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Investigators looking for whoever is firing at houses and cars south of Columbus have linked the shootings of two school busses to the string of shootings along I-270.

Chief Deputy Steve Martin says there is no ballistic evidence linking the school bus shootings to the others, but because they occured in the same geographic area as the highway shootings, investigators are including them. The total number of shootings has reached 18.

Classes will remain canceled tomorrow at a central Ohio school district that had two of its buses struck by bullets earlier this week. Investigators say they don't have evidence linking the bus shootings to a series of 16 shootings along Interstate 2-70 in the Columbus area. Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin says one of the South-Western School District buses had two children on it when it was hit about 4:30 p-m earlier this week. The other bus was hit at seven yesterday morning and there were no children on board.

The 35-year-old Eastland Mall is getting a new lease on life. Columbus based Glimcher Realty Trust announced today it will buy Eastland Mall from the Cleveland-based Richard Jacobs group. Glimcher also annouced Eastland will soon have a fourth anchor store. As Glimcher announced it was buying the east Columbus retail center, it announced that the Kaufmann's department store chain will open an anchor store at Eastland. Kaufmann's plans to build a 120,000 square foot store at the mall and open it by the fall of 2005.

Authorities investigating the Columbus highway shootings are praising people who quickly report suspicious incidents -- even if they don't ultimately turn up evidence that could lead to the shooter.

Investigators were unable to determine what broke a woman's front driver's side window as she drove along I-270. Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin says she was right to call police.

The shootings task force has not linked any more shootings to the string of 15 since May along a southern stretch of Interstate 270.

Later today we expect to learn the results of an investigation into allegations that Maurice Clarett and other Ohio State University football players received preferential treatment in the classroom.

Ohio State University president Karen Holbrook will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce the results of an internal committee's investigation.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steven Martin says the man living at the house reported hearing three shots abut 12:30 a.m. on Monday. Two bullet holes were found in the front of the house and a bullet was found in a bathtub. No one was hurt. It's the third shooting to occur since the death of a passenger November 25th in a car on Interstate 270 south of Columbus. The most recent shooting is about two miles north of I-270. Martin says he has no information to believe the occupants of the home were specifically targeted.

An academic investigation of athletes at Ohio State University has turned up no evidence of academic misconduct by athletes.

A committee has been looking into allegations of preferential treatment of athletes and whether they received inappropriate help from tutors.

That followed a report in The New York Times over the summer that suspended running back Maurice Clarett passed two classes last fall by taking oral exams.

"Faith Communities Uniting for Peace", an interfaith prayer group responded to the capture of Saddam Hussein at its monthly prayer meeting.

The group began meeting once a month when the U-S first waged war on Iraq.

WOSU's Dorcas Taylor went gathered some of the sounds and prayers of those in attendance. Click the Listen Icon to hear the sound pictorial.

Shooting investigators have "persons of interest"

Dec 15, 2003

Members of a law enforcement task force investigating shootings along and near interstate 270 returned to a Hamilton Township subdivision Sunday in its search for possible clues.

Two weeks have passed since investigators linked a 15th shooting with others, including the fatal shooting of 62-year-old Gail Knisley of Wasington Court House on November 25th. Knisley was struck by a bullet while riding in a car on I-270.

A teenager shot by Columbus police last month intends to sue the police department. The teenager charges the shooting was unjustified and a use of excessive force.

Officers shot 15-year-old Shaindo Pirtle as they conducted a sting operation - trying to catch suspects in a string of pizza delivery robberies on the city's far east side.

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