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More details are being released in the claims that a Central Ohio police officer used a Taser on a 9-year-old boy last week.

According to a police report, a Mount Sterling police officer was called to a home shortly before 8:30 a.m. on March 6 in reference to a 9-year-old boy who was not attending school and had an active warrant.

Upon arrival, the officer said, he asked the boy to put on his shoes and coat, and go with him. According to the report, the boy put on one shoe, stopped and started begging his mother to go to school.

Police said the boy’s mother told him it was too late, and the officer then warned the boy that he had one minute to cooperate or the officer was going to remove him from the home.

The report indicated that the minute passed and the boy refused to cooperate. The officer said the boy took two steps toward the door, before he dropped to the floor and began flailing around.

The police officer said the boy refused all orders, and that’s when he told the boy that he would deploy a Taser if he did not comply and place his hands behind his back.

According to the report, the officer tried to handcuff the boy, but he placed his arms under his body and refused to cooperate.

The officer said he pulled his Taser from the holster and activated it into the air to allow the electrical current to arc and provide a show of force.

The officer said the demonstration did not work and that the boy continued to ignore orders while kicking and flailing on the ground.

The officer said he warned the boy again and that the boy’s mother also asked him to comply.

The police officer said he then deployed a “drive stun” into the boy’s lower back for the pre-programmed five seconds. The officer said he again asked the boy to comply, but that he continued to resist.

According to the report, the officer deployed another five-second “drive stun” into the boy’s lower back. After the second stun, the boy complied and surrendered, police said.

Saudi crown prince in U.S. for medical tests

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef has arrived in the United States for medical tests, Saudi state television said on Friday.

Prince Nayef, who has been the kingdom’s interior minister for decades, arrived in Cleveland for “scheduled medical tests”, it said, without giving further details.

At about 78, Prince Nayef is part of an ageing leadership in the world’s top oil exporter, whose stability is key to the world economy.

The television said Prince Nayef had arrived in the United States from Morocco, where state media said on Thursday he had traveled for a private vacation.

Saudi liberals see him as an anti-reform force who is likely to take a cautious approach to social and political change. In foreign affairs, he is expected to focus on national security, having led the kingdom’s fight against al Qaeda as interior minister since 1975.

However, former diplomats to Riyadh and some analysts say he is likely to show a more pragmatic side as crown prince, and eventually as king.

106 U.S. Coal Plant Retirements Since 2010

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The genius of the free market is that it provides consumers with more for less. That principle is turned on its head in the Obama era, as Americans face the prospect of getting less for more when it comes to powering their homes and workplaces. In a poor economy, that’s bad news for folks who’ve already tightened their belts to the final hole.

Cheers went up last week from the self-proclaimed green lobby, including the Sierra Cluband Greenpeace, as they reached a milestone in their quest to drive up the cost of America’s fossil fuels. On Feb. 29, two utility companies announced the shuttering of nine coal power plants in the East and Midwest. That sent the number of plants slated for deactivation since 2010 beyond the century mark to 106.

GenOn Energy said it would shutter seven coal plants and one oil-fired plant in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois with a total generating capacity of 3,140 megawatts. Midwest Generation followed suit with an advisory that it would close two coal plants serving Chicago.

The shutdowns represent a victory for President Obama, who in a 2008 interview as a candidate signaled his intention to run the coal industry into the ground: “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s emitted.”


Live School Shooting Coverage Chardon High School Ohio

Live Coverage


Four students injured, one dead after being shot in cafeteria before school this morning; suspected gunman in custody.