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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 »

Dad Arrested After Boy, 13, Dies of Suspected Overdose

Robert Wylie previously charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - Fire officials found Robert Wylie banging on the door of the fire department, holding his 13-year-old son's unconscious body. But the doses of Narcan they administered couldn't save the teen. Nathan Wylie died of a suspected heroin overdose on Saturday, four days after he was taken to a... More »

McDonald's Pizza? It Exists, and This Guy Found It

Podcast documents Brian Thompson's travels to Ohio to sample the wares

(Newser) - McDonald's is ubiquitous, but Brian Thompson has been obsessed with one particular location in Ohio—and one menu item that's gone missing from virtually every other McDonald's. That item is pizza, and as Cara Giaimo explains in Atlas Obscura , the journalist got it in his head that... More »

You Can't Have Sex With Animals in Ohio Anymore

State becomes most recent to make bestiality illegal

(Newser) - It's now illegal in Ohio for people to engage in sexual conduct or related acts with animals; the state didn't have anti-bestiality laws until the change took effect last week, the AP reports. According to the Dayton Daily News , the measure gained enough votes to pass in December... More »

High-Stakes Mystery at Ohio Library Involves 30 A1 Bottles

Everyone wants to know who's been hiding them around the building since January

(Newser) - Would you like the latest George Saunders book medium rare or well done? That may sound like a strange request, but no stranger than what's been going on since January at an Ohio library. Per Cleveland.com , staff at Avon Lake's book lender have been scratching their heads... More »

Young Parents Fatally OD, Are Discovered by Their Kids

Spirit Airlines pilot Brian Halye and wife Courtney were in their 30s

(Newser) - Another wrenching story chalked up to opioids: A husband and wife in their 30s were found dead in their bedroom by their four children, reports NBC News . Police in Centerville, Ohio, received a 911 call about Brian Halye, 36, and his wife, Courtney, 34, Thursday morning from one of the... More »

She Asked 'Where's Winston?' It Led Police to Her Killer

Baby was rescued from ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - A dying woman in Ohio gave police information that helped them rescue her stepmother and 10-month-old son—and catch the ex-boyfriend who allegedly shot her. Police say that when they arrived at the Delta home of 23-year-old Mandi Mangas early Tuesday, she had suffered a gunshot wound to her chest... More »

$5M Picnic Basket May Soon Be Available at a Bargain

Ohio county seeking foreclosure to pay off $700K bill

(Newser) - Know anyone so fond of picnics they'd want to take up residence in a building shaped like a picnic basket? With $700,000, they might get the opportunity. After nine months on the real estate market, the "Big Basket" office building in Newark, Ohio, seems destined for a... More »

Greedy Mom Who Killed Her Kids or Victim of 'Junk Science'?

Intercept examines how fire science advances cast doubt on Angela Garcia's conviction

(Newser) - In May 2016, Angela Garcia did the unthinkable: She pleaded guilty to setting a fire that killed her 2-year-old and 3-year-old daughters, Nijah and Nyeemah, 16 years earlier. Liliana Segura reveals the innards of the Cleveland woman's case for the Intercept , exploring why so many—her lawyer, her family,... More »

Ohio Inmate Kills Himself on Death Row

Patrick Leonard died Sunday night

(Newser) - An Ohio man condemned to die for the slaying of his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row. The Ohio prisons agency tells the AP that inmate Patrick Leonard died Sunday night of an apparent suicide on death row in Chillicothe; the AP didn't provide additional details. Leonard... More »

After Husband ODs in Van, News Gets Worse at His Home

Cops say his wife OD'd, too, though both survive

(Newser) - Cops say a 29-year-old Ohio man crashed his minivan—with an infant in the backseat—while suffering a drug overdose, reports Fox 8 . Both survived, but the story then takes a turn for the worse: When officers arrived at Nathan Carroll's Lorain home to tell his wife what happened,... More »

Man Who Says He's Sick of Being Honked at Files Suit

Ohio's Garrick Krlich says city workers have honked at his home for decade to harass him

(Newser) - Friends driving by your house and honking a friendly hello: cool. City and county officials and employees honking for almost 10 years as they drive by to get back at you for placing a bid on a house: not so cool. Per Courthouse News Service , that's the claim of... More »

A Fitting Obituary for the 'Queen of Sass'

Jean Oddi, who died Monday at 91, was 'unafraid to offend'

(Newser) - It's not often an obituary needs a NSFW warning, but not everyone is Jean Oddi, who died Monday in Ohio at the age of 91. Casey Clark tells the Columbus Dispatch that her mom, known as the "Queen of Sass," was "unafraid to offend" and "... More »

Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency

Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week

(Newser) - When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework,... More »

Mystery of Missing Texas Dad Comes to a Close in Ohio

'He met somebody online,' Ohio police chief says of San Antonio's Lee Arms

(Newser) - Super Bowl Sunday was the last time anyone saw Texas man Lee Arms in the San Antonio area, and he hadn't been seen since—until late last week, when the 44-year-old was found safe in Ohio, the San Antonio Express-News reports. And it looks like he was there of... More »

Sex Offender Charged in Ohio State Student's Death

Reagan Tokes' naked body was found near an Ohio park

(Newser) - A convicted sex offender released from prison in November has been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Ohio State University student, the AP reports. Police say 29-year-old Brian Golsby was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Reagan Tokes.... More »

Man Charged in Burning His Home Busted by Pacemaker

Ross Compton's story 'highly improbable' due to his medical conditions: cardiologist

(Newser) - A man charged with arson based partly on data collected from his pacemaker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to setting his Ohio home on fire and insurance fraud charges, the AP reports. Authorities have said gasoline was found on Ross Compton's clothing and that the fire started in multiple places,... More »

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