Background check petition due

COLUMBUS– A gun safety group hoping to change state law to require background checks on virtually all guns sales has received state approval to start collecting petition signatures. The bipartisan Ohio Ballot Board unanimously voted Monday that the proposal to close loopholes in background checks on gun sales doesn’t contain more than a single subject. That certification was necessary before Ohioans For Gun Safety could begin gathering the required 132,887 signatures from registered voters in at least half of Ohio’s 88 counties. The proposal would close a loophole that allows sales without background checks at gun shows and between private individuals. Should the petition advance, it would first ask Ohio lawmakers to enact universal background checks, with a few exemptions. If lawmakers decline, the petition could be presented directly to voters.

Alleged storm looters indicted

DAYTON– Joshua Chapman, 27, and Cynthia Gross, 49, accused of looting a tornado-damaged home, have been indicted on charges including breaking and entering. The prosecutor’s statement said a woman stopping by her Harrison Township home last month to check on the extent of the storm damage called authorities when she saw the suspects loading her belongings into a pickup. Deputies from the county sheriff’s department arrived at the home in suburban Dayton and arrested Chapman and Gross.

Scrap metal flattens many tires

CLEVELAND Scrap metal from an overturned tractor-trailer has flattened dozens of tires on cars on an Ohio interstate. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 77 in Cleveland near Interstate 490, causing the highway to shut down. No injuries were reported.

2nd swimmer missing, beach closed

HURON– Authorities have shut down a Lake Erie beach after a second swimmer went missing in less than a month. Officials in Huron say Nickel Plate Beach will be closed until further notice while the city looks at ways to improve safety at the beach, about 50 miles west of Cleveland. Huron City Manager Andy White says high water levels and strong winds have been creating dangerous conditions. Search crews have been looking for a 29-year-old woman who was swimming with her family on Sunday when she went under. Earlier this month, an 18-year-old man drowned while helping a group struggling in the water. Four people died at the beach in 2002 as they were trying to rescue a woman caught in a strong current.