Woman dead, man hurt in house blast in Orwell
ORWELL - Authorities say a house in northeast Ohio exploded, leaving one woman dead and a man injured with second- and third-degree burns.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol told Cleveland television that a 27-year-old woman was killed in the explosion. The blast was reported around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the village of Orwell in southern Ashtabula County.
The highway patrol said that the family had been smelling gas for a few weeks, and the man went upstairs and lit a cigarette - and that's when the house exploded. Photos on the TV station's website showed smoke rising off a pile of rubble behind yellow caution tape, as firefighters mill about.
A dispatcher at the sheriff's office said by phone that no further information was immediately available.
Warren BOE to vote for new superintendent
WARREN - The Warren City School District could have its next superintendent by the end of the week.
The Board of Education will vote at 1 p.m. Friday on whether to hire an internal candidate as its new leader, filling the vacancy left by current superintendent Michael Notar.
Notar submitted his resignation last month to take over Aug. 1 as superintendent of Conneaut Area City Schools.
Warren board president Andre Coleman said the leading candidate is the only internal applicant, a current administrator and longtime district employee.
Source of tar on dogs discovered
EAST LIVERPOOL - Two missing dogs were reunited with their owner Wednesday after they were found covered in thick tar.
The dogs, a beagle-boxer mix and a pitbull, were found in the area of Michigan Avenue, here. They likely picked up the tar at an abandoned warehouse in the area.
News partner WYTV reported it took the dogs' owner and groomers 16 hours to wash the tar and chemicals from their fur.
The dogs had gotten out of their yard Friday, and animal rescue crews were helping in the search.
Prompted by the tar-covered dogs, the Ohio EPA and a hazardous materials team, along with multiple agencies from Ohio and West Virginia, spent Wednesday at the vacant industrial plant.