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Ohio student accused of shooting classmate

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati police say a 14-year-old student shot a 15-year-old classmate in the groin over a dispute at school.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Lisa Davis tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that it happened Thursday after school in the College Hill neighborhood.

She said the victim walked out of a store when the shooter approached and yelled, "What are you going to do about it now?" before firing at the victim. The injured boy was hospitalized in fair condition.

The 14-year-old shooter was arrested later Thursday.

Davis says the two are classmates and knew each other. She says they've apparently been having "some issues." She says the victim was trying to sever ties with a group of kid, "and it wasn't going so well."


Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State trustees have heard from a designated band alumnus and an outraged parent without further comment on the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters.

Waters' dismissal July 24 followed a university investigation concluding he failed to stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals within one of the nation's most innovative marching bands.

Alumnus Gary Leppla said that he hopes trustees will keep discussions open. He called Waters "a son and brother" of what's known as The Best Damn Band in The Land.

Dozens of alumni musicians and other supporters of Waters serenaded the event with fight songs and anthems. A pro-Waters banner was flown overhead.

As board members dispersed without comment after Leppla's remarks, band parent Mary Ann Kimbro shouted out that they were disrespectful and too busy to listen. Other Waters supporters were heard calling the outcome of the day "disgusting."


Vigil planned for Ohio plane crash victims

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) - The flight club that rented the plane that crashed after takeoff this week plans a candlelight vigil for the four college students who died.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that the T&G Flight Club will hold a vigil in a field near the Cuyahoga County Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday to remember the young men. That's according to the flight club's Larry Rohl.

The field is near the site of the crash that killed the pilot, 20-year-old William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan, along with passengers 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio; 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland; and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia.

The Cessna model 172R plane ran into trouble ascending after takeoff about 10 p.m. Monday.


Toledo ups spending on chemicals to treat water

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Making sure drinking water is safe in Toledo will cost nearly $2 million more than the city expected.

City officials say they will spend about $4.7 million this year on chemicals to treat the water. That's $1.7 million more than the usual annual expense.

Almost four weeks ago, Ohio's fourth-largest city issued a do-not-drink advisory after the city's water supply was contaminated by toxins from algae on Lake Erie.

Toledo draws its water from the lake and for the last several years has been forced to spend millions of dollars to get rid of the toxins in the water.

Toledo officials say the two-day water warning in early August also cost the city more than $200,000 in overtime.


Money manager gets 15 years in Ohio fraud case

CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio money manager accused of bilking 141 investors in a Ponzi scheme fraud has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $34.5 million in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Herman Weber said he wanted to send a "loud, emphatic message" to fraudsters with the sentence of Glen Galemmo (Guh-LIM'-oh) on Thursday. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Galemmo sat silently with his five children and wife watching. He and his attorney had urged a sentence of six years.

Galemmo apologized in court to the investors and others hurt by his scheme. Prosecutors say he used new investors' money to pay earlier investors, and fabricated glowing monthly reports.

Civil litigation continues in efforts to regain investors' money. Bank accounts totaling $1.5 million were seized.


Ohio police arrest youth after gun threat

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio sheriff says a 15-year-old student has been charged with making terroristic threats after allegedly saying he planned to bring a rifle and handgun to school.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the Talawanda (TOWL'-uh-wahn-duh) High School student reportedly said he was coming to school Friday with the weapons concealed under a trench coat. Police say a school resource officer received the information Thursday, and the student was quickly located by detectives.

Investigators say the student had made the threat as part of a game and that no weapons were found.

Jones says any threat or rumor about school safety and security is taken seriously and anyone making threats will be prosecuted.

The youth was charged as a juvenile.


Duke halting coal burning at Ohio plant

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) - A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy says it will retire the last two coal-fired units Sept. 1 at the New Richmond, Ohio, plant.

Duke says increasingly stringent federal regulations on power plant emissions are behind the decision. It had said earlier it would retire all coal-fired units there by January 2015.

Four oil-fired combustion turbines will remain at the site, primarily used for generating power during high demand.

Authorities said recently that cleanup was mostly complete of an estimated 9,000 gallons of oil spilled some 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati. Duke has said the spill apparently happened because of a valve left open.


Ohio landlord orders removal of American flag

WHITEHALL, Ohio (AP) - A company that manages some central Ohio townhouses has gotten some heat after ordering an 86-year-old tenant to remove an American flag from in front of her unit.

But a lawyer for the company says the no-flags policy at the Estates at Eden of Whitehall in suburban Columbus is a neutral one. Owners don't want residents affixing anything to the buildings, and the policy keeps people from hanging flags or banners that might be more controversial and offensive to some.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Julia Lease was told last week to take down the flag that has hung outside her rental townhome for 36 years. It's raised the ire of military veterans and other activists who say they plan a demonstration at the complex on Sunday.


Ohio school chief unhappy with district's progress

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's top education official tells a newspaper that he's unhappy with the progress of improvements in Youngstown's beleaguered city schools.

A special commission was appointed four years ago after the city school district failed to meet adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years on the state report card.

Richard Ross, state superintendent of public instruction, now tells The Vindicator that the city's school officials "haven't gotten done what needs to get done."

Ross calls on people in the community, including business and faith-based interests, to come together to make a "dramatic" change in the schools. He says formulas for lasting change are more effective when the community is involved.

City schools superintendent Connie Hathorn says she would support such an effort.


AAA forecasts more Labor Day travel by Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Auto club AAA says travel nationally and by Ohioans is expected to increase slightly this year during the five-day Labor Day period as consumer spending continues to rise.

AAA estimates more than 1.4 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period between Thursday and Monday. That would be up about 0.5 percent from last year.

Nationally, about 34.7 million people are expected to take a trip, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.

Nearly 86 percent of those are expected to hit the road, and more than 7 percent are expected to travel by air.

Ohio's Department of Transportation says work in most construction zones will be suspended during the holiday weekend, though motorists should allow extra travel time in case of congestion.

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