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.

An investigation by The Associated Press has identified more than 16 percent of police agencies in Ohio that have not filed a single hate crime report to the FBI in past six years.

Ohio's numbers fall in line with national statistics. The AP investigation showed more than 2,700 city police and county sheriff's departments have not filed a single hate crime report with the FBI during those years. That's about 17 percent. Other agencies have reported them only sporadically.


A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who stabbed a 7-year-old girl on an Ohio school playground, leaving her seriously hurt.

A former bank manager who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $5 million from a suburban bank branch she managed in southwest Ohio has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Amy Scarpelli was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Dayton.
Prosecutors have said the former manager of a U.S. Bank branch in Miamisburg used the money for gambling, sporty cars and motorcycles.

The state attorney general says homes at crime scenes where eight family members were shot to death in southern Ohio are being relocated to a secure location as the investigation continues.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says work to move the four mobile homes near Piketon began Thursday and will take several days. A Pike County judge approved the moves.
DeWine says the intent is to preserve the crime scenes the way they were found to help with the investigation and any future prosecution.

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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.

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.