Two men sue over

alleged frat hazing

Youngstown -- Two Ohio men who say they were severely beaten in a fraternity hazing have sued a national fraternity, its Youngstown State University chapter and more than a dozen individuals.

Officials with Philadelphia-based Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and its YSU chapter could not be reached for comment. A recording at fraternity headquarters said the voicemail was full and could not accept messages.

Nine of the men who were named in the suit are charged with felonious assault in a criminal case over the alleged hazing.

Resean Yancey and Breylon Stubbs, both of Youngstown, filed their lawsuit Jan. 22 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. It alleges the beatings occurred early last year. It seeks more than $25,000 from each defendant.

The university suspended the chapter last year over the alleged hazing.

-- Associated Press

Feds say nuclear plant must improve safety

Perry -- Federal regulators are giving a nuclear power plant in Northeast Ohio six months to show more improvement in worker safety programs.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say the improvements made at the Perry plant in Lake County aren't enough to resolve all issues. Special inspectors spent months at the plant last year to check on changes made since a 2011 incident that briefly exposed contractors to radiation. They weren't hurt, but officials say the incident could have been avoided with better planning.

Cleveland's Plain Dealer reports that regulators have told the FirstEnergy Corp.-owned plant that it must make more improvements in worker training and procedures, or face more intensive investigations.

A plant spokeswoman said the plant is well on its way to meeting the goal.

-- Associated Press

Attorney general warns of tax return fraud

Columbus -- Ohio's attorney general is offering tips to avoid having a criminal intercept your tax refund.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says criminals can swipe personal information from taxpayers. He says in some cases, they take legitimate Social Security numbers and names to fill out fake tax forms. And then they either alter the direct deposit account or provide a pre-paid debit card number to get the refund.

DeWine says in other cases, criminals target victims by claiming to be tax preparers and then disappearing with refunds.

To avoid identity theft and tax return fraud, DeWine is encouraging people to make sure their tax preparer holds the appropriate credentials by checking with the attorney general's office or Better Business Bureau. He's also telling people to never sign a blank tax form.

-- Associated Press

Candlelight vigil for child draws dozens

Akron -- An Akron street corner was the scene of a candlelight vigil for a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot in his father's car last week.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that about 40 people came together Jan. 27 to remember Jamarcus Allen near the spot where he was killed.

Authorities say Jamarcus was riding in a car driven by his father Jan. 23 when he apparently found a gun and shot himself in the head.

The child's father, Terrence Allen, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and illegal weapons possession because a previous felony conviction prohibited him from carrying a firearm.

The 48-year-old Allen is being held in the Summit County Jail.

Some people attending the vigil said they hoped people would get rid of their guns.

-- Associated Press