Regional news briefs, June 6, 2020: Five people arrested for allegedly trying to break into Progressive Field

CLEVELAND Police: 5 people tried to break into Progressive Field

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said five people were arrested on Friday morning after they attempted to break into Progressive Field, according to numerous media reports. Progressive Field security officers, who spotted the group around 3 a.m., said they looked suspicious because a curfew was still in effect for downtown Cleveland. The guards notified police who arrested the five people and charged them with violating the city’s curfew.

Police said they discovered fire-starting materials and protest signs inside a car used by the group. Although the five were not identified, Williams said during a news conference that they are from Ohio, but they do not live in Cuyahoga County.

2 Pennsylvania men charged in Cleveland violence

Two men were arrested in Pennsylvania and have been charged federally for their alleged role in the violence during and after the peaceful demonstrations in Cleveland last weekend. Devon Bryce Poland and Brandon Althof-Long were arrested by FBI agents and were found to be in possession of weapons and accelerants, according to Cleveland police. They both have addresses in Pennsylvania, in the Erie area, said Eric Smith, with the Cleveland Division of the FBI.

The men are in their early 20s, Smith said, and at this time, it is not known if they are associated with any established groups or organizations. The men were initially arrested on a curfew violation in Cleveland on Saturday and found to have a legally possessed firearm, officials stated. They were arrested again in the Erie area Friday morning by agents.

They have a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday. According to their criminal complaint, both men are charged with three counts for transporting a firearm, or explosive or incendiary device, in furtherance of civil disorder; conspiracy to use fire or an explosive to commit and rioting. A federal search warrant obtained on May 31 to search both men’s phones revealed a Facebook Messenger conversation on Saturday where the two planned a trip to watch and participate in riots in Cleveland, police said.

According to officials, the two originally planned to participate in riots in Pittsburgh, but, Althof-Long said: “Cleveland seems like a better spot to riot watch. Police shooting teargas and flash bangs, Pittsburgh hasn’t had much of that.” Police: Boy was fatally shot

by gun found in dad’s truck A 12-year-old Cleveland boy was killed this week when a gun he and his brother found in their father’s truck was accidentally fired, authorities said. Donell King Sr., 37, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and a weapons offense in the death of his son, Donell King Jr.

It wasn’t known Thursday if he has retained an attorney. reports that the boy and his brother found the gun around 1:30 p.m. Monday and the brother picked it up.

Donell Jr. tried to take the gun away, authorities said, but the weapon somehow fired and Donell Jr. was struck in the chest. His brother, who wasn’t injured, ran to a nearby police station to report the shooting. Police went to the home and found the wounded child, who was taken to a hospital but died there a short time later.

Police found the gun in some overgrown grass outside a nearby apartment building, authorities said, but it’s not clear how the weapon ended up there. COLUMBUS Plea change hearing for man

accused of game threat A magistrate judge rescheduled a change of plea hearing for a man accused of threatening a shooting at Ohio State University and vowing to hurt players on the football team. Such changes of plea hearings are typically held when a defendant switches a plea from not guilty to guilty.

An indictment unsealed late last year in federal court in Columbus accuses Daniel Rippy of making the “electronic communication” threat from California during the game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan in 2018. The game was played in Columbus that year, and Ohio State won 62-39. Rippy threatened a shooting at the school and said: “I’m seriously going to hurt the students and all of the players from the football team,” according to the Sept.

26 indictment. Rippy previously entered a not guilty plea before Judge Algenon Marbley, who ordered him to remain in detention. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King rescheduled the hearing Thursday without providing details from June 18 to July 1.

Rippy’s attorney has declined to comment before the hearing.

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