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Ohio Senior Prank Forces Entire District to Cancel School

4 students charged with felonies for damaging bus tires

(Newser) - High school senior pranks might get students punished from time to time—but it's not every day that they result in felony charges. That, however, is the case for four seniors at the Northwestern Local School District in Ohio, after their prank led to the closure of all district... More »

Prisoner Who Escaped in 1959 Finally Caught

Ohio's Frank Freshwaters is picked up in Florida

(Newser) - Safe to say that Frank Freshwaters probably thought he had beaten the system for good. After escaping from an Ohio prison facility in 1959, Freshwaters managed to assume a new identity as William Cox and settle in Florida's Brevard Country. But as Cleveland.com reports, authorities finally tracked down... More »

Death From Botulism Tied to Ohio Church Potluck

One person is dead, at least 18 sickened after Lancaster gathering

(Newser) - On average, there are about 145 cases of botulism reported in the US each year—and almost two dozen of this year's have now apparently come out of Lancaster, Ohio, after what looks to be a church potluck gone wrong, the Columbus Dispatch reports. One person died and at... More »

Woman on Hunt for Birth Mom Finds Her at Work

La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark used Facebook to make her discovery

(Newser) - When Ohio's health department released birth records last month for those adopted over a period of more than three decades, a spokesman called it a chance for people to "possibly reconnect with some siblings or their birth parents," WYTV reported at the time. For one Youngstown woman,... More »

Kid Swiped Grandpa's $25K, Began Giving Out $100 Bills

Cops have recovered about $7K so far

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say a middle school student took $25,000 from his grandfather and later started handing out $100 bills to his classmates. Authorities say the 13-year-old gave out thousands of dollars this week before school officials discovered what was happening. Investigators in the northeastern Ohio city of Medina... More »

Suit: LA Fitness Won't Let Me Pray in Locker Room

'I felt afraid for my life,' says Mohamed Fall of confrontation at gym

(Newser) - When he was a star basketball player for Ohio Christian University, where he was known as "Mo Fall," Mohamed Fall prayed in the team's locker room before and after he played, per WCPO . And, as a practicing Muslim, the 28-year-old says he's been following the same... More »

Ohio Students Make Cheat Sheet for Dealing With Cops

Most important tip: 'simply stay out of trouble'

(Newser) - Not long after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland in November, a group of students in nearby Akron decided protests weren't enough. So the Akron PeaceMakers , an anti-violence youth group, brainstormed with the local PD to come up with a double-sided crib sheet of tips for... More »

Cops: Girl, 11, Killed Infant, Showed No Remorse

Ohio girl charged with murder

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb stands charged with the chilling murder of a 2-month-old girl her mother was babysitting, and authorities say the child showed no remorse. "I'm not sure she appreciated the gravity of what she did," says the police chief in Wickliffe, Ohio,... More »

Ohio Blocks Renaming of Tallest US Mountain

They say McKinley, Alaska says Denali

(Newser) - Ohio is one of the flattest states in the US, but due to a quirky rule held by the federal board in charge of geographic names, the state effectively has control over the name of the country's highest mountain and is blocking efforts to change the name of the... More »

Here's the Real Story of 'Bad Luck Brian' Meme

Kyle Craven has made about $20K from his awkward high school photo

(Newser) - Kyle Craven is a 25-year-old guy who lives with his wife and dog in Ohio and builds churches for a living, but he's got a secret that might surprise those who first meet him: He's a meme. Thanks to Ian Davies, an old buddy who submitted Craven's... More »

Couple Married 69 Years Dies 8 Hours Apart

'They were never apart,' says son in Ohio

(Newser) - It's another uncanny story about an elderly couple dying just hours apart : In this case, 88-year-old Gene Warrington died on Dec. 27, and his wife of 69 years, Pat, followed eight hours later, reports the Advertiser-Tribune of Tiffin, Ohio. Both had been in hospice, and son Phil tells AP... More »

Guy Pulls Out Sword After Fight Over Sexuality

Heated argument between Cleveland pals ramps up when one whips out 2-footer

(Newser) - They could've kept it a simple guys' night watching the Cavaliers game on TV and playing dominoes together. But two Cleveland men became embroiled Wednesday in a more pointed activity after one of the men, a 48-year-old who's called "Cowboy," decided to accuse his 44-year-old pal... More »

Boy's Shooting Death Didn't Have to Happen: Family

Police who confronted Tamir Rice 'reacted quickly,' family statement says

(Newser) - Tamir Rice could have, and should have, come home on Saturday after a day in the park. That's the belief of his family, which issued a statement yesterday about his death after a video of the 12-year-old being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer was made public yesterday,... More »

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio... More »

Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 39 Years Now Free

Ricky Jackson, 2 others convicted in 1975 based on coerced confession

(Newser) - After nearly 40 years in prison, a man convicted in a 1975 Cleveland slaying has walked out of the county jail as a free man. Ricky Jackson, 57, was dismissed from the Cuyahoga County Jail and walked out of the adjoining courthouse this morning about an hour after a judge... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

4-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots 3-Year-Old Sister

Injured child in critical condition after Ohio incident

(Newser) - What started out as fun playtime between a 4-year-old Ohio boy and his 3-year-old sister ended horrifically after the boy accidentally shot his sister with a gun, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The children were playing in a room by themselves in a Lorain home yesterday morning when the boy... More »

Ohio Monitors 100+ for Ebola Symptoms

Number jumps sharply, though nobody showing symptoms

(Newser) - Health officials in Ohio are monitoring more than 100 people following the visit by a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola shortly after returning to Texas. Officials said today that none of those being monitored are sick. State officials previously said 16 people Amber Vinson had contact with were... More »

White Woman Given Sperm From Black Donor Sues

Mix-up making life hard in 'intolerant' town, she says

(Newser) - A lawsuit from a white woman in Ohio says that while she and her white partner love their "beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl," they definitely didn't order sperm from a black donor and the mix-up is making life tough in their "racially intolerant" all-white town. Jennifer... More »

Ex-Con Former US Rep Dies After Tractor Accident

James Traficant was expelled from Congress in rare move

(Newser) - Former Ohio Congressman James Traficant, who served time in jail on a corruption conviction, has died at 73 after a tractor accident , according to reports. The vehicle flipped over onto him while he was trying to park it, the AP reports. He spent four days in the hospital and died... More »

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