Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

Mystery still remains in Pike County murders: 911 audio released

By Mark Carpenter – People’s Defender

Tragedy struck the communities of Pike and Adams County on Friday morning with the grisly discovery of eight bodies, all members of the same family, the Rhodens,  all murdered execution style on Union Hill Road near the Adams-Pike border.

As of early Saturday morning, there were still no arrest(s) made in the case and no possible motive released.

In two separate press conferences held on Friday, Pike County Sheriff Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed the eight murders in four different crime scenes, making the investigation more difficult and time-consuming.  The two also provided the information that there is the possibility of the suspect still being at large and warned citizens in the area to take the necessary precautions, also adding the possibility of there being more than one shooter.

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The Attorney General reported on Friday night that more than 30 people have been questioned by law enforcement, but no arrests have been made.

The Attorney General is requesting that anyone with information regarding the eight individuals found deceased to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office
at 740-947-2111.

As a precaution, all three schools in the Adams County/ Ohio Valley School District were placed in “lockout” mode for a short time on Friday.

“I was informed of a shooting nearby the school,” ACOVSD Superintendent Richard Seas told the Defender. “Little details were given to school personnel at the time. Thus, a lockout directive was given to each of the three school buildings.”

As of Saturday morning, no positive identification on the deceased has been released, only that there were seven adults and one juvenile killed.

Local news outlets are reporting that another possible update from law enforcement could come at noon on Saturday, but suspected that there will be little new information to report.

Follow the People’s Defender website and Facebook pages for more information as it becomes available and look for complete coverage in the April 27 issue.

Recordings of 911 calls are released

911 call recorded on April 22, 2016 at 7:49 a.m.

911 call recorded on April 22, 2016 at 1:26 p.m.

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