News on the go: Oct. 21, 2013

Carrie Blazina

Two inmates who had escaped from Florida prison Friday were captured Saturday night and were back in custody Sunday, officials said. Law-enforcement officials said Sunday they were grilling Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, to see who forged the documents they used to escape prison early, who helped them stay on the run and whether they knew anyone else who had gotten away with this. Florida law-enforcement officials said they expected more arrests of other prisoners who had forged documents. (read full story)

As international media such as Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail are picking up the news of an alleged rape near Ohio University that occurred Oct. 12 and was widely documented with photos and video on social media, The Athens Messenger reported Sunday the county prosecutor and police will be meeting Monday to discuss the evidence. The officials said depending on what they find and whether charges are filed, the case could go to a grand jury as soon as Oct. 28. Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle said the people involved have been cooperating with the investigation. (read full story)

Arab League officials said Sunday an international conference aiming to end the civil war in Syria is set for late November, but U.N. officials said the dates are not finalized and both sides need to agree to appear. Despite efforts by the United States and Russia to arrange negotiations, meetings between the Syrian government and the rebels have been repeatedly postponed, and the civil war now is in its third year. The Syrian National Coalition, the main government-opposition group, is set to meet Nov. 1 to decide whether to attend the conference, which would be in Geneva.

A funeral was held Sunday for a husband, wife and four daughters after they were killed in a Columbus car crash Friday. The six family members died when their vehicle collided with a police vehicle responding to a robbery call; the officer suffered a head injury but was released from the hospital. The family leaves behind four sons ranging in age from 5 to 17, and the four daughters who died ranged in age from 2 to 16.

Carrie Blazina is the nation and world editor for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected]