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Man shot by U. of Akron officer told family he feared going back to jail
More noon headlines: Browns owner issuing refunds over alleged gas rebate scheme; New jobs numbers out today
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
  • Browns owner issuing refunds over alleged gas rebate scheme
  • New jobs numbers out today
  • Akron shooting victim had no license
    The man shot by a University of Akron police officer yesterday during a traffic stop had racked up traffic citations for 20 years, according to his daughter.
    Michelle Harbaugh of Erie, Pennsylvania, says her father, James Genda, was a backyard mechanic who was known to friends as “Cavalier Jim” because of his love of Chevy Cavaliers. She says he had not had a license for 20 years, and that he’d been charged many times for using improper license plates. Genda was recovering from a recent surgery when his daughter spoke with him last week.

    “He was having a hard time going up and down the stairs and he said he was doing much better. He was keeping his house straightened up. He was eating better. And he was just so proud of himself.”

    The University of Akron says 64-year-old Genda was shot after producing a BB gun, which the officer says looked like a .45 caliber pistol. Michelle Harbaugh says her father was trying to hand over the gun, which he carried for protection after being mugged and having his tools stolen last year. 


    Browns owner issuing refunds from his truck stop company
    Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he’s working to repay trucking companies and restore the reputation of his Pilot Flying J business. Haslam spoke to trucking company executives at a seminar in Indianapolis Thursday, answering questions screened by his lawyers about an alleged fuel rebate fraud that’s the target of an IRS and FBI investigation. Haslam says about 250 trucking companies likely have been affected and he’s continuing to contact each one personally. He hopes to have refunds issued --- with interest --- by middle of July. And, Haslam reiterated that he had no part in the alleged scheme. More than a half-dozen civil lawsuits have been filed by trucking companies, which have hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate their claims. No criminal charges have been filed. 


    New jobs numbers out today
    Ohio officials are expected to release the newest statewide labor force data on Friday morning, along with the unemployment rate for April. The state's unemployment rate in February and March was 7.1 percent, slightly higher than in January. Ohio officials are hoping to see a positive change.The rate has consistently remained below the national level. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 7.5 percent. The state's leaders have said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.Ohio's unemployment rate peaked at 10.6 percent during the last half of 2009 and early 2010 before beginning its trek downward. January marked the first time the rate failed to decline or at least remain steady since July 2011.
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