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Two brothers accused in a Yellow Springs area double fatal shooting have each been indicted on aggravated murder and murder charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Dustin Merrick and 24-year-old Bret Merrick also are charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault, among other counts, in the indictments filed yesterday in Greene County Common Pleas Court in Xenia. Dustin Merrick also has been indicted on a count of obstructing justice.

Central State is one of two historically black universities in Greene County.
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Two universities in Ohio were placed on lockdown Monday night following reports of an armed robbery and gunfire.

Central State University says one female student was wounded. She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. It's unclear if she was shot.

The university says it received a report around 8:30 p.m. Monday of an armed robbery in one of the buildings on campus. While investigating, officers heard a gunshot. Central State and Wilberforce University campuses were immediately placed on lockdown. The schools are both located in Wilberforce, near Dayton.

An Ohio prosecutor says he will ask that a school shooting case be moved to the adult criminal justice system.

Authorities say a 17-year-old shooter fired a 12-gauge shotgun in the Friday morning attack at a high school in West Liberty, 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

Two students were wounded, one critically.

The suspect was initially held in a juvenile center on a charge of felonious assault.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevn Talebi says the teen will face a number of additional charges, including attempted murder.

Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information related to a suspected double homicide at a  Yellow Springs duplex to come forward and call a dedicated tip-line. Authorities have not yet named a suspect in the killings.  

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer says the male victim was shot multiple times. He says investigators believe he was the intended victim.

Fischer says initial evidence indicates the shootings were “not random." 

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Police are investigating a double shooting after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a duplex near Yellow Springs yesterday.

 The Dayton Daily News reports a woman’s body was found outside 4444 E. Enon Road about 1 mile north of Antioch University. Police later found the body of a man inside the same residence.

The Greene County Sheriff's office is now investigating the case as a double homicide and has identified the victims as William Brown and Sherri Mendenhall, both of Yellow Springs.

 

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More people in the city of Dayton are dying from gun violence this year. The problem is particularly severe in the neighborhoods of West Dayton. City officials say the number of gun-crimes is also up -- despite an overall drop in violent crime since 2011. To learn more about the gun-related homicide rate, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. 

An Ohio judge is reviewing recorded police interviews of a woman accused of suffocating her three young sons as he considers her lawyers' request to exclude her confession.

 

Attorneys representing 24-year-old Brittany Pilkington in the potential death penalty case say the statements were obtained unconstitutionally. They say authorities pressured her into confessing and she didn't understand what she was doing when she agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer.

 

A suburban Cincinnati school district has closed schools after a woman reported being grabbed around the neck by a male dressed as a clown who she said made a threat against students.

Reading Community City School District officials referred to the threat in a Facebook posting announcing district schools would be closed Friday. School officials said they take all threats seriously and were concerned about the number of students who walk to school in the early morning.

Police say a man playing "Pokemon Go" in an Ohio park was robbed of his cellphone and shot three times. 
 
Columbus police say 26-year-old Gregory Wheeler and a woman were playing the smartphone game Tuesday night when a 14-year-old boy asked to use the phone to call his mother. 
 
Police say the teenager fled with the phone and Wheeler was first struck in the head by another person when he chased after the boy, then shot. Wheeler's condition wasn't immediately available Wednesday.
 

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  A 15-year-old Ohio boy will be kept in juvenile detention until he is 21 for opening fire on fellow students in a school cafeteria.

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft says James Austin Hancock will be free at 21 unless he causes problems in juvenile custody. If so, he could then face going into the adult prison system.

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