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Published: February 27, 2013 12:00 AM

Psychiatric tests

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.

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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.

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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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