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Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes.
The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Three were members of the varsity wrestl ... (full story)


Threats to governor are not public record

Threats to governor are not public record

The Ohio Supreme Court last Tuesday denied a request from a central Ohio media outlet asking the court to order a state agency to release information about threats made against the governor.
Threats to the governor qualify under Ohio’s public records law as security records, which are exempt from disclosure, the court rule ... (full story)



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                            [body] => CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes.
The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Three were members of the varsity wrestling team.
The wrestlers were identified as 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio; 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland; and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia. The fourth student was the pilot, 20-year-old William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan.
Marcelli and Felten were sophomores and Pishevar and Hill were freshman.
The plane appeared to be trying to return to the airport when it crashed, said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. He said investigators expect to file a preliminary report next week, but the full investigation could take a year to complete.
Bryan Marcelli of Massillon in northeastern Ohio said his son Lucas and the three other students planned to go up, take a look around and come right back to the same airport. He said Lucas was a hard-working student but not a risk taker.
"If he wasn't my son, I'd want my son to be around him, because he was such a positive influence," Marcelli said. "I don't know anybody that doesn't like him."
Lucas Marcelli graduated from Jackson High School in Massillon and twice qualified for Ohio's state wrestling tournament.
Abraham "Abe" Pishevar recently graduated from Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland. High school classmate Cam Giarraputo said Pishevar never boasted about his wrestling accomplishments.
"He was always modest, never a show-off," Giarraputo said.
Case Western Reserve is one of the world's top research universities. The campus sprawls across a large portion of Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood in a mix of stately stone and brick buildings and distinctive modern structures. Students on campus gathered Tuesday afternoon in Veale Center, one of the school's athletic facilities, to talk and to console each other.
The university's wrestling coach, Mark Hawald, said no coach is ever prepared to deal with the sudden death of young athletes.
"We're just coping and mourning and figuring how we can move on from losing three of our teammates, three of our brothers, three of our family," Hawald said.
Case Western Reserve will work closely with the men's roommates and friends, university President Barbara Snyder said in a statement.
There are no indications why the single-engine Cessna 172R crashed so soon after takeoff Monday night from Cuyahoga County Regional Airport in suburban Richmond Heights. The plane crashed in nearby Willoughby Hills.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol official said the plane had been rented by Felten for four hours and that he did not file a flight plan.
Residents who live near the airport rushed to the crash site and found the plane engulfed in flames. Mark Gerald, 45, told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he was sitting on his front porch and could hear a plane engine struggling. He said the plane exploded as he and neighbors ran toward it. The four men were trapped inside the wreckage.
"It was too hot," he said. "The whole fuselage was involved."
William Honaker, 18, said he was driving in the area when he saw a "ball of light" and realized a plane was on fire.
Honaker said he also tried to approach the aircraft, but onlookers warned him to stop.
"(The plane) was so mangled," Honaker said. "I didn't want to look at it anymore, to be honest."
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Threats to the governor qualify under Ohio’s public records law as security records, which are exempt from disclosure, the court ruled in a unanimous decision.
Plunderbund Media had asked the Ohio Department of Public Safety in an August 2012 public-records request for the number of investigations into threats made to Gov. John Kasich conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and for copies of final investigation reports. The department denied the request, stating that the documents were not required to be disclosed because they are security records.
Following a few months of ongoing communications, Plunderbund filed a request with the Ohio Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus to force the public safety department to release the records.
In Tuesday’s per curiam opinion, the court explained that “security records” are in part defined in the public records act as “[a]ny record that contains information directly used for protecting or maintaining the security of a public office against attack, interference, or sabotage.”
While Plunderbund had argued that the definition only includes records created to protect the physical facilities of the governor’s office, the court disagreed.
“[A] public office cannot function without the employees and agents who work in that office, and records ‘directly used for protecting or maintaining the security of a public office’ must inevitably include those that are directly used for protecting and maintaining the security of the employees and other officers of that office,” the opinion stated.
In this case, several experts submitted affidavits stating that investigative reports of threats to the governor contain information used to protect and maintain the security of the governor’s office. The experts included John Born, the current director of the public safety department, as well as the Highway Patrol’s superintendent, Ohio Homeland Security’s executive director, and a patrol staff lieutenant who is part of the governor’s security team.
Based on the testimony from these officials, the court determined that records about threats to the highest official in Ohio’s executive branch are security records because they are used to protect the governor, his staff, and family and to maintain the secure functioning of his office. As security records, the information is exempt from disclosure, the court concluded.
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy recused herself in this case. Judge Michael E. Powell of the 12th District Court of Appeals served as a visiting judge in her place.
Case is cited 2013-0596, State ex rel. Plunderbund Media v. Born, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-3679.
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