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Plane from Akron crashes, kills two in W. Va.
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 05:18

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say two people have been killed in a plane crash near Riverside in eastern Kanawha County.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1kE9xty) reports that the small plane was on its way from Akron, Ohio, to Spartanburg, S.C., when it crashed about 5 p.m. Friday.

The pilot of the Piper PA-32 had reportedly asked for help navigating around bad weather.

The newspaper said that West Virginia State Police responding to the crash needed about two hours to find the site with a helicopter. Police expected the plane's recovery to take most of Friday night.

A man who answered the telephone at the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the plane's two occupants were dead but did not immediately have any additional information.


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Ohio Homeland Security unveils phone safety app
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Saturday, 12 April 2014 05:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans can now report suspicious activity to the state's Homeland Security agency with a new app that can be downloaded on mobile devices.

The state's director of public safety says the Safer Ohio app for smartphones includes a "see something, send something" feature that lets users send photos to Homeland Security analysts.

Director John Born says public reporting of suspicious behavior and unusual activity is essential to protecting communities.

The application is free and available to Android and iPhone users.

The reporting system lets law enforcement or Ohio Homeland Security analysts engage with tipsters without tracking one's location or storing personal information.


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(Updated) Ohio geologists link seismic activity to fracking
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 13:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

A state investigation of five small tremors in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, last month has found the high-pressure injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers. He called the link "probable."

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. Five seismic events in March were all part of what was considered a single event and couldn't be easily felt by people.

The state's new permit conditions are perhaps the most cautious yet put in place in the nation, he said.

Glenda Besana-Ostman, a seismologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, confirmed the finding is the first in the region to suggest a connection between the quakes and the actual extraction of oil and gas, as opposed to wastewater disposal. A deep-injection well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in the same region of Ohio in 2012.

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Charge resolved for coach implicated in rape case
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Friday, 11 April 2014 13:19

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A teacher and coach accused of trying to thwart an investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old girl in eastern Ohio will have the charge dismissed in exchange for community service at a domestic violence shelter, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday.

Seth Fluharty was charged last year with a single misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse or neglect involving the rape of the girl by two Steubenville High School football players in 2012.

The charge will be dismissed once Fluharty completes 20 community service hours at a domestic violence shelter and attends anti-sexual violence training at Steubenville city schools, DeWine said.

"This resolution acknowledges how very important it is to report child abuse and neglect," DeWine said in a statement.

Fluharty, an elementary school principal and conditioning coach for wrestlers, entered a not guilty plea to the charge last year. His attorney declined to comment Friday.

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Detroit holds vigil for driver beaten by mob
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:12

DETROIT (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Thursday to pray for racial peace and for the health of a white motorist who was brutally beaten by a black mob after he stopped to help a child he accidentally struck with his pickup truck

Relatives of the motorist, Steve Utash, joined Mayor Mike Duggan and other city leaders, clergy of various faiths, and complete strangers at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church for what was billed as a night of healing.

Utash, a tree trimmer from Macomb County's Clinton Township, remains hospitalized. He was listed earlier this week in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. The boy he struck was treated for several injuries, including to one of his legs.

Four men accused of taking part in the April 2 attack face charges of intent to murder and assault, and a 16-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with assault and ethnic intimidation. He has a court hearing Saturday.

The attack, in which police say at least six people jumped Utash when he exited his truck on the city's east side, has become a scar on the face of the city, which is going through bankruptcy and struggling with high crime rates.

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