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Suspended Pike County Sheriff Fails to Qualify for Fall Ballot

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WAVERLY, Ohio (WOSU) — Pike County voters will choose a new sheriff this November, but one thing is certain—it will not be suspended sheriff Charles Reader. In a Facebook post Friday, Reader wrote that 22 of the signatures he collected to qualify for the ballot were rejected by elections officials. The Pike County Board of Elections confirmed… Read More

Unofficial Primary 2020 Results for Pike County

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Here are the unofficial results in Pike County for Ohio’s extended primary, according to the county Board of Elections. Only contested races are listed.    For Democratic presidential nominee: Joseph Biden received 945 votes, Bernie Sanders received 154 votes, Michael Bloomberg received 59 votes, Tulsi Gabbard received 16 votes, Elizabeth Warren received 33 votes, Amy… Read More

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Medical Supply Donation Program Established in Ross and Pike Counties

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (WOUB) — Businesses and community members in Ross and Pike counties now have several ways to help local health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. People can donate money, medical supplies or make homemade masks to support medical staff at Adena Health System. The Adena Health Foundation established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund… Read More

Charles Reader

New Criminal Charges Filed Against Suspended Ohio Sheriff

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WAVERLY, Ohio – A suspended Ohio sheriff has been indicted on multiple felony charges including a count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The Columbus Dispatch reports the grand jury charges filed Friday against suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader update a series of charges filed against him last year. The 18 new… Read More

The sun sets over the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, Ohio on May 6, 2019.  Earlier this week, a number of Pike County residents filed a lawsuit alleging more than 2,000 people are adversely affected by the release of radioactive materials from the plant.

Companies: Nix Lawsuit Over Contamination Near Piketon Uranium Plant

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Companies involved in work at a former uranium enrichment plant in Ohio say a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit alleging nearby residents were unknowingly exposed to radioactive contaminants that spread to other properties. Several residents sued the companies over contamination from the site of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant… Read More

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New Search Warrant Executed in Rhoden Family Murder Investigation

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio authorities have executed a new search warrant as part of an investigation into the 2016 killings of eight family members. The warrant targets the Flying W farm in southern Ohio owned by Fredericka Wagner, whose son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons are accused of killing eight members of the Rhoden family… Read More

Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Pike County is framed by the air quality monitor

Parts of Pike County to be Tested for Radiological Contaminants

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — A private company will test schools and homes near a former uranium enrichment plant in Ohio for radiological contaminants after trace amounts of enriched uranium were found at a nearby middle school over the summer. Pike County officials say North Canton-based Solutient Technologies will test schools, public and private properties and… Read More

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Relative to Have no Calls with Suspects in Rhoden Family Massacre

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A judge says the mother of a woman charged in a Pike County family’s slaying must stop talking with her jailed daughter and have no phone calls with her or three other relatives charged in the case. The mother, 66-year-old Rita Newcomb, isn’t charged in the 2016 slayings of eight people… Read More

Retired Chief to Serve as Interim Pike County Sheriff

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A retired police chief will serve as interim sheriff in a southern Ohio county. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 71-year-old Jim Nelson was selected Thursday night by the Pike County Democratic central committee. The retired Piketon chief will lead the department after Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader accepted suspension earlier this… Read More

Unofficial Primary Results for Pike County

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Unofficial results are in for Pike County after 8.55% of voters had their voices heard during Tuesday’s Primary Election. Debra Whaley secured the Democratic nomination for Village of Waverly Auditor, receiving 179 votes to Linda Murphy’s 58. Mary Ellen Cormany received 167 votes to win the Democratic nomination for the Council-at-Large seat in the Village… Read More

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Woman Charged in Pike County Massacre Probe Will Face Trial in July

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) – A judge has rejected a request to dismiss charges against a woman accused of lying to authorities investigating the killings of eight family members in Ohio. The ruling Thursday means 76-year-old Fredericka Wagner will remain on house arrest. The judge set her trial date for late July. Wagner’s son, daughter-in-law and… Read More

Last Of 4 Suspects Pleads Not Guilty In Ohio Family Slayings

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in southern Ohio days after his wife and two adult sons did the same. Forty-seven-year-old George “Billy” Wagner III acknowledged the 22 counts against him but said little else Tuesday in Pike County court. The… Read More