Michigan Police Department Says Testing New “POPO” Cruiser Decals

The Bath Township Police Department in Michigan says it’s “testing” new graphics for officers’ cruisers that replaces “POLICE” with “POPO.”

According to policemag.com, Popo is slang for “police.” Originally coined by Southern California Asian gangs, now nationwide and thought to be of African-American derivation. Urban Dictionary says the term was derived from beach bike officer’s shirts, which read PO for “police officer.” Popo is also “grandmother” in Chinese American slang.

Bath Township official said in a Facebook post that the new skins are an effort to “connect with younger members of the community.” Continue reading

98-Year-Old Wadsworth Woman Found In Closet 17-Year-Old Nephew Under Arrest

Margaret Douglas, 98, was found dead inside her home and now a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in her death.

Douglas was reported missing from her home this month after a relative asked police to conduct a welfare check. The family member told police they had not been able to contact the senior for about four days. Ohio police later located the woman dead inside a closet under some articles of clothing.

After the initial call, officers did a walk-through of her home located on Portage Street Northwest, North Canton, OH, but didn’t see any evidence of foul play. Her body was found in a closet and was concealed with various items and clothing after another sweep of the home. According to a press release from Wadsworth police, the suspect was at a Cleveland area location when detectives learned of his involvement in her death on Monday. Continue reading

OH Mystery: “Zombie Raccoons” Stand On Back Feet, Bare Claws, Teeth, Fall Backward “Pass Out”

Just in: “Zombie-like” raccoons have invaded one Ohio city. Witnesses report the normally domicile creatures now taking on humans in the daytime. Reports detail baring of teeth, standing on back legs and unexpectedly falling backward in an apparent comatose state.

Authorities in Youngstown are stumped after responding to more than a dozen calls in recent weeks about the furry animals behaving badly in broad daylight, reports said Tuesday.

Robert Coggeshall was with his dogs outside his home last week when, he told the station, a raccoon headed toward them. He immediately rushed the dogs indoors and snapped photos of the furry creature. “He would stand up on his hind legs, which I’ve never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition,” Coggeshall recalled. Continue reading

Identified: Ohio Hampton Inn Employee Shot Dead Behind Counter [Photo]

Andrew Day has been named as the Hampton Inn employee killed in a shooting at Dayton/Fairborn hotel located at 2550 Paramount Place, Fairborn, OH.

A 911 call informed police of the fatal shooting of Day, 29, at the Hampton Inn hotel. He was later located dead behind the front counter.

“I think I heard gunshots,” the caller told police. “We just walked in the door…somebody shot the guy behind the counter.” The caller told dispatchers he was applying pressure to the victim’s wound while emergency crews responded to the scene. Continue reading

Ohio Man “Severen Clayborn” Shot Dead While Sleeping In Hilltop Home

Columbus police have identified Severen Clayborn as the second victim in a shooting that killed two people in the Hilltop, Ohio, Monday. He was 33.

Clayborn, who lived at 215 S Wayne Ave Columbus, OH, was shot dead in his bed after stray bullets hit him inside his home while he was likely sleeping, Police said.

The shootings happened around 9:30 a.m. When officers arrived on scene they found 17-year-old Quentin William Smith in an alley behind a home in the 100 block of South Wayne Avenue. He was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and was rushed to Mount Carmel West Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11:07 a.m. Police said Clayborn was found around 12:42 p.m. when investigators noticed several bullet holes on the outside of his home. They said they knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Police then broke down the door and found Clayborn dead. Continue reading

Video Emerges Of Confrontation Leading Up To Lorain Ohio Murder Suicide

Police say they have discovered video from a Lorain, OH, apartment building that shows the prelude to what turned out to be a fatal encounter between Kristen Malonowski, 24, and Jeffrey Shindler, 55. Police were eventually able to identify Shindler from the video, which has not yet been released to the public.

After collecting video evidence, police responded to the Shindler’s home in Amherst Township on Sunday to serve an arrest warrant for murder. Upon officers arrival, Shindler ran to his garage and was later found suffering from a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to police, Malonowski was fatally shot Shindler. Officers responded to an apartment building in the 4600 block of Oberlin Avenue late Saturday night for reports of shots fired. When officers arrived, police found Malinowski suffering from several gunshot wounds near the building. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading