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Created by jkroll on Oct 6, 2010
Last updated: 06/15/11 at 03:03 PM
Serial-killing suspect Anthony Sowell meets potential jurors in a secret session Friday
Anthony Sowell's trial will not be moved or delayed
Trial for suspected serial-killer postponed a fourth time, now set for June
Saffolds dismiss lawsuit against Plain Dealer, settle with Advance Internet
Cleveland's nightmare on Imperial Avenue: One year later
Anthony Sowell case transferred to Judge Dick Ambrose
Lawyer for Anthony Sowell to ask Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold to step down over Internet comments
Cuyahoga County judge orders arrest of Plain Dealer reporter, wants to know source of story on murder suspect Anthony Sowell. A fellow judge eventually acknowledges releasing probation report on the suspect.
Twenty people gathered in front of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's house Saturday to demand that a community activist be added to the panel he recently appointed to investigate the way the city responds to sexual assaults and missing persons reports. Here's another idea. Why don't these same activists consider issuing their own "bottom's up" report card? Why don't they become the eyes and the voice they seek?
This city could make national news again -- and change how police departments across the country handle cases of rape and sexual assault -- because of three women charged with examining policies toward victims of such attacks here.
The shocking news of the Imperial Avenue killings brought about what lost dreams, shattered families and constant abuse couldn't do. It caused a significant spike in the number of local women seeking addiction treatment.
The three-member commission that Mayor Frank Jackson appointed last week to look at how Cleveland responds to sexual assault cases could be doing more than evaluating policies and practices of the city's sex crimes unit. The panel has the opportunity to define how the community will measure its success -- and failure -- in dealing with those crimes.
What will become of the Cleveland women reaching out for drug treatment? Are there enough programs to handle the influx of clients? The answer is a blunt no, say leaders in the recovery field.
Diane Turner, the 11th and final Imperial Avenue victim identified, was remembered today at her funeral in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Wednesday appointed a commission to examine how police handle sexual assault and missing person cases in the city.
Mayor Frank Jackson announced today the formation of a three-person panel to examine how Cleveland police respond to sexual assault and missing persons cases in the city.
The capital murder trial of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell should start in three to four months, the judge handling the case said Wednesday.
Sowell appeared in court for the 15-minute hearing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McGinty's courtroom. He barely spoke beyond giving short, affirmative answers to McGinty's questionssuch as: "yes sir" and "yes your honor."
A letter postmarked in Illinois arrived in the mail this week at Ray's Sausage Factory on Cleveland's Imperial Avenue, site of the city's infamous serial killings. Inside was a remarkable apology by Martha McKenzie-Jones, a first cousin of Anthony Sowell, the man who is charged with killing 11 women found at the Sowell family home next door to the sausage plant.
Six of the 11 dead women found at Anthony Sowell's home might still be alive if authorities had more aggressively pursued cases in 2008 and this year after women accused him of attacks.
Her name was Diane Turner. She was a 38-year-old Cleveland mother whose last address was on East 144th Street.
Somebody owes Renee and Raymond Cash Jr., owners of Ray's Sausage Company, about $20,000. That is roughly what they say they spent desperately trying to tame a rotting stench that engulfed the neighborhood around the company. For years people thought Ray's was the source of the stench, but we all know now that it emanated from the house of an accused serial killer and registered sex offender, who lived next door to the sausage shop.
Accused serial killer Anthony Sowell of Cleveland pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday. Insanity pleas are rare. Here are some prominent cases in which defendants pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell entered a surprise plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday morning to charges accusing him of killing 11 women and assaulting three others at his Imperial Avenue home.
A day after charging Anthony Sowell with 11 counts of aggravated murder, authorities searched for more bodies in another home where the suspected serial killer once lived.
Ohio’s most serious sex offenders would be forced to register their addresses more often, and deputies would be required to knock on their doors every 90 days if a new state law is passed.
A Cuyahoga County grand jury made a decision Tuesday that Cleveland police and city prosecutors failed to make a year ago. A decision that might have saved five lives. Timeline: Imperial Ave. victims
In good times or bad, it's not unusual for Renee Cash to say a few words to the photo of her late father before she heads upstairs to her office at Ray's Sausage Inc.
The Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office will use an anthropologist and forensic artist to help identify the 11th victim found on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland.
When the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson stopped hanging around the house of accused Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell last year, Sheila Smith worried.
About 300 mourners gathered Sunday evening at a private memorial service for Tishana Culver, the third victim identified at the Imperial Avenue home of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell.
What if? The question must haunt anyone whose path intersected that of serial-killer suspect Anthony Sowell over the past two decades.
In four separate churches on Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered to remember and celebrate four women whose bodies were found weeks ago on Imperial Avenue.
Cuyahoga County has the most sex offenders in Ohio, but only two full-time deputies regularly check on the 1,416 people considered the worst offenders. Communities map: Tier III sex offenders in Cuyahoga County
Prosecutors met for the first time this morning with the attorney representing Anthony Sowell in the rape case that drew police to his Imperial Avenue home, where they found the remains of 11 women last month.
If Anthony Sowell had been accused of attacking a woman anywhere in Cuyahoga County but Cleveland last December, would he have been locked up before five other women went missing and turned up dead at his home?
About two weeks into The Plain Dealer's coverage of the Imperial Avenue murders in Cleveland, some women from more privileged neighborhoods began to complain about the coverage.
Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady said today the city needs to form a family center where victims of rape and domestic violence can talk to a doctor, prosecutor and counselor during the same visit.
If we're all to blame for the actions of one serial killer, then I'm to blame, too.
Authorities have finished for the day digging at the Imperial Avenue home of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell, although police continue to search the home.
The families of two Imperial Avenue victims were encouraged during their funerals Tuesday to embrace God and trust that the women are in a better place.
There are more of you. Cleveland police are certain of it.
It was Gladys Wade who ran to police, bleeding and screaming for help after she escaped from Anthony Sowell's Imperial Avenue home last December.
Vidah Saeed feels a connection with the women found dead inside of an Imperial Avenue home and their families.
Across the street from the house on Imperial Avenue where 11 women were killed and buried while loved ones worried where they were, a shrine has been constructed to draw attention to others who have left home and not returned.
Two weeks after the discovery of 10 bodies and a skull in the of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell, a debate rages over whether Cleveland devotes enough resources to finding missing people.
The families of two victims of a suspected serial killer gathered at separate funerals Saturday to remember the lives they cherished before the women disappeared.
Police and prosecutors have differing stories on why Anthony Sowell was released without being charged after a woman told them he choked her and ordered her to take her clothes off at his Imperial Avenue home in 2008.
FBI agents and Cleveland police searched the area around Anthony Sowell's home today but left after apparently finding nothing.
As a familiar putrid stench settled over Imperial Avenue one day last summer, making the block near East 123rd Street practically unbearable, one of Anthony Sowell's neighbors turned to him in disgust.
"It's kicking up again. Do you smell that awful mess?"
Over the last few weeks, Cleveland police discovered the remains of 11 African- American women at the home of a convicted sexual predator named Anthony Sowell. Thousands of miles away, during a visit to Hong Kong, young Chinese women asked me the same questions, over and over: How could these women be missing for so long and nobody knew?