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  • Jurors recommend death penalty for convicted killer Christopher Whitaker

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A jury has recommended the death penalty for Christopher Whitaker, who shot and killed Alianna DeFreeze, 14. He will be sentenced by a judge on March 5. Whitaker,  45, was previously found guilty of aggravated murder and charges including kidnapping and rape in DeFreeze’s death. Her body was found in an abandoned home in Cleveland in January 2017, three days after her mother reported her missing when she didn’t arrive at school. Authorities say Alianna was beaten and […]

  • Preseason Game 1: Indians are back — with a special tribute to Parkland, Florida

    ARIZONA — The Cleveland Indians will ‘play ball’ today in their first preseason game of the year. And they’ll be sporting a special tribute to the community of Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed in last week’s school shooting. The Tribe will be wearing the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team tonight. Today we'll join MLB in wearing the caps of the of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team in support of the Parkland, […]

  • Woman dead after attempting U-turn on Ohio Turnpike, being hit by tanker truck

    HENRIETTA TWP., Ohio — One person died after a crash involving a tanker truck and a car on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, both vehicles were heading west on the Ohio Turnpike when the car, a 2016 BMW 528, drove into the right berm. The car attempted to make a U-turn, driving back onto the roadway and into the path of the tanker truck. The truck hit the car, making it veer […]

  • Missing pets with Dick Goddard: Let FOX 8 viewers help (Part 4)

    Is your furry friend missing? Share a photo and maybe fellow FOX 8 viewers can help you. Click the “Submit Your Photo” button at the bottom of this page. Then, in the description box, be sure to include your pet’s name, where it was last seen, and a number or email address where you can be reached. Please try not to exceed two lines as the description will likely be cut off. Click here to view lost pets in our […]

  • Missing: Gene Baldwin

    NORTON, Ohio — FOX 8 continues our missing persons segments with the help of Amanda Berry. We hope the segments will help loved ones reunite with their missing family members. Gene Baldwin, 16, was last seen Feb. 5 in Norton. He was wearing a black and white hoodie. He is 5’10” tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-2181. You can see […]

  • Seen on TV: 2/22/18

    Here are the web links for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018: Click here for Westerville police GoFundMe Click here for the Cavs Academy Click here for more on Murray Hill Market Click here for number to call for St. Jude Dream Home tickets Thursday Click here for City of Cleveland vehicle damage claims Click here for more information on dog food pulled over concerns about euthanasia drug Click here for ‘Sickweather’– flu tracking app Click here to find help for someone contemplating suicide Click here for the morning show reunion […]

  • ‘If I could go back to that day’: Convicted killer apologizes to family of Alianna DeFreeze

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The registered sex offender convicted of raping and killing 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze read a short statement in court Thursday, apologizing to the family and community. The sentencing phase is still continuing for Christopher Whitaker,  45, who was previously found guilty of aggravated murder and charges including kidnapping and rape in DeFreeze’s death. Her body was found in an abandoned home in Cleveland in January 2017, three days after her mother reported her missing when she didn’t arrive at school. […]

  • One arrest after car crashes through occupied Parma home

    PARMA, Ohio — One person was arrested after a car crashed through a Parma home Thursday morning. The home was occupied, but no one was injured. Police were called to the Twin Lakes Drive and Thornton Drive area  at around 12:45 a.m. to reports of a car into a home. When they arrived, one person was still in the car. He was evaluated by paramedics but wasn’t taken to the hospital. He was arrested. There were several people in the […]

  • Seen on TV: 2/21/18

    Here are the web links for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018: Click here for Westerville police GoFundMe Click here for the Cavs Academy Click here for more on Murray Hill Market Click here for number to call for St. Jude Dream Home tickets Thursday Click here for City of Cleveland vehicle damage claims Click here for more information on dog food pulled over concerns about euthanasia drug Click here for ‘Sickweather’– flu tracking app Click here to find help for someone contemplating suicide Click here for the morning […]

  • Missing: Brandon Churchill

    BARBERTON, Ohio — FOX 8 continues our missing persons segments with the help of Amanda Berry. We hope the segments will help loved ones reunite with their missing family members. Brandon Churchill, 16, was last seen Feb. 12 in Barberton. Brandon is 5’9″ tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Barberton police at 330753-6611. You can see the daily missing persons segment with Amanda Berry on […]

  • The Rev. Billy Graham passes away at 99

    The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99. BREAKING NEWS: Billy Graham has died at age 99. pic.twitter.com/oZbmCUwOU5 — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 21, 2018 Spokesman Mark DeMoss tell The Associated Press that Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments. His wife, Ruth, died in 2007. Graham reached more than […]

  • Sentencing phase begins today for man convicted in murder, rape of Alianna DeFreeze

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The sentencing phase begins Wednesday for the registered sex offender convicted of raping and killing a 14-year-old Cleveland girl. Jurors previously found 45-year-old Christopher Whitaker guilty of aggravated murder and charges including kidnapping and rape in Alianna DeFreeze’s death. Her body was found in an abandoned home in Cleveland in January 2017, three days after her mother reported her missing when she didn’t arrive at school. Authorities say Alianna was beaten and stabbed and the South Euclid […]