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US City That Just Canceled Columbus Day Is a Surprising One

Columbus, Ohio, will be celebrating veterans instead

(Newser) - The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday honoring the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Per the AP , Ohio's capital city will be open for business Monday, after observing Columbus Day... More »

Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Gets a New Job

Timothy Loehmann's new employer is in Bellaire, Ohio

(Newser) - The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village, the AP reports. Bellaire's police chief, Richard Flanagan, confirmed Friday that he hired Timothy Loehmann as a part-time officer. "He was cleared of any and... More »

An Intense Search in the Smokies, a Heartbreaking Find

Body of hiker Mitzie Sue Clements discovered a week after she vanished

(Newser) - It's a sad ending to a weeklong search for an Ohio woman who vanished while hiking on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the body of 53-year-old Mitzie Sue Clements was found Tuesday afternoon, less than a mile south of... More »

Here's What Rhoden Family Massacre Autopsy Reports Say

Journalists were allowed to view the preliminary reports

(Newser) - It's been two years since the Rhoden family massacre in Pike County, Ohio, and while the killings remain stubbornly unsolved, more details of the crime itself have now emerged. That's thanks to a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court, which allowed journalists to see the preliminary autopsy reports... More »

Cops: Ex-Teacher Posted Tape of Pre-K 'Fight Club'

Chavay Williams is accused of egging on preschoolers in her charge

(Newser) - What happens in pre-K fight club, stays in pre-K fight club—except if the (now former) teacher posts video of it online. Ohio police say 30-year-old Chavay Williams did just that with her young charges at Columbus' Playtime Preschool, where she's accused of allowing her students to fight and... More »

She's Accused of Eating on the Job—but Not Her Own Lunch

Ohio deli worker accused of devouring $9.2K of ham and salami, a handful of slices at a time

(Newser) - Vice's Munchies notes this case could be one of "thinly sliced larceny," but whether charges emerge remains to be seen. A loss-prevention manager at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Bolivar, Ohio, recently received an odd tip about a longtime employee at the deli counter: She was... More »

School Resource Officer Used Taser to Wake Student

Officer Maryssa Boskoski has been suspended without pay

(Newser) - A school resource officer in northeast Ohio who decided using her Taser was the best way to wake up a sleeping student has been suspended and could face criminal charges. Officer Maryssa Boskoski didn't actually jolt the student with thousands of volts of electricity, News5 reports, but she activated... More »

4 Dead After Shooting at Cincinnati Bank

Shooter is among the dead, reportedly killed by a police officer

(Newser) - Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, in a downtown Cincinnati bank shooting. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building, then entered the bank's lobby where he was confronted by police, per... More »

Parents Outraged by 'Disturbing' School Assignment

Ohio students asked to select who should escape a 'doomed' Earth

(Newser) - "It's disturbing all the way around." That's what one mom is saying about an assignment her eighth-grade son completed at Roberts Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio. The assignment involved an Earth that was "doomed for destruction." Students were tasked with choosing who... More »

Brothers Killed Their Dad, Then Themselves: Police

Ohio police chief calls apparent murder-suicide 'bizarre'

(Newser) - Police in Beachwood, Ohio, say two brothers shot and killed their father, then fatally shot themselves during an ensuing SWAT standoff, Cleveland.com reports. Dr. Richard Warn, 59, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds inside his home Thursday night after his wife returned without her keys and was unable... More »

GOP Candidate Vows to Stay in Race After Fake Diploma

Florida's Melissa Howard says the whole thing was a 'mistake'

(Newser) - It wasn't fake news , but a fake diploma: A Florida GOP candidate has admitted she lied about having a degree from Ohio's Miami University, though she says she didn't mean to dupe the public. "It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made... More »

In a Burger King Bathroom, a Newborn Defies Odds

Infant born in toilet expected to be OK as mother heads to rehab

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Ohio woman is heading to drug rehab in the hope of securing custody of her week-old son, born in the toilet of a Burger King bathroom stall. Authorities responding to a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a running car say they found Zachary... More »

Democrat Won't Concede in Ohio Special Election

Republican rival's lead is shrinking

(Newser) - President Trump has already congratulated the Republican candidate in a closely watched special congressional election in Ohio—but election officials say the race has actually tightened. Officials in Franklin County, where Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor are competing for a House seat, say they found 588 previously... More »

Cincinnati Cop Tases Girl Accused of Stealing Food

Officer is on restricted duty amid investigation

(Newser) - A Cincinnati police officer is on restricted duty after using a Taser on an 11-year-old girl suspected of stealing food from a Kroger. "It's hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours," Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman tells the Cincinnati Enquirer... More »

GOP Declares Victory in Tight Ohio Race

Trump congratulates Balderson on 'great victory'

(Newser) - The year's last special election for a House seat was too close to call Tuesday night—but that didn't stop Republicans from declaring victory in an Ohio district they've held since 1983, the Washington Post reports. GOP state Sen. Troy Balderson was 1,754 votes ahead of... More »

One Big Race to Watch: Trump's Pick in Kansas

Kris Kobach is trying to unseat a sitting GOP governor, with the president's backing

(Newser) - Voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday, and analysts will again be looking for clues on what the results might mean for the November midterms. Some highlights:
  • Kansas: The GOP primary for the governor's seat might be the highest-profile contest of the night because of President
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Cop: Police Chief Who OD'd Took Drugs From Evidence Room

Neighboring police agency says James Hughes Jr. lifted drugs from evidence room

(Newser) - An Ohio police chief died in May , and an autopsy released last month said he died from "acute intoxication by fentanyl." Now officials say they think they know how James Hughes Jr. got his hands on the deadly drug: They believe he took it from the Kirkersville Police... More »

Man Cited for Damage After Breaking Into Car to Save Dogs

Ohio police say Richard Hill should have waited

(Newser) - An Ohio man who smashed a window to save two dogs left in a hot car received a citation for criminal damage from police officers who turned up minutes later. Richard Hill says he saw the dogs in a car in the parking lot of the Parma, Ohio, Walmart on... More »

Man's Mouth Duct-Taped Shut Twice as He's Sentenced

Ohio judge says Franklyn Williams wouldn't stop talking

(Newser) - A report on a judge imposing a gag order has likely never been so literal. Cleveland.com reports Franklyn Williams' mouth was covered with red duct tape as he was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted on armed robbery charges. The 32-year-old reportedly repeatedly kept speaking... More »

Flood of New Illness Reports Hit Chipotle

But hey, there's free guacamole Tuesday!

(Newser) - Food safety concerns are once again plaguing Chipotle: Consumer complaints filed on IWasPoisoned.com —a website that tracks possible food poisoning cases and helped reveal a 2015 E. coli outbreak at Chipotle locations—suggest close to 200 people have fallen ill after eating at a Ohio restaurant, per Business... More »

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