Woman accused of faking cancer pleads guilty

URBANA (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of faking brain cancer and accepting donations to help with her expenses has pleaded guilty to theft.

Court documents say community members, online donors and a local Fraternal Order of the Eagles chapter raised money in 2013 for 34-year-old Heather Guas after she said she had brain cancer.

Gaus pleaded guilty Tuesday in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

Court documents say the amount stolen was between $1,000 and $7,500. The Dayton Daily News reports prosecutors plan to request that Guas pay restitution to victims once they determine exactly how much money she collected and who donated it.

Gaus faces up to a year in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

A message seeking comment from Guas’ attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

28 Ohio beaches under advisory for E. coli contamination

COLUMBUS — More than two dozen beaches across Ohio are contaminated with E. coli but will remain open, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that 28 of Ohio’s 134 public beaches were under bacteria advisories Wednesday, with 21 of those beaches located on Lake Erie.

E. coli, a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals, can be caused by sewage overflows, geese and gull feces, and failing home-septic systems. If ingested, the bacteria can result in diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps.

Advisories are issued in Ohio when E. coli levels pass 235 colonies per 100 milliliters of water, in accordance with federal standards. The Ohio Department of Health posts advisories in such cases, but officials said the beaches will remain open.

“As far as state beaches, we feel it’s more important to advise the public and let the public make the decision for themselves,” said Mary Clifton, a recreational programs administrator at the state Health Department.

A 2014 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group, ranked Ohio the worst among 30 coastal and Great Lakes states for the second year in a row.

On May 27, officials recorded more than 10,000 colonies per 100 milliliters of water at two Buckeye Lake beaches.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Matt Eiselstein said the agency is working to limit bacteria levels by dredging and by controlling geese populations.

Dad pleads guilty to killing baby son with thrown coffee mug

CANTON — An Ohio man accused of throwing a coffee mug that hit and killed his 2-month-old son has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Thirty-four-year-old Anthony Grove also pleaded guilty Wednesday to child endangering and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Grove was originally charged with murder.

Authorities have said Grove threw a ceramic mug at Zeeland Grove’s mother during an argument while she held the infant at their home in Canton on Feb. 9. The woman took the baby and two other children to her mother’s home in Akron and called 911. Grove was charged the following day after the baby died at a hospital.

Grove’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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