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Scariest places in Ohio have haunted, chilling histories and creepy ghosts

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 7:50 PM

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Ohio doesn’t have a lock on scary places. Every state has its share of tragedies, horrors and hauntings, but Ohio does have some of the creepiest places on record and enough ghost stories to last a lifetime.

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Here are the top five scariest places in the Buckeye State that will terrify even the bravest of souls.
1-Ohio State Reformatory 
Mansfield, Ohio
This Gothic structure is now a state historical site and offers guided tours, including ghost hunts, to interested visitors. It was also the location for the classic film “The Shawshank Redemption,” and hosts an annual Halloween event called Blood Prison, but all it takes is just one look at the place and it’s easy to tell it has to be one of the scariest places in Ohio.

A photo of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1911 .(ullstein bild Dtl./ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Workers laid the cornerstone on what was known as an intermediate prison, between the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster and the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, for nonviolent offenders on Nov. 4, 1886, according to the Mansfield News Journal. The building was used as an operational prison for 94 years, until 1981, and during that time there was a good deal of violence, death and disease. It’s not surprising in the least to find out that the place is haunted. Visitors have reported seeing shadows, hearing strange noises and conversations, and experiencing feelings of anger, dread and sadness.

A guard at the Reformatory is photographed in 1911 with the tiers of cell blocks shown over his head and the cavernous prison stretching out behind him. (ullstein bild Dtl./ullstein bild via Getty Images)

In 1948, the reformatory’s farm boss, his wife and his daughter were kidnapped and killed by two enraged parolees outside the prison’s walls, according to the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, but the building itself is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of Arthur Lewis Glattke, the superintendent at the prison from 1935 until 1959, and his wife, Helen. The warden’s wife died from an accidental shooting and several years later the warden died from a heart attack according to the Preservation Society. The couple’s disembodied voices have been heard in the prison’s old superintendent’s office.
A 14-year-old boy is also believed to haunt the basement, where he was reportedly beaten to death, according to the website Mysterious Heartland.
2-Lorain Palace Theater
Lorain, Ohio
The Lorain Palace Theater opened in 1928 in Lorain, Ohio, near Cleveland. It seats just over 1,700 guests and was the first movie theater in the state to show talking pictures, according to the theater’s website.
Dave Hensley, a paranormal researcher and the founder of EVP Mediums, told The Chronicle-Telegram after investigating the Palace that there are so many spirits there, he couldn’t even count them all.
“We got a name from a gentleman named Ed, who said he worked at the shipyard. That’s profound because the shipyard was directly behind the Palace. He claimed that he was murdered, pushed down stairs,” Hensley said.
“There was a spirit who said he died of heroin. And we had spirits that were killed in the 1924 tornado that hit Lorain. That was pretty emotional. One of them said, ‘My body flew,’” Henslet told the Chronicle.

A view from the stage of the historic, and some say haunted, Lorain Palace Theater in Lorain, Ohio.(Lorain Palace Theater)

The theater’s operations director told the newspaper most people in the area probably know about the ghosts and spirits that roam the Palace’s hallways.
“I think everybody in Lorain County has been privy to the rumors of the unexplained activity in the Lorain Palace Theater,” Chris Pataky said.
In fact, a documentary on the haunted theater, called “Ghosts of the Palace,” is scheduled to debut at the movie house this weekend.

3-The Ceely Rose House at Malabar Farm
Lucas, Ohio
The Ceely Rose House is located on land that is now part of Malabar Farm State Park in Richland County near Lucas, Ohio. It is still a working farm and its history dates back more than 100 years, before the state owned the land, to a time when a crime of such great horror and tragedy forever scarred the place where it occurred and created what some consider one of the most haunted places in the state.

The Ceely Rose House, named after a teenage killer who once lived there, is a little white house not too far from the main farmhouse at the park and what happened there in 1896 still scares many visitors today.
Ceely Rose reportedly confessed to a neighbor what she did to her family. When a boy she had a crush on and wanted to marry told her that her family didn’t want them to wed, Ceely poisoned her family “by soaking flypaper in water and then secretly pouring the arsenic-laced water over the cottage cheese she served them,” according to Ohio State Park News. Her mother, Rebecca Rose; her father, David Rose; and her brother, Walter Rose; were all dead within weeks. She was committed to a mental institution until her death at the age of 83.

The Ceely Rose House at Malabar Farm in Ohio’s Pleasant Valley region is said to be haunted with the ghost of the teenage family killer.(Richland Source)

Some visitors swear Ceely is still lurking in the house. They’ve reported hearing ghostly voices or seeing a young woman roaming through the hallways or glimpsing someone at a window.

4- Stivers School for the Arts
Dayton, Ohio

The Stivers School for the Arts is a magnet school in the Dayton Public Schools district with some 900 students in grades seventh through 12. The school began operations in 1908, but its haunted history seems to stem from a mysterious murder that happened in the school’s basement pool in the 1920s.

According to the online magazine Dayton Most Metro, a teacher named Mary Tyler  was found dead in the pool with a locket in one hand and a broken pointer in the other. The teacher was reportedly involved with a senior student at the time of her death. He disappeared after her body was found and was never seen again.
Officials believe the unnamed student tore his picture out of the teacher’s locket, so no one would suspect him, according to writer Julianne Heisler.
The school eventually covered over the pool, building a classroom on top of it. A trapdoor still leads down into the pool, which is used for storage now, Heisler said, but it seems Mary Tyler never left.
Students and maintenace staff have “reported Tyler’s ghostly figure levitating in the abandoned pool and floating about the lower levels and the network of tunnels buried underneath the school, banging on pipes and wailing loudly wherever she goes,” Dayton Most Metro reported.

Students have also reported odd occurrances in the classroom built over the pool, including disappearing objects, changes in temperature and flickering lights, according to a story by
Local writer Karen Laven said she sensed something strange when she visited Stivers. “Stivers gave off a distinctly weird vibe, and not only when I was looking down into the bowels of the old swimming pool where Mary was found dead, but throughout the school,” Laven reported.
Local paranormal experts have said sightings happen frequently at Stivers


5-The House of Wills
Cleveland, Ohio
The House of Wills is said to be haunted and, with the historic 34-room mansion’s long and storied history, it’s easy to see why.

A photo of the House of Wills in Cleveland, Ohio, in recent years. The 34-room mansion is thought to be haunted by many ghosts and spirits.(Christopher Busta-Peck [CC BY-SA 1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

It was built in 1898 by the Germania Turnverein Social Club, according to the website of the current owner, Cleveland artist Eric Freeman. By 1912, it was turned into the Hospital for Immigrants and by 1920 it housed the Cleveland Hebrew Institute, until 1938. Prominent African-American entrepreneur and businessman John Walker Wills bought the property in 1942 to use as the location for his second funeral parlor.
Wills died in the home in 1971 and his family sold it in 2005. The home fell into disrepair until Freeman bought it in 2010 and started the challenging work of restoring and renovating the property.
Freeman said on his website that Wills is believed to be one of many ghosts that haunt the house, and on his Facebook page he posted a scary electronic voice phenomena, or EVP, recording from the house of what sounds like dozens of spirits from beyond trying to be heard by the living. 

“Paranormal investigators and visitors claim to have seen shadowy figures moving silently from room to room before vanishing suddenly, along with a spectral man in a suit who stalks visitors throughout the building,” according to the website A swirling mist has also been seen in the old casket room and visitors have claimed to hear voices, the website said.
The old funeral home was available on Airbnb, according to, which said for $200 a night guests get access to the entire house, including a large auditorium and various gathering rooms, but guests should be warned there was no electricity or running water.


Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

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You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact.

From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter.

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We separate fact from fiction with the following five winter health myths:

Cold weather can make you get sick.

Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since you'll certainly be more comfortable and protected from frostbite. But cold by itself doesn't make you more likely to get sick, according to The Weather Channel. Most experts think we're more likely to get sick in colder months, but that's because we're all cooped up together, exchanging germs. Cold weather also dries out your nasal passages, reducing their ability to filter out infections. Despite evidence to the contrary, moms will probably keep warning their kids to bundle up. It's what they do.

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You lose 90 percent of your body heat through your head.

Of all your body parts, your head is more likely to be exposed in cold weather. But that doesn't mean the myth about losing 90 percent of your body heat through your head is true, according to Business Insider. Sure, wearing a hat in cold weather will help you stay warm, but that's just because you're covering an exposed body part, not because there's anything special about your head. You could cover up any other exposed body part and also feel warmer.

You don't need sunscreen in the winter.

If you think you only need sunscreen in hotter weather, you've probably packed your lotion away by the time winter comes around. But even when the weather's overcast in the winter, up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can still penetrate the clouds, according to Reader's digest.

UVA rays are always present - even in winter - and they can damage the deeper layers of your skin, increasing your risk for skin cancer and causing premature aging of your skin. And if you're planning a ski trip, you should be even more careful. UV radiation increases with elevation, and snow reflects and intensifies sunlight. So whatever the season, wearing sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF is the safest way to go.

Feed a cold, starve a fever.

The origin of this myth may be rooted in antiquated beliefs about colds and fevers, according to CNN. It was once believed that your body literally became colder if you had a cold, so it needed to be "warmed up" with food. Fever was thought to need "cooling down" by not eating.

In reality, you need to eat whether you have a cold or a fever. Good, nutritious foods are important, but it's OK if your illness suppresses your appetite a little. Staying hydrated is most important, especially if you have a fever. You may need to replenish electrolytes, so sports drinks can be a good choice. Good ol' chicken soup will keep you hydrated while also helping to clear your nasal passages.

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The flu shot can give you the flu.

This isn't true, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). Flu shots are made with either an inactive form of the virus or no flu virus at all. Neither type can give you the flu. You may have a sore arm after getting a flu shot and some people report having a low-grade fever and aches for a day or two, but it's not the flu.

On the other hand, you may still get the flu even if you've had a flu shot, but the odds of getting it are much lower and, if you do get the flu, the symptoms will likely be less severe.

Betsy DeVos: Common Core is dead at U.S. Department of Education

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.”

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She announced the death of Common Core, at least in her federal agency.

DeVos also decried the federal government’s initiatives to improve education. “We saw two presidents from different political parties and philosophies take two different approaches. Federally mandated assessments. Federal money. Federal standards. All originated in Washington, and none solved the problem. Too many of America’s students are still unprepared,” she said.

And she touched on a favorite topic, school choice.

“Choice in education is not when a student picks a different classroom in this building or that building, uses this voucher or that tax-credit scholarship. Choice in education is bigger than that. Those are just mechanisms,” she said. “It’s about freedom to learn. Freedom to learn differently. Freedom to explore. Freedom to fail, to learn from falling and to get back up and try again. It’s freedom to find the best way to learn and grow… to find the exciting and engaging combination that unlocks individual potential.”

Baby found abandoned on airport bathroom changing table

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

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Authorities are trying to find the person who abandoned a baby in an airport bathroom. 

Police at Tucson International Airport are now combing through surveillance footage, trying to find out who left the a newborn baby boy on a woman’s bathroom changing table Sunday, AZCentral reported.

Not only are they trying to find the mother of the baby to find out what happened, but also to find out if she needs help.

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The newborn was only hours old and was in good health, Tucson Police spokeswoman Jessie Butler told AZCentral.

The baby was clean and swaddled, KMSB reported.

Arizona is a state that offers Safe Haven for babies, meaning they can be dropped off at specific locations like staffed fire stations, hospitals and churches. Parents can be anonymous but they have to answer questions about the baby and its health, KMSB reported. According to the Safe Haven law, babies can be up to three days old.

Since the program started in 2001, 40 babies have been taken in by Safe Haven, KMSB reported.

An airport is not listed among the legal locations, but there was a fire station nearby, AZCentral reported.

If found, the mother could face charges after police investigate why she left the baby.

Doctor arrested for showing up for surgery inebriated, police say

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

Kentucky Surgeon Arrested For Arriving To Work Drunk

A plastic surgeon showed up for surgery Monday while intoxicated and was arrested, according to police. 

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Dr. Theodore Gerstle was confronted by the chief medical officer at Baptist Health Lexington and then left the hospital on foot, according to WKYT

Police were then called and took Gerstle into custody. Gerstle was charged with public intoxication.

“Patient safety is always our number one concern,” Ruth Ann Childers, hopsital spokeswoman, told WKYT. “This will be thoroughly investigated.”