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Charles Reader

Former Pike County Sheriff Gets 3 Years Prison For Theft

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former Pike County sheriff who rose to prominence for the investigation of the execution-style slayings of eight family members was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for theft in office and other charges. Charles Reader, 47, sobbed and begged Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove for mercy during his sentencing… Read More

Sen. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester)

Senators Urge Creation Of State Commission To Combat Violence Against Asian Americans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A shooting spree in Georgia left eight people dead, most of whom are of Asian descent. Leaders in Ohio say this is just the latest example of the uptick in violent acts occurring against Asian American and Pacific Islanders since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and legislators say they… Read More

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Former Nelsonville Deputy Auditor Indicted On Additional Theft And Corruption Charges

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – The former deputy auditor in Nelsonville pleaded not guilty to new felony charges related to theft while in office after previously pleading guilty to similar charges. Stephanie Wilson, 47, of Stewart, was arraigned Thursday in Athens County Common Pleas Court after being indicted on a felony charge of engaging in a pattern… Read More

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent rioters supporting President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington.

Former Parkersburg City Councilman Charged In Jan. 6 Attack On U.S. Capitol

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Updated Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WVPB) — A third West Virginian has been charged and arrested for taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Former Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon in the Southern District of West Virginia for an initial… Read More

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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Improper Shipping Of Nuclear Waste

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste at an Estill County landfill has pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges of shipping the waste without the proper labeling. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cory David Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up… Read More

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Report: Ohio Lawmakers Still Propose Too Many Crime Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report finds that nearly one of every 10 bills introduced by Ohio lawmakers during the last legislative session were criminal justice-related and at odds with efforts to reduce the state’s prison population. The American Civil Liberties Union Ohio chapter conducted the review, part of an ongoing analysis. The “Statehouse to… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talked to reporters on September 1, 2020, after returning to the House for the first time since his July arrest in a $61 million bribery scheme.

Another Plea Deal In Householder/Nuclear Bailout Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s another plea deal in the federal corruption case involving Republican former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party and a utility widely believed to be FirstEnergy. That case has been called the largest bribery scandal in state history. The dark money… Read More

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Law Enforcement Jockeying For Jail Space During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Local residents have been venting their frustrations on the Nelsonville Police Department’s Facebook page as people arrested for crimes are turned loose because the jail cannot take them. “What’s the point when they’re just released and then trusted to appear in court,” reads one comment. “Makes my damn blood boil,” reads… Read More

Tourists arrive to visit the U.S. Capitol on a rainy morning in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

W. Va. Man Arrested Near U.S. Capitol After Gun Found In His Vehicle Pleads Not Guilty, Released

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Updated Thursday, Jan. 29, 2021 at 1:00 a.m. WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVPB) — A 71-year-old West Virginia man was arrested Wednesday outside of the U.S. Capitol after a gun and 20 rounds of ammunition was found in his vehicle. U.S. Capitol Police arrested Dennis Westover of South Charleston, West Virginia and charged him with carrying a… Read More

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Elizabeth Jo Shirley. Shirley was sentenced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, to more than eight years in federal prison for unlawfully retaining a document containing national defense information and three years for committing international parental kidnapping. Prosecutors said that Shirley, who previously served in the Air Force, planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government.

W. Va. Woman Sentenced In Scheme To Offer Information To Russia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty last year to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental… Read More

The vehicle driven by one of the SHARK members, forced off the road and crashed into a ditch.

Driven Off The Road And Assaulted: Animal Rights Group Confronts Alleged Cockfighting In Southeastern Ohio

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Members of an Illinois-based animal protection group say one of their members was assaulted and another was driven off the road recently after confronting a suspected cockfighting event in southeastern Ohio. Animal rights activist Steve Hindi said his group Showing Animals Respect & Kindness, or SHARK, received a tip from… Read More

West Virginia House of Delegates member Derrick Evans, left, is given the oath of office Dec. 14, 2020, in the House chamber at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Evans recorded video of himself and fellow supporters of President Donald Trump storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 prompting calls for his resignation and thousands of signatures on an online petition advocating his removal.

Lawmaker Resigns From West Virginia House After Being Charged For His Role In U.S. Capitol Insurrection

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WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WVPB) — Derrick Evans, a newly elected West Virginia state lawmaker, has resigned before serving a single day in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The 35-year-old from Wayne County was one of hundreds of pro-Trump extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol and disrupted Congress during the certification of state election results… Read More

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Marietta Doctor Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Illegally Distributing Opioids

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Marietta doctor was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday to eight years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids and other controlled substances and defrauding health care programs. A federal jury convicted Roger D. Anderson, 66, last March on one count of conspiring to distribute controlled substances, eight counts of illegal dispensing of… Read More

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Local Surge In Catalytic Converter Thefts Reflects National Trend

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Pat Gryszka arrived at his shop on a Monday morning in mid-September to find he’d become the latest victim of a recent crime ring. Gryszka and his brother own Athens Transmission. His brother had just taken a pickup truck the shop repaired on Friday for a test drive. Something was wrong. The… Read More

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Teen Admits Pushing Log, Striking And Killing Woman At State Park

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LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A teenager has admitted helping to push a log off a cliff that struck and killed a married mother of four who was taking photographs at an Ohio state park. Jaden Churchheus pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 44-year-old Victoria Schafer. Under terms of a plea agreement,… Read More