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Published: Wednesday, 11/28/2007

3 children, woman die in West Toledo house fire

(Posted at 12:15 a.m.) Four people tentatively identified as a woman, two girls, and a boy died on Wednesday night when fire swept through a two-story house in West Toledo, authorities said. A man who lives at the house was taken to a hospital.

The names of the dead were not immediately available.

The blaze was reported about 10 p.m. at 4046 Lyman Ave., between Sylvania Avenue and Royalton Road.

The children's bodies were found huddled in an upstairs hall. The children, according to authorities, ranged from 4 to 11 years. The woman's body was found on the first floor, officials said.

(Posted at 3:15 p.m.) The mother of a boy whose foot was chewed off by a pit bull puppy will serve four years in prison after she was found guilty of child endangering. Martina Jennings, 23, of 1209 St. John St., collapsed in the Lucas County Common Pleas courtroom after being handcuffed. She pleaded no contest Sept. 18 to child endangering and faced a maximum of five years in prison.

(Posted at 3:30 p.m.) Toledo police have identified an 18-year-old as the suspect in the rapes of four teenage girls, including the recent rape of a Woodward High School student.

(Posted at 1:30 p.m.) LAS VEGAS O.J. Simpson firmly pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers. Simpson stood and entered his plea before Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, who will preside at his trial along with co-defendants Clarence C.J. Stewart and Charles Charlie Ehrlich.

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