December 18, 2014

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Woman who drew judge’s ire pleads no contest in separate cases

ELYRIA — A city woman sentenced to 300 days in jail for contempt of court last month has pleaded no contest to domestic violence and assault in separate cases. Ebony Burks, 32, entered the pleas Monday before Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves, who ordered her to pay $100 in fines and undergo a Read More…

Injured bicyclist downgraded at Metro

COLUMBIA STATION — John Ondrejovich, the bicyclist critically injured after being struck by a car Thursday, has had a setback. Ondrejovich was downgraded from fair condition to critical condition at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland on Tuesday, according to Tina Shaerban-Arundel, a Metro spokeswoman. Ondrejovich had been upgraded Monday. Ondrejovich, 51, of the 33000 Read More…

Republic Steel worker who fell through roof improving

LORAIN — A Republic Steel worker injured in a fall Thursday is improving. John Evanish, 50, was upgraded from critical to fair condition Tuesday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to hospital spokeswoman Tina Shaerban-Arundel. Evanish, a mechanic and maintenance technician who began working at the plant in July, fell about 40 feet through Read More…

Keystone Schools concept art released

This rendering shows Keystone Schools' planned kindergarten-through-fifth-grade expansion. PROVIDED IMAGE

LAGRANGE — Renderings of the new Keystone Elementary School have been released, and crews are working to build the wing that will house kindergarten through fifth grade.  “It’s coming along really, really nicely,” Superintendent Jay Arbaugh said. The wing will be across from the high school and attached to the building that houses sixth- through Read More…

Police: Man strips off clothes, threatens girlfriend

ELYRIA — A domestic violence incident ended Monday when a 52-year-old Lorain man stripped off his clothing in front of his ex-girlfriend, threatened to stab her and tried to hide from police behind a tree. Elyria police charged Charles J. Smith, 52, with aggravated burglary, intimidation, aggravated menacing, violating a protection order, theft and domestic Read More…

Mother allegedly beat teen girl repeatedly

LORAIN — Police and Lorain County Children Services are investigating a report that a 15-year-old girl was routinely beaten by her mother. The girl and her grandmother reported the incidents to Lorain police on Sunday, telling an officer that the alleged attacks occurred in the mother’s West 9th Street home. The most recent attack occurred Read More…

3 Amherst bartenders cited for allegedly selling alcohol to minors

AMHERST — Police issued three summons last week during an annual sweep to determine whether bartenders around the city were selling alcohol to minors. Around 8 p.m. Thursday, police sent an 18-year-old informant into Ziggy’s Bar at 193 Park Ave. with $10, a recording device and instructions to buy alcohol. The girl ordered a Miller Read More…

North Ridgeville, firefighters at impasse over contract

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city’s firefighters knew their requests for a 15 percent pay hike this year and subsequent salary raises of 5 percent in 2014 and 2015 would raise some eyebrows. But that was the point, according to Korey Stearns, president of Local 2129 of the International Association of Firefighters, which represents 34 of Read More…

Lorain police officer says dog charged him before he shot it

LORAIN — A police officer shot and wounded a dog that he contends was charging at him during an arrest. The incident occurred Sept. 9 when Officer Dario Torres served a domestic violence warrant to Samantha Meade, 27, at her boyfriend’s house on the 3500 block of Oakdale Avenue. Police said that Torres went to Read More…

Recent birth cited as reason for new trial motion

Tina D'Agostino

ELYRIA — Attorneys trying to win a new trial for Tina D’Agostino, who is serving an eight-year prison term for shooting her boyfriend in 2010, have accused her trial lawyer of failing to provide an adequate defense, pointing to her giving birth months before as a possible reason. The trial, D’Agostino’s attorneys, Mike Duff and Read More…