Friday, December 13 2013 8:55 AM EST2013-12-13 13:55:56 GMT
A Duluth High School senior has been suspended for one year and won't graduate on time for hugging a teacher last month.Sam McNair, 17, was suspended last week when a school hearing officer found he violatedMore >
A Duluth High School senior has been suspended for one year and won't graduate on time for hugging a teacher last month.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 >
"Me and my wife separated due to -- for several reasons; um, one of which being the way she treated my children," Terry Steinfurth told Nancy Grace Monday night. More >
"Me and my wife separated due to -- for several reasons; um, one of which being the way she treated my children. That's why we separated, and we separated back in November," Terry Steinfurth told Nancy Grace Monday night.More >
Oregon Police are investigating another home break-in - the third in two days.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."
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:08 PM EST2013-12-13 01:08:26 GMT
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most of the KCTV5 viewing area.A narrow band of moderate to heavy snow will begin Friday afternoon and last through Friday night. The snowMore >
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most of the KCTV5 viewing area.More >
Thursday, December 12 2013 9:28 PM EST2013-12-13 02:28:13 GMT
A would be burglar may have landed himself and an innocent victim in the hospital tonight. The rather bizarre incident occurred this evening in Liberty. Liberty Police said officers were responding toMore >
A would-be burglar may have landed himself and an innocent victim in the hospital Thursday night. More >
Thursday, December 12 2013 9:00 PM EST2013-12-13 02:00:04 GMT
The Kansas City Zoo said they are saddened by the loss of Intan, a 24-year old female orangutan. She passed away Thursday morning. The zoo said Intan arrived from the Los Angeles Zoo in early NovemberMore >
The Kansas City Zoo said they are saddened by the loss of Intan, a 24-year old female orangutan.More >
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:59 PM EST2013-12-13 01:59:06 GMT
Police are asking for help finding gunmen who robbed two area thrift stores this week.City Thrift saw its store at 77th Street and Wornall Road robbed about 7 p.m. Wednesday. About two hours later, twoMore >
Police are asking for help finding gunmen who robbed two area thrift stores this week.More >
Friday, December 13 2013 5:30 AM EST2013-12-13 10:30:08 GMT
The bond between two elementary school co-workers has grown even more through a unique donation. Michelle Lewis teaches third grade at Gladden Elementary in Belton, MO. In October 2012 her husband DamonMore >
The bond between two elementary school co-workers has grown even more through a unique donation.More >
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:13 AM EST2013-12-12 16:13:40 GMT
"I just ate cotton." Consuming large amounts of cotton is what some people are doing to lose weight. It's called the cotton ball diet and it's extremely dangerous. There are hundreds of dietary supplementsMore >
Consuming large amounts of cotton is what some people are doing to lose weight. It's called the cotton ball diet and it's extremely dangerous.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:17 PM EST2013-12-12 00:17:24 GMT
Officials are incredibly tight lipped about a fire that claimed the lives of two children in Ray County.The fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 9600 block of Shach Creek Road, whichMore >
As state investigators probe the cause of a fire that claimed the lives of two boys, family members are trading accusations and blame.More >