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Woman charged in son’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 5-year-old son after authorities found the apparent remains of a child in the backyard of her Cleveland home.

Thirty-four-year-old Larissa Rodriguez was charged Thursday in Cleveland. Court records don’t indicate if she has an attorney.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t yet identified the remains found Tuesday as those of Rodriguez’s developmentally disabled son, Jordan, and hasn’t said how he died.

Police went to the home Monday after receiving a tip from a relative living in Pakistan that the boy was buried in the yard.

Police say Rodriguez, a mother of nine, told officers the boy went to Texas with an aunt in early December. A court document says Jordan died on Sept. 22.

Priest under investigation kills himself

COLUMBUS — A Catholic diocese in Ohio says a parish priest under investigation for “questionable” communications with a minor and possible misuse of church funds killed himself.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said in a statement Thursday that the Rev. James Csaszar killed himself Wednesday in Chicago. Csaszar was pastor of Church of the Resurrection in the Columbus suburb of New Albany.

The diocese’s statement says Csaszar was placed on administrative leave last month when officials learned of “excessive and questionable” text and phone communications with a minor and possible misuse of funds while pastor at St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Lexington.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation began looking into Csaszar after the diocese learned of the allegations and contacted police in New Lexington, roughly 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Columbus.

Gang member accused of punching woman

CLEVELAND — Authorities in Cleveland say a suspected gang member who is black walked up to a white woman he didn’t know, accused her of being a white supremacist and punched her without any provocation.

Cleveland.com reports police arrested 24-year-old Jermaine Hines Jr. early Thursday on a felony ethnic intimidation charge. Online court records don’t indicate whether Hines has an attorney who could comment on the accusations.

Authorities say Hines walked up to a 51-year-old woman on a Cleveland street in August, punched her and knocked her to the ground. Documents say Hines accused the woman of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and called her a white supremacist.

A Cleveland police detective said in court documents that Hines is a member of a street gang.

Man had 166 live cats, 55 dead ones

GAHANNA — An Ohio man who had 166 cats and 55 dead ones at his home has been charged with animal cruelty.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 60-year-old Daniel Slyby, of Gahanna, must post a $64,000 bond by Dec. 30 or his cats will be permanently forfeited to a Columbus animal welfare organization.

Slyby was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty Wednesday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Columbus Humane, which conducts animal cruelty investigations, says the cats were found living in deplorable conditions when they were removed from Slyby’s home last week.

All but one of the cats is receiving care at Columbus Humane’s shelter. One cat had to be euthanized.

Slyby’s attorney, Tony Clymer, said Thursday that Slyby denies having mistreated his cats.

Police: Man had 2 handguns at psychiatric ER

CINCINNATI — Police say a man wielding two handguns tried to storm into an Ohio hospital’s psychiatric services emergency room before struggling with and then chasing an unarmed security officer. They say he wounded the guard, fired at another responding police officer and then fatally shot himself.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac on Thursday identified the gunman as 20-year-old Isaiah Currie of Cincinnati. Isaac says it’s too early in the case to say what Currie’s motive was, but that he had a record of multiple crimes. Hamilton County court records show several cases, including a felonious assault count for wounding someone last month.

Isaac didn’t identify the wounded security officer and had no update on his condition.

Police responded to an active shooter report at University of Cincinnati Medical Center just before 2 p.m. EST Wednesday.

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