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Woman killed at party

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say two men have opened fire on a party where a pregnant woman was to reveal her child’s gender, killing one person and wounding eight, including the expectant mother and three children.

The pregnant woman tells WXIX-TV she lost her baby after being shot in the leg during the 11:30 p.m. encounter Saturday in Colerain Township, near Cincinnati.

Police are searching for the gunmen, who were dressed in black when they broke into the home while guests were watching a movie. A Colerain Township police spokesman says the motive for the shooting is unknown.

The children are hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The five adults were treated at a Cincinnati hospital, where one is listed in critical condition.

Police have released few details about the shooting.

Gunfire detector set for Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati plans to install a series of high-tech devices to track gunfire around the city in an effort to reduce gun violence and provide more information to officers responding to calls.

ShotSpotter is a gunfire detection system that uses microphones to quickly pinpoint the location of gunfire. WCPO-TV reports the system is expected to be operating in Cincinnati in the coming weeks.

The president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police says ShotSpotter will provide officers with valuable information before they arrive on scene. The ShotSpotter system costs $235,000 a year and will cover a 3-square-mile radius in five city neighborhoods.

The city of Canton in northeast Ohio has been using the ShotSpotter system since June 2013.

Lakeside builds community pool

LAKESIDE (AP) — The threat of algae blooms has prompted an Ohio vacation community along the Lake Erie shoreline to add an amenity it has lacked for the last 144 years — a swimming pool.

Leaders in the Lakeside community decided to build the pool because of the algae blooms that have resulted in beach closures along the lake in recent summers.

The push for a pool came after a record-breaking algae bloom closed Lakeside’s swimming beach 16 times during the summer of 2015.

Lakeside’s leaders say building a pool wasn’t a decision taken lightly. Some residents worried it represented a shift away from the lake.

Lakeside draws an average of 150,000 visitors every summer and is known for its educational, cultural, religious and recreational programming.

Circus canceled after call for ban

NEWARK(AP) — A central Ohio city official’s plan to seek a ban on circuses because of animal welfare concerns has led to the cancellation of scheduled circus performances in the community.

The Newark Advocate reports the Heath Moundbuilders Kiwanis Club had arranged to bring the Carson & Barnes Circus to Newark for six shows in August with some of the ticket proceeds earmarked for charitable causes.

The Kiwanis Club’s secretary says the organization has canceled the performances after Newark City Councilman Mark Fraizer said last month he intends to introduce legislation outlawing circuses in the city.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the circus of abusing animals.

Managers of the Hugo, Oklahoma-based circus have denied any abuse.