2 arrested in murder of Cleveland Heights man

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two people face aggravated murder charges in the death of a Cleveland Heights man.

According to a release from Cleveland Heights police, the mother of James Ruesch, 68, called police on Dec. 20 to check on his welfare after he didn’t show up at her home per his daily routine.

Officers went to his Caledonia Road home and found Ruesch deceased on the kitchen floor. A preliminary autopsy indicated he died from gunshot wounds.

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at a home in the 4900 block of Spokane Avenue in Cleveland.

Police arrested Shannon Oehlstrom, 26, and Johnathan Purvis, 29. They were charged with aggravated murder were scheduled to appear in court today.

The two suspects worked for Ruesch during the year at his plumbing business.

BCI assisted with the investigation.

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