If you were preoccupied with the return of “Game of Thrones” (and, of course, binging on ID all weekend), you probably missed these four news stories of note…
1. 8 Ohio Family Members Shot “Execution Style” While Sleeping, Cops Say
Authorities announced that most of the eight family members found dead in a rural Ohio community were shot “execution style” while they slept. CNN reports that the dead were made up of seven adults and a 16-year-old, and they were discovered at four crime scenes. “We’re advising [Rhoden] family members to be very careful and take particular caution,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine commented, because the family was targeted. Though three children — a 4-day-old, 3-year-old, and 6-month old — were spared, the killer(s) are still at large and likely armed. “The sheriff’s office will work with them for protection.[…]We have a lot of people dedicated to finding this murderer, or these murderers,” DeWine also said.
2. Wisconsin Teen Killed By Cops After Opening Fire Outside High School Prom
An 18-year-old boy wounded two teens leaving their high school prom before being fatally shot by police. Jakob E. Wagner is believed to have shot a student in the leg and grazed their date with a rifle during the incident on Saturday night. Wagner was pronounced dead Sunday morning, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller commented in a statement. According to NBC News, Donald Childs, administrator of the Unified School District of Antigo, explained that Wagner was “student with a disability” who graduated from Antigo and, through a “community-based support/transition agency,” was working through the school’s art department. Someone who knew the teen told the station that he’d recently broke up with a current Antigo student.
3. Court: Plaintiffs Must Reveal Identities To Sue Ashley Madison
A U.S. judge has determined that the 42 people intending to sue online dating website Ashley Madison following August’s widespread hack cannot remain anonymous while they do it. Entrepreneur reports that some users filed a lawsuit against Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, for not only failing to protect their personal information but creating fake women’s profiles to attract men and offering a paid “Full Delete Removal” service that didn’t work. Being “class representatives,” Judge John A. Ross ruled that they must identify themselves as they might have to testify. However, those who wish to sue unidentified can do so as a “class member,” Judge Ross noted.
4. Texas Teen Arrested For Killing College Student Was Given Ride By Cop Ten Days Before Murder
A teen accused of killing a college student allegedly received a ride from an off-duty officer ten days before carrying out the disturbing murder. 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner is in custody for the death of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser. According to the New York Daily News, the 18-year-old woman’s body was discovered near the alumni center. Using his personal car, the officer repogave Criner a ride to the hospital. The teen was allegedly found with blisters on his feet near a Georgetown store. On Thursday, Georgetown police announced the cop violated no policies by picking up Criner. “It’s almost like the fact that he is a police officer is incidental. He was trying to be decent and help somebody out,” Georgetown assistant police chief Cory Tchida said.