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Man accused in kidnapping pleads no contest to amended charges


LORAIN – A North Olmsted man, accused of holding another man captive for not paying his drug debt, pleaded no contest to amended charges.

Joseph Whiteman was convicted of disorderly conduct, amended from the unlawful restraint charge he initially faced.

Whiteman, who denied kidnapping Geraldo Cuevas, of Avon, said Cuevas lied about the allegations.

Cuevas called a friend in July of 2012, asking the friend to call police because he was being held captive by Whiteman, who he owed $140 for heroin, police said. Police said the man set up a meeting with Cuevas’ captors, and Whiteman was arrested as one of the passengers in the vehicle.

Whiteman said he pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct to “get the case over with.”

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