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Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies Shortly After Serving Obama Eggs

President Obama at Ann's Place in Akron, Ohio early Friday morning. JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(AKRON, Ohio) -- Just an hour after hosting President Obama for breakfast, the owner of an Akron, Ohio, restaurant is dead.

Reporters going to Ann’s Place in Akron to follow up on the president’s choice of breakfast were stunned to learn the restaurant’s owner -- 70-year-old Josephine “Ann” Harris -- died after meeting with him over eggs, bacon and wheat toast, according to Ed Esposito of ABC’s Akron affiliate WAKR. She complained of fatigue and a tingling feeling when taken to the hospital, where she died about an hour after serving President Obama on the second day of his bus campaign through Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

“I’m sure this was her highlight,” Frankie Adkins, Harris’ sister, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., told the Akron Beacon Journal. “She loved Obama.”

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Third Body Linked to Craigslist Ad Identified

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) -- Investigators identified a third body on Saturday potentially linked to the phony job ad on Craigslist that police believe lured two other victims into a lethal robbery scheme in Ohio, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Office.

The body was identified through an autopsy as Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron, Ohio, who was found in a shallow grave on Nov. 25.

His family has been notified of the identification. The sheriff's office was unsure how long he has been missing.

One of the other bodies, found in a shallow grave behind Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, was identified last week as Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, Ohio, who answered the Craigslist ad. Kern had not been seen in over a week, according to FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson.

Police also found the body of David Pauley, 51, of Florida in a shallow grave outside Caldwell, Ohio, about 80 miles east of Columbus.

Authorities believe robbery was the motive, and on Nov. 16 took two suspects into custody: a 16-year-old high school student identified by ABC News' Columbus affiliate WSYX-TV as Brogan Rafferty, and Richard Beasley, 52, a purported Ohio chaplain.

Beasley defended himself Friday in a jailhouse letter saying that he is not a "con man."

Beasley appeared in court Friday for the second time in two days. He was arraigned on 14 counts of promoting prostitution and one count of compelling prostitution. On Thursday, he was arraigned on charges of selling oxycontin.

FBI spokesman Michael Brooks told that Beasley is a suspect in the Craigslist murder investigation, but would not comment on a report that Beasely is also facing federal charges of kidnapping and wire fraud. Brooks said federal documents in the case have been sealed.

Beasley appeared in court Thursday slumped in a wheelchair, wearing a striped prison uniform and with his head hanging without saying a word. His attorney Rhonda Kotnik did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

Brogan Rafferty, 16, also appeared in court this week. Rafferty, whose family claims Beasley was his mentor, has been charged with attempted murder, complicity to attempted murder, aggravated assault and complicity to aggravated assault.

Rafferty is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 15 when a judge will decide if the teenager will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult for his alleged participation in the deadly scheme. If convicted as an adult, Rafferty could face a life sentence.

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Craigslist 'Chaplain' Allegedly Managed Prostitutes

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) -- The self proclaimed "chaplain" allegedly at the center of the Ohio Craigslist murder spree has an extensive criminal record that includes managing more than a dozen prostitutes and selling drugs.

Rich Beasley, 52, and his alleged co-conspirator 16-year-old Brogan Rafferty were arrested on Nov. 16.

The teenager has been charged with aggravated murder and attempted murder in connection with three men who were killed and one who was wounded after answering a bogus Craigslist ad offering a job. So far, Beasley is not charged in connection with those deaths, but he was arrested on previous charges related to prostitution and drugs.

Beasley, a purported chaplain, has spent a total of 15 of the past 30 years in prison for a laundry list of crimes.

A court document from Summit County, Ohio, shows that Beasley was accused by the Akron Police Department of 15 prostitution-related charges in December 2010. He also allegedly managed 14 prostitutes, including a 17-year-old. The document states that Beasley was aware of the teenager's age.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday for these charges.

In November 2010, Beasley was charged with trafficking Oxycontin when he allegedly sold Oxycontin pills to a detective. He was indicted on this charge and has a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Beasley was also charged in December 2010 with aggravated menacing, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, cultivation of marijuana and possession of criminal tools.

These charges were dismissed following a court-related technicality, but the felony prostitution charges were upheld. Beasley is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

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