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Man who shot dog in Heights park in federal court, jailed

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CLEVELAND -- Ramone "Raymone" Clements, the man accused of shooting the dog now named "Forest" in Forest Hills Park in Cleveland Heights Nov. 25, was captured without incident today at 11 a.m. near Nursery Avenue and Finn Street in Cleveland.

Federal officials charged him with having a firearm and ammunition with a prior conviction in a federal indictment earlier this week.

Related story: Feds: Man accused of shooting dog now on the run

Officials say Clements, 42, of Cleveland, was in U.S. District Court at 4 p.m. Thursday before Magistrate Judge William H. Baughman, Jr.

Clements pleaded not guilty and federal prosecutors asked Baughman to detain him.

He remains in federal custody for now and there will be a detention hearing held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25.

Federal officials say Clements is facing federal charges that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Clements, who was scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at 8:30 Friday morning on charges relating to shooting the dog now named "Forest," was on the run.

Clements was found to have one round of .357-caliber ammunition and two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition on Dec. 20, 2012, despite previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003) and aggravated robbery (1991), according to the indictment.

This case began when Clements was accused of tying "Forest" to a tree in Cleveland Heights Nov. 25, then shooting the dog, leaving him for dead.

Dog walker Dee Shedlow found the mastiff dog -- now named Forrest -- early Nov. 26 and the PAWS Ohio rescue group took care of him. Forest was emaciated, weighing only 70 pounds. Forest, now recovered, is now living in a loving home in Solon.

In that incident, Clements has been charged with animal cruelty, discharging a weapon in city limits and having weapons under disability. If convicted on all counts, Clements faces 5 years and 7 and a half months in prison.

Clements is a convicted felon and is not permitted to have a weapon. Court records show Clements has five aliases and began his criminal career at the age of 18, being convicted of receiving stolen property.

He failed to show for his first court appearance back in 1988 and was arrested on a warrant.

Clements has 17 cases that he has been involved in. His last prison term, after he pleaded guilty in 2006 to rape against victims who were under 13, was five years.

He left prison in 2011.


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