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Ohio tax preparer among five charged in fraud case
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal indictment alleges an income tax preparer and four central Ohio business owners conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and helped file false tax returns.

An IRS statement says the defendants are from Columbus. Each is charged with at least one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and multiple counts of helping to prepare and file false tax returns.

Investigators say the tax preparer, 39-year-old Fatma Ali, created false tax documents between 2008 and 2012. Investigators say the other defendants underreported their income, and the fraudulent filings enabled people to receive tax credits for which they weren't actually eligible.

A message was left late Wednesday for Ali's attorney.

The government says the defendants could face prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if convicted.


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Entertainment venue now planned for old Akron stadium
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:27

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Developers who recently bought the University of Akron's old football stadium have dropped a plan to pursue a pro football team for the facility and are pitching a multiuse entertainment venue instead.

The proposal by Team 1 Marketing Group also includes adding a dome to the stadium known as the Rubber Bowl.

Team 1's Sean Mason tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1j5mabF ) the goal is a spring 2015 opening for concerts and sporting events such as boxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling.

Brad Beckert, the city of Akron's development engineering manager, called that timetable ambitious if a dome is built.

Complicating the proposal is the possibility that Federal Aviation Administration approval might be needed for the dome because the Rubber Bowl is near the Akron airport.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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Crosses displayed in Ohio village challenged
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on a tiny eastern Ohio village's municipal building.

The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has challenged the claim by the mayor of Stratton that it's constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.

Mayor John Abdalla temporarily removed the crosses in January after the foundation threatened to sue, but he returned them to celebrate the Easter season. One is Latin, the other Eastern Orthodox.

Abdalla told the Steubenville Herald-Star that such seasonal displays were allowed. The mayor declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press, including saying whether the crosses still adorned the building's facade.

He told the newspaper he planned to remove them at the end of April. Easter is this Sunday.

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Possible arson spree worries Dayton officials
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:26

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A possible arson spree causing thousands of dollars in property damage has Dayton officials concerned.

Fire officials say more than two dozen fires have hit Dayton's west side this year, mostly in vacant structures, causing upward of $138,000 in damage.

The Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1r1Z0pI ) that 18 of 26 fires structures involved vacant buildings and all of those have been ruled arson.

Assistant Dayton fire chief Michael Caudill says 11 fires happened within the past month, raising concerns that the numbers might grow with warmer weather.

Caudill says fire-setters sometimes have the mistaken belief that burning a vacant house can somehow improve the neighborhood.

He says it's often more expensive to fix a home that has burned.

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


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Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press ED WHITE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:49

DETROIT (AP) — Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group.

The deals are tied to Detroit getting money from the state over 20 years, along with $466 million in private money, all to shore up pensions.

Retired police and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments. Other city retirees would see a 4.5 percent pension cut. The $816 million vanishes if retirees don't vote in favor in the weeks ahead.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger says deals reached Tuesday are important. But he tells The Associated Press that persuading lawmakers to approve the money soon is difficult because of anti-Detroit sentiment in the Legislature.

Republicans control the House and Senate.


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