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Last of bridge-bomb suspects goes to court

Akron -- The case against the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in Northeast Ohio is headed back to court.

No bomb went off and no one was hurt.

Four defendants have pleaded guilty, but the case against Joshua Stafford of Cleveland has been delayed by a psychiatric review.

A judge in Akron federal court wants legal briefs on the psychiatric issue from both sides by Feb. 15. A hearing could come later.

The target was the Route 82 over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Brecksville and Sagamore Hills.

The FBI has said the public was never in danger and the device was a dud provided by an informant.

-- Associated Press

Scenic railroad sets ridership record

Peninsula -- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says it set a new ridership record last year.

The railroad says it carried more than 210,000 passengers through Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2012. That's up from about 160,000 riders in 2011, when it was closed for a time for track repairs, and more than 195,000 in 2010.

The scenic railroad runs trains on varying schedules throughout the year from stations between suburban Cleveland and the Akron area. The not-for-profit organization is marking its 40th year of excursion rail service.

Besides scenic trips, it also offers special events such as rides designed especially for children and beer- and wine-tasting trips for adults.

-- Associated Press

Tanker crashes,

leaks diesel fuel

Ravenna Township --No one was seriously injured after a tanker carrying diesel fuel crashed about 6 a.m. Feb. 3 on state Route 5.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the tanker was traveling west when it rolled over while attempting to round a curve in the road just east of the road's intersection with state Route 59.

The driver was transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna with minor injuries.

The tanker was carrying 7,800 gallons of what the Ohio Highway Patrol described as "off road diesel fuel." An unknown amount of the fuel leaked out of the tanker following the crash.

Route 5 was closed until about 1 p.m.

-- Record-Courier

United Way of Summit sets world record

Akron -- United Way of Summit County received notification that the 2012 United Way/Red Cross Campaign Kickoff event on Sept. 12, 2012, at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron has been recognized as the Guinness World Records "Largest Cornhole Tournament." A total of 268 people participated in the cornhole tournament that day, surpassing the previous record of 250 participants.

"We are proud and delighted that our 2012 United Way/Red Cross Campaign Kickoff/Cornhole Tournament qualified as a Guinness World Record," said Bob Kulinski, president of United Way of Summit County. "This recognition is a fitting conclusion to what will be a historic, record-setting campaign in which over 30,000 people contributed money or volunteered to make our community a great place to live, work and raise our families. We are blessed to live in the most philanthropic and collaborative county in Ohio."

-- Staff reports

Buckeye Chuck

predicts early spring

Marion -- Ohio's prognosticating groundhog says spring will come early to the state.

For the fourth year in the row, Buckeye Chuck sent a signal Feb. 2 that spring will come soon for Ohioans. Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow at 7:39 a.m.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, hundreds attended the festivities held at WMRN-AM in Marion in north-central Ohio.

In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil made his prediction. He, too, says expect an early spring.

-- Associated Press

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