May 30, 2015


Woman says men stole $7,200 from her during attempted drug deal

LORAIN – A woman told police three men choked her and stole thousands of dollars from her when she tried to buy crack cocaine from them on Monday. Linda Kelly, 52, told police she withdrew $7,200 from Chase Bank at 5971 Leavitt Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday. She said the money was for Read More…

Oberlin College joins April Fools’ Day fun

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OBERLIN – Oberlin College’s creative web team had a bit of fun with the college’s website, in the name of April Fools’ Day. At midnight Tuesday, alien spaceships and various animals made their way to the college’s homepage. The doodles, constructed by Oberlin College’s web and graphic design team, were a way to celebrate the Read More…

Ga. police investigate site in connection with missing North Ridgeville resident

Justin Gaines

Georgia authorities confirmed a 24-hour search took place last week for a former North Ridgeville resident missing in Georgia for 6½ years. The search was verified Monday by Gwinnett County Sheriff Deputy Shannon Volkodav, the department’s public information officer. Officials dug up ground around a well near a small town in Gwinnett County in metropolitan Read More…

Man accused of selling deadly fentanyl sentenced to 2 years in prison

Awtwan Taylor

ELYRIA — One of the men police have said is responsible for selling the deadly painkiller fentanyl that caused a rash of overdoses, including some deaths, late last year was sentenced Monday to two years in prison. But Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski said as long as 21-year-old Antwan Taylor doesn’t get into Read More…

Lorain man sentenced in home invasion

Dallas Meinhold

ELYRIA — A Lorain man involved in a brutal 2013 home invasion was sentenced Monday to four years in prison. Dallas Meinhold, 26, pleaded guilty in January to kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Meinhold and Glenn Wamsley, who is serving a three-year prison sentence in the case, forced their way into the Read More…

Two men face charges after Elyria police chase

Damonte Crim

ELYRIA — Early Monday, police said a driver trying to flee police began a car chase that ended when the vehicle crashed and he and a passenger were caught on the run. Joshua Grant, 22, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest, failure to comply, leaving the scene, driving under suspension, reasonable control, weaving, Read More…

Lorain man indicted on charges he moved body of shooting victim


ELYRIA — A Lorain man has been indicted on charges that he moved the body of shooting victim DeAndre McDowell last May. Adam Ortiz Jr., 19, is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, possession of criminal tools and abuse of a corpse. McDowell, 17, was shot in the head at a Lorain home before Read More…

Murder suspect facing possible death penalty opts to let dice determine 3-judge panel

Clarence Adams III appears in court on March 31. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Clarence Adams III wants a roll of the dice to determine who will sit on the three-judge panel that will hear his capital murder case when it starts later this month. “I’ll take the dice,” Adams told Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi during a hearing Monday. Miraldi, who is assigned the Read More…

Cotton Club liquor permit not renewed

Anthony Barnhill manages the bar at the Cotton Club on East 28th Street in Lorain. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — Less than two years after opening, the Cotton Club is scheduled to close April 20 when its liquor permit expires due to rowdiness inside and around the bar. In a March 21 letter to club owner Antoinette Daniels Barnhill, Ohio Division of Liquor Control superintendent Bruce Stevenson rejected the permit renewal. Stevenson noted police Read More…

Elyria sets parameters for attorney, law firm

Kenneth S. Stumphauzer

ELYRIA — Attorney Kenneth Stumphauzer will attend city meetings, research legal opinions for Mayor Holly Brinda and prepare contracts as the mayor’s administrative legal counsel. His law firm, Walter Haverfield, will serve as special counsel to the city handling labor negotiations and labor relations matters, but it cannot bill for Stumphauzer’s time because all of Read More…