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GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a central Ohio college student has been found dead less than 24 hours after being reported missing.
The Newark Advocate reports that Granville Police Sgt. Keith Blackledge says the body of Denison University senior David Hallman was found about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The university said the 21-year-old from Erie, Pa., had been missing since about 2 a.m. Saturday, and was found about a half-mile from Brew's Cafe, where he was last seen.
The newspaper reported that Blackledge said Hallman was found wearing regular clothing, not a heavy coat, and probably died of exposure. He says Hallman might have been disoriented. Blackledge says no foul play was expected, and that the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the case.
The university, about 40 miles northeast of Columbus, says the "Denison family will come together to mourn the loss of David."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has headed to Cairo to serve as an international observer in Egypt's constitutional referendum.
The Columbus Democrat will be present for the Jan. 14-15 vote on an amended charter as part of a team from Democracy International. The organization is active in more than 60 countries on democracy and governance issues and to assist on rule-of-law questions.
Brunner is a former judge and founding partner and principal in the Brunner Quinn law firm based in Columbus. She oversaw Ohio elections as secretary of state from 2007 to 2011.
This is not her first foray into international election issues. Since re-entering private practice, she has made multiple trips to Serbia to provide technical assistance on judicial reform and anti-corruption in elections.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio Democrat plans a campaign swing around the state before deciding whether to go forward with his run for governor.
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Dec. 30 he would run. He said he had been hearing from rank-and-file Democrats about their desire for a choice after Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been running for months. But Portune said he wouldn't file by the Feb. 5 deadline if he determined there wasn't enough statewide support.
Portune tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he is making what he calls an "aggressive swing" to assess whether he can mount a successful challenge. He plans stops over the next week in cities including Athens, Lima and Lorain.
Gov. John Kasich has no GOP challenger at this point.