Ohio News Briefs


Ohio judge sentences teens to write a book report

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge hoping to send a message has sentenced two teenagers to jail time — and a five-page book report.

Stark County Judge Frank Forchione sentenced Jonas Rohr and Kyle Bodager, both 19-years-old, to read either a book about World War II or the Vietnam War and write a report Monday.

Police say the two teens and another juvenile were shooting during target practice last fall when a stray bullet struck a man mowing his lawn.

The man was hit in the face, but he is expected to be OK.

Rohr and Bodager have been convicted of discharging a firearm near prohibited premises.

Forchione tells WJW-TV he wanted to teach the teens to make better judgments so they won’t be back in his courtroom.

Suspect in 5 slayings indicted and held on $75 million bond

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged with killing five people in Ohio has been indicted on aggravated murder charges in the deaths of a mother and her two college-age daughters.

George Brinkman Jr. has been charged in the deaths of Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer. Their bodies were found June 11 at their home in North Royalton, a suburb south of Cleveland.

Brinkman was indicted Tuesday on charges that include aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and offenses against a human corpse.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office tells Cleveland.com it will be seeking the death penalty.

Brinkman is also facing murder charges in Stark County in the deaths of 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John.

He is being held on $75 million bond.