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That K-9 Story May Not Have Happy Ending After All

Retired police officer rejects deal that would allow him to keep K-9 partner

(Newser) - The story of a retired Ohio police officer trying to buy the K-9 partner he loved like family touched people around the country, but it may not have a happy ending after all. Matt Hickey offered the city of Marietta $3,500 to buy his former partner Ajax, the AP... More »

Ohio Ex-Cop Will Keep K9 Partner

Matt Hickey appointed auxiliary officer despite 'bad blood'

(Newser) - Retired Ohio police officer Matt Hickey will get to keep his K9 partner, Ajax , but he "escalated the situation by being disingenuous," his former boss says, per the New York Daily News . Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp says Hickey—who announced he would have to bid on his... More »

Donations Pour In to Help Ex-Cop Buy His K9 Partner

The law says he has to bid on the dog at auction

(Newser) - A retired Ohio police officer wants to purchase his longtime K9 partner, but the town says he's going to have to bid for him. Recently retired Marietta officer Matt Hickey wants to buy his partner, Ajax. He's offered to pay $3,500—Ajax's estimated value. But the... More »

For Gay Man Kicked Out of Army in 1955, Vindication

Ohio's Donald Hallman was discharged as 'Class II homosexual'

(Newser) - An 82-year-old Ohio veteran is receiving an honorable discharge more than a half-century after the Army kicked him out for being gay, the AP reports. Donald Hallman of Columbus requested a reversal of his 1955 undesirable discharge status after President Barack Obama repealed the military's "Don't Ask... More »

Ohio Politician Questioned for Running as a Young Mom

Jennifer Herold has two sons, ages 1 and 3

(Newser) - Ohio state Sen. Tom Patton is a term-limited Republican who's now going after an Ohio House seat, and he's running against a real "sweetie." At least, that's what the 62-year-old called his chief Republican opponent in a radio interview last week, but it's a... More »

Fatal 137-Shot Barrage Gets 6 Cleveland Cops Fired

2012 incident killed 2 unarmed people

(Newser) - Cleveland officials said Wednesday they're terminating six police officers who fired during a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase, the AP reports. It wasn't immediately clear if the fired officers include Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for... More »

FBI Thinks Kent State Professor May Have ISIS Connections

His response? 'Haters gonna hate'

(Newser) - A Kent State University professor is being investigated by the FBI over possible connections to ISIS, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. While the university isn't commenting on the investigation, the Cleveland Scene alleges history professor Julio Pino was possibly suspected of recruiting for the terrorist organization. Pino tells the... More »

Suspect in Cop's Murder Was 'Looking to Kill an Officer'

Ohio dispatchers got frantic call from woman who said ex was on hunt, cop later killed

(Newser) - An Ohio man with a long rap sheet was taken into custody early Monday after a Danville cop was found shot dead and his police cruiser and gun missing, NBC News reports. Officer Thomas Cottrell was on duty late Sunday when a disturbing call came into the Knox County dispatch... More »

Cops: Man Kills Teen Son He Thought Was Intruder

The 14-year-old returned home after being dropped off for school

(Newser) - Police say a Cincinnati father, thinking he heard an intruder in his basement, fatally shot his 14-year-old son Tuesday morning, the AP reports. According to the Cincinnati Inquirer , the father dropped his son off at the bus stop before returning home. When he heard a noise in his basement, he... More »

Man Sends Cops Selfie to Replace 'Terrible' Mugshot

'We thank him for being helpful'

(Newser) - A wanted suspect—apparently embarrassed by the mugshot being circulated by Ohio police—sent them a selfie to replace it, the Palm Beach Post reports. Donald Pugh texted the new pic to police along with the message: "Here is a better photo that one is terrible." "We... More »

Mom Dies, Dad ODs in Daughter's Hospital Room

Dad now faces charges over suspect heroin use

(Newser) - On Facebook, Mary Ann and Wesley Landers and their two daughters looked like the "picture perfect family," says a friend. Then came "an eye-opener." Mary Ann, 32, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in her 7-month-old daughter's room at Cincinnati Children's Hospital... More »

Cops: Guy Posted Video of Himself Drinking and Driving

Deputies tracked Dustin Rittgers down while he was still driving

(Newser) - Dustin Rittgers' first mistake was allegedly drinking and driving. His second mistake was to video himself doing just that and post it to Facebook—publicly. At least one of the 28-year-old Ohio man's friends was not amused, commenting, "Dude, Really!!!!!" to which Rittgers responded, "I am... More »

Tamir's Family Has Strong Words for Prosecutor

They accuse Tim McGinty of 'abusing' grand jury

(Newser) - A grand jury on Monday declined to indict a white police officer in the killing of Tamir Rice, and now his family has a few words about the case. In a statement, Tamir's family says it was "saddened and disappointed by this outcome—but not surprised." It... More »

'Layaway Angel' Pays Off $106K at 2 Ohio Walmarts

'It's such a blessing to know there are still people out there [who] care'

(Newser) - There's a secret Santa in northeast Ohio who likes to celebrate the season every year in a special way. This year, he decided to spend it paying for other people's purchases, plying his philanthropy at two different Walmarts by contributing more than $106,000 to pay for the... More »

Sheriff: Ex-Deputy Charged in Deaths Had Prior Issues

He's charged with killing a man while on duty, as well as his neighbor

(Newser) - A former Ohio sheriff's deputy charged in two separate fatal shootings this year had problems while working as a deputy in another sheriff's office, his ex-boss said. Joel Jenkins never made it out of his probationary period while working in Fayette County during 2011 and 2012, said Sheriff... More »

Expert: Tamir Rice Had Hands in Pockets When Shot by Cop

Expert also found he was shot less than one second after cop opened his car door

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police last year had his hands in his pockets when he was shot and wasn't reaching for the pellet gun he was carrying, according to an expert hired by the boy's family to review a frame-by-frame video of the deadly encounter. Tamir... More »

Cops: Missouri Man Held Teen Captive for Weeks

He faces rape, child porn charges in Nov. 8 kidnapping

(Newser) - A Missouri man held a 15-year-old captive in his home for weeks, forced her to have sex with him, and filmed at least one encounter, according to police. Authorities say a fake Facebook page led them to a home in Marthasville, 60 miles west of St. Louis, on Tuesday, where... More »

Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Tells His Story

'The threat ... was real and active,' says Timothy Loehmann

(Newser) - The two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice are telling their side of the story for the first time. In two statements, officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback say they were investigating a report of a "guy with a gun" in a park outside... More »

Pro-ISIS Messages Painted on US School Rock

Students quickly paint over rock with words of peace

(Newser) - Students at Youngstown State University in Ohio woke up Monday to find pro-ISIS messages painted on a campus rock, WPXI reports. Photos of the three screeds soon made it online: "France deserves destruction," "YSU supports ISIS," and "We are coming for you." Students quickly... More »

7 Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home

Cleveland tops the list

(Newser) - Looking for an affordable place to live? Well, this probably won't come as a surprise to you, but don't move to California. Coldwell Banker put together its annual Home Listing Report , which looks at the average listing price of more than 81,000 Coldwell Banker listings of four-bed,... More »

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