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Authorities: Ohio man pleads guilty in tax scam
Written by associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say a Cincinnati man has pleaded guilty to single counts of conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service and theft of government property.

The U.S. attorney for Ohio's southern district says 35-year-old Jimmy Hill could be sentenced to up to 10 years and fined $250,000 or twice Hill's gain or the loss to victims.

Hill's plea was announced Tuesday. His attorney didn't immediately return a call.

Court documents say that between January 2011 and September 2012 Hill and five others participated in a scheme to obtain false claims for income tax refunds from the IRS by electronically filing false 2010 and 2011 returns.

Authorities say the returns claimed more than $654,500 in refunds they knew they weren't entitled to.


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EPA awards $5 million to fight invasive species in Great Lakes
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:12

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — About $5 million in federal grants will fund projects targeting aquatic and land-based invasive species in the Great Lakes region that threaten native fish and damage the economy, officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced 11 grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an Obama administration program designed to make progress on some of the lakes' most pressing and long-running ecological problems. Recipients include state and local governments, Native American tribes, universities and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to battling exotic species that have already become established, the projects "will also help to prevent the introduction of new invasive species that pose risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem," said Susan Hedman, manager of the EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office in Chicago.

The restoration initiative has pumped more than $220 million into the fight against invaders. Nearly $100 million of that went to trying to prevent aggressive Asian carp, which compete with native fish for food, from reaching the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

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Ohio driver held on $50,000 bond in Marine's death
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:47

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio driver arrested after a hit-and-run crash that killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia is being held on $50,000 bond.

Twenty-six-year-old Holly Fowler of Urbana had an initial appearance Tuesday in municipal court in Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN'-tihn), roughly 50 miles northwest of Columbus. Her case is being sent to county court. She's charged with failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence.

Defense attorney Darrell Heckman says Fowler is a lifelong area resident with no criminal record, and he's disappointed she didn't receive a lower bond. He declined to comment on details of the case.

A vehicle struck 34-year-old Monica Plank of Stafford, Va., on Feb. 16 shortly after midnight. Police say Fowler admitted responsibility and damage on Fowler's car is consistent with evidence at the scene.


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Space shuttle display opens at Ohio museum
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:10

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A much-awaited space shuttle display is opening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton.

The $1.7 million walk-through space shuttle mock-up was built especially for the museum after it was unable to secure one of NASA's three existing space shuttle orbiters after NASA retired the program. The exhibit opens Wednesday.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1c7lBjD ) reports the shuttle display will be temporarily housed in the Cold War gallery until it is relocated to a new $34.5 million hangar set to open in early 2016 at the world's largest military aviation museum.

The full-scale mock-up is built around a crew compartment trainer that hundreds of NASA astronauts trained in to master 2,000 cockpit controls and instruments prior to launch.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Court: mediation in Ohio college records suit
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:46

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a private college and a student journalist to try to resolve the student's lawsuit asking the college to turn over arrest records and other information.

Anna Schiffbauer, editor of a news website at Otterbein College in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, contends the college police department is a public office covered by the state's open-records laws.

Student journalists at the liberal-arts college have battled Otterbein over the release of records since the campus security force became a full-fledged police department of state-certified officers in 2011.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor ordered mediation in the case Tuesday.

Otterbein has argued it is exempt from public-records laws as a private institution and federal law requires it to protect certain information about students from release.


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