Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Cincinnati man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and two young children.

Mark Pickens was sentenced to die in 2010 after a jury found him guilty in the shootings of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her infant son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting a year earlier.

The court's ruling issued Tuesday rejected Pickens' arguments that questioned testimony at the trial and how the jurors were selected.

Pickens was 19 at the time of the shootings.

Ohio Police Say Man Painted Gun To Resemble Toy

Dec 12, 2014
.380 caliber gun police found on Orlando Lowery
Hamilton County Police photo release

Authorities in southwest Ohio say they have arrested a man with a loaded handgun painted red to resemble a toy gun.

The arrest Friday came just four days after legislation was introduced in Ohio to require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked. That bill came in the aftermath of two police fatal shootings in less than four months of young people in the state who were holding lookalike guns.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says it's "a scary thought" that guns would be painted to mislead police into thinking the guns weren't real.

Family Attorney Says Traficant 'Very Critical'

Sep 25, 2014

An attorney for the family of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant says Traficant remains in "very critical" condition after being injured in an accident on his farm outside of Youngstown in northeast Ohio.
 
Heidi Hanni says Traficant is being kept as comfortable as possible and confirmed that he is not conscious. She disputed reports that the former congressman from Ohio is being kept in a medically induced coma. She says he is being sedated for a number of reasons, including pain management.
 

Ohio Teen Sentenced To 4 Years For 'Knockout Game'

Sep 9, 2014
Prison
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A 17-year-old Ohio boy convicted on charges of attacking and robbing two men as part of the so-called "knockout game" has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Prosecutors in southwest Ohio's Montgomery County say the former Stivers High School student was convicted as an adult of two counts of robbery last month. He and two other teens were charged in attacks on homeless men in Dayton last spring.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine say he is appointing a grand jury to investigate the killing of 22 year-old John Crawford inside a Beavercreek Walmart earlier this month. 

Family Of Man Fatally Shot At Wal-Mart Seeks Video

Aug 11, 2014

Family members of a man fatally shot by police at a southwestern Ohio Wal-Mart believe store video will provide answers about what happened that day and vindicate him.
 
The family's attorney and the father of 22-year-old John Crawford III said Monday that they have requested surveillance video and communications between police and store security from Aug. 5.
 
Crawford was shot that day at the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police say he did not drop an air rifle when officers told him to do so.
 

Beavercreek police say the state will investigate Tuesday night’s shooting of a man brandishing a gun inside a Wal-Mart store.  Police say they shot 22-year-old John Crawford, of Fairfield, after he failed to comply with verbal orders. He died later at Miami Valley Hospital.

Chief of Police Dennis Evers says he thinks Beavercreek police reacted appropriately.

"The quick response of officers was instrumental in containing the situation and minimizing the risk to customers," he said.

A teen accused of fatally shooting a 75-year-old woman at a Dayton bus stop has been convicted of aggravated murder.
 

Dayton police have closed the case of RTA bus driver Rickey Wagoner who claimed he was attacked on the job earlier this year, saying the evidence doesn’t support Wagoner’s story.

Wagoner, who is white, told police in February he stepped off his bus in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue in Dayton to investigate a loss of power and was attacked by three black men. Claiming he was shot and stabbed while fighting back, Wagoner said his attackers used racial language. The incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

 

The Dayton Police Department has released more information about the death of 45-year-old Terry Darnell Heath, who was killed during a confrontation with police on Monday night.

Around 10pm Monday, police responded to a report of an argument and stabbing in the 2300 block of Wyoming Street. They found one of the men involved in that altercation, John Hagen, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

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