Texas man charged with putting wife’s body in SUV indicted

Texas man charged with putting wife’s body in SUV indicted


A Texas man who authorities say killed his wife and put her body in the hatchback of her SUV has been indicted on an aggravated-murder charge in central Ohio’s Richland County.

Thirty-five-year-old Dequalan Harris also faces charges of murder, endangering children and abuse of a corpse. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 31.

Prosecutors say Mansfield police went to a home in July on a well-being check for Tamara Harris after being contacted by Cedar Hill, Texas, police.

Cedar Hill officers said Harris had been reported missing and that her SUV’s onboard computer system indicated the vehicle was in Mansfield.

Harris told Mansfield officers he had not seen his wife since picking up a child at her Texas home several days earlier.

Harris’ attorney couldn’t be reached to comment Sunday.

Suspect in 4 slayings in Massachusetts will appear in court


A 22-year-old recent Oberlin College graduate and jazz drummer from Maine will face murder charges today in the slayings of four adults found at a Massachusetts home.

Orion Krause of Rockport, Maine, is scheduled for arraignment in Ayer District Court in connection with the deaths of an elderly man and woman and two middle-aged women in Groton, a town about 43 miles northwest of Boston, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said Sunday.

Town police found the man and two of the women dead inside the house and the other woman’s body outside Friday night. The victims have yet to be identified.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said the victims appeared to have died of blunt force trauma.

She called the situation “a tragic incident of family violence” but it’s unclear how Krause is related to the victims.

Toddler dies after apparently shooting self


Authorities are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who reportedly shot himself at a home in central Ohio.

Police in Franklin County’s Madison Township were called to a home around 9 a.m. Sunday for a boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a Columbus children’s hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the boy’s father told officers he keeps a loaded gun in the kitchen.

The father says the family was awakened by the sound of a gunshot and found the boy in the living room.

Police haven’t identified the boy or his parents.

Nature habitat planned above Ohio sewage tank


Developers plan to create a nature habitat above a 17-million-gallon sewage tank in northwest Ohio.

The Blade reports the Downtown Storage Basin site north of downtown Toledo will serve as a habitat for birds and butterflies once the tank is finished.

A bicycle and pedestrian trail will cross the habitat and an observation area has been proposed.

The $44 million tank is part of the Toledo Waterways Initiative, a program to decrease the amount of raw sewage flowing into local waterways by 80 percent.

Construction on the tank is expected to take three years. Portions of the project will require detours lasting as long as six months at four Toledo intersections while sewer pipe connections are modified.

Associated Press

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