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inconclusive on bridge bomb-plotting suspect

Akron -- Court documents indicate that psychiatric tests are inconclusive on the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio.

Federal prosecutors say in a court filing entered last week that they agree with the defense for Joshua Stafford of Cleveland that the results were inconclusive on his mental competence.

But the government says a hearing before a federal judge in Akron should provide evidence that Stafford is mentally fit to stand trial. No hearing date has been set.

No bomb went off and no one was hurt. The four other defendants have pleaded guilty.

The target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron. The FBI said the device was a dud provided by an informant.

-- Associated Press

Mother gets life for stashing baby in freezer

Toledo -- A 21-year-old northwest Ohio woman whose newborn infant was found stashed in an apartment freezer has been sentenced to life in prison for killing the child.

Kenisha Pruitt pleaded guilty Feb. 22 in Toledo to aggravated murder. As part of the plea agreement, charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence were dropped. She will be eligible for parole after 20 years.

A landlord found the baby boy's body last April while cleaning out a rental property in Toledo. The coroner said the newborn boy had been strangled and dunked in water. The child lived no more than two days.

Pruitt apologized in a statement for killing the baby.

The baby's father has pending charges including involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, child endangering and abuse of a corpse.

-- Associated Press

State trooper shoots man after car speeds toward officers

Wooster -- Authorities say an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper shot a 24-year-old man whose companion drove a speeding car toward officers.

It happened the morning of Feb. 24 near Wooster in northeast Ohio. The man -- who was a passenger in the car -- was taken to a hospital in Akron. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police said the trooper and a Wooster police officer were investigating a suspicious vehicle, when it accelerated through a yard of a residence and toward the officers. The trooper fired into the car.

The driver of the car attempted to flee on foot and was caught.

-- Associated Press

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