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Flowers lie in front of John Stevens’ home on Southeast Kokomo Lane in Tequesta, Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Stevens and Michelle Mishcon were found dead after being attacked by Austin Harrouff Monday night at the home. The 19-year-old Florida State University sophomore fatally stabbed the two while walking home, authorities said. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

What we know, don’t know about Martin stabbings, face-biting

More than a week after Michelle Mishcon and John Stevens were killed in their southern Martin County home, Florida, much remains unknown about what led to the seemingly random, but unusually brutal, stabbings. The couple often kept their garage door up, said Stevens’ brother-in-law, Doug Maddox, with a seat open ...

Police: No new tips after Katelyn Markham documentary

Investigators say only one tip has been received in the week since a new documentary shined a spotlight on one of Butler County’s biggest mysteries. After the premiere of “Taken Too Soon: The Katelyn Markham Story,” Fairfield Police received a tip in the case, according to Officer Doug Day. Unfortunately, ...

Suspect pulls loaded gun on Middletown officers

Middletown police said that an encounter with an armed suspect Wednesday afternoon could have turned tragic if he hadn’t put down his loaded gun. Police said that while officers in an unmarked vehicle were driving in the 1500 block of Central Avenue, they were flagged down by a known prostitute. ...

Martin Blackwell watches arguments in his trial in Atlanta, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Blackwell accused of throwing boiled water on a same-sex couple sleeping in a suburban Atlanta apartment acted recklessly but wasn’t motivated by hate or malice, his defense attorney said Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Man sentenced to 40 years for pouring boiling water on gay couple

The man who poured boiling water on a same-sex couple because he didn’t approve of the relationship was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Martin Blackwell, 48, was found guilty on all 10 counts, including aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The jury deliberated about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon ...

7 marijuana myths you may believe are true

To toke or not to toke; that has become the question across the United States as attitudes about marijuana use continue to shift and cities and states determine whether to decriminalize the drug. Memphis on Tuesday became the latest American city to take the first step toward decriminalizing marijuana, even as ...

 The driver was killed and his passenger injured in this vehicle accident in the 700 block of South Limestone Street in Springfield on Monday night, April 25, 2016. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Traffic deaths up in U.S.

Traffic fatalities in the United States increased by 9 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to 2015, according to estimates from the National Safety Council.About 19,100 people were killed in traffic accidents from January through June, which also is an 18 percent increase from the first half of ...

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Mom faces drug charges after toddler accidentally calls 911

An Oklahoma woman was jailed Tuesday on drug and child endangerment charges after her 1-year-old accidentally called 9-1-1. >> Read more trending stories Around 7 p.m., the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office went to a home in Bixby for a welfare check with the Bixby Fire Department, Bixby police and the Emergency ...

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Face-biting slayings: Dad says son may have mental illness

The father of a 19-year-old man accused of stabbing two people to death and biting one of their faces in a Florida home said his son may be suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness. Wade Harrouff told The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday evening that unlike what his son's friends ...

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader speaks to the media alongside Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine during a news conference, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Waverly, Ohio. A coroner’s report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. Meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rhoden family killings show 'similarities' to Kentucky murders

Officials in Kentucky said a double fatal shooting in Kenton County shares "similarities" to the killings of members of the Rhoden family, who were found slain in Pike County, Ohio, two weeks later, according to a new report from WSYX in Columbus. "There were similarities between both," Kenton County Commonwealth ...

Family defends woman accused of putting 4-day-old son in refrigerator

Family members are defending a South Carolina mother accused of putting her 4-day-old son in a refrigerator for three hours in February before taking him out and calling for help. The infant died of hypothermia. The child was pronounced dead at a hospital after doctors were unable to raise his ...

Robbery suspect nicknamed 'Butter' nabbed in Florida

A robbery suspect sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was caught in Jacksonville, Florida. Officers spotted the suspect, Dwayne "Butter" Winans, Tuesday night at a Greyhound bus station.  Winans sports an elaborate tattoo and a dollar sign tattoo on his face. >> Read more trending stories Winans was sought by the FBI ...

Hamilton Police Officer Kevin Ruhl (top left) and Hamilton Police Officer Danielle Sorber responded to a 911 call Monday morning at Walgreens, 1090 High St.

Positive evaluations for Hamilton officer who shot robbery suspect

“An excellent officer and makes good decisions,” states the most recent evaluation for the officer who fatally shot a robbery suspect that police said was holding a woman at knife-point.Officer Kevin Ruhl, 33, a nine-year veteran of the Hamilton Police Department, shot the suspect, Kelley Brandon Forte, early Monday morning ...

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown named in Fox News sexual harassment lawsuit

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said in a lawsuit filed Monday that she was sexually harassed by former network chief Roger Ailes and other top executives -- including former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.

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Tantaros said in the lawsuit that Brown, who represented ...

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader speaks to the media alongside Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine during a news conference, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Waverly, Ohio. A coroner’s report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. Meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pike County shootings show “similarities” to Kentucky murders

Kenton County, Kentucky officials said a double fatal shooting in their county two weeks before the Pike County shootings have “similarities” to the killings of members of the Rhoden family, according to a new report from WSYX in Columbus. “There were similarities between both,” Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders ...

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High school athlete to serve no jail time after sexual assault charges

A former Massachusetts high school star athlete will not receive any jail time for sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates at a house party in April, the Associated Press reported. The case against David Becker was continued without a finding for two years last week in Palmer District Court. He was sentenced to two ...

Police in Lake City, Florida, arrested Russell Francis Gomez, 29, on multiple charges including aggravated battery, aassault and criminal mischief on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

Police: Fast food worker throws frozen hamburger patties, spits in customer's face

A fast food employee turned violent on Tuesday after learning he would be written up for showing up late to work, according to police in Lake City, Florida. >> Read more trending stories Police said Russell Francis Gomez, 29, threw frozen hamburger patties at his boss and then started knocking ...

Former employee blows up himself at business, owner says

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating a fire at a Florida business that the owner said was caused by a man who tried to blow up his business. >> Read more trending stories The fire happened Tuesday morning at the Hale Intermodal Trucking company off Edgewood ...

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Man suspected of killing roommate may have tweeted his intentions

Arizona police say a man may have tweeted about killing his roommates just a day before he said he shot and killed one of them. >> Watch the video from Newsy Zachary Penton, 21, is being held in jail on suspicion of second-degree murder after police say he reported himself ...

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Police with guns drawn chase 10-year-old boy after mistaking him for armed robber, mom claims

A 10-year-old boy broke down in tears in Newark, New Jersey, after police chased him down, thinking he was an armed robbery suspect, his mother claims. ****SHARE**** ***SHARE EVERYWHERE*** >> Click here to watch the video Legend Preston can be seen crying in a video posted to his mother Patisha Solomon’s Facebook page Aug. ...

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer (Courtesy: Freemont News-Messenger)

Ohio sheriff accused of stealing drugs, tampering with records

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indicted on 43 counts involving drugs, theft and tampering with records following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office announced tonight. Overmyer, 42, is to be arraigned Wednesday. A county grand jury returned the ...

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