The Ohio Inspector General's office says employees of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and several elected officials violated state ethics laws by accepting a free charter boat fishing trip last summer.
Conservation groups say Ohio's wild turtle populations are at risk due to increased harvesting. They are calling for limits to be placed on the numbers of turtles that may be harvested by for-profit traders.
The Ohio Inspector General's office says a now-retired Ohio Department of Natural Resources official could face criminal charges for accepting payment for hours not worked, using his state vehicle for personal purposes, and misusing his state cell phone and email account.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued water warnings for Delaware and Alum Creek Reservoirs, saying E. Coli contamination could pose health risks to swimmers, particularly the elderly, children and those with weak immune systems.