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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

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