MISSING WOMEN FOUND
Women in Ohio kidnap case relieved by plea deal
CLEVELAND (AP) — The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade say they are relieved that Ariel Castro has pleaded guilty to charges that will keep him in prison for life.
A statement released Friday by a law firm representing the women says they are satisfied by the resolution and looking forward to the end of the legal end of the case.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are continuing to ask for privacy and say they don't want to speak publicly.
Castro pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts. Prosecutors are recommending that he be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years when he's back before a judge next Thursday.
The three women who disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 escaped from Castro's house May 6.
Coroner: 2 of 3 Ohio slaying victims strangled
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio coroner has concluded two of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags last week were strangled.
The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County medical examiner's office on Friday released the manner and causes of death of the women. The coroner determined 18-year-old Shirellda H. Terry and 38-year-old Angela H. Deskins died from ligature strangulation; 28-year-old Shetisha D. Sheeley died from "homicidal violence by unspecified means."
The three deaths were ruled homicides.
Police found the bodies in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood after responding to a call about a foul odor.
Thirty-five-year-old suspect Michael Madison is in custody facing preliminary charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping. He's a registered sex offender who served four years in prison beginning in 2002. He has no attorney listed in the county.
FOUR SLAIN-WEST VIRGINIA
4 dead in early-morning shooting in West Virginia
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is facing four counts of first-degree murder after police say he fatally shot four people, including an elderly father and his son who were delivering newspapers when they apparently stumbled upon a drug deal gone wrong.
Authorities said 27-year-old Sidney A. Muller of Harrison County was arrested in Marion County, where police said he had fled after the early-morning shooting Friday in a Clarksburg neighborhood.
Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Jack Shaffer said officers found 29-year-old Todd Russell Amos of Clarksburg dead at the scene. Christopher A. Hart, 26, was found injured and died on the way to the hospital. Shaffer said the shooting, at Hart's address, "was directly related to drug activity."
Also found dead were two bystanders: Freddy Donald Swiger, 70, and his son, 47-year-old Fred Swiger. The two Harrison County men were delivering The Exponent Telegram, as they had done as contractors for about 30 years.
SAN DIEGO MAYOR
San Diego mayor to get therapy amid scandal
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says he will undergo therapy after less than a year in office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.
Filner announced his plan Friday for a two-week stay in a behavioral clinic after a series of women claimed he kissed, groped and placed them in headlocks.
Filner apologized to voters, his staff and the women he allegedly harassed, and added: "I must take responsibly for my conduct."
Filner said he will receive twice-a-day briefings about city operations while taking part in what he described as "intensive therapy" beginning Aug. 5.
Filner did not take any questions after the nationally televised announcement that was briefly interrupted by a microphone problem.
Immigration forum set for Iowa congressman's turf
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators say they'll hold a forum on immigration in the home district of Iowa Republican congressman Steve King to pressure him in the wake of incendiary comments he made on immigrant youths.
Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Dick Durbin of Illinois say the event set for Aug. 2 in Ames will feature Iowan immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids. King has come under attack for asserting that many such youths are actually drug mules.
The event will come as Congress breaks for a five-week summer recess expected to feature events around the country aimed at pressuring House Republicans to act on immigration.
Harry Belafonte joins with Fla. Capitol protesters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Singer and entertainer Harry Belafonte is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to listen to protesters who are asking for a special legislative session to examine the state's self-defense laws after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Scott has refused.
Protesters upset with the verdict have spent nearly two weeks at the Capitol building. Belafonte said Friday that Scott still has a chance to act before the protests intensify and the situation becomes "ungovernable."
Belafonte says he has never been to Tallahassee before. He was part of a large contingent that was chanting and singing in the hallway outside the governor's office.
Law-enforcement reports showed that 86 people spent the night in the Capitol as part of the protest. Protesters say they are prepared to continue their standoff for weeks.
Green paint splattered on DC's Lincoln Memorial
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Lincoln Memorial has reopened after someone splattered green paint on the statue of the 16th president.
The monument reopened Friday evening after being closed all day while workers washed away the paint.
Park Police said the apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal and the floor. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint.
The marble Lincoln statute had green paint on its shin, coattail, chair and base, as well as paint on the floor of the memorial building.
Dorian becoming less organized, far from land
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Dorian is becoming less organized as it moves across the Atlantic, far from land.
The storm's maximum sustained winds late Friday are near 40 mph (64 kph) and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to become a remnant low in a day or so.
Dorian is centered about 1,585 miles (2551 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 22 mph (35 kph)
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Flossie is maintaining strength. That storm's maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (97 kph). Flossie is centered about 1285 miles (2068 kilometers)east of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west near 18 mph (30 kph).
There are currently no land threats from either storm.
Mia Farrow's brother makes Alford plea in sex case
(Information in the following story is from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The brother of actress Mia Farrow has entered an Alford plea in a Maryland court to two counts of sexually abusing two boys.
The Capital of Annapolis reports (http://bit.ly/13jEYLS) that John Villers-Farrow of Edgewater entered the plea Friday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain his innocence while admitting prosecutors had enough evidence to convict.
The 66-year-old businessman, husband and father was indicted in November after two men accused him of sexually abusing them when they were children living in his neighborhood.
The newspaper reports that Villers-Farrow said he made the plea because it was the quickest way he could serve the time. He will be sentenced Sept. 30.
Prosecutors say Villers-Farrow began abusing one boy when he was 9 years old and the second when he was 8.
Man accused of tweet-stalking Ashanti in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — An Illinois man who served jail time for stalking R&B singer Ashanti has been indicted in New York for again stalking and harassing the Grammy Award-winner.
Prosecutors say Devar Hurd was indicted Friday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Prosecutors say he violated an order of protection when he sent more than 100 tweets to the singer's Twitter account between Sept. 2012 and last weekend.
His bail was set at $750,000. He is expected to be arraigned sometime next month.
In Feb. 2010 the 35-year-old was sentenced to two years in jail for sending a battery of text messages and photos to Ashanti's mother. Prosecutors said Friday some of his tweets were sexually explicit.
Hurd's attorney did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Created: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 02:15:22 EST
Updated: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 02:15:22 EST