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15-year-old girl arrested in Ohio school threat

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) - A 15-year-old southwest Ohio girl has been arrested after fellow students reported that she threatened a mass shooting at her high school.

Police arrested the teen on Tuesday afternoon after a group of students at Franklin High School in Warren County told authorities that she wanted to "to do a mass school shooting and end it with suicide by cop."

A news release from police says the girl is being held on a charge of inducing panic. It's a felony because it allegedly took place on school grounds.

Schools officials credit the students with coming forward after hearing the threat, but they don't believe the girl would have carried out the attack.

It wasn't clear when the girl would appear in court.


Ohio attorney gets 13 years in sex crimes case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Columbus attorney to 13 years in prison in a sex crimes case that involved allegations from his clients.

The sentencing of Javier Armengau (ar-mehn-GOW') came Tuesday, following his conviction last month on nine of 18 charges - including one count of rape, four counts of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Armengau engaged in sexual conduct with five victims from 1998. His accusers included clients and mothers of clients. They say he preyed on women who needed his legal services.

Armengau continues to deny the charges. The Columbus Dispatch reports that he spoke defiantly for nearly an hour before his sentencing, saying the jury "lost its way" and got the verdict wrong.


Teen convicted in Ohio 'knockout game'

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old Ohio boy convicted on charges of attacking and robbing two men as part of the so-called "knockout game" could face up to 16 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.

Prosecutors in southwest Ohio's Montgomery County say the former Stivers High School student on Tuesday was convicted as an adult of two counts of robbery. He and two other teens were charged in attacks on homeless men in Dayton last spring.

Prosecutors say the defendants attacked the victims with the intention of knocking them out with a single punch. The two other suspects, ages 14 and 15, also are charged with robbery.

Police were alerted when a teacher at the school saw a video of the attack on a student's cell phone.

Sentencing is Sept. 9.


Missing Ohio kayakers were safe all along

CLEVELAND (AP) - A search for two kayakers reported missing in Lake Erie was called off after one of them called authorities from home after seeing news reports about the search.

The kayakers made it to shore as a storm rolled in on off Cleveland Tuesday night, but they were reported missing by someone who lost sight of them during the storm.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to search the beaches with a boat and helicopter. Police and fire officials assisted, as well as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The men were about 500 yards offshore, but were wearing life jackets and earlier managed to swim to safety. The search was called off at about 11:45 p.m. after one of the men called the Coast Guard station.


Dayton college becoming leader in drone technology

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A Dayton community college has taken another step toward positioning itself as a leader in drone technology research.

Sinclair Community College officials on Tuesday announced plans for the renovation of an existing downtown Dayton campus building into a $5 million training and certification center for unmanned aerial systems.

Despite the region being passed over for an FAA drone testing site last year, Sinclair has moved full speed ahead on the development, teaching and application of the technology.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the growth in the technology was on display Tuesday during the first day of the three-day Ohio UAS Conference in Dayton, which has drawn more than 700 people and 70 exhibitors across the United States, Israel, Mexico and Australia.


Toledo council hikes sewer rates

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo residents who suffered through problems with their tap water earlier this month now will see their sewer rates rise.

The Blade newspaper reports the city council on Tuesday approved raising the rates by 52 percent over the next six years.

Council says the hike is necessary to help pay for a $521 million improvement project required by an agreement with the federal government.

The rate increase means the city can start committing the money to build an $88.2-million water storage facility to keep sewage-tainted storm water from overflowing into the Ottawa River.

Earlier this month, residents in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan were left without clean tap water for more than two days when toxins produced by algae in Lake Erie got into the water supply.


Ohio delays geese hunt at state parks

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio has decided to delay a special hunting season on Canada geese at nine southern Ohio parks that was scheduled to begin on Labor Day.

The two-week season, during which hunters reduce the population of migrant Canada geese at select state park beaches, will begin on Tuesday instead.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the beach hunting program began after state officials exhausted alternative remedies to managing the geese, which live year-round live at the parks rather than migrating.

Coyote decoys, specially trained dogs and noise-making devices all failed to shoo away the growing flocks, whose droppings are a major source of bacteria.

Officials say the season was delayed after media questions about starting the hunt on the holiday.

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