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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including three Youngstown-area men indicted for conspiracy, Ohio officials are preparing for battle against Asian carp and Youngstown State University authorizes presidential search.
ASIAN CARP: Federal, state and local officials are already making plans to keep Asian carp away from the Lake Erie drainage area, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources visited one of four potential pathways from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, Dewey Hall's 1,700-acre farm south of Lodi, on Monday. During high water and floods, carp could potentially move through Hall's farm from Little Killbuck Creek to the Black River to Lake Erie, where they would out-compete local fish for food. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining other potential pathways from the Portage Lakes to the Ohio & Erie Canal in Summit County, at Mosquito Creek Lake in Trumbull County and at Grand Lake St. Marys in Mercer and Auglaize counties. ODNR experts say Asian carp are probably still more than 300 miles from Medina County. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
CHARDON: The father of a student killed in the Chardon High School shooting was found dead this morning on the second anniversary of his son's death, according to the Associated Press. Russell King, 48, was found in his bed by a family member and Geauga County Sheriff's Department said there were no signs of foul play and the coroner is investigating. King's son Russell Jr. was one of the three students killed in a shooting by T.J. Lane on Feb. 27, 2012. Russell was 17. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault, and was sentenced to 3 life sentences in prison last March. Click here to read more at recordpub.com.
YSU: The Youngstown State Board of Trustees has authorized a new presidential search through AGB Search, which conducted the presidential search for the last university president, Randy J. Dunn, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. AGB Search offered to do the new search for free, since Dunn resigned after only 7 months. The search comes amid endorsements for Jim Tressel, former YSU and Ohio State head football coach, to be picked as president from prominent businessmen, commissioners and lawmakers including Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Robert Hagan and Rep. Nick Barborak. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
ROUTE 91: The Ohio Department of Transportation is going to oversee the widening of Route 91 from two lanes to three between Post Road and Glenwood Drive, expected to begin in 2015 and complete in 2016, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. The project to widen about 3/4 miles of Route 91 is expected to cost about $4.4 million, though the state is paying 80 percent of that cost. Twinsburg has applied for Ohio Public Works funding to foot 50 percent of the city's bill, or 10 percent of the total project. Click here to read more at twinsburgbulletin.com.
CONSPIRACY: A federal grand jury in Cleveland indicted three Northeast Ohio men of charges of violating the Hobbs Act, which is extortion by the wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear; conspiracy; and obstruction of justice, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Neil Atway, 47, of Youngstown, and Scott Cochran, 43, of Austintown, are both lawyers at the same law firm and are accused of conspiring with Mohd Rawhneh, 54, of Boardman, to extort money and property from their client Charles B. Muth. Muth, who owns several convenience stores was involved in a shooting at the home of Rawhneh's ex-wife, and the indictment alleges that Atway and Cochran extorted money and property from Muth for Rawhneh. Rawhneh also owns Youngstown convenience stores. Click here to read more at vindy.com.