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Autistic boy reported missing north of Logan County is found deceased 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:24 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Samuel Rowold was reported missing from his home in Ada, Ohio, about 85 miles north of Dayton, Friday afternoon. His body was found near his home just hours later.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 26):

An extensive search began following the report just after 3 p.m. Friday that a 13-year-old autistic boy was missing from his home on Township Road 55 near Ada, Ohio, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

Samuel Rowold was identified as non-verbal and believed to be wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants and was shoeless when he went missing, deputies said.

Divers discovered his body around 7 p.m. in a nearby pond, approximately 20 feet from shore.

The search for Samuel involved numerous law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS and helicopters from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and LifeFlight; the Hardin County Joint Dive Team; and friends, family and neighbors.

UPDATE @ 9:02 p.m.: The boy was recovered from a pond a short distance from his residence, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page. 

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m.: Samuel Rowold, an autistic boy listed as endangered missing in Hardin County, has been located deceased, according to the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse, with the state attorney general’s office.

No details have been given about the circumstances of the boy’s death. 

We are working to find out more about what happened to Samuel.


The public is asked to help find a missing 13-year-old boy described as autistic and non-verbal who wandered away this afternoon shoeless.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office issued an endangered missing child advisory to help find Samuel Rowold.

Samuel is described as friendly and answers to Sam, stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds with black hair in a buzz cut and brown eyes, according to the sheriff’s office.

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He is of Filipino descent and was last seen about 2:30 p.m. on 726 Township Road 55 in Hardin County.

He was wearing a blue jacket, blue T-shirt with the faded letters EMS or an EMS logo on it and blue jeans.

This is not an Amber Alert, but Samuel is believed to be in danger, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 419-673-1268.

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New Miss Ohio crowned after third time in competition 

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Miss Maple City Matti-Lynn Chrisman of Cambridge was crowned this year's Miss Ohio Saturday, earning her spot to compete in the Miss America pageant in September. 

The 22- year-old captured the crown on her third time competing at Miss Ohio. Chrisman also competed three times as a teenager in the Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen program. 

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“I felt so at peace all week,” Chrisman said while addressing reporters for the first time after her win. 

She won the talent preliminary earlier in the week singing "Life of the Party" from the Broadway musical Wild Party, saying the song captures her fun personality on stage. 

A Kent State University graduate with a degree in musical theater, Chrisman participated in multiple university theatre productions and sang in several ensemble and acapella groups. 

This year's Miss Ohio Matti-Lynn Chrisman poses on stage with runner-ups.(MISS OHIO ORGANIZATION)

The first year of her local title was spent working on her personal platform "Pain Isn't Always Obvious," focusing on ending the stigma on mental health and suicide prevention. 

Chrisman received a $10,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Natalie Ruth Plank Memorial Fund, as well as a 2017 Chevy Cruze, donated by Graham Chevrolet. Chrisman also won the Paul Herlihy Spirit award for a returning contestant. 

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First runner-up, Madeline Carter, 21, of Berea, won a $4,000 scholarship. Second runner-up, Hannah Zimmerman, 23, of Circleville, won a $3,500 scholarship. Third runner-up, Mara Mason, 21, of Columbus, won a $3,000 scholarship. All non-finalists took home a $600 scholarship. Miss Ohio awarded more than $46,000 in scholarships this year. 

The Miss Ohio Organization is an official state preliminary competition to the Miss America Organization. 

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Ohioans against increased tariffs on Canada, Mexico; split on China, poll says

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

China Set to Impose New Tariffs on US Products China is adding tariffs on meat, fruit, wine and other goods from the United States. The move comes in response to taxes on imported steel and aluminium approved by President Trump. The new tariffs are to begin on Monday, the Chinese Finance Ministry said. Beijing increased the tariff rate on pork by 25 percent and 15 percent on 120 other U.S. goods.

A new survey shows Ohio voters oppose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union while they are equally divided on tariffs on Chinese goods if those duties raise the cost of consumer goods.

The poll, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, suggest Ohio voters are more wary of tariffs and protectionist policies by the federal government than many political analysts believe.

By a difference of 45 percent to 35 percent, Ohio voters oppose the new 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imposed last month by President Donald Trump.

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That opposition increases to 57 percent if the steel and aluminum tariffs lead to higher prices. Economists have argued that tariffs on steel and aluminum will raise the price of a broad array of consumer products from cars, trucks, and washing machines.

“Despite Ohio’s reputation as a blue-collar bastion, Buckeye state voters overall are not supportive of increasing tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States from foreign lands,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

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The polls shows 55 percent of Ohio voters favor tariffs on Chinese imports, but when asked if they would back those tariffs “raised the costs of goods that you buy,” support plummets to 46 percent while 46 percent would oppose the tariffs.

The poll of 1,082 Ohio voters was conducted by landline telephones and cell phones from June 7 through Tuesday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.

The poll also showed that 76 percent of Ohio voters favor allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain while 51 percent of voters want to retain the 2010 health law known as Obamacare.

Those numbers suggest that Republican officeholders are at odds with voters in Ohio. Republicans have been cool to overhauling immigration laws and a sizable majority oppose Obamacare.

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Ex-Indiana officer criminally charged in the death of his police dog

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:35 AM

Clint Ellis/Contributed Photo, WCPO-TV
Clint Ellis/Contributed Photo, WCPO-TV

A former Laurel, Indiana reserve police officer has been criminally charged following the death of his K-9, according to a WISH-TV report in Indianapolis. 

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Clint Ellis, 34, was charged earlier this month with striking or interfering with a law enforcement animal, a felony, and misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal in connection to his K-9 Blade, who died on News Year’s Day, the station reports. 

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Court documents allege friends of Ellis saw Blade lying in his own waste, dead in his cage on New Year’s Day in January. Those friends added Blade lost a significant amount of weight since Ellis got the dog in August, the station reports. 

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After Blade’s death, Laurel police posted on their Facebook page the police dog became sick while in his handler’s care and died. However, that post has since been deleted, according to WISH-TV. 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources investigated the dog’s death and sent Blade’s body to Purdue University for a necropsy. The necropsy found Blade died from an intestinal foreign body and emaciation, the station reports.  

This is not the first time Ellis has faced criminal charges in 2018. In February, he was charged with two theft charges while he was still with the Laurel Police Department. 

A fellow Laural police reserve officer contacted the Indiana State Police in January after receiving a stolen handgun as a gift from Ellis, the station reports. Police and court documents indicate Ellis seized four handguns, including the one he later gave as a gift, after executing a search warrant in November. 

Ellis allegedly didn’t put the one gun into evidence and kept it in his possession until he gave it to the other officer as a gift, according to WISH-TV. 

The investigation also found Ellis obtained $2,500 from the city to conduct drug investigations, but the money was never used for its intended purpose and he could not account for it. 

Ellis was “relieved of his position” with the department in January.

The Laurel Police Department was Ellis’ third department as an office. He started with Liberty, Indiana police and was let go in 2011. However the department didn’t specify to WISH-TV why he was let go.

Ellis was then hired by the Carthage Police Department but he was kicked out of the police academy for unauthorized computer use, the station reports. 

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Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own.

A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor.

Fifty-seven percent of Democrats give Kasich the thumbs up and 52 percent of them would like to see Kasich make another run for president in 2020.

Meanwhile, nearly three in four Republicans say they don’t want him to run for president in 2020.

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Kasich was the last Republican candidate to drop out of the race against Donald Trump in the Republican primary in 2016.

Rumors have swirled since that Kasich may run again as a Republican in 2020. Kasich says he is unlikely to challenge President Trump as an independent, but hasn’t ruled it out.

It’s unlikely, but when you have options on the table, all options are on the table, right?” Kasich said in an interview with CNN.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted June 7 to June 12, contacted 1,082 Ohio voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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