Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:22:04 GMT
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Full Story >
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:15:15 GMT
Authorities are investigating after three people were killed and two others were critically injured in shootings in a south Kansas City neighborhood.Full Story >
Authorities are investigating after three people were killed and two others were critically injured in shootings in a south Kansas City neighborhood. Police are seeking the public's help in finding the gunman. Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:02:12 GMT
Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.Full Story >
Detroit's bankruptcy trial has adjourned for the day and will resume in the morning.Full Story >
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -
Lakota West High School's band director has been suspended for 17 days without pay after a district investigation found that he violated several policies and state laws, including using his official influence for personal gain.
A letter dated Monday to Greg Snyder, the district's executive director of human resources outlines the conduct led to the suspension.
"Mr. Snyder, I must indicate to you that I am deeply concerned for your disregard for board of education policies, the Licensure of Professional Conduct, ethical considerations and other directives given by Lakota administration," Diane Brunsman said. "This attitude and disregard is not acceptable and will not be tolerated."
Snyder has conducted a band clinic for seventh, eighth and ninth grade students for nearly 20 years that's never been a district sponsored event. Before the past two years, Snyder received the student participation fee money directly for the band clinic.
Snyder advertised the band clinic by posting a flyer that sits next to programs at band concerts and he made the flyer on his district-provided computer. Snyder determines who receives money for the clinic.
The district said that conduct violated several policies and state laws, including the state's prohibition against the use of official influence for personal gain.
Snyder also encouraged the hiring and payment of family members by the Upbeat Club band boosters for band camp. That violates state law that says public employees are not permitted to authorize or use their authority to secure a public contract for himself, relatives or business associates.
The district also said that Snyder hosted private lessons at his home for Lakota district students. Board policy required that he received permission for the lessons but the district found no records that he received the approval. The board found that Snyder gave students extra credit for taking private lessons.
Since at least 2004, Snyder received free school band-related trips from travel agencies. The district didn't pay for the trips. Until a recent New York trip, Snyder arranged the traveling. He decided what vendors to use for travel services, Brunsman said.
The travel-related conduct violated several policies including the prohibition against the use of official influence for personal gain, the district said.
Brunsman found more alleged misconduct.
At last year's band camp, a student was told by a college student to run laps while all staff and students went inside. The student passed out outside alone. The student's father found the student and spoke to Snyder about the incident. But Snyder didn't tell anyone at the district about the episode.
"You were the district employee in charge during this incident and failed to adequately supervise the students," Brunsman wrote.
The district also said that a uniform vendor treats Snyder and his wife to a variety of places for dinner including Applebee's, Skyline and an annual dinner at The Precinct or other Jeff Ruby restaurants. That too violates several policies or laws.
Snyder has agreed to retire/resign effective Feb. 20, 2015 or when he is eligible to retire through the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio with 35 years of service.
Snyder's salary is $81,733.
Lakota West's band has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:08 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:08:12 GMT
Four parents of African-American students at Colerain High School are suing the Northwest Local School District and several Colerain Township Police Department officers alleging their constitutional rightsFull Story >
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:33:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
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Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here.Full Story >
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