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FBI: Woman admits sending ricin letter

The FBI says a Texas woman admitted sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but only after trying to pin it on her husband.

Shannon Guess Richardson was charged Friday with mailing a threat to the president. The federal charge carries up to 10 years in prison.

The 35-year-old actress and pregnant mother of five contacted authorities on May 30 to implicate her husband. An FBI affidavit says she failed a polygraph test and investigators found inconsistencies in her story.

The affidavit says she later admitted mailing the letters knowing they contained ricin but said her husband typed them and made her do it. No charges have been filed against her husband.

— Associated Press

Pennsylvania
Suspect in collapse was high, city says

A 42-year-old man who was allegedly high while operating demolition equipment when a downtown building collapsed and killed six people will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a top city official said Friday.

Sean Benschop faces six counts on that charge, six counts of risking catastrophe and other charges, said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison. Authorities have said Benschop had been using an excavator Wednesday when what was left of the four-story building gave way and fell on top of a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store.

A toxicology report, witness statements and other evidence show that Benschop was high on marijuana that day, Gillison said. Police have raided Benschop’s home but have not found him, Gillison added.

— Associated Press

Ohio
Man is indicted in Cleveland abductions

Ariel Castro, who is accused of holding three women captive in his run-down home in Cleveland for a decade and fathering a child with one of them, has been indicted on 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned the indictment Friday against the 52-year-old former school bus driver.

The grand jury charged Castro with two counts of aggravated murder, saying he purposely caused the unlawful termination of one of the women’s pregnancies. Castro also was indicted on 139 counts of rape and 177 counts of kidnapping.

Castro’s attorneys have said he would plead not guilty to any indictment. He is being held on $8 million bail.

— Associated Press

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