News from around the Buckeye State

Average gas prices in Ohio down compared with a week ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices in Ohio are down compared with prices a week ago and the same time last month.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.04 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 12 cents compared with a week ago and six cents less than the price a month ago.

The average price in the state on Monday remained lower than the national average of $2.22. The average price in Ohio at this time a year ago was $2.17. The national average a year ago was $2.21.

Demand typically goes down in the fall due to lower driving demand and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline.

Ohio AG warns of World Series ticket scams

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians fans are being warned about ticket scams ahead of the World Series that begins Tuesday in Cleveland.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says it’s an exciting time for Indians fans. But he says it’s also an environment ripe for scams.

The attorney general warns that ticket scams often involve third-party individual sellers who may advertise on websites or in person. Scammers often instruct consumers to pay using wire transfer, cash or prepaid money cards. Consumers then receive nothing in return or tickets that are counterfeit, stolen, or otherwise invalid.

DeWine warns consumers to consider paying with a credit card, if possible. They also are urged to deal with reputable businesses and research a seller’s reputation before buying anything.

Consumers should report any suspected scams.

Man gets life in 2 fatal shootings

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and her male friend at the woman’s apartment has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Montgomery County’s prosecutor says 37-year-old Harvey Jones was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life sentences in the January 2013 slayings of 32-year-old Carly Hughley and 29-year-old Demetrius Beckwith in Harrison Township in suburban Dayton.

Authorities say Jones made Hughley and Beckwith lie on the floor before shooting them multiple times. Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Hughley’s 10-year-old son witnessed the shootings and ran for help.

Jones was convicted of multiple counts of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. The Dayton man continues to maintain his innocence.

Defense attorney Dennis Lieberman argued the child mistakenly identified Jones and says they will appeal.

Authorities: 2 children, woman die in house fire in Ohio

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two children and a woman have died in a house fire in eastern Ohio.

City and state fire officials are investigating to determine the cause of the fire reported around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in Steubenville. City Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi says firefighting efforts were hampered when power lines fell on a nearby vehicle, setting it on fire.

Capaldi says the bodies of the woman, a 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were found inside the home. One person who escaped the blaze was taken to a hospital with burns. That person’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

A Steubenville City Schools district statement identified the children as elementary school student Amber Shope and middle school student Terry Richardson Jr.

The woman’s name and the victims’ relationships weren’t immediately released.

Ohio museum’s sale of antiquities from Egypt draws criticism

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Toledo Museum of Art is selling 68 antiquities from its collection, a move drawing criticism from a nationally known archaeologist and Egyptian officials.

The Blade newspaper ( ) reports about half the items are from Egypt. Others come from Cyprus, Greece and Italy. They’re being sold in a New York auction on Tuesday and an online sale closing the same day.

The museum’s director says its board approved selling the items that didn’t meet the current collection’s quality. He says it expects to generate about $500,000, which can be used on other acquisitions.

Art expert and Toledo native Joan Connelly says it’s distressing because modern laws make it difficult to acquire such items.

The newspaper says the Egyptian government indicated in news coverage there that it’s seeking to stop the sales.