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Accused Cleveland Kidnapper Arraigned; Bail $2-Million on Each Case

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man has been arraigned on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.  

Ariel Castro appeared in court this morning. He looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $2 million on each case. Police say they’ve talked with both Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case. Continue Reading

Vermont man offers grave for deceased Boston bomber

A retired Vermont teacher has offered a spot in his family’s cemetery plot to the family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died following a shootout with police. Paul Keane made the offer Monday on his blog. He says the only condition he would attach to allowing the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be interred in the plot in the Mount Carmel Burying Ground in Hamden, Conn., is that it be done in the memory of his mother. The Valley News of Lebanon, N.H., report’s Keane says his mother taught him to “love thine enemy.” The Massachusetts funeral director handling Tsarnaev’s remains has been unable to find a cemetery where he could be buried. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania police chief probing badge-licking photo

A northeastern Pennsylvania city official says a blog photo showing a woman poised to lick the badge of a moonlighting officer outside a bar probably isn’t a crime, but may violate department regulation. Wilkes-Barre spokesman Drew McLaughlin says the police chief is investigating that photo and two others showing a provocatively dressed woman posing on the hood and the trunk of a police car. The spokesman says no officers are pictured in the police cruiser photos, but that the photo of the woman poised to lick the officer’s badge could violate regulations if the officer were actively participating in having the photo made. Wilkes-Barre officers are allowed to moonlight to provide security at bars through a program run by the police union. Based on evidence in the photo, police believe the badge licking occurred more than a year ago. Continue Reading

Cleveland man charged with kidnapping, rape after 3 missing women found in home

A Cleveland man was charged with kidnapping and rape Wednesday after investigators say he held three young women captive for years, binding them with ropes and chains in his home and only allowing them out a few times in disguise. Ariel Castro, 52, is charged with four counts of kidnapping, covering the captives and the daughter born to one of them, and three counts of rape against all three women, prosecutor Victor Perez said. He will make his first public appearance in court Thursday. A city councilman briefed on the case said the women were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages, never finding a chance to escape until this week. Councilman Brian Cummins said that many details remain unclear, including the number of pregnancies and the conditions under which the miscarriages occurred. Continue Reading

Ripple effect after car crash, fire take out Wyoming town store

It all began when a man with black shoe polish smeared all over his face exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter. A witness said John Barberini didn’t brake before he crashed into the Horton’s Corner convenience store Dec. 30, starting a fire that burned up his sport utility vehicle, burned down the store and caused a massive lingering headache for the 200 people of Chugwater, a prairie community nestled beneath sandstone bluffs in the southeastern corner of Wyoming. Horton’s Corner wasn’t just any convenience store, see. It was the only place for miles around to get gas. Continue Reading

Ripple effect after fire takes out Wyo. town store

It all began when a man exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter. A witness said John Barberini didn’t brake before he crashed into the Horton’s Corner convenience store Dec. 30, starting a fire that burned down the store and caused a massive lingering headache for the 200 people of Chugwater. Horton’s Corner wasn’t just any convenience store. It was the only place for miles around to get gas, the town’s lone grocery store and one of its biggest employers. Continue Reading

No serious injuries reported after small helicopter crashes in Honolulu

A small helicopter lost power and came crashing down on a busy downtown Honolulu street, but authorities say no one is badly hurt. Capt. Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department says it’s “pretty miraculous” that a male passenger suffered only minor injuries. The helicopter was on a photography flight when it lost power Wednesday afternoon, forcing a crash landing on Fort Street. Seelig says the chopper ended up along a curbside in front of an apartment complex, badly damaging a parked car. The crash happened in front of a fire station. Continue Reading

Boston bombing suspect's widow hires criminal lawyer

The widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities. Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects in federal courts and military commissions, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks, who attended an Al Qaeda-linked training camp in Afghanistan. “Mr. Dratel’s unique, specialized experience will help insure that Katie can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible,” DeLuca said in a written statement. He said Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will continue to meet with investigators as “part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions.” Continue Reading

Widow of bombing suspect hires criminal lawyer

The widow of dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has hired a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities. Attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday his client Katherine Russell has added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team. He says Russell will continue to meet with investigators and answer questions. DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum have been representing Russell, who lives in Rhode Island with her family. They specialize in civil cases such as personal injury law. Continue Reading