his Arizona ranch after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. The date for his burial hasn’t been released.

McCain’s office website has said he will lie in state and have funeral services in Arizona and Washington. A private funeral and burial is planned at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

In a statement Saturday, Kasich described McCain as “an iconic American hero, patriot and statesman without compare.”

Coast Guard suspends Lake Erie search

MENTOR (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says its search for a man reported missing in Lake Erie has been suspended.

Coast Guard officials said the search for a man who went missing in the lake after reportedly jumping off a boat for a swim at the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina was suspended Sunday. Their search may resume later pending more information.

The Coast Guard says the missing man apparently was on a boat with another person who called for help around 5 p.m Saturday when the 46-year-old man didn’t resurface. The missing man reportedly was wearing a life jacket. His name wasn’t immediately released.

The Coast Guard said boats, a helicopter and sonar were used to conduct the search.

Mentor is about 25 miles northeast of Cleveland.

Public safety chief plans to leave job

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s public safety director says he plans to leave the department as a new governor takes office in a few months.

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born shared his plans in a recent video message for employees. He said as the administration changes, it’s time “for a new generation of leadership and ideas.”

Born has led the department since 2013, when he was appointed by Republican Gov. John Kasich. Born previously served as superintendent of the State Highway Patrol, one of the department’s six divisions.

The others are Ohio Homeland Security, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio Emergency Medical Services, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and and the Office of Criminal Justice Services.

Girl, 15, fatally shot, teen boy arrested

COLUMBUS (AP) — Police in Ohio say a 15-year-old girl has been fatally shot and a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on a charge of murder in her death.

Columbus police say officers were called to a reported shooting just after 8 p.m. Saturday and found 15-year-old Tamara Lynette Dodson had been shot and was in critical condition. Police say she was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

Authorities said they detained several people at the scene. Police say investigators gathered enough evidence to arrest and charge the 16-year-old boy in the shooting.

The Associated Press doesn’t generally name juveniles charged with crimes.

Man charged in missing woman’s death

HAMILTON (AP) — Police say a man suspected in the death of a missing Ohio woman has been arrested on a murder charge.

West Chester police say 29-year-old Michael Strouse, of Liberty Township, was arrested Saturday, a day after police found a body in a field in Liberty Township. The Butler County Coroner’s Office is to positively identify the body, but the county prosecutor told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News he’s “100 percent confident” the body is that of Ellen Weik based on evidence.

The 23-year-old West Chester Township woman was reported missing Aug. 1.

Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he made the decision to charge Strouse after police questioned the suspect. Gmoser declined to discuss Strouse’s statements to police.

County jail records show Strouse was in jail Sunday. They don’t show an attorney for him.