VIDEO: WOUB NewsWrap - 5/23/13

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Updated Thu, May 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Two men from Athens County are helping victims of the recent deadly Oklahoma tornado.

Carpet One sales associate, Eric Lucas and his friend Robert Jeffers have been collecting donations since Tuesday.

"People have been dropping off supplies," Eric Lucas said.  "dog food, cat food, things like I wouldn't even thought about, baby formula, soap, and the response has been wonderful."

Jeffers is leaving tomorrow for Oklahoma to deliver the supplies.

A man fell to his death from the roof of an industrial building in Fairfield County.

The call came in just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Kirk Kern of the Fairfield County Sheriff's office said Michael Sway, 44, of Dublin fell 23 feet onto a concrete floor.  The two men had climbed a ladder to survey storm damage to the building located at 3010 Columbus-Lancaster Road in Lancaster.

Kern said an engineer who accompanied Sway did not fall and was not injured.  Sway was pronounced dead of blunt force head trauma at the scene.

The Accident remains under investigation by The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration.  Kern said the Sheriff's Office has ruled the death an accident.

Meigs County residents will soon have access to a new emergency care facility.

Holzer Health System announced hat it will be opening an emergency care facility in Pomeroy in 2014.  The facility is estimated to cost over five-million dollars.

The Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation will be building the facility and has been awarded a two-hundred and fifty thousand dollar grant for the project.

The facility will have a 24-hour staffed emergency department, with state of the art equipment, and a helipad.

In other regional news, two state lawmakers are pressing to drop the 20-year statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and sexual battery cases.

Senator Capri Cafaro says the "impact of sexual trauma" lasts a lifetime.

A prosecutors' group tells The Columbus Dispatch they're concerned some older cases could come down to verbal allegations based on faulty memory.

Finally, the National Weather Service says a storm that destroyed two mobile homes and injured two people in Teays Valley was a microburst. The storm that hit about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon had estimated wind speeds between 70 and 80 miles per hour.

 

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