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Ohio Attorney General's Office

Just before the anniversary of the Pike County killings, the Ohio Attorney General's Office released a video at the request of surviving family members who are pleading for information that could help move the case forward.

Sam Hendren

The call to 911 came in at 7:49 a.m. on April 22, 2016.  In the hours that followed, authorities would find eight members of the Rhoden family shot to death at four rural Pike County locations. 

The family of O'Bryan Spikes wants answers.

"Innocent people should not have to fear for their lives at a dance club," says his sister, Raquice Mitchell.

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Authorities are hoping a reward will help them capture the man accused of shooting an elderly man at random Sunday and posting the grizzly footage on Facebook. Mayor Frank Jackson is asking anyone with information on Steve Stephens to come forward.

Mt. Sterling Chamber of Commerce

The Madison County grand jury has indicted the former mayor of the village of Mt. Sterling on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts, including theft in office.

Cleveland Police

manhunt is underway in Ohio and surrounding states for a man accused of posting a Facebook video as he gunned down an elderly man.

Columbus police say they’re getting frustrated at a lack of cooperation from the nine victims in a Sunday morning shooting at a rented party hall in South Linden.

A manhunt is under way for a suspect whom Cleveland police say filmed his fatal shooting of an elderly man, in a video that he posted to Facebook.

In a later video, also posted to Facebook on Sunday afternoon, a man purporting to be Steve Stephens, the accused shooter, says he has killed more than a dozen other people. Police have not verified that claim.

Cleveland police have identified the homicide victim from the video as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

A report by the Ohio Inspector General finds that inmates at the Marion Correctional Institution built contraband computers and used them to commit crimes. 

A Youngstown man facing three counts of murder apparently committed suicide by jumping off a fourth-floor courthouse balcony Monday morning.

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A man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a recycling bin partially submerged in a creek has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder.

A Hamilton County grand jury is indicting Cornell Beckley with two counts of murder in the Cameo Night Club shooting .

Death penalty laws are on the books in 31 states, but only five carried out executions last year. Now Arkansas is rushing to execute death row inmates at an unprecedented pace this month, before the state's supply of lethal drugs expires.

A Columbus man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to running a fake passport scheme. 

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Authorities have captured one man and are searching for two others who escaped from a state-run regional prison in southeast Ohio.

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Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien will pursue the death penalty against Brian Golsby, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Ohio State University senior Reagan Tokes in early February.

A former nurse's aide convicted of killing more three dozen people died on Thursday, two days after he was attacked and beaten in his Ohio prison cell.

As Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports, "64-year-old Donald Harvey had been nicknamed the 'Angel of Death' in 1987, after admitting to killing 37 elderly or chronically ill people in hospitals in Cincinnati and rural Kentucky beginning in 1970. But after his conviction, he claimed that he had killed up to 50 people."

Cincinnati Police are charging two people in last weekend's shooting at Cameo Night Club.

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A woman shot another woman at Victoria's Secret PINK at Easton Towne Center on Thursday, and Columbus Police says it started as a fight over a man.

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Columbus Police say workers found two human legs in the trash at a waste collection facility, prompting a homicide investigation.

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A man who flashed a gun at Columbus State Community College earlier this month, causing it to close for one day, has been indicted by county prosecutors. 

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The state auditor says officials at a southern Ohio correctional facility committed fraud and misused more than $20,000 in public funds. 

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Two universities near Dayton were placed on lockdown Monday night following reports of an armed robbery and gunfire.

City Homicides

Mar 14, 2017
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The U.S. homicide rate has been trending down for decades, but larger cities such as Columbus have seen an increase during that same period. Columbus had the seventh-highest homicide rate in the country last year with 106 homicide victims, a 7 percent increase over 2015.

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The state’s battle against drug addiction takes place in venues ranging from homes to schools to major highways.

Officials in Akron have charged five high school students who they say defaced a door with a swastika and a message including a racial slur.

Columbus State Community College

A suspect who allegedly showed a gun while confronting a student at the Columbus State campus Wednesday was arrested early this morning at a hotel in Dublin.

Columbus State Police Chief Sean Asbury says 18-year-old Deandre McClarin made his escape after the incident inside one of the campus buildings. He ended up at a Dublin hotel where authorities caught up to him.

CSCC

The sighting of someone with a gun inside a Columbus State Community College building led to an evacuation and police search Wednesday morning. Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day "out of an abundance of caution," according to spokesperson David Wayne.

Buckeye Bandit
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Federal authorities say a man dubbed by law enforcement as the "Buckeye Bandit" who robbed numerous central Ohio banks since 2013 has pleaded guilty to eight counts of armed bank robbery.

A record number of people, at least 166, were exonerated last year after being wrongly convicted of crimes, according to the most recent annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations.

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