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  • 1 dead, 4 wounded in Ohio high school shooting

    THOMAS J. SHEERAN,Associated Press

    CHARDON, Ohio — A teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at his suburban Cleveland high school Monday, killing one student and wounding four others before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said. A student who saw the attack up close said it appeared that the gunman targeted a group of students sitting together and that the one who was killed was gunned down while trying to duck under the cafeteria table. AP Photo/Mark Duncan S.W.A.T. members leave Chardon High S...

  • FBI, hospitals: 5 students hurt in Ohio shooting

    THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press

    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An FBI spokeswoman says five students were injured when a shooter described as a classmate opened fire at an Ohio high school. AP Photo/Mark Duncan Parents walk past Chardon Middle School with students in Chardon, Ohio, this morning. The school released students to their parents after a gunman opened fire inside the nearby high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding four students, officials said. Special Agent Vicki Anderson said Monday the shooter was taken into custody n...

  • Student: Ohio school shooter targeted victims

    THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press

    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A student who witnessed a deadly Ohio school shooting says it appeared the gunman was targeting a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table. AP Photo/Mark Duncan Parents take their children from Chgardon Middle School in Chardon, Ohio Monday. Students were released after a gunman opened fire inside the nearby high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding four students, officials said. Freshman Danny Komertz says he was just about to leave for his first-period health class M... Full story

  • FBI arrests 7 in Amish haircut attacks in Ohio

    JOHN SEEWER, THOMAS J. SHEERAN - Associated Press

    MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The leader of a breakaway Amish group allowed the beatings of those who disobeyed him, made some members sleep in a chicken coop and had sexual relations with married women to "cleanse them," federal authorities said as they charged him and six others with hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks against other Amish. AP Photo/Amy Sancetta Sam Mullet leans on the mailbox at his home in Bergholz, Ohio, on Oct. 10. The FBI and local sheriff's deputies arrested seven men, including Mullet, reputed leader of a b...

  • 2 arrested in fatal US fraternity house shooting

    THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press

    2 arrested in fatal US fraternity house shooting THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Two men have been arrested and charged in a shooting at an Ohio fraternity house that killed one student and injured 11 people at a party just north of the Youngstown State University campus. Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes says each man is charged with aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 counts of felonious assault. He said the men are in their early 20s and from the Youngstown area, but he withheld t...

  • Court reinstates death sentence for Ohio neo-Nazi

    THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Writer CLEVELAND

    T h e Supreme Court this morning reinstated for a second time the death sentence of a neo-Nazi convicted of murdering three men in Ohio more than a quarter century ago. The justices ruled unanimously that a federal appeals court wrongly set aside the death sentence of Frank Spisak. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found Spisak's trial lawyer was ineffect ive and that his jury received faulty sentencing instructions. In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the high court said the 6th Circuit should have...