killed in crash
WINTERSVILLE -An Arkansas man who had just purchased a motorcycle was killed when the motorcycle went off the side of the road Saturday afternoon on U.S. Route 250 in Mount Pleasant Township and struck a car waiting to pull out of a parking lot, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
Matthew Spencer, 33, of Kingland, Ark., was operating a 1983 Yamaha motorcycle around 3:17 p.m. Saturday when the bike went off the side of the road, striking a car operated by Dale Rothert, 73, of Adena, the patrol reported.
Spencer, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene, a trooper reported.
Rothert and a passenger in the car were not injured.
A crash reconstructionist with the patrol was on scene to assist with the investigation.
The crash remains under investigation.
Gas prices rise
COLUMBUS - Ohio gas prices are higher to start the work week.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.47 in today's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.
That's a dime higher than a week ago.
However, it's still 12 cents lower than this time last month.
Today's national average was $3.50, which is 2 cents lower than a week ago, and 16 cents lower a month ago.
Despite the spike in Ohio numbers, analysts say prices should stay lower during August as long as refinery production remains strong and oil prices don't rise due to unexpected issues.
The lowest average price in the state was $3.35 in the Youngstown area.
Village in battle
against feral felines
BOWLING GREEN - A village in northwestern Ohio is trying to solve a problem that residents say is spreading fast.
Residents in the village south of Toledo say there are so many feral cats in Pemberville that they've lost count.
The village council is now considering a proposal from the Wood County Humane Society to trap, neuter and then return the cats to the village.
The council's president said the big question is how to fund the program.
The Humane Society says it would cover half of Pemberville's expenses for the first year and that the village must pay for the program after that.