Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:24:25 GMT
The search is on for the woman who allegedly stole items from a little boy's gravesite in Richland County. According to Ontario Police, several people have contacted them concerning gravesite thefts atMore >>
The search is on for the woman who allegedly stole items from a little boy's gravesite in Richland County.More >>
Sunday, April 20 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:02:28 GMT
Video from a fishing trip that ended in tragedy earlier this week was posted to an outdoors website sometime before the boat capsized. It's believed Andrew Rose sent the video to the website, ‘Black SwampMore >>
It's believed Andrew Rose sent the video to the website, ‘Black Swamp Ohio Outdoors'.More >>
A group of angry parents want the superintendent of Tiffin City Schools removed from her position and have started circulating a petition.More >>
A group of angry parents want the superintendent of Tiffin City Schools removed from her position and have started circulating a petition. More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A plea deal has been reached in the Ariel Castro kidnapping and rape case.
The deal is life without parole. By reaching this plea agreement Castro understands he is waiving his right to a trial by jury.
He pleaded guilty to all of the 937 charges; however, he did not agree with the wording of some of the charges. The original indictment was for 977 counts. Some of the counts were merged.
The plea deal is in exchange for no death penalty for the aggravated murder charge.
Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive in his Cleveland home for years, before they were rescued on May 6.
The charges include rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder stemming from the death of an unborn child by one of the victims. Castro pleaded guilty to terminating a pregnancy of one of his victims.
During captivity, he also fathered a child with victim, Amanda Berry.
During Friday morning's court hearing, Judge Michael Russo asked Castro several questions to make sure he understood the deal reached.
Castro said he understood. During the proceeding he told the judge he was a victim as a child. He didn't go into any detail. The judge said he would have an opportunity to talk about that during sentencing.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 1.
Castro also will be classified as a sexual predator, specifically a tier III sex offender.
Castro said during the hearing he knew the "book was going to be thrown" at him when he was arrested.
Castro held the three women captive in his Seymour Avenue house he resided in. As part of the deal, the house will be demolished.
Berry, Knight and DeJesus disappeared on separate occasions between 2002 and 2004.
The three women issued a statement after Friday's plea deal.
Jones Day issued the following statement on behalf of the survivors: "Amanda, Gina, and Michelle are relieved by today's plea. They are satisfied by this resolution to the case, and are looking forward to having these legal proceedings draw to a final close in the near future. They continue to desire their privacy. They do not wish to speak to the media or anyone else, and they thank people for continuing to respect their privacy as they grow stronger. They are immensely grateful for the support they have received from family, friends, and the donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund."
A Statement from Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson This plea agreement moves this case closer to a final resolution and allows us to continue to heal as a community." "Most importantly, this plea agreement spares the victims of these crimes from having to relive their ordeal, and hopefully allows them to continue to privately heal with their friends and loved ones. Today is not the day to think about the actions of one man. Instead, we should all reflect on the strength and courage Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus possess that allowed them to survive and escape." "in light of today's plea agreement, there will be a renewed interest in hearing the young women's story. I ask everyone to remember that these young women, as brave and strong as they are, are still in the midst of a long healing process. We all need to respect their privacy and give them the space they need to heal."
Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:01:07 GMT
According to WTVA, an Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Lowndes County toddler. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says they are searching for 2-year-old Malia Harris of Columbus. OfficialsMore >>
The subjects who are believed to have abducted the toddler are 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard. More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:28:26 GMT
Pranks can be mean-spirited and cruel. Not this one. Parents of this youngster have decided to make his childhood just a little more magical. Take a look. Please feel free to try and trick your childrenMore >>
Click here to watch the adorable trick parents played on their little one, and to hear his jocular response.More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:02:35 GMT
On Monday at around 12:30 pm a white newer model Infinity sedan entered the Colortyme Rentals parking lot in Pearl. Pearl police say a woman came in the Thrifty Check Advance and presented a fake OhioMore >>
Pearl police say a woman came in the Thrifty Check Advance and presented a fake Ohio Driver License and two fraudulent checks totaling $17,605.50.More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:48:57 GMT
Starkville police are investigating accusations against an Alabama psychic reader. Detective Bill Lott says Fatima Marks, who calls herself Mrs. Lamar, will be charged with grand larceny after an incidentMore >>
Detective Bill Lott says Fatima Marks, who calls herself Mrs. Lamar, will be charged with grand larceny after an incident involving a Starkville senior citizen.More >>
Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:18:59 GMT
A Louisiana man accused of robbing a Diamondhead credit union with his wife in 2012 says the arrest probably saved his life. Jessie Landry, of Bogalusa, LA, was sentenced this week to 15 years in prisonMore >>
A Louisiana man accused of robbing a Diamondhead credit union with his wife in 2012 says the arrest probably saved his life. Jessie Landry, of Bogalusa, LA, was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison. His wife, Aleisha, received the same sentence last week for her role as the get-away driver.More >>