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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - The former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act goes on trial April 8.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports 62-year-old Ben Lupo, of Poland, and Hardrock Excavating LLC have a final pre-trial conference scheduled with U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent on March 24. Authorities allege Lupo ordered an employee to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater intended for an injection well into a storm sewer. Lupo and the company have pleaded not guilty. The employee, 34-year-old Michael P. Guesman, of Cortland, entered a guilty plea in August. His written plea agreement states Lupo asked him to dump brine and drilling mud from 20,000-gallon storage tanks down a storm drain on 24 nights beginning Dec. 12, 2012.
Guesman will be sentenced March 20.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Regulators say total revenue from Ohio's four voter-approved casinos dropped again in January, when two temporarily closed because of brutally cold winter weather.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Friday that revenue totaled just under $59.7 million, down from $63.2 million in a lackluster December. Cincinnati's casino, which is the newest, was the only one of the four to post a monthly revenue increase. Its revenue rose from $14.2 million in December to about $16.2 million last month. Revenue at the remaining casinos in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo was down compared with the previous month and the same time last year.
The steepest month-to-month drop was at the Toledo casino, which closed twice for a total of nearly 52 hours. Cleveland's casino closed for 37 hours because of the weather.