Sunday, December 8 2013 5:26 PM EST2013-12-08 22:26:38 GMT
A man was flown to a hospital in Cleveland with serious injuries after a car accident in Erie County on Saturday afternoon. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Gary L McKisic, 47, of South Amherst, wasMore >
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Gary L McKisic, 47, of South Amherst, was driving on Kneisel Road when his car went off the right side of the road.More >
Sunday, December 8 2013 8:30 AM EST2013-12-08 13:30:02 GMT
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth.More >
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth. Hear new details of the case from Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and Toledo Police Caption Brad Weis just days after Steven King and Angela Steinfurth accepted plea deals in the case.More >
Imagine if you bought a new house and once you moved in, you noticed spiders crawling around everywhere. Brown recluses, to be exact. America Now talked to one family that did just that, and found out how they're getting rid of them! More >
Apple sold more than 5 million i-phones in its first week of release, despite glitches like its new mapping service. While you are saving up the $200 for your new phone be sure to stash away more for all the accessories. More >
Apple sold more than 5 million i-phones in its first week of release, despite glitches like its new mapping service. While you are saving up the $200 for your new phone be sure to stash away more for all the new cases, cords, and adaptors you will need.More >
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."
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:40 AM EST2013-12-08 15:40:12 GMT
Thirteen-year-old Samantha Dodson, a missing girl who was in the company of a 40-year-old man, has been found safe just outside of Oregon City. Clackamas County deputies did not release any additionalMore >
A 13-year-old missing girl who was in the company of a 40-year-old man known to her family has been found safe just outside of Oregon City.More >
Sunday, December 8 2013 4:49 PM EST2013-12-08 21:49:30 GMT
Rather than getting a meal deal, the driver of a stolen car got arrested Saturday night after a Portland Police officer spotted him enter the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. A spokesman for PortlandMore >
Rather than getting a meal deal, the driver of a stolen car got arrested Saturday night after a Portland police officer spotted him enter the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant.More >
Saturday, December 7 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-12-07 23:03:39 GMT
A Marion County sheriff's deputy was shot during a confrontation with a suspect at a Christmas tree farm in Silverton. Salem police said the deputy is expected to survive the shooting, which happened atMore >
Police held a press conference to update the details of a chase and search that led to both the suspect and a deputy being shot near a Marion County Christmas tree farm on Friday.More >
Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:00 PM EST2013-12-04 21:00:53 GMT
A memorial service is planned at the Clackamas Town Center to mark one year since the deadly shooting at the mall. Jacob Roberts opened fire in the mall at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2012. He shot and killedMore >
Jacob Roberts opened fire in the mall on Dec. 11, 2012. He shot and killed Cindy Yuille, a hospice care nurse from Portland, and Steve Forsyth, a business owner from West Linn. More >
Saturday, December 7 2013 5:23 PM EST2013-12-07 22:23:56 GMT
Just as dive teams resumed their search this morning for the driver of a pickup truck that drove into a Columbia slough on Friday, his brother walked up and said he was okay. The search that began a littleMore >
As dive teams resumed the search this morning for the driver of a pickup that rolled into a Columbia slough on Friday, his brother walked up to say his sibling was OK.More >
Friday, December 6 2013 10:37 PM EST2013-12-07 03:37:28 GMT
Oregon State Police responded to a critically injury crash that completely blocked Highway 30 near Clatskanie on Friday.Paramedics and police were at the scene at milepost 66 as of 12:45 p.m.There's noMore >
Oregon State Police responded to a fatal crash that completely blocked Highway 30 near Clatskanie on Friday.More >
Sunday, December 8 2013 12:33 AM EST2013-12-08 05:33:52 GMT
Vancouver police want to find a five-month-old baby reportedly taken from a Child Protection Services worker by her parents.It started on Nov. 27 when CPS were supposed to take custody of the child dueMore >
Vancouver police have located a 5-month-old baby that was considered endangered.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 3:43 PM EST2013-12-05 20:43:54 GMT
A case of measles has been confirmed in a child at Harmony Elementary School in Vancouver. The onset of the child's rash was Nov. 24 and he was at school the following day, according to the Clark CountyMore >
A case of measles has been confirmed in a child at Harmony Elementary School in Vancouver.More >
Saturday, December 7 2013 3:25 PM EST2013-12-07 20:25:52 GMT
According to police, an officer jumped out of the way of a speeding vehicle that ultimately smashed his cruiser. The collision occurred at about 12:42 a.m. near the intersection of Southeast 170th AvenueMore >
According to police, an officer jumped out of the way of a speeding vehicle that ultimately smashed his cruiser. More >