State briefs

Freight trains collide, derails

MARYSVILLE (AP) — Police say two people suffered minor injuries when two freight trains carrying cargo boxes collided and about 10 train cars overturned in central Ohio.

The accident happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday in the area of the Scotts Miracle-Gro plant located just southeast of Marysville.

The names of the two injured CSX employees weren’t released. They were taken to Memorial Hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be serious.

Deputy Chief Tony Brooks says the victims were the only people onboard the locomotives at the time of the crash.

Union County Emergency Management Agency officials say the train wasn’t carrying hazardous materials but fuel was spilled. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency responded.

Brooks says the trains were on the same track when they collided but it’s unclear how the accident happened.

Tests show a few homes in village still have lead

SEBRING — The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples.

The EPA says that 618 homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County have submitted tap water samples so far and that 30 homes showed lead levels above the federal standard. Sebring has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after state environmental officials said the operator of the village water plant waited months to notify people about high levels of lead found in some homes.

The statement says the Ohio EPA is working with the village and the U.S. EPA to “minimize” the amount of lead leaching from pipes.

Official: Ohio close to needing $1B prison

CHILLICOTHE — The head of Ohio’s prisons says the state is close to needing a new prison, but he won’t ask for the estimated $1 billion to build it.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports that state prisons director Gary Mohr spoke at his church in Chillicothe last week. He said that while he won’t request the money, someone else will.

Ohio has 400 more prisoners compared to the same time last year at about 50,000. The female inmate population has grown nearly 5 percent in that time to more than 4,200.

Managing Director of Operations Ed Voorhies says Mohr has vowed to resign if he has to ask for a new prison.

Voorhies says a large part of that population consists of “low-level non-violent” offenders who are “better treated in the community.”

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