Neighbor arraigned in death of businessman


The neighbor of a Waterville Township man who was robbed and shot to death in his home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary in the case.

Ronald Rooker, 32, of 8930 S. River Rd. was arraigned before Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Myron Duhart, who scheduled a pretrial hearing for July 23. Rooker and James Allen, 18, of 1732 E. Westland Gardens Rd. are charged in the May 18 death of businessman James Safadi, 34, of 8940 S. River Rd.

Judge Duhart continued bond at $5 million for Rooker and Mr. Allen.