Four shot in Detroit after fight over tax refund
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:29

DETROIT (AP) — A man involved in a dispute over a tax refund check opened fire at a Detroit tax preparation business on Friday afternoon, wounding four employees.

Police say the alleged gunman was arrested running from the scene and a woman involved in the dispute turned herself in later in the day.

The shooting happened at Tax City Tax Service on the city's east side.

Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson said the woman became upset when her tax refund wasn't ready Friday and started scuffling with the guard. Johnson said the man with her pulled a gun and started shooting.

The security guard was wounded, as were three other employees.

WVU committee endorses ex-OSU head Gee for full-time job
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:26

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University search committee on Friday did an about-face and endorsed interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently.

The committee made the recommendation during an emergency meeting in Morgantown and now goes to the WVU Board of Governors.

It comes seven months after Gee retired from Ohio State University after his critical remarks about Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools were made public.

When President Jim Clements announced in November that he was leaving for Clemson, the WVU Board of Governors said the interim president wouldn't be in line to take over full time.

January storm could be one of Ohio's costliest
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Friday, 28 February 2014 09:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio insurance officials say the early January deep freeze, accompanied by heavy snow and ice, will end up being one of the costliest winter storms in the state in recent decades.

Preliminary figures released Thursday by the Ohio Insurance Institute show that the bills for broken and frozen water pipes, ice buildup and wind damage Jan. 5-8 will end up running from $97.8 million to $124.4 million.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1dI6UhJ ) reports that insurers have received 14,748 claims so far, with about three-quarters from homeowners. Most of the rest are from businesses.

Wind chills as low as 49 below hit the state during that period along with ice, heavy snow and high winds. Several cities posted record low temperatures.

Winter storms in Ohio had not caused this much damage since December 2004, when insured losses totaled $105 million in today's prices. A blizzard in March 1993 caused insured losses of $193.5 million.

Man admits guilt in Ohio slaying of man, daughter
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Friday, 28 February 2014 15:28

CELINA, Ohio (AP) — A teenager pleaded guilty to participating in the shooting deaths of a disabled man and his daughter, who had been bound with duct tape during a robbery at their farmhouse in western Ohio near the Indiana state line.

A second man charged in the slayings has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Trevin Sanders, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges Thursday in Mercer County, north of Dayton, as part of an agreement with prosecutors. His sentencing is scheduled for April 15, and he faces up to life without parole.

Colleen Grube, 47, and her father, 70-year-old Robert Grube, were found dead in November 2011 by a relative in the ransacked home on a lonely country road surrounded by farm fields outside the village of Fort Recovery.

Worker charged in Ohio group home resident's death
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Friday, 28 February 2014 07:10

CINCINNATI (AP) — A care provider has been charged with murder in the death of a southwestern Ohio group home resident who had Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters says Janice Cooper was indicted Thursday on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the 2013 death of 52-year-old James Zito.

Court records don't list an attorney for the 55-year-old Woodlawn woman, who worked at a group home in the Cincinnati suburb of Mount Healthy.

The county coroner ruled Zito's death a homicide from blunt force trauma. The prosecutor didn't specify what caused Zito's injuries.

Deters says Zito functioned at the level of a 2-year-old child.

Cooper could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on all the charges against her.

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