Shootings, stabbing mar New Year in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The New Year arrived violently in some parts of Ohio, with a woman stabbed to death in Toledo, men shot to death in Cleveland, Dayton and Lorain and three people shot in Columbus.

The fatal shooting of a man on Cleveland's east side just before 3 a.m. came as the city recorded a two-year spike in city homicides last year and in 2011.

A second northeast Ohio shooting death was reported in Lorain about an hour later after someone apparently opened fire at a crowded gas station.

Columbus police are investigating two separate shootings early Tuesday in the city that wounded three, while Toledo police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old woman stabbed in the neck during a large fight at a bar shortly before 2 a.m.

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