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Bellar Case Raises Questions About Possible ‘Systematic Failure’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It took a long, angry post on Facebook to trigger a full investigation into allegations of sexual abuse within an Athens-area family. The post, made last month by a girl who had been hiding from her family for a year, accomplished what three previous reports made through official channels had not…. Read More

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Law Enforcement Investigating Whether Facebook Post Is From Missing Girl

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(UPDATE 4/28/21 1:22 p.m.) Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn on Wednesday confirmed the Facebook post from Monday was made by Serah Bellar. _____________________________________ ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County law enforcement are investigating a Facebook post by someone who says she is an Amesville teenager who went missing a year ago. The Facebook post was… Read More

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Two Area Youth Organizations Receive Grants from Law Enforcement

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Two local organizations are recipients of grants provided by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. In separate news releases, it was announced that both the prosecutor’s office and sheriff’s office would present grants of $250 to the Trimble Tomcat Bridgebuilders while the prosecutor’s office will also donate $1,000 to Big… Read More

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Athens Man Has Judicial Release Denied

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An Athens man sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing an Ohio University student has been denied a chance of early judicial release. Nicholas Dowler, 26, appeared in Athens County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday after applying for judicial release from a prison sentence. The sentence stemmed from guilty pleas to charges of robbery,… Read More