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CLEVELAND (AP) - A man whose charges of threatening an FBI agent were dismissed when he was deemed incompetent has lost a surprising appeal aimed at forcing prosecutors to take him to trial. A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a Cleveland-based federal judge correctly ruled in October 2016 that Ronald Bergrin wasn't competent to stand trial. A federal prosecutor says Bergrin wanted a trial on the charges held in New York City.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A former northeast Ohio village police chief has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of receiving nude photos of a 16-year-old girl he'd met on the job. Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Soloman entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Akron. Soloman was chief in Craig Beach, about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Youngstown in Mahoning County. He was arrested in late December.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) - The police chief in a Cleveland suburb where a shooting prompted the lockdown of a popular shopping mall says a suspect is in custody and a victim is hospitalized in stable condition. Beachwood Police Chief Gary Haba said the shooting occurred outside Beachwood Place Mall at around 3 p.m. Saturday. He says it appears the suspect and victim knew each other.
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - A defense attorney says a city law director's offer to have five Cleveland police supervisors each pay $5,000 in exchange for not pursuing misdemeanor criminal charges against them is "extortion." Attorney Henry Hilow says East Cleveland Law Director Willa Hemmons made the offer last month. She didn't return messages seeking comment Saturday.
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