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Gender-Reveal Party Shooting Takes Strange Twist

Cops say victim wasn't pregnant

(Newser) - A bizarre twist in the mass shooting at a gender-reveal party near Cincinnati earlier this month: Police say that Cheyanne Willis, the woman hosting the party to disclose the gender of her unborn child, wasn't pregnant at the time. Willis, 21, was shot in the leg and claimed she... More »

Wife's Murder-for-Money Plot Backfires After Major Oversight

Uloma Curry-Walker wasn't the beneficiary on husband's life insurance policy

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who'd been married for just four months before her husband died was found guilty of his murder Friday, and she could get life in prison without parole for her crime, the AP reports. Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, was convicted of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding... More »

Woman Set on Fire by Ex in 2015 Dies

Prosecutors plan to pursue murder charges

(Newser) - "She fought so hard," says Dan Bowes of his stepdaughter, Judy Malinowski. The Ohio woman was left disfigured and bedridden in a hospital after her ex-boyfriend doused her in gasoline and set her on fire on Aug. 2, 2015. "No one expected that she'd make it... More »

Ohio Websites Hacked With Pro-ISIS Message

Governor's website played call to prayer

(Newser) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich does not love the Islamic State and does not intend to hold President Trump accountable "for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries," but that's the message that greeted visitors to his website Sunday. The Republican governor's website was among numerous... More »

Cops: Man in Family Band Killed Brother, Mother

Bluegrass fiddle player allegedly tried to kill himself

(Newser) - Police are investigating a double homicide and attempted suicide involving members of a family band known for its bluegrass music. The Stark County Sheriff's Office in eastern Ohio says two family members are dead and a third, believed to be the shooter, has been taken to a Cleveland hospital... More »

Suspect in Ohio Triple Murder Killed 2 Others: Cops

George Brinkman knew his alleged victims

(Newser) - The suspect in a triple homicide in northern Ohio is actually believed to have killed a total of five people in a 24-hour period. After allegedly killing a mother and her two daughters in a North Royalton home, police believe 45-year-old George Brinkman Jr. murdered a Lake Township couple he'... More »

Doctor Disputes North Korea's Story About American's Coma

Otto Warmbier landed in US, was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center

(Newser) - Blue and white ribbons lined the street near Otto Warmbier's family home Tuesday night as the American student freed by North Korea arrived back in Cincinnati. The 22-year-old, who is believed to have been in a coma for more than a year, was rushed to the University of Cincinnati... More »

Ohio Mom, Daughters Found Dead in Bed

Suspect arrested after all-night standoff

(Newser) - A suspect in custody in Brunswick, Ohio, is believed to be linked to the disturbing murders of a woman and her two adult children over the weekend. Police tell People that 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor and daughters Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, who would have been 19 on Sunday, were... More »

This One Stat Shows Severity of Opioid Crisis

Overdoses are leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50

(Newser) - Just how bad is the opioid crisis in the US? So bad that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50, the New York Times reports. State and county death records reveal an estimated 62,500 people died from drug overdoses last year, 19% more... More »

Man Charged With Murder After Girlfriend Dies of AIDS

Prosecutors say Ron Murdock knowingly infected her with HIV

(Newser) - Kimberly Klempner, 51, died of AIDS on Feb. 5—and her former boyfriend of five years is charged with her murder. Ohio prosecutors allege Ron J. Murdock, 51, of Toledo "absolutely knew" he had HIV, did not tell Klempner that fact, and infected her with the virus via unprotected... More »

Ohio Sues 5 Drugmakers, Says They Caused Deadly Mess

'This lawsuit is about justice, it's about fairness'

(Newser) - The Ohio attorney general sued five drugmakers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of perpetrating the state's addictions epidemic by intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits of the drugs not backed by science. Attorney General Mike DeWine said the companies created a deadly mess in... More »

Man Crawls to Safety 4 Days After Falling From Cliff

He spent the days in between in a ravine

(Newser) - Ohio police say a man who fell down a cliff and spent four days in a ravine was rescued after he crawled onto a nearby golf course, despite having broken his legs, pelvis, and wrist, the AP reports. A worker at the course in Elyria, Ohio, was doing routine maintenance... More »

Odd Development in Ohio Massacre Case

Cops say victim's brother destroyed GPS device

(Newser) - Ohio state authorities have charged the brother of one of the eight relatives slain in an unsolved massacre with tampering with evidence and vandalism over the destruction of a GPS tracking device they placed on his truck. The state attorney general's office accused James Manley of destroying the device... More »

Fellow Students Beat the 8-Year-Old. Then, a Suicide

Other kids mocked Gabriel Taye while he was unconscious

(Newser) - Police in Cincinnati are investigating the heartbreaking circumstances leading up to the suicide of an 8-year-old boy in January. Police say security camera footage from a restroom in Carson Elementary School shows a fellow student knocking the boy to the floor, leaving him unconscious. For another five minutes, other students... More »

At 6pm Friday, Mark Zuckerberg Shows Up for Dinner

One Ohio family got a surprise dinner guest

(Newser) - An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, reports the AP . "I knew we were having a mystery guest, and that was about it," Dan Moore tells the Youngstown Vindicator ... More »

Cops: Missing Woman Found in Neighbor's Inescapable Pit

Suspect Dennis Dunn has mental health issues, say police

(Newser) - The pit in the backyard shed—about two feet wide by 3.5 feet deep—was impossible to escape, concealed by a wooden board with several heavy objects placed on top of it, according to police. But the 30-year-old woman's screams ensured help arrived, reports Cincinnati.com . Authorities say... More »

Cops Say Fear Is Holding Back Witnesses in Ohio Massacre

No one has been arrested nearly a year later

(Newser) - Fear in the community is holding back information about the unsolved massacre of eight family members in southern Ohio nearly a year ago, investigators said Thursday. Some of that fear is of retaliation by the killers, and some is fear of witnesses incriminating themselves over their own criminal activity—likely... More »

These Inmates Had One Job ... and Hid It in Prison Ceiling

Ohio prisoners tasked with recycling PCs used them to store porn, drug-making advice

(Newser) - In what sounds like a combo of The Shawshank Redemption and Hackers, two inmates at an Ohio prison were busted for repurposing PCs meant to be taken apart for recycling purposes, then stashing the DIY devices in a prison ceiling, the BBC reports. Even though the hidden handiwork was discovered... More »

8-Year-Old Boy Drives Younger Sister to McDonald's

He taught himself to drive by watching YouTube videos

(Newser) - When an 8-year-old pulled up to the drive-thru window of an Ohio McDonald's on Sunday night, staff thought they were being pranked, the Morning Journal reports. But the boy and his 4-year-old sister just wanted a cheeseburger. Officer Jacob Koehler tells WFMJ the boy "looked up videos on... More »

Top Universities Accept All 4 Ohio Quadruplets

Harvard, Yale both want the 'Fantastic Four'

(Newser) - Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation's top universities, including both Yale and Harvard. The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East... More »

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