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Gas line rupture mistaken for well explosion in Summit County
Other morning headlines: Ursuline College cleans up after devastating tornado; Cedar Point will keep ride closed following accident
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Gas line rupture mistaken for well explosion in Summit County
  • Man expected to be charged today after bodies found 
  • Ursuline College cleans up after devastating tornado
  • Cedar Point will keep ride closed following accident
  • Cuyahoga County kindergartners get savings accounts as promised
  • Ohio State wants to research fracking well
  • Half of callers to line not looking for problem-gambling help
  • Gas prices down
  • Gas line rupture mistaken for well explosion in Summit County
    Police say the early morning failure of a high-pressure pipe at a Summit County gas well was mistaken for an explosion and led to the evacuations of hundreds of residents. Detective Mike Hitchings tells The Associated Press the failure of a high-pressure gas line at a Dominion well in New Franklin, south of Akron, caused a loud noise that some residents reported as an explosion. The incident was reported just after 6 a.m. on the east side of the city and led authorities to evacuate residents. No injuries were initially reported.

    Man expected to be charged today after bodies found
    East Cleveland's police chief says charges are expected today against the suspect being held in an investigation into the discovery of three women's bodies in trash bags. Chief Ralph Spotts says there are no plans to resume searching in and around abandoned houses in the neighborhood where the bodies were found separately on Friday and Saturday. Spotts on Sunday identified the suspect as 35-year-old registered sex offender Michael Madison. He said Madison is expected to be formally charged Monday, but did not elaborate. A medical examiner says the bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition, and it will take days to identify the women and determine how they died. Sunday's search of about 40 abandoned houses and other areas turned up no more bodies.

    Cuyahoga County kindergartners get savings accounts as promised
    Cuyahoga County is following through on a plan to put $100 into saving accounts for each of 15,000 new kindergartners. County Executive Ed FitzGerald says KeyBank will administer the program that will create deposit-only accounts for all eligible children, except those whose parents opt out. The county has freed up about $3 million a year for higher education by laying off workers and streamlining operations. The county’s charter says it must create a postsecondary scholarship program.

    Ursuline College cleans up after devastating tornado
    Cleanup is underway after a tornado tore through Pepper Pike on Saturday, heavily damaging Ursuline College. The campus will be closed today after the confirmed tornado destroyed the gymnasium and blew out windows and doors of several other buildings. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touched down 3 a.m. Saturday with winds of 110 miles an hour. 

    Cedar Point will keep ride closed following accident
    Cedar Point says it’s keeping a popular ride shut down until it can determined what caused an accident that injured seven people. A boat on the “Shoot the Rapids” ride accidentally rolled backward down a hill on the track on Friday and flipped over, and people were trapped inside. Park goers helped the passengers escape and they were treated at an area hospital. The Plain Dealer reports Cedar Point is investigating the accident and has reported it to state officials.

    Ohio State wants to research fracking well
    Ohio State University says its researcher want to install and study a gas well in eastern Ohio to study the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the shale drilling well would be built on university owned land in Noble County. Supporters say it provides researchers opportunity to study how shale drilling alters the environment and assess pollution risks to the air and groundwater. The process requires a 200-foot-tall drilling rig and a set of industrial pumps to send millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals below ground to shatter the shale and free trapped oil and gas. The proposed shale well is one of several Ohio State projects related to the controversial drilling process.

    Half of callers to line not looking for problem-gambling help
    Callers to Ohio's problem-gambling help line often seek information on wagering rather than help to quit gambling. The Plain Dealer reports that operators handled more than 5,600 calls in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Records show 54 percent of those calls fell into the category of "not applicable." Callers frequently wanted winning lottery numbers or information about casinos and horse tracks. A recorded message was added to the help line this month so callers know they have reached a line for problem gamblers. The chief of problem-gambling services for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services attributes the volume of calls to an aggressive state promotional campaign by the Ohio for Responsible Gambling alliance.

    Gas prices down
    Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices this week and are paying less than the national average. The state average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.56 in today’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 9 cents lower than last week. The Ohio price is 11 cents below the national average of $3.67. Analysts expect further increases in pump prices this summer as greater demand, unrest in Egypt and production disruptions in the U.S. and other countries push up the price of crude oil and gasoline.

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