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Castro pleads guilty, agrees to life in prison
Other headlines: Legionnaires' claims two more victims at nursing home; East Cleveland murder victim memorial service
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Legionnaires' claims two more victims at nursing home
  • East Cleveland murder victim memorial service
  • Deal reached for defendant in Ashland enslavement
  • Haslam visits Browns training camp 
  • Class-action suit moves forward against Pilot Flying J
  • Castro pleads guilty, agrees to life in prison 
    Ariel Castro, accused of kidnapping three women, keeping them captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them repeatedly has agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison.

    The 53-year-old Castro plead guilty in exchange for dismissal of possible death penalty charges in Cleveland federal court today.  He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1000 years.

    Castro's trial was slated to start Aug. 5.

    His indictment had included two counts of aggravated murder related to accusations he punched and starved one of the women until she miscarried.

    The women escaped to freedom in May.


    Legionnaires' claims two more victims at nursing home
    Two more people have died at a Columbus area nursing home bringing the total to four fatalities and 35 sickened from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.  

    The flu-like illnesses is caused by the Legionella bacteria in the water system. 

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that preliminary tests from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found the bacteria in the facility’s air-conditioning cooling tower.  But health officials have not determined how people came in contact with the pathogen.

    Legionnaires’ disease is spread through infected water droplets and is not contagious between people.


    Deal reached for defendant in Ashland enslavement
    An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to charges he helped enslave and beat a mentally disabled woman and her daughter and steal her pain medication.

    Daniel Brown was among four people charged with targeting the woman in 2010 and holding her until October in a house in Ashland.

    Brown pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a single conspiracy charge as part of a deal that requires him to cooperate with investigators.

    Three other defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges alleging the woman was denied food, sexually assaulted and threatened with dogs and snakes.

    Prosecutors say the woman was hit badly enough to require a hospital visit for pain medicine, which the defendants took from her.

    East Cleveland murder victim memorial service
    Memorial services are being held today and tomorrow for the one of the victims of a triple murder in  East Cleveland. 

    The family of Anglea Deskins is asking activists to refrain from any rallies or protests during the memorial.

    Police have charged 35- year-old Michael Madison with three counts of kidnapping and aggravated murder. He's being held on $6 million bond.

    Haslam visits Browns training camp 
    Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he's "very optimistic" about the outcome of a federal investigation involving his family's truck-stop chain.

    Speaking to reporters as the Browns opened training camp, Haslam said he has been in "constant contact" with the NFL since the fraud probe began in April at his Flying Pilot J business. Haslam said the league has been supportive during the investigation.

    Haslam recently reached a settlement to reimburse customers who were cheated out of fuel rebates.

    Haslam said the investigation has not been a distraction in rebuilding the Browns and he denied there were any problems with his cash flow, citing a recent renovation of the team's headquarters and plans to renovate FirstEnergy Stadium.

    Haslam said he's excited about the upcoming season, but cautioned Cleveland fans to be patient.

    Class-action suit moves forward against Pilot Flying J
    A group of trucking companies wants to move ahead with lawsuits against the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    Attorney John Walker told a panel of federal judges in Portland, Maine, on Thursday that last week's class-action settlement with Pilot Flying J over fuel rebate fraud claims was a surprise for the companies that weren't involved in the negotiations. Those nine companies aren't interested in the settlement and instead want to consolidate their cases, preferably in Mississippi.

    Pilot and the trucking companies that negotiated the settlement have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to put the other lawsuits on hold. Attorney Don Barrett argued that consolidation in Mississippi could delay payments to the companies that want to take the settlement.

    Two indicted in 2010 death of Chardon teen
    Authorities say two northeast Ohio men have been indicted in the 2010 slaying of a 17-year-old boy.

    The announcement by Geauga County officials Thursday came three years to the day that Daniel Swan's body was found bloodied and unconscious in the middle of road northeast of Cleveland. He died three weeks later.

    Indictments were issued for 26-year-old Dustin Plottke and 23-year-old Matthew Boone. Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland said they killed Swan in a "random act of violence" after finding him walking home along a road.

    The sheriff's office got a break in the case when one of the suspects was arrested recently for an unrelated crime. During the investigation, detectives found evidence that linked them to Swan's death.

    There was no attorney information available for the suspects.

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