Ohio police officer pens emotional plea to speeders after ticketing teen for driving 100 mph

An Ohio police officer told a teenager "you're welcome" in an open letter on Facebook Sunday after issuing the 18-year-old a speeding ticket on State Route 10. And the cop hopes other lead-footed drivers will take note. When the officer — who was not identified in the post — with the North Ridgeville Police Department pulled the teenager … Continue reading “Ohio police officer pens emotional plea to speeders after ticketing teen for driving 100 mph”

An Ohio police officer told a teenager "you're welcome" in an open letter on Facebook Sunday after issuing the 18-year-old a speeding ticket on State Route 10. And the cop hopes other lead-footed drivers will take note.

When the officer — who was not identified in the post — with the North Ridgeville Police Department pulled the teenager over for speeding, the driver claimed to not realize how fast he or she was going. But the officer immediately knew that wasn't true. In fact, the official said it should be pretty obvious you're speeding when you hit 100 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone.

"You may not realize when you’re doing 45 in a 35 but you are fully aware of every mile per hour at 100. You realize it with every bump you hit. You realize it as you pass cars so fast the wind moves your car. You realize it every time you drift over the line and when you move the wheel the car reacts a lot quicker than you’re used to. You absolutely realized it," the officer wrote.

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The officer said the teen was just "minutes away" from causing a Christmas tragedy, potentially harming him or herself as well as others on the road. It was clear the teen was upset — "visibly shaking and breathing hard" — after being pulled over by the patrol car, but that wasn't the right reason to panic, the cop added.

"Sometimes you’re the innocent person hit by someone with no regard for anyone else and sometimes you’re the one with no regard for anyone else. Today you were the latter."

— North Ridgeville Police Department officer

"You should have been scared that you were trying to kill yourself. I know you’re invincible. I know that you can’t even fathom your own death," the officer continued. "I can tell you dozens of stories of dead and broken 18-year-old bodies that I’ve pulled from cars. Broken bodies that I’ve found in front yards after crashes. Unrecognizable bodies. They thought they were invincible too. They weren’t."

In the lengthy letter, the officer pleads with the teenager to think about his or her parents or guardians in the future, explaining how they would be devastated if anything happened to their child.

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"Sometimes you’re the innocent person hit by someone with no regard for anyone else and sometimes you’re the one with no regard for anyone else. Today you were the latter," the official added.

At the end of the note, the officer admitted the 18-year-old appeared to be a "nice kid who made a bad decision," though the cop added the ticketed was warranted.

"I don’t feel bad about this ticket at all. In fact, I’m proud of it. I hope you’re paying it off for months and with every payment you think about how it wasn’t worth it. I hope you slow down," the note continues, adding once again a reminder that no one is invincible.

The Facebook post has been shared by more than 78,000 people and received 6,000 comments as of Monday afternoon. The majority of users thanked the police department for the emotional reminder.

"We have some outstanding cops," one Facebook user replied.

"Thank you mr. Officer you could not say it no better way only if the kids realize what damage they can do the other people God bless you and your family," another echoed.

"Thank you for stopping him. Job well done," a man responded.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

Website apologizes after jokes about women held as sex slaves in holiday-theme post

A website promoting events in Cleveland apologized for its “inexcusable and inappropriate” holiday-themed Facebook post that referenced three women who were kidnapped and held captive as sex slaves for a decade.

“It is never OK to make light of such serious issues, and I take full and personal responsibility for this post ever being published,” CoolCleveland publisher Thomas Mulready wrote in a statement. “We apologize to anyone who may have read this egregious post, to victims and survivors, and to the community of Cleveland. When we started CoolCleveland over 16 years ago, it was to help and support the cool events, cool people and cool venues in our region, not to cause further harm and pain.”

In a since-deleted post, the website promoted a “gingerbread construction zone” event at the TownHall restaurant on Thursday — by noting the recent housing crisis and then jokingly referencing the infamous “House of Horrors” case that rocked the local community in 2013.

“Many end up becoming dens for cracker addicts,” the post continued. “In one notorious case, three missing gingerbread women were found held as gingerbread sex slaves for 10 years, while gingerbread police remained baffled … But there is a solution!”

The post was a clear reference to victims Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — the three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive in the monster’s Cleveland home before their daring escape.

Read more at the New York Post.

Ohio woman was in contact with killer Dylann Roof while planning ‘upscale mass murder,’ officials say

An Ohio woman, one of two people accused on Monday of planning mass murders, was in contact with the racist gunman who shot up a South Carolina church and killed nine people in 2015, authorities said.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, of Toledo, was one of two people arrested in domestic terrorism-related cases, the FBI announced. Lecron was arrested with 21-year-old Damon Joseph, of Holland.

Officials said Lecron posted many photos and comments on social media that glorified mass shooters, including Dylann Roof, who opened fire during a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., leaving nine people dead.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, of Toledo was arrested on charges of plotting a violent attack. (Lucas County Sheriff’s Office)

Lecron had exchanged letters with Roof while he was in federal prison in Indiana, the FBI said. She was one of four people who Roof communicated with while he was locked up, according to Cleveland.com. She also idolized the Columbine High School shooters, authorities said.

The FBI said investigators found an AK-47, shotgun, handguns, ammunition and hand-caps, which are used to make pipe bombs, in her apartment. Authorities said she planned to attack a bar in Toledo and meet up with other anarchists and free animals from a farm. Her attack was described as “an upscale mass murder,” according to Cleveland.com.

Joseph was arrested in a plot to attack a Toledo synagogue, authorities said. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Authorities said Joseph converted to Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State earlier this year. He expressed his distaste with “gays, Christians, Catholics and Jews” and thought the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack got what they deserved, the FBI said.

Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio, allegedly planned attacks against Toledo synagogues. He is described as an ISIS sympathizer who made videos to try to recruit others to his cause. (Lucas County Sheriff’s Office)

Lecron faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Joseph faces 20 years in prison if he’s convicted.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Ohio house fire leaves 5 children dead, officials say

Five children were killed late Sunday in a house fire in Ohio, officials said.

The Youngstown house caught fire at around 11:30 p.m., according to WFMJ, and an investigation into the deadly blaze was underway Monday. Fire crews arrived on the scene after a neighbor called 911.

The mother of the children jumped from a window to escape the blaze and told firefighters that five children were still inside the home, sources told WFMJ. Rescuers were able to get three of the five children out of the home and they were later transferred to a hospital with their mother. But the three children later died from injuries sustained in the fire, the station reported.

Two of the children were 1-year-old twins and the other three were ages 2, 3, 9, Youngstown Fire Investigator Capt. Kurt Wright said, according to The Vindicator. The mother was reportedly still recovering in the hospital.

“It's extremely hard,” Youngstown Fire Chief Barry Finley said. “We have a relatively young department and most of the guys have children. So it hits pretty hard and the fact that it's so close to Christmas hits even harder.”

Two firefighters were also injured in the blaze. One was being treated at a hospital and the other was treated at the scene, according to WKBN.

“It's very hard for us. Firefighters and police officer, all our safety forces. Something like this we give one hundred and ten percent. Things happen the way they happen and it's just something we have to deal with. We will have someone for our firefighters to talk to,” Finley said.

The fire's cause wasn't immediately clear, however, officials said they didn’t suspect foul play.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Asian elephant born at Ohio zoo was conceived via artificial insemination, officials say

The Columbus Zoo in Ohio has officially added a new member to its animal kingdom: an Asian elephant, which was born early Thursday morning.

The calf  is the first elephant to be born at the zoo in nearly 10 years, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Its mother, a 31-year-old Asian elephant named Phoebe, conceived the calf after she was artificially inseminated with sperm from two different male elephants. DNA testing, later on, will confirm which one fathered the calf.

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The baby elephant’s sex is not yet clear. Zoo officials are giving it time to bond with its mother, which gave birth to her first baby in 1999, according to the newspaper.

The Columbus Zoo on Facebook wrote Phoebe is an “experienced mom” and added the calf  “appears to be strong.”

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“This calf’s birth is important to sustaining the genetic diversity of Asian elephants in human care,” the zoo continued, noting the species is considered endangered.

The public will have an opportunity to name the calf.

The Associated Press contibuted to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Mugshot of Ohio woman with unique face tattoos goes viral after Walmart shoplifting arrest

An Ohio woman who was recently taken into custody is arguably receiving more attention for her mugshot than for her alleged crime.

Alyssa Zebrasky was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly shoplifted from a Walmart in Boardman Township, authorities told Fox 8.

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Her mugshot has since garnered media attention due to the pronounced tattoos on her face. What appears to be a spider’s web is stretched across her forehead while skull-like features surround her eyes, cover her nose and can be spotted on the sides of her face and on the skin above and below her lips.

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After Zebrasky, 27, was taken to the Mahoning County Jail following her arrest, officers there found a hypodermic needle and “small bags containing methamphetamine inside her purse,” a police report reviewed by the news station says.

This is the woman’s second arrest in recent weeks; she was reportedly arrested in November after leading authorities on a brief car chase, Fox 8 reported at the time.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Ohio State gets bacon vending machine on campus

Ohio State University students can easily bring home the bacon thanks to a new vending machine that popped up before the semester’s end.

Courtesy of the Ohio Pork Council, the vending machine is going hog wild for bacon, offering strips and bits for just $1 until Dec. 13.

Located in the Animal Sciences building at the school’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, profits from the vending machine will benefit the meat science program, according to the Ohio Pork Council. Students in the meat science program are also responsible for re-stocking the machines.

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“The Bacon Vending Machine is a unique and fun way for the Ohio Pork Council to support Ohio State students and promote the pork industry at the same time,” Dave Shoup, the council’s president-elect, said in a statement provided to Fox News.

The porky contents were donated by Hormel, Sugardale and Smithfield.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

CVS customer uses lengthy store receipt as window-blind slat, as seen in viral photo

An Ohio man recently got creative with his lengthy store receipt from CVS, using it as a window-blind slat and tweeting out a photo that went viral this week.

Andrew Nolan, 27, of Lakewood, told Fox 8 Cleveland that the receipt "fit perfectly" as a replacement when one of the slats on his bedroom blind broke.

He said he bought a couple of items from CVS and ended up with the window blind-length receipt

Nolan then tweeted a photo to show his friends, he said.

"One of my blinds broke in my bedroom so I just went to CVS," he tweeted.

He awoke to the tweet going viral, finding it "definitely strange" and a "little shocking," according to the station.

The tweet has around 232,000 likes, 52,000 retweets and 900 comments as of Friday.

"let me know if another one breaks. i got you," @yelosol tweeted with a photo his own CVS receipt.

Last month, a Washington, D.C., woman tweeted a viral photo of a CVS receipt that appeared to be nearly 6 feet long.

"Some personal news: CVS gave me a 5'8' receipt today," Emma Keane tweeted.

She said she received the receipt after purchasing just three items.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

Ohio father’s punishment of bully daughter prompts outrage, accolades

An Ohio father found himself at the center of a social media firestorm after a video went viral showing the punishment his daughter endured after she was caught bullying other students.

Matt Cox’s daughter Kirsten was suspended from riding the bus for three days after bullying another student, according to FOX47, and when Cox was told he would have to drive the girl, he opted to teach her a lesson instead.

“I realized she viewed the privilege of riding the bus and or car rides to and from school as a right and not a privilege,” Cox said.

So Cox told his daughter she'd be making the five-mile trek to school on foot (with Cox in a car close behind to ensure her safety).

As she started the walk, Cox talked to Kirsten about why he was making her walk to school, trying to drive home the point that if she didn't bully other kids, she'd still be on the bus.

Cox posted video of the punishment — and was swiftly met with the typical online cacophony of applause and boos.

“I was in complete shock that so many people responded when I originally posted it. I just thought friends and family would see it, and then a friend asked me to make it public so that they could share it,” he told the station. “By the time I woke up the next day, I had hundreds of messages in my inbox and saw that there were quite a few views.”

One upset user blasted the Swanton father for making his daughter walk in 36-degree weather.

“I think it’s good you’re teaching her that she shouldn’t just expect you to drive her because she screwed up on the bus, but this isn’t really helping her learn why bullying is wrong,” another user wrote, according to Newsweek.

Someone else commented: "Cure bullying with bullying. Great lesson, what’s next beating your kids so they don’t hit [others?]"

But Cox defended himself in an interview with WTVG, saying he would do it again.

“I just want the kids to know that words truly do hurt," he said. "They cut very deep and have lasting effects. I hope that parents hold their kids accountable."

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Ohio woman, 61, poured hot grease on person during dispute, cops say

A 61-year-old Ohio woman — who was already wanted on a pair of outstanding criminal warrants — was booked into jail Sunday after allegedly pouring hot grease on someone she'd been arguing with.

Charlene Thompson was charged with felonious assault and booked into the Hamilton County jail, FOX19 reported.

Cincinnati police said Thompson and the victim – who was not identified – got into an argument at a residence in Cincinnati on Sunday. The subject of the argument wasn't immediately clear, but, at some point, the fight escalated and Thompson tossed the grease onto her antagonist, officials said.

The victim suffered severe burns to the back and arms, and the injuries were visible to authorities upon arriving at the scene.

Prosecutors pressed for a "high bond" for Thompson during a court appearance Wednesday.

“As the court is well aware, burns are some of the most devastating, painful, debilitating, long-term injuries that someone can suffer,” Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor David Wood said, according to FOX19.

The judge set Thompson’s bond at $15,000 and ordered her to keep away from the victim.

Thompson was accused in separate 2016 and 2017 incidents of breaking a neighbor's window with rocks and was charged with assault in 2008, FOX19 reported. The outcomes of those cases weren't immediately clear.

She was charged in 2006 after allegedly striking her daughter in the mouth and head on Christmas Eve, though the case was later dismissed.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang