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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including 11 Coventry High School students suspended for hazing, a former Akron Police captain claims conspiracy led to his imprisonment and the FBI offers up to $10,000 to help them catch people using lasers to blind pilots.
HAZING: Eleven Coventry High School upperclassmen wrestlers have been suspended following allegations they hazed eight freshman wrestlers by punching, kicking and used a broomstick to attack them, according to the Beacon Journal. District Superintendent Russell Chaboudy said some sophomores, juniors and seniors lured freshmen into the locker room Thursday an hour before the team's final home match of the season and began hazing them, although he said he doesn't believe the hazing is a tradition. Two of the students are facing expulsion, and the team's head coach has been placed on leave during the investigation. The older students could be facing criminal charges, although none have been filed. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
DOG RESCUER: A Green resident was seriously injured with burns and cuts trying to save three dogs from a trailer fire late Tuesday night, according to WEWS. The fire started in a furnace area of the trailer on Massillon Road and the three adults living in the trailer managed to escape, although one returned to try to save the dogs. One dog emerged from the trailer and was treated, one was found dead in the trailer and a third is still missing. The man received second degree burns to his head and back and cut his hands and arms breaking out windows to escape, and the other two people received treatment for smoke inhalation and other minor injuries. Click here to read more at NewsNet5.com.
CONSPIRACY: A former Akron Police captain has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a conspiracy between Akron Police Department officers and investigators led to his wrongful conviction for the 1997 murder of his ex-wife, according to the Beacon Journal. Former Capt. Douglas Prade, who spent nearly 15 years of a life sentence for aggravated murder and was exonerated and freed in Jan. 2013, filed the lawsuit naming 22 people, and claims false reports were fabricated, witnesses were manipulated and evidence was destroyed or suppressed. His ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade, was shot six times in her van in the parking lot of her office in 1997, and new DNA tests on a bite mark on her lab coat exonerated Prade of the crime. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
HORIZONTAL SHALE WELLS: The 245 horizontal shale wells in production during the third quarter of 2013 produced 1,332,477 barrels of oil according to a report released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Monday, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. The report also says that 33,606,075 Mcf (1,000 cubic feet) of natural gas) was produced by those wells. The average amount of oil produced was 5,439 barrels, the average amount of gas produced was 137,168 Mcf and the average number of days in production was 55. The reports are part of Sub. House Bill 59 which was put into effect Sept. 29, and production data for the first and second quarters of 2013 will be available on the 2013 oil and gas report. Click here to read more at OhioGO.com.
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK: A pedestrian was struck by a car at around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Morris Road and East Summit Street near the Kent State University Campus, according to the Daily Kent Stater. The identity of the woman has not been released and it is not known if she is a student. Police said the woman was transported to a hospital and her injuries are unknown. The vehicle was making a left turn from Janik Drive onto Summit Street when it struck the girl. Police said more information will be released within a few days. Click here to read more at KentWired.com.
LASER ATTACK: The FBI in Cleveland and 11 other field offices will be offering up to $10,000 for 60 days for information leading to the arrest of anyone who points a laser at an airplane, which the FBI says can cause temporary blindness in and disorient pilots, according to a wire story on Hudson Hub-Times. The FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration have been tracking laser strikes since 2005, and said there has been a 1,100 percent increase in incidents of people aiming lasers at aircrafts. Twenty-four laser strikes were reported in 2013 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, one more than reported in 2012. Information regarding laser strikes can be reported to the Cleveland FBI office at 216-522-1400 or Cleveland.firstname.lastname@example.org or by dialing 911.Click here to read more at HudsonHubTimes.com.