Ohio roundup

OSU: 83 students used app to cheat

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University has accused 83 undergraduate students of cheating on classwork using a group messaging app.

The school says the students violated the code of conduct for “unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments.”

A university spokesman says the use of group messaging apps is permitted, but is subject to the same rules as any other communication.

The university’s Committee on Academic Misconduct investigated after a professor in the business school reported the allegations in April.

Potential penalties range from warnings to expulsion.

Forklift operator crushed by machine days before wedding

COLUMBUS– Fire officials say an Ohio man died when a forklift he was operating tipped over on him just days before his wedding.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 51-year-old James Saffell was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Thursday afternoon at a Thrift Stores of Ohio warehouse in Columbus.

A man at the scene who said he was Saffell’s brother told the newspaper that the Columbus resident was supposed to get married this weekend to his longtime girlfriend.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Police hope to stop thieves with GPS-tagged items

CUYAHOGA FALLS — An Ohio city is testing a new program that involves slipping GPS trackers into various objects, such as purses and packages, and monitoring them for potential thieves.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Cuyahoga Falls police officers will monitor the trackers nearby on a cellphone app. The app makes a noise when the tagged item is moved.

Democratic Mayor Don Walters says he was inspired by the program’s success in other cities around the country. Walters says he and Police Chief Jack Davis hope awareness of the program will stop people from stealing in the first place.

Davis says the program does not qualify as entrapment since no one is specifically targeted and no one is encouraged to steal the items.

He says the devices will be used year-round.

Police: 3 dead after apparent slayings, suicide

CINCINNATI — Police say it appears that two people have been fatally shot and a third has committed suicide at a home in Cincinnati.

The shootings were reported late Thursday by a relative who found the bodies and called 911.

Police have described them as a woman in her 50s and a man and a woman in their 30s. All three reportedly are related to each other.

No further details have been released.