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Man arrested, charged in triple homicide

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shootings of three people at a home on Cleveland’s east side.

Dalevon Artis was arrested Wednesday by police in Kirtland, a suburb east of Cleveland. Cleveland police then obtained an arrest warrant for Artis on three counts of aggravated murder.

He’s accused of killing 76-year-old Melvin Johnson; Johnson’s 58-year-old girlfriend, Nancy Worthean; and Johnson’s 26-year-old niece, K’yara Artis. It’s unclear if K’yara Artis is related to the suspect.

Cleveland police found the bodies of the three victims on Friday after neighbors expressed concerns about their welfare.

It’s unclear why Kirtland police arrested Dalevon Artis. He’s a convicted felon and has previously been charged there with carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability.

Man sentenced for funeral procession death

CINCINNATI — A man has been sentenced to six months in jail for vehicular homicide for the death of a retired police officer who was escorting a funeral procession in Cincinnati when a car collided with his motorcycle.

Thirty-one-year-old Anton Palmer’s driver’s license was also suspended for five years.

Hamilton County court records show that Judge Melissa Powers recently ordered that Palmer be given credit for the 65 days he served after he pleaded no contest to three charges stemming from the March 28 crash. Authorities said then that Palmer broke into the funeral procession after failing to yield at an intersection, and his car was struck by George Brooks’ motorcycle.

The 63-year-old Brooks died a day later from his injuries. He had retired from the Forest Park Police Department after 25 years.

Woman gets 8 years in prison for fatal crash

LANCASTER — A central Ohio woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a crash that killed a 63-year-old motorcyclist and seriously injured the 7-year-old granddaughter riding with him.

Twenty-one-year-old Devin Downour was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to reduced charges of reckless homicide and felonious assault in a deal with prosecutors.

Police have said Downour failed to stop at a red light in Lancaster, southeast of Columbus, and hit the motorcycle and another vehicle last September. Prosecutors contend Downour huffed intoxicants and was high before the crash, but her attorney denied that.

The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reports that the Rushville woman requested mercy and apologized in court to the victims’ family.

Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx says those relatives indicated they are satisfied with the plea agreement.

Woman drove wrong way on NY’s I-90 while high

HANOVER, N.Y. — State police say a woman from Ohio was under the influence of drugs when she drove the wrong way on the Thruway in western New York.

Officials say troopers spotted a car traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday in the Chautauqua County town of Hanover, 30 miles southwest of Buffalo.

Police say troopers were able to catch up to the car after the driver of a tractor-trailer blocked all the eastbound lanes to prevent any accidents.

Troopers say they charged 44-year-old Michelle Weaver of Painesville, Ohio, with driving while ability impaired by drugs and reckless endangerment.

Police say Weaver was turned over to a sober third party and released. It couldn’t be determined if she has a lawyer.

Alleged Cleveland gang leader sentenced

CLEVELAND — A founding member of a vicious prison and street gang has been sentenced to three years behind bars for participating in a criminal gang and intimidating a police officer.

Twenty-nine-year-old Donte Ferguson pleaded guilty to the charges in Cuyahoga County Pleas Court in March and was sentenced Tuesday. He was also sentenced Monday in federal court to three years in prison for counts of possessing a firearm as a felon. The two sentences will run concurrently.

Prosecutors have described Ferguson as a top leader in the Cleveland-based Heartless Felons. The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports ( ) prosecutors say Ferguson will serve his sentence in federal prison to keep him out of the state prison system, where the gang has many members.

Calls to his attorney seeking comment weren’t immediately returned.

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