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What we know about the shootings in Pike County

What we know about the shootings in Pike County
dispatch.com — One or more shooters went into four homes in Pike County and shot eight members of the Rhoden family "execution-style" on April 22, authorities said. It appeared that most of the victims were sleeping when they were shot. There were three young children in the homes, and they were not shot.

911 calls describe horror of finding Pike County victims

911 calls describe horror of finding Pike County victims
dispatch.com — Two calls to 911 from Pike County show the horror and loss after eight family members were shot to death. At 7:49 a.m., a distraught and out-of-breath woman called 911 from 4077 Union Hill Road. "I think my brother-in-law's dead," she told dispatchers "Theres' blood all over the house.

Columbus Police will live-stream funeral for fallen officer as overflow crowds expected

Columbus Police will live-stream funeral for fallen officer as overflow crowds expected
dispatch.com — Columbus Police plan to live-stream the funeral of SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith this morning. St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church holds 1,600 people, and there is an overflow area for 1,300 more. Still, as officers pour in from around the country, police expect the crowd to be too big for the church.

Memorial fund established for family of fallen officer

Memorial fund established for family of fallen officer
dispatch.com — A memorial fund has been set up for donations to the family of Steven M. Smith, a Columbus SWAT officer who was shot Sunday. CME Federal Credit Union established the fund and made an initial donation of $500, according to the Fraternal Order of Police. Smith died Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities accuse two people of live-streaming sexual assault

Authorities accuse two people of live-streaming sexual assault
dispatch.com — Authorities say the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in Columbus was broadcast live on the video-streaming site Periscope. A Franklin County grand jury indicted Marina Alexveena Lonina, 18, and Raymond Boyd Gates, 29, in connection with the rape of Lonina's friend. Authorities say the victim and the two defendants were together Feb.

Twitter turns 10: See very first tweets from Urban Meyer, Taylor Swift

Twitter turns 10: See very first tweets from Urban Meyer, Taylor Swift
dispatch.com — Twitter turns 10 today. The social media giant that is famous for its brevity is celebrating a decade of 140-character posts. The company claims 320 million monthly active users who write in more than 35 languages. Many users have been on Twitter for years. But what were their first tweets?

Fleeing suspect runs out of gas, flags down police for ride

Fleeing suspect runs out of gas, flags down police for ride
dispatch.com — A thief running out of gas during a getaway might just be dumb luck. Asking a police officer for a ride? That might be just dumb. Store employees said a man walked into the Game On store at 3791 S. High St. on Wednesday and asked to see two Nintendo DS games.

Uber will bring puppies to your office Friday

Uber will bring puppies to your office Friday
dispatch.com — Need some puppy love? Uber will deliver them right to your Columbus office Friday. The car service is teaming up with the Capital Area Humane Society to brighten up people's workday and raise awareness of the dogs waiting to be adopted. Dogs will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Uber will bring puppies to your office Friday

Uber will bring puppies to your office Friday
dispatch.com — Need some puppy love? Uber will deliver puppies right to your Columbus office Friday. The car service is teaming up with the Capital Area Humane Society to brighten up people's workday and raise awareness of the dogs waiting to be adopted. Dogs will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fiesta Bowl | What Ohio State players are saying about the win over Notre Dame

Fiesta Bowl | What Ohio State players are saying about the win over Notre Dame
dispatch.com — As Buckeye Nation celebrated Ohio State's win over Notre Dame, the players were expressing themselves on Twitter. Shortly after the game ended with a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win, players were posting group photos and words of appreciation. Some players thanked God. Coaches expressed their admiration for the players.
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