Pike Co. trailers stored as evidence moved
WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio have moved four trailers being stored as evidence in the still-unsolved slaying of eight family members last year.
Officials in Pike County in the southern part of the state moved the trailers on Nov. 2 from a now-closed chemical company warehouse to a pole barn inside a Pike County Sheriff impound lot.
WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports the move was made necessary by the chemical company’s impending bankruptcy and foreclosure.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader says staff members took photos and video of the move to document that authorities had custody of the trailers the entire time.
No arrests have been made or suspects identified in the April 22, 2016 shooting deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family in the four trailers.
Police: 3 girls raped, robbed at bus stop
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man is facing multiple charges after police say he raped and robbed three teenage girls at gunpoint.
Police say the three girls, two 17 and one 18, were standing on the platform of a Regional Transit Authority stop in Cleveland around 11:45 a.m. Saturday when the man approached them and threatened to shoot them.
Court records show the man raped the girls multiple times and stole their cellphones and wallets before running away.
Police later found the man and the stolen items a block away from the stop. All three girls have identified the man as their attacker.
Cleveland.com reports the 33-year-old suspect has been charged with rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
The man is currently jailed on $200,000 bond.
Lawyer: Rape confession should be tossed
CLEVELAND (AP) — The attorney for a former suburban Cleveland Boy Scouts troop leader suspected of raping a teenage boy says a judge should throw out his confession because the defendant wasn’t properly advised of his rights.
Cleveland.com reports the attorney argues that a detective didn’t advise Aaron Robertson of his right to speak to a lawyer during a March interrogation and promised to persuade reporters to back off the case if Robertson confessed.
Prosecutors defend the detective’s approach. They say Robertson was read his rights when he was arrested two days earlier.
The 29-year-old Robertson pleaded not guilty to charges including rape and sexual battery.
Police say Robertson is suspected of repeated abuse involving one teen starting in 2015, when the boy was 13. Police say a tip led to the investigation.
35,000 pounds of prescription drugs disposed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say Ohioans turned in more than 35,000 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs last month during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The event promoted by the Drug Enforcement Administration is intended to help residents safely dispose of opioids and other potentially harmful medicines that could be abused.
Officials say the DEA and local law enforcement partners collected over 912,000 pounds of medications nationwide in the latest event. It says that’s about 6 tons more than was collected at a similar event in the spring.
Officials say the DEA has collected more than 9 million pounds of prescription drugs through these efforts around the country since 2010.
Akron Metro RTA director on paid leave
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority board has placed its executive director on paid administrative leave following two separate investigations.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Metro RTA board of trustees unanimously approved placing Richard Enty on leave during a closed-door session Tuesday.
Enty and a former board member are facing a complaint with the state Ethics Commission. The bus company announced Tuesday Enty is also facing another complaint from an employee.
A legal representative for the board did not share the details of the new complaint, but she says a third party will conduct an investigation.
Enty’s attorney could not be reached for comment on the board’s decision.
Enty was previously suspended from some of his duties after he sent an “inappropriate and insulting” email earlier this year.
College, seminary reunite after 60 years
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small Ohio college and a nearby seminary are reuniting after nearly 60 years of separation.
Capital University in Bexley in suburban Columbus has announced the merger on Jan. 1 with next-door neighbor Trinity Lutheran Seminary. The move was approved by boards of both institutions.
The Dispatch reports that the seminary faced declining enrollment and operated under an unsustainable business model.
Capital University President Beth Paul says the merger solidifies the future of the seminary.
The schools operated as a single institution from 1830 until 1959, when the newly-formed American Lutheran Church directed the two to part ways.
The Rev. Kathryn Kleinhans of Iowa’s Wartburg College will lead the newly named Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital.