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Police Investigating What Was in Crepes Served to Teachers

Per student-made video, bodily fluids were allegedly included

(Newser) - Students in a "Global Gourmet" class at Ohio's Olentangy Hyatts Middle School held a cooking competition last week, during which they served the teachers who were judging the contest crepes. Those crepes may have contained some decidedly less-than-gourmet ingredients: urine and semen, police say. A video purportedly made... More »

Ohio School Shuts Doors Over Radioactive Contamination

Enriched uranium detected near former nuclear plant

(Newser) - A scary situation got school shut down for summer break a week early in Piketon, Ohio: reports of radioactive contamination on the campus. Superintendent Todd Burkitt of the Scioto Valley Local School District has urged calm despite positive tests for enriched uranium inside Zahn's Corner Middle School and evidence... More »

Mystery of Failing Key Fobs Is Finally Solved

For weeks, neighbors couldn't figure out what was going on

(Newser) - Residents of the small Ohio city of North Olmsted had a strange mystery on their hands for weeks: Their key fobs and garage door openers suddenly stopped working. It wasn't every key fob every time, but it was happening enough to make clear that something screwy was going on,... More »

Student's 'Promposal' Gets Him in Hot Water

High schooler holds up racist sign in Facebook photo

(Newser) - An Ohio student's "promposal" is getting him nationwide attention for all the wrong reasons, Fox News reports. The unidentified high school student was seen in a Facebook photo with a girl and holding the sign, "If I was black I'd be picking cotton. But I'm... More »

Court Bans Parking Enforcement Practice in 4 States

Authorities can use photos instead

(Newser) - Marking a tire with chalk to track how long a car has been parked is unconstitutional, per a first-of-its-kind ruling that could force cities to adopt new approaches to parking enforcement. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Monday found tire-chalking is an... More »

Couple Made Laxative Cookies for Striking Workers

The Ohio couple faces several charges

(Newser) - Police say a couple made laxative-laced cookies for striking school employees because they were tired of the noise from the picket line near their home, the AP reports. Authorities in eastern Ohio say none of the striking workers ate the sugar cookies, but the couple was charged with contaminating the... More »

'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Is Now Law in Ohio

It's one of the country's toughest abortion laws

(Newser) - A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge. In signing the heartbeat bill, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine broke... More »

The Ferris Wheel Was Spinning. Then Staff Spotted This Pair

Michael Mathisen and Lauren Wilder arrested after allegedly having sex on Cincinnati ride

(Newser) - If we had to score this next alleged crime, Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" would probably work. Cops say that, instead of simply taking in the view from Cincinnati's SkyStar Ferris wheel on Thursday evening, a man and his girlfriend instead got busy during the... More »

Feds: Vice Squad Cop Forced Women to Have Sex

Ohio's Andrew Mitchell also accused of lying to feds, covering up crimes

(Newser) - A longtime police officer forced women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest, pressured others to help cover up crimes, and lied to federal investigators when he said he'd never had sex with prostitutes, according to charges unveiled Monday. Columbus vice squad officer Andrew Mitchell, 55,... More »

Zoo Turns Heads With Unusual Bear-Saving Strategy

Ohio zoo is amassing poop to create a pregnancy test

(Newser) - An Ohio zoo has become the repository for the world's largest collection of polar bear poop as researchers work to create a pregnancy test to aid the survival of this threatened species, the AP reports. WLWT-TV reports the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is storing 30,000 samples of... More »

Stolen Magazine With the Beatles Back After 50 Years

The Ohio public library gets a nice surprise

(Newser) - An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees, the AP reports. The Cuyahoga County Public Library says it received the... More »

Convict Really Doesn't Like Hearing His Sentence

David Chislton, 42, allegedly knocks his attorney out cold

(Newser) - An Ohio man who apparently didn't like hearing his prison sentence allegedly reacted by turning and sucker-punching his attorney out cold, Fox 8 Cleveland reports. David Chislton, 42, had just heard his 47-year prison sentence Tuesday when he allegedly socked attorney Aaron Brockler in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas... More »

Lake Erie the Subject of Unusual Ballot Question

Residents of Toledo will vote on whether it deserves the same rights as a person

(Newser) - Next week, residents of Toledo, Ohio, will vote on what the New York Times describes as one of the most unusual ballot questions ever to appear in the US—whether to grant Lake Erie the same rights as a human. Specifically, residents will vote on whether to accept the Lake... More »

He 'Rotted to Death.' Ohio's AG Blames Nurses

7 accused of mistreating patients in Columbus

(Newser) - Seven nurses in Ohio face a combined 34 charges related to the alleged mistreatment of two patients in their care, including one who the state attorney general says "literally rotted to death." Involuntary manslaughter, gross patient neglect, and forgery are among the charges levied against six current and... More »

'I Know There Are Multiple Wives, I Know of at Least 4'

Alleged bigamist Michael Middleton is arrested

(Newser) - At least in Big Love Bill Henrickson had all his wives in the same neighborhood. Michael Middleton of Maine, who was arrested for bigamy in Ohio last week, seemed to like to spread his spouses out over several states, with an indictment accusing him of having, at minimum, a wife... More »

His Mom Is an Anti-Vaxxer. At 18, He Got His Shots

'It was like he was spitting on me,' says mother of Ohio's Ethan Lindenberger

(Newser) - Ethan Lindenberger grew up in Norwalk, Ohio, with an anti-vaxxer mom who refused to get him his shots. Now that he's 18, Lindenberger is making headlines for his decision to defy his mother and get vaccinated, reports USA Today . "My parents think vaccines are some kind of government... More »

Medical Helicopter Crashes in Remote Ohio Woods

All 3 crew members were killed

(Newser) - A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday in a remote wooded area on its way to pick up a patient, killing all three crew members, authorities say. Survival Flight medical transportation reported around 7:20am Tuesday losing communication with a helicopter flying from the Mount Carmel Hospital in Grove City to pick... More »

Devoted Dad's Christmas Gift Went the Extra Mile High

Flight attendant's father hopped on bunch of flights so she wouldn't have to spend holiday alone

(Newser) - Not everyone can get home for the holidays, especially if they have to work, but Pierce Vaughan's father decided he would bring home to her while she was on the clock. Per WXIA , the Delta flight attendant was on the schedule for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, meaning... More »

Bank Is Sorry After Calling Cops on Black Customer

Paul McCowns was just trying to cash his paycheck in Ohio

(Newser) - An incident at a bank near Cleveland has spawned an unfortunate hashtag: #BankingWhileBlack, reports NBC News . When Paul McCowns, who is black, showed up at Huntington Bank in the Ohio suburb of Brooklyn to cash his first check from a new job, the tellers got suspicious. After they tried calling... More »

Woman Accused in 'Upscale Mass Murder' Plot Was Dylann Roof Pen Pal

Ohio's Elizabeth Lecron allegedly planned to bomb a bar

(Newser) - A woman planning an "upscale mass murder" reached out to Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof before she was arrested Saturday in one of two terror plots near Toledo, Ohio, according to the FBI. "So I guess I'll talk to you when the deed is done? I'm... More »

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