Briefly May 26

Mom delayed

shooting report, hoped to keep guns

ASHLAND (AP) — A social worker said the Ohio mother of an 8-year-old boy who repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister delayed reporting it and seeking medical help because she was afraid they would lose the firearms they use to hunt for food.

The Ashland Times-Gazette reported the case worker testified Thursday at a hearing about custody of the children, who now are living with relatives.

The mother, Alyssa Edwards, has pleaded not guilty to child endangering and evidence tampering charges.

Prosecutors said Edwards checked the girl’s injuries after the March 3 shooting at her Hayesville home in north-central Ohio, and then returned to work at a horse farm and didn’t take the girl to a hospital for several hours.

Prosecutors aren’t charging the boy due to his age. His sister has been recovering.

Senior trip ends

in crash, items from luggage stolen

DELPHOS (AP) — Things have gotten even worse for Ohio students on a charter bus that crashed in Pennsylvania and cut short their senior trip to New York City.

They’ve discovered that money and belongings were stolen from their luggage.

None of the students was seriously hurt in Monday’s crash on Interstate 80.

Delphos Jefferson High School officials said students noticed items missing when they got their luggage back Wednesday. Principal Chad Brinkman said in addition to cash, items such as headphones, bras and lotion were taken.

Missing money amounts ranged from $85 to $500.

Brinkman told The Lima News he contacted the Pennsylvania State Police, which is investigating.

The bus driver was cited after the bus ended up down a 40-foot embankment near Danville, Pennsylvania. Six passengers reported minor injuries.

Ohio toddler dies

a day after being struck in street race

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A toddler has died a day after police said she and her mother were struck by two Florida teenagers who were street racing.

John Reisinger of Tampa told the Tampa Bay Times his niece’s 21-month-old daughter Lillia died Thursday. The girl’s mother, 24-year-old Jessica Raubenolt of Jeromesville, Ohio, died Wednesday.

Police said Raubenolt was pushing Lillia in a stroller and crossing legally at an intersection when they were struck Wednesday. Two teens who graduated high school Monday each face two counts of vehicular homicide and street racing.

Reisinger said the mother and daughter were in Florida while her husband was getting certified as a pilot, and bad weather delayed their return.

Kings Island to offer free admission

to military members

MASON (AP) — An Ohio amusement park is offering free admission to active members of the U.S. military and to veterans during Memorial Day weekend.

Those who qualify for free admission tickets include active military, retired military, National Guard members, veterans with an honorable or medical discharge and ROTC members with government-

issued IDs.

Judge wants state, US EPA to take lead on Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit in Ohio said he wants state and federal regulators to take serious steps to find and implement solutions to Lake Erie’s persistent algae problem instead of leaving the issue to the courts.

U.S. District Judge James Carr met earlier this week with lawyers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental group to discuss what should happen next.