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Neighbor arrested after girl found dead

A 9-year-old girl last seen playing in the mobile home park where she lived was found dead in a nearby trash bin after a frantic search, and police on Sunday arrested a neighbor they have described as a family friend in the killing.

Jerrod Metsker, 24, was arrested at his home on a murder charge about 12 hours after deputies found the body of Reann Murphy in Smithville, Ohio, about 30 miles southwest of Akron, Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said at a news conference.

Metsker was scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

Reann was seen Saturday night playing outside. She was reported missing after 8 p.m. and officers, firefighters, and neighbors searched door-to-door and combed area properties. Her body was found around 1:35 a.m. Sunday, Hutchinson said. He wouldn't say how Reann was killed or offer a motive. - AP


Samaritan killed

A man married less than seven hours was killed along with a stranded motorist he stopped to help in the snow when they were struck by several vehicles, authorities say. William "Riley" Knight, 49, of Crown Point, was driving with his wife, Nikki, from their wedding reception to a hotel late Saturday when they saw a woman who had slid off the road in the snow. He pulled his truck into a driveway and Nikki Knight waited inside while he went to help Linda Darlington, 42. They were by the side of the road when they were struck. - AP


Scam sentencing set

A man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud faces sentencing Monday in Cleveland. Ohio prosecutors have asked the judge for a 41-year sentence and $6 million fine. The defendant identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson, but authorities say he's Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody. - AP