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Regional roundup

Joint fire district schedules meeting

WINTERSVILLE — Seven Ranges Joint Fire District will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Jefferson County 911 Center, 300 Airpark Drive.

Regional airport authority to meet

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority will meet at 3 p.m. on Monday in the terminal building at the airport.

Ohio suicide deaths rose 45 percent

COLUMBUS — The number of suicides in Ohio increased 45 percent from 2007 to 2018 amid a growing national public health crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton said suicide has also increased by more than 50 percent in young people between the ages of 10 and 24 over the same time period. It’s the leading cause of death for Ohio residents ages 10 to 14 and the second leading cause of death for residents 15 to 34, she said.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine responded to the report by saying his RecoveryOhio initiative seeks to address mental illness and issues leading to suicide. There are five suicide deaths each day in Ohio and over 1,800 such deaths last year, the report said.

Teen killed girl, thinking she was pregnant

CANTON — Authorities say a teen fatally shot a 14-year-old girl because he believed a false rumor the girl was pregnant.

The Repository in Canton reports the 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday in Stark County Juvenile Court. His trial on the juvenile equivalent of aggravated murder was scheduled to begin Thursday.

Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Michelle Cordova said the boy told police he believed Sylvia McGee, who wasn’t his girlfriend, was pregnant. Cordova says an autopsy conducted after the slaying March 30 showed she was not.

From staff and wire reports

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