News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Akron Children's Hospital


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Ex data chief of Ohio's largest school district is guilty of a felony
Other noon headlines: Sewer fight; tax scam; death penalty debate; Pilot Flying J
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
The sewer district says the only way it can control flooding is to address stormwater.
Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
  • Northeast Ohio multi-million dollar sewer fight gets its day in court
  • Ex-data chief in Ohio's largest school district is found guilty
  • Georgia woman charged in tax scam that involve hundreds in NE Ohio
  • Should a juror who objects the the death penalty remain on a jury?
  • Haslam's Pilot Flying J case is heading for mediation
  • Northeast Ohio multi-million dollar sewer fight gets its day in court
    The Ohio Supreme Court has set Sept. 9 to hear arguments in a four-year fight over whether the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District can move ahead with a massive storm-water management project.

    Eleven of the 62 communities the district serves in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lake and Lorain counties originally sued to stop the $35-million-a-year project and an appeals court agreed with them. In a 2-1 vote, the judges said the district has the authority to remove sewage from storm water, but doesn’t have control over storm water. The remaining judge and the other communities argue that storm-water and wastewater are intermingled and key to flood control

    Three of the 11 communities have since changed their minds and now support the project, but the others maintain it’s an unvoted tax.

    Ex-data chief in Ohio's largest school district is found guilty
    The man accused of engineering the data tampering scheme in Columbus City Schools has pleaded no contest to – and was found guilty of -- a felony charge today. 

    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that 66-year-old Stephen Tankovich waived his right to an indictment on a charge of attempted tampering with government records. A no contest plea means he’s not admitting guilt, but not contesting it either.

    Prosecutors say Tankovich created the system in which other school officials manipulated data to change attendance rates and other measures of student achievement. He resigned in early 2013 after more than 40 years with the state’s largest school district. He’s to be sentenced Oct. 16 and faces as much as 18 months in prison – though he’s unlikely to get prison time.

    Georgia woman charged in tax scam that involve hundreds in NE Ohio
    A Georgia woman has been charged with a $4.8 million tax-refund conspiracy involving nearly 1,000 people in Northeast Ohio.

    According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, 35-year-old Zinara Highsmith, is facing charges of conspiracy and wire fraud linked to filing more than 2, 700 false tax returns nationwide. The refunds involving Northeast Ohioans amounted to $1.7 million.

    Highsmith ran a tax-preparation business called WE XL LLC. The U.S. attorney says she got people’s personal ID through ministers, including one in Canton.

    Should a juror who objects the the death penalty remain on a jury?
    A death penalty case in Akron remains on hold after a judge removed herself, and the new judge is trying to decide whether to select a new jury.

    Summit County prosecutors had accused Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands of being prejudiced against the death penalty, in part because she seated a juror who said he is opposed to the death penalty.

    The Beacon Journal is reporting that prosecutors want a new jury seated.

    The case involves Deshanon Haywood, one of two Akron men accused in the killing of four people in a North Akron townhouse in 2013. The new judge, Paul Gallagher, has set a deadline for Tuesday for prosecutors and defense attorneys to present written arguments over the jury makeup. The main defendant, Derrick Brantley, has been sentenced to life in prison.

    Haslam's Pilot Flying J case is heading for mediation
    A federal judge has ordered mediation in a lawsuit targeting the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    The suit claims Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers. Pilot earlier settled similar claims in a class-action lawsuit for $85 million and has agreed to pay a $92 million criminal penalty as well.

    A few companies opted out of the settlement.

    The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that some plaintiffs’ attorneys this week objected to the ordered mediation. They say they need to take discovery first to determine what was stolen from their clients.

    A Pilot attorney disagreed, saying an audit provided by the company gives an “absolutely full picture” of the damages.

     

    Add Your Comment
    Name:

    Location:

    E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


    Comments:




     
    Page Options

    Print this page

    E-Mail this page / Send mp3

    Share on Facebook




    Stories with Recent Comments

    Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
    Grandma of Chris Miller moved to Florida in a retirement community but I sure miss the Falls and the Blue Door, and the fine service and the true friendship of ...

    The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
    Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

    A guide for gift-shopping for older Ohians
    I'll never be to old for peanut brittle.

    Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
    Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

    Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
    Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

    Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
    help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

    Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
    If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

    Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
    I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

    Video of Cleveland police shooting a 12-year-old is critical to the investigation
    While I think this is a very unfortunate, the fact is that police are trained to aim for the large mass of a human to stop them. If they aimed for the leg it w...

    Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

     
    In Partnership With:

    NPR PRI Kent State University

    listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University