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Cleveland man shoots friend who was trying to stop him from drunk driving

A man Cleveland man told police that he was shot in the chest after he tried to stop his friend from driving drunk. WOIO reported that Cleveland’s Second District was investigating a shooting that happened at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Java Bowling III, 43, said he got in…

Accused Ohio serial killer pleaded not guilty

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A man authorities have compared to an Ohio serial killer pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges he killed three women and left their bodies wrapped in plastic bags near his suburban Cleveland apartment. Michael Madison, 35, appeared in a Cleveland courtroom on 14…

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agrees to plead guilty to avoid death penalty

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agreed on Friday to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade. Under a plea agreement announced in court, Ohio prosecutors agreed that Castro will not be eligible for…

Three in Ohio accused of keeping disabled woman and her daughter in slavery

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Three Ohio residents are accused of holding an intellectually disabled woman and her daughter against their will and forcing the woman to perform physical labor for them, threatening her with snakes if she didn’t comply, authorities said on Tuesday. The trio, Jordie Callahan, Jessica…

‘Anarchist’ accused in Cleveland bridge bomb plot goes on trial

By Kim Palmer AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Opening statements begin Tuesday in the trial of Joshua Stafford, a self-described anarchist accused of plotting to blow up a four-lane highway bridge near Cleveland. The plot failed. Stafford, 24, is the only one of five defendants to go on trial in the…

Georgia man threatens to sue if he can’t tell strangers’ children about Jesus

A Georgia man is threatening to sue the city of Ringgold after he claims his constitutional rights were violated by police last Friday night, when officials asked him to stop bothering strangers’ children about his beliefs in the Christian deity figure Jesus Christ. Cleveland, GA resident Daryl Banther and his…

Hundreds of neighbors cheer as Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus return home

Two women who were kept for years against their will in an Ohio house finally returned home on Wednesday, as police prepared to charge three brothers in connection with the abductions. Amanda Berry, 27, was brought under police guard to her sister’s home in Cleveland and was welcomed by a…

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