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$1.5 Million Shelter For Homeless Veterans Opens In Ohio

The new housing facility is known as Valor Home.
July 13, 2013

A $1.5 million shelter for homeless veterans has opened in Ohio as part of a national effort to reduce homelessness among those who have served in the military.

Sentencing Postponed In Ohio Craigslist Killings

A decision on Richard Beasley's fate, has been postponed until April 4th by a judge in Akron.
March 26, 2013

An Ohio judge has postponed sentencing of a self-styled street preacher in the murders of three down-and-out men lured by Craigslist job offers after a defense attorney fell ill.

Jury Recommends Death For ‘Craigslist Killer’

The self-styled street preacher was convicted of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to lure men with offers of farmhand jobs in southeast Ohio and to rob them. Three men were killed, and a fourth was wounded.
March 21, 2013

An Akron jury has recommended the death penalty for a triple killer who lured victims with bogus Craigslist job offers.

Trial Under Way For Accused Craigslist Killer

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the murder trial of 52-year-old Richard Beasley.
February 19, 2013

Jury selection has begun in the trial of the alleged mastermind of a deadly plot to lure robbery victims with phony Craigslist job offers, killing three men and wounding a fourth.

Ohio May Have Nation’s Only Online Chorus

OHDELA teacher Diana Newlon teaches chorus from her Akron living room.
7, 2012

One of Ohio’s oldest online schools, the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy, has added an unusual offering to its course lineup: Chorus.

Sentencing Delayed For Convicted Craigslist Killer

Brogan Rafferty
November 5, 2012

Sentencing has been delayed for Brogan Rafferty, the 17-year-old convicted in a plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

Case Against Accused Teen Craigslist Killer Goes To Jury

Brogan Rafferty is charged with aggravated murder after prosecutors say he helped lure and kill three men after luring them with phony Craigslist job offers.
October 26, 2012

A jury is headed into the first full day of deliberations in the case of a teenager accused of participating in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers.

Jury Selections Begins For Juvenile In Craigslist Killing Case

17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow, who was then 16, is suspected of helping his mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, lure victims with bogus job offers. Beasley will be tried separately.
October 9, 2012

17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow, who was then 16, is suspected of helping his mentor, 53-year-old Richard Beasley of Akron, lure victims with bogus job offers.

Testing: DNA Found In Bite Mark Not From Convicted Akron Cop

Douglas Prade was sentenced in 1998 to life in prison with parole eligibility in 26 years for the death of his ex-wife, 41-year-old Akron doctor Margo Prade.
August 2, 2012

Tests indicate that crime scene DNA did not come from a former Akron police captain convicted of murdering his ex-wife 13 years ago.

Akron Man Gets New Trial After 17 Years Behind Bars

Dewey Jones was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 murder of 71-year-old Neil Rankin. Jones had a lengthy criminal record prior to the conviction, but has always maintained he was not involved in Rankin's murder.
July 10, 2012

Dewy Jones was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for the murder of an elderly man, but new DNA evidence raised questions about the conviction.