April 19, 2014

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Prosecutors: Heather Koon raped children at request of registered sex offender boyfriend

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ELYRIA – Heather Koon raped children at the Elyria day care center where she worked at the request of her registered sex offender boyfriend, James Osborne, prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday. “We’re not alleging that (Osborne) actually entered the day care center,” Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said. “We have a substantial Read More…

Browns Notes: Coordinator Ray Horton impressed with safety T.J. Ward’s intelligence, instincts

BEREA — T.J. Ward sealed the victory against the Bills last week with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown – his first score in the NFL. First-year coordinator Ray Horton didn’t need that play to be impressed with the strong safety he inherited. “I’ve been very pleased and very happy to get to know Read More…

Government shutdown delays plans to build two new hotels locally

SHEFFIELD – Plans to build two hotels in the city have been stalled due to the government shutdown. Mayor John Hunter said he was informed Thursday that groundbreaking on the Holiday Inn, scheduled to begin Oct. 14, would be postponed because of delays receiving a loan from the bank. Work on the Homewood Suites by Read More…

Teen facing charges after lunging at elementary school students

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WESTLAKE – A 17-year-old was seen lunging at children on their way to Hilliard Elementary School on Thursday morning. The teenager was taken into custody around 11 a.m. at his home in Westlake after Hilliard Elementary School students said he approached them on their way to school. Around 8 a.m., four students told a crossing Read More…

Update: Police searching for suspect in Elyria armed robbery

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ELYRIA  — No one was hurt in an armed robbery at Nooks, 226 Middle Ave., around 2:10 p.m. today. Updated Oct. 10 at 8  p.m.: Police arrest Nooks armed robbery suspect hours later A witness said he saw the robber come out of the store and run east on Sedaris Lane. The witness described the Read More…

Benefit for Sheffield Lake man who fell from roof set for Saturday

A benefit dinner will be held Saturday for John Evanish. Evanish, a 41-year-old Republic Steel worker and Sheffield Lake resident, fell 47 feet from a roof at Republic’s Lorain plant on Sept. 12. Evanish broke four bones in his back, seven ribs and suffered four compound fractures in his left arm. Evanish, a husband and father Read More…

Traffic stop on Turnpike nets $22,000 worth of marijuana

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A Michigan man was arrested with more than $22,000 worth of marijuana on the Ohio Turnpike, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers stopped a 2006 Pontiac Torrent for a following too closely and marked lanes violations at 3:17 p.m. Oct. 8 on the Turnpike, near milepost 138, in Amherst. The Read More…

UPDATE: Report suggests auto-erotic asphyxiation possible in Ariel Castro’s death

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro’s death by hanging in his prison cell may not have been suicide after all, but an attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities said Thursday. They also said two guards falsified logs documenting the number of times they checked on Castro before he died. The report Read More…

North Ridgeville crime: Several charged with driving under the influence

Thursday, Oct. 3 1:56 a.m. — Luanne Drive and Lear-Nagle Road. Joseph J. Buettner, 40, of Avon, charged with driving under the influence. 7:14 p.m. — 9100 block Root Road, a resident reported the theft of $300 in speakers and an amplifier. Monday, Sept. 30 8:46 a.m. — 34400 Lorain Road, employees of Automotive Equipment Read More…

Lorain schools official returns home from Afghanistan

Ohio Army National Guard Capt. Stephen Sturgill, who just returned from a nine-month tour in Afghanistan, is also a Lorain Schools assistant superintendent. PHOTO PROVIDED

LORAIN — After nine months riding in convoys in Afghanistan, Stephen Sturgill, a Lorain Schools assistant superintendent, is looking forward to returning to work Oct. 21. “It’ll be exciting,” said Sturgill, a captain in the Ohio Army National Guard’s Piqua-based 1487th Transportation Co. “Back to some normalcy.” Sturgill commanded a 158-member company deployed to Kandahar Read More…