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Castro pleads not guilty to new, 977-count indictment
Other noon headlines: Heat advisory in affect; Standoff continues in Solon where CEO refuses to surrender

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Castro pleads not guilty to new, 977-count indictment
  • Heat advisory in affect
  • Standoff continues in Solon where CEO refuses to surrender
  • Cincinnati-area school superintendent fired over attendance-rigging scandal
  • Castro pleads not guilty to new, 977-count indictment
    Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping three Cleveland women and holding them captive for a decade in his home has pleaded not guilty to new charges. Castro's lawyer entered the plea on his behalf and waived reading the 977-count indictment. Castro had previously entered a not guilty plea to the initial 329 charges. Judge Pamela Barker upheld an $8 million bond and ordered he have no contact with the victims: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight. During the hearing, the judge repeatedly told Castro to raise his head and open his eyes to make sure he was understanding the proceedings…to which he replied “I’m trying.” Defense attorneys tell the media they are looking forward to a resolution in the case, indicating Castro will plead guilty to some charges if the death penalty is taken out of consideration.

    Cincinnati-area school superintendent fired over attendance-rigging scandal
    A former school superintendent has been fired after nearly four decades as an educator in the Cincinnati suburb of Lockland. Donna Hubbard had been placed on unpaid leave last year after allegations surfaced that Lockland was among several schools in Ohio that rigged attendance information to improve academic performance ratings. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the board voted Monday night to terminate her contract, saying she had seriously damaged the school district's reputation and credibility. The Ohio Department of Education concluded that student attendance and enrollment data was manipulated, and lowered Lockland's ratings. The district had already replaced her, but she had been fighting to keep her job. Hubbard's attorney had no comment on the board action, but has indicated she might take her case to court.

    Standoff continues in Solon where CEO refuses to surrender
    A police standoff continues this afternoon in Solon where a credit union CEO has barricaded himself in his home. The Plain Dealer reports the standoff began last night with a federal arrest warrant for Alex Spirikaitis, CEO of the Taura Lithuanian Credit Union, which was shut down on Friday by the National Credit Union. The arrest warrant states Spirikaitis is charged with filing or making "false credit institution entries."

    Heat advisory in affect
    Forecasters say the heat index could climb into the triple digits in some parts of Ohio as hot and steamy weather covers the state. The high temperature is expected to top out at 94 degrees. The humidity is nearly 90 percent, so it's going to feel even hotter, with a heat index of 104 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for today beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m., warning people to avoid "unnecessary" activity during the day and to take precautions. In addition, has issued an ozone action day for the region, warning that people with lung diseases, senior citizens and children should limit their activity outdoors.

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