ELYRIA – Two local motorcycle clubs say they`re organizing a fundraiser to benefit an Elyria family who has experienced a rash of misfortune over the past few months.
Bad Company and Freedom Nation motorcycle clubs are hosting a fundraiser 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and will be accepting donations of clothes, food or gift certificates for the Gifford family.
Event organizers said a young daughter in the Gifford family was recently diagnosed with cancer, while the mother of the family, Mary Gifford, had her purse and credit cards stolen while working at a store in Midway Mall.
The thieves used the family`s credit cards to rack up more than $3,000 in charges at multiple area stores, also stealing Mrs. Gifford`s personal identification and other items, an Elyria police report said.
If interested in donating any items to the family, the clubs will have a collection site at 579 Broad St. Saturday.
Organizers said the family needs clothing for twin girls, ages 2, a 4-year-old boy (size 5), an 11-year-old boy (size 10 to 12 slim), and an 8-year-old girl (size 12). For information, call (440) 787-9362.
Man gets 10 months for violating probation
ELYRIA – An Elyria man who escaped from a local correctional facility only to be captured following a three-hour standoff with police has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars for violating his probation on an earlier conviction.
Drew Manns, 23, was sentenced Wednesday to serve time at the county jail by county Common Pleas Court Judge Raymond Ewers. Manns will receive credit for 279 days already served in county jail and the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correction Facility.
Manns escaped from the CBCF on Sept. 20 through a door that was left open to air out the building after a computer began smoking, according to police.
He was picked up at his parent`s home in Elyria by police following a chase and standoff.
He later walked away from EMH Regional Medical Center while undergoing a mental health evaluation, but was quickly recaptured, according to police.
He is facing an escape charge for fleeing the CBCF.
Meeting set for planned limestone plant in Lorain
LORAIN – Eastside residents concerned over a proposed limestone grinding plant at the Colorado Avenue industrial complex are asked to attend a meeting Sunday afternoon.
The meeting will be 2 p.m. at the proposed site beginning with a tour and continue at 2:30 p.m. for a short presentation and question and answer session until 4:30 p.m. at the Knights of St. John building, 1620 Kansas Ave.
Anyone attending the tour should come through the complex entrance at Missouri and Colorado avenues.
Representatives from Oglebay Norton Co., the company that wants to develop the plant, will attend, along with police officers from the Lorain Police Department traffic division.
The proposed plant has been making headlines after residents began complaining about dust that could blow off the site and onto homes and cars. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has maintained this will not occur.
Dad, 22, pleads insanity after infant injured
ELYRIA – A 22-year-old Elyria man accused of shaking his 9Â½-month-old baby and causing brain trauma pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Wednesday.
Jack McDougal is being charged with felonious assault and two counts of endangering children in connection with his injuries his daughter, Paige McDougal, suffered. He is being held in the county jail on $320,000 bond.
Last month, McDougal told his attorney, Marilu Laubenthal, that he fell while holding the child because he has a bum knee. McDougal has also said earlier injuries that doctors discovered while treating the child were accidental.