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Sam Hendren

Authorities in Pike County are urging residents to be cautious as the search continues for whoever fatally shot eight members of a family at four different properties.  The victims found yesterday were all shot in the head; some were killed as they slept.

Residents attending Piketon’s annual Dogwood Festival were somber.  Shawn Walker says she was stunned by the deaths

“We never had nothing like this in Pike County.  It’s always been quiet,” Walker said.

Stacy Rose and Pamela Collins learned of the killings west of town around noon Friday.

The Dayton police chief says a woman fatally shot by three officers over the weekend presented a threat to the public.

Chief Richard Biehl says shooting victim Kisha Arrone was shot early Sunday after getting out of her vehicle with a gun and firing into the air with bystanders in the area.

Biehl said Monday that officers fired 20 shots, with 10 striking the 35-year-old Arrone, of Dayton.

Dayton police say officers were responding to a call about shots being fired. Witnesses told police Arrone shot into the air after putting the gun to her partner's head.

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The state says more than 100 Ohio law enforcement agencies are seeking to adopt new standards for use of deadly force by police.

 

 The standards adopted last year permit police to use deadly force only when officers are defending themselves or other people from serious injury or death.

An Ohio woman accused of killing her 4-year-old stepson by putting him in scalding water as punishment the day before he was found dead has been indicted on murder and other charges.
 
Warren County's prosecutor said Monday that grand jurors indicted Anna Ritchie on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and endangering children. Ritchie's attorney declined to comment on the case.

A special prosecutor says a 911 caller won't be charged for reporting a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart before police fatally shot him.

The decision was announced Monday by Mark Piepmeier, the same prosecutor who presented the case to a grand jury. It concluded the August 2014 shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III at the Beavercreek store, near Dayton, was justified.

The 911 caller told investigators he thought Crawford had a real firearm, but it was actually an air rifle Crawford had picked up from the shelf.

State officials are set to release proposed details of an effort to require more than 1 million low-income Ohioans to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid.

House Republicans inserted the idea for the so-called Healthy Ohio Program into the state budget last year. It would require federal approval.

Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration must first seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that the state can require certain Medicaid recipients to pay into a health-savings account regardless of their income.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.
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A school district in central Ohio has shut off its drinking fountains after finding high lead levels in the water.

The Granville school district northeast of Columbus says tests show water coming from some of the drinking fountains are above the federal limit.

School leaders say the problem is with the drinking fountains and not the water coming into the buildings.

The district says it shut off access to the drinking fountains Wednesday and is running more tests.

Bottled water is being given to students and teachers.

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Federal environmental officials are working to determine the cost of cleaning up a southwest Ohio park that's contaminated with lead.

The Dayton Daily News reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will research if there are "responsible parties" that should pay for the cleanup of Layer Park in Miami Township.

The park is the site of a former skeet shooting range that recently tested for high levels of lead. Township officials have said the 7-acre park has been closed since Dec. 24.

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Ohio lawmakers plan to legalize medical marijuana by summer in an effort they say is more responsible and comprehensive than any ballot proposal.
 
It comes as a medical marijuana question is working its way to Ohio's fall ballot.

A state legislative panel is poised to hear from opponents of a bill that would let Ohio's churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

Under the so-called Pastor Protection Act, no clergy could be required to solemnize a marriage or have their church property be used to host a ceremony that's against their religious beliefs.

The proposal was introduced in the Ohio House three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision allowing same-sex marriage last year.

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