(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.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 14:31
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.

Dayton racino could lead to 1,000 jobs for region
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:08

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the new Dayton racino expected to open in October could lead to around 1,000 jobs for the region.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1sLcOIT ) reports that harness racing will begin Oct. 3 at the $125 million Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. It's currently being built on the 125-acre site of an old automotive plant in north Dayton.

The racino also will have at least 1,000 video slot machines, with the possibility of up to 1,500.

Gary Dewitt, vice president and general manager of the racino, said the 1,000 jobs include positions expected at the track itself and those expected through the development of new restaurants, hotels and other businesses near the site.

Dewitt says about one-third of the racino jobs are expected to be offered to Dayton residents.


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

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Homeless man, driver survive Ohio crash
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:09

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in southwest Ohio say a motorist and a sleeping homeless man he hit with his car are lucky to be alive.

Cincinnati police said it happened early Friday when a man driving north on Interstate 471 near downtown ran off the highway, down a hill and into a bridge. The vehicle struck a homeless man who was sleeping under the bridge.

Police Lt. Tim Brown tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1n0LAwA ) that neither was seriously injured. He called it "a miracle."

The homeless man was taken to a hospital. The driver of the car managed to crawl out. Brown said the "whole car just crushed into the front seat." He left and was found walking nearby.

Police aren't sure what caused it. No names have been released.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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Chief urges civil online comments after stabbings
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the crush of social media reaction to the Pittsburgh-area school stabbings that wounded 21 students, a small-town Ohio police chief drew a response with a straightforward plea: "Pipe down and let the people mourn."

The admonishment from Chief David Oliver was part of a longer post aimed at people reacting with online comments more about policy and politics than support for children affected at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, a two-hour drive from Oliver's Brimfield Township department in northeast Ohio.

Oliver, whose forthright and sometimes humorous style has earned him an outsized Facebook following, urged commenters to set a good example by being respectful.

"Until we, as adults, learn to stop being angry, insulting each other and picking fights every chance we get, how in heck can we expect our kids to behave any differently?" he wrote Wednesday.

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