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Man pleads guilty in teen’s 1984 murder
Cleveland — One of the Cleveland area’s most infamous unsolved murder cases came to an end May 21 with a guilty plea in the 1984 beating death of a 14-year-old girl who was abducted on her way to school.
Hernandez Warren pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated murder and rape in the death of Gloria Pointer. The plea agreement allows him to avoid the death penalty.
Warren, 59, was arrested a year ago after the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office matched his DNA to evidence found at the scene. Warren had lived in the same neighborhood.
Warren, wearing handcuffs and leg shackles, turned to the gallery during his court appearance and apologized to Gloria’s mother, Yvonne Pointer, who after her daughter’s death became a nationally known advocate for families coping with the unsolved murders of loved ones.
Earlier, Yvonne Painter told the Associated Press that she forgives Warren.
Warren will be sentenced later.
— Associated Press

Steep fees rankle food truck operators
Akron — The city of Akron is allowing food trucks to park on public streets, but operators of the mobile vendors are criticizing the high fees attached to the legislation.
City Council on May 19 approved allowing food trucks, but with the requirement that operators must pay a $225 application fee — and another $1,750 annually to set up on two streets in a specific high-traffic corridor of downtown.
Akron Beacon Journa reports that some Council members and community leaders thought the higher fee was warranted to protect the brick and mortar restaurants.
The amount of the fee has been criticized by food truck operators and the Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Virginia, law firm that had helped Akron’s food truck owners form a coalition.
— Associated Press

Toddler drowns in Northeast Ohio lake
Canton — Authorities say a 3-year-old girl apparently wandered away from home and drowned in a nearby lake.
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Rosslyn Jones was pulled from Meyers Lake about 9 feet from the boat dock on May 32. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Deputies said the child’s mother reported her missing from their home in Canton Township at about 9:20 a.m. The child was found in the water six minutes later.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation is continuing.
— Associated Press

Teen restrained
in group home
asphyxiated
Cleveland — A medical examiner says a 15-year-old boy died of asphyxiation after being restrained by a worker at a group home in Berea.
Kenneth Barkley’s Jan. 7 death was ruled a homicide. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner released the cause of death May 21.
A police report says the teen refused to take his medication and struggled with a worker. The report says he flipped over a table and punched a hole in a wall, prompting the worker to “bear hug” him and take him to the floor.
Police say the teen wasn’t breathing when officers arrived, and they tried to revive him. A Berea police spokesman declined to comment May 21.
A statement from group home operator OhioGuidestone says it supports workers involved in the situation.
— Associated Press

Store owner to give  everything to charity
Cleveland — A Cleveland hardware store owner who is retiring and closing his doors after 54 years says he’s donating his entire stock to Habitat for Humanity.
Rudy Rosales is shuttering Rudy’s Hardware in the city’s Slavic Village neighborhood this week. But instead of liquidating the stock of the 10,000-square-foot-store, he’s donating every last nut and bolt to the charity that builds homes for deserving people.
The 74-year-old Rosales tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group that he’d rather the stock become part of the community rather than auctioning it off.
The charity said some of the hardware will be used to rehab houses in the neighborhood, while other items will serve to restock Habitat’s construction warehouse for projects all over the city. The rest will be sold at the charity’s store.
— Associated Press

 

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