Ohio police investigate reports of 'zombie' raccoons

The Japan Times

YOUNGSTOWN, U.S. – Police are investigating reports of "zombie-like" raccoons in northeast Ohio. Local television channel WKBN-TV reports that Youngstown police have received more than a dozen calls in the past three weeks about raccoons acting strangely in the daytime. Photographer Robert Coggeshall said he was playing with his dogs outside his home last week when one such raccoon approached them. Coggeshall said the animal would stand on its hind legs, show its teeth and fall over backward. The raccoon Coggeshall saw and 14 others in incidents to which police responded were euthanized.

Witness Reports Seeing Woman Forced Into Trunk in Missouri

U.S. News

Lee's Summit police say the witness called Saturday night to report seeing a man jump out of a car that was stopped in the middle of a street. The witness told police the car sped off after a woman with shoulder length brown hair was put into the trunk. She was wearing a red shirt. The car was described as a cream colored Chevrolet Malibu.

Police Reports: Driver Shot by Park Police Was Unarmed

U.S. News

Twenty-five-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean died after a Nov. 17 chase on the George Washington Parkway. Federal authorities have said little about their investigation. Ghaisar's family has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $25 million and answers about what happened.

Police Report: Teen Evaluated Days Before Shooting Brother

U.S. News

Police reports indicate that a 13-year-old boy accused of killing his 11-year-old brother in suburban Cleveland had expressed a desire to hurt himself days before the shooting and was taken in for an evaluation.

Jussie Smollett suspected of filing a false report - police

BBC News

Chicago police say that US actor Jussie Smollett is suspected of filing a false police report. The Empire star had said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January. Doubt was later cast on his account after US media reported that police believed he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack. On Wednesday a police spokesman confirmed they were presenting evidence about the actor to a Grand Jury. "Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago Police for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)," the spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said in a tweet. Mr Smollett's lawyers have not yet responded to the development.