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Pollen May Help Solve 35-Year-Old Murder Mystery

Who is Ohio's 'Buckskin Girl'?

(Newser) - A few grains of pollen might help authorities solve a 35-year-old murder mystery, WKRN reports. According to CBS New York , a woman known as "Buckskin Girl" for the jacket she was wearing was found in a ditch alongside an Ohio road in 1981. She died from wounds to the... More »

Man Pulls $25K Reward in Ohio Slayings Over 'Developments'

Jeff Ruby cites 'complex criminal developments'

(Newser) - An odd and mostly unexplained development in the murder of eight Ohio family members : A local business leader has yanked his $25,000 reward in the case. In a tweet , restaurant owner Jeff Ruby said that "with recent complex criminal developments in Pike Co case, we are withdrawing our... More »

Ohio Murder Victims May Have Put Up a Fight

Autopsies show some had soft tissue bruising

(Newser) - While authorities say some of the victims of Ohio's "execution-style" killings died in their sleep, others may have put up a fight. Autopsies show some members of the Rhoden family had soft tissue bruising, suggesting they resisted their killer or killers, the Pike County Medical Examiner said Tuesday,... More »

Father of One Ohio Victim Thinks Killers Knew House

They were able to get around the dogs

(Newser) - The methodical executions of eight members of one family in Ohio continues to baffle, with rumors outpacing facts. Here's a roundup of developments:
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer interviews Leonard Manley, whose daughter and her three children were among the victims in Pike County. He notes that the killer or killers
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Ohio Murder Victim Was Threatened on Facebook

Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, received the threat

(Newser) - A new development in Ohio: One of the eight family members killed in a horrific mass slaying had already been threatened on Facebook, CBS News reports. The threat was directed at Christopher Rhoden Jr., who at 16 was the youngest of the victims. "I'm aware of the Facebook... More »

Pot-Growing Found at 3 of 4 Ohio Shooting Sites

Entire state plagued by drug problem: official

(Newser) - Authorities say they found marijuana-growing operations at three of the four locations where eight family members in rural southern Ohio were found murdered in "execution-style" killings on Friday, the AP reports. They said at a news conference Sunday that it's unclear what, if any, role the growing operations... More »

911 Call in Ohio Horror: 'Blood All Over the House'

As businessman offers up $25K to find unknown suspect

(Newser) - The 911 calls came Friday, from two of the four Ohio homes where eight members of the Rhoden family lay dead in grisly execution-style murders: "There's blood all over the house! My brother-in-law's in the bedroom. It looks like someone has beat the hell out of him,... More »

One Ohio Victim: Mom Next to 4-Day-Old Baby

Cops say killer or killers is still at large

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say they are still hunting the suspect—or suspects—who slaughtered eight members of the same family in four rural residences on Friday. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than 30 people have been interviewed in connection with the "horrible tragedy" in Pike County, the... More »

Woman Sues Sperm Bank Over Biracial Baby...Again

She wants more than $150K for being given sperm from a black man

(Newser) - A white Ohio woman mistakenly provided with sperm from a black man is suing the sperm bank she says is responsible…again. Reuters reports Jennifer Cramblett filed the new lawsuit in federal court on Friday. It claims the Midwest Sperm Bank committed negligence, fraud, and misconduct when it provided her... More »

8 Dead in 'Execution Style' Shootings in Ohio

The shooter or shooters are possibly still out there and 'extremely dangerous'

(Newser) - Eight people are dead after "execution-style" shootings in rural southern Ohio on Friday, reports WBNS . According to WCPO , the victims in the rampage in Peebles are all members of the Rhoden family. One of the dead is a 16-year-old boy, the AP reports. Multiple homes were involved in what... More »

Teen Electrocuted While Trying YouTube Experiment

15-year-old boy was apparently trying to make a 'Jacob's Ladder'

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy died Tuesday night, apparently while attempting to recreate something he saw on YouTube, WKYC reports. Police say Morgan Wojciechowski was trying to make a "Jacob's Ladder," in which a high-voltage spark of electricity travels between two wires parallel to one another and climbs... More »

Cops: Dad's Stranger- Danger Test Scares Kids Into Jumping Out Window

He's facing possible child-endangerment charges

(Newser) - A suburban Cleveland man (who apparently gets all his parenting tips from George Bluth ) had a friend pose as a threatening ex-convict during a test to see whether his teenagers would let a stranger into their home, prompting them to jump out a window and call 911, police say.... More »

Cops: Friend Live-Streamed Teen's Rape

Pal's boyfriend is also charged in Feb. 27 incident

(Newser) - A man and woman have been charged in a disturbing case out of Columbus, Ohio, in which police say a teen was raped while her friend streamed the assault on live-video app Periscope. Authorities say 18-year-old Marina Lonina and the 17-year-old victim were drinking with 29-year-old Raymond Gates inside a... More »

Mom, Grandma Charged in Teen's Heroin Overdose

The 16-year-old's body was found in an Ohio hotel

(Newser) - The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a suspected heroin overdose were charged in his death after authorities say they think the mom and her son had used the drug together, the AP reports. Syringes, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia were found in the Ohio hotel room... More »

Sorry, but There Will Be No Guns Allowed at RNC

Secret Service weighs in on petition

(Newser) - Bad news for petitioners who wanted guns allowed at the Republican National Convention : The Secret Service says it's not gonna happen. More than 45,000 people have signed the petition , which states that "by forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena... More »

Manhunt Underway for Escaped Murderer in Ohio

John Modie, 58, discovered missing late Sunday

(Newser) - A search is underway for a convicted murderer who escaped from a prison in Nelsonville, Ohio. Prison officials say John Modie, 58—sentenced to 15 years to life for the murder of a woman in Cleveland in 2003—was discovered missing from the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Correctional Institution... More »

Overdue Library Book Returned to School After 50 Years

The student forgot about it when he joined the Marines

(Newser) - A library book overdue by nearly 50 years has been returned to a university library in southwest Ohio, the AP reports. The University of Dayton says a former student who borrowed History of the Crusades in 1967 has sent it back with an apology for the late return. The university... More »

Cops Crack Case of Who Egged Home 100 Times

'Somebody is deeply, deeply angry at somebody in that household'

(Newser) - Police say they have finally cracked the case of who egged a Cleveland-area home more than 100 times in a year, the AP reports. A former neighbor, 30-year-old Jason Kozan, has been charged with feloniously vandalizing the home starting in May 2014 and ending in June 2015, according to court... More »

Zoo Locked Down After Polar Bear Escapes

'This kind of stuff happens'

(Newser) - It was a bear-y close call Wednesday at the Cincinnati Zoo when a female polar bear named Berit escaped her exhibit, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. According to WLWT , the bear got out of its exhibit into an interior hallway but never left the staff-only building. Regardless, visitors were herded into... More »

Freak Basketball Accident Kills 16-Year-Old

Noah Lear initially thought he'd just knocked out some teeth

(Newser) - A game of pickup basketball turned tragic for a teen in Bucyrus, Ohio. Noah Lear, 16, was shooting hoops with three friends on Feb. 27 when he went to dunk the ball—and the support post, backboard, and rim fell and crushed the teen's head and neck. He was... More »

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