September 30, 2014

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Psychologist says Gas USA shooter’s circumstances led to life of crime

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ELYRIA — A forensic psychologist testified Wednesday that admitted killer Vincent Jackson Jr. suffers from a number of mental health ailments created in some cases by circumstances beyond his control that led him down a path of crime. “There’s no question this youth was at risk for violence and homicidal behavior,” Dr. John Fabian said Read More…

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment, officials say

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside, Wednesday in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

  FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said. Read More…

Alleged carjacking ends with chase, two-car crash

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An alleged carjacking in Elyria ended with the suspect crashing the stolen car into another car at the intersection of Center Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads in North Ridgeville, police said. Witness Debbie Jensch said she heard sirens as she was picking up her husband, Craig Jensch, a deliveryman at Hale’s Florist & Read More…

Judge orders commissioners to renovate probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge issued an ultimatum to the county commissioners Wednesday before storming out of their meeting Wednesday. Either the commissioners agree to build out the empty fifth floor of the Lorain County Justice Center for the county’s Adult Probation Department or Burge said he will issue a court Read More…

Grafton business owners express doubts on Route 57 widening project

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GRAFTON — Sometime this month, work is scheduled to begin on a project that will widen state Route 57 from two to three lanes. Designed to improve traffic flow through a mile-plus stretch of Route 57 dotted by numerous businesses in the village, some owners and managers of those businesses have doubts about the work. Read More…

Kasich signs capital budget that gives $5.5 million to Lorain County projects

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A $2.4 billion capital budget signed into law Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich includes $5.5 million for 10 Lorain County projects. About $4.4 million is for two Lorain County Community College projects. Tracy Green, a college spokesman, said the $2.4 million Health Careers Building renovation will begin this summer and involve renovating laboratories for clinical Read More…

Couple, heroin, 2 kids found in apartment

ELYRIA — Police searched the home of a suspected drug user and found a man living with his wife and two young children in an apartment without heat or electricity, according to a police report. Jason K. Murphy, 26, was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia around 12:30 p.m. Monday at Read More…

Lorain County Children Services board makes offer to head of Allen County department

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Children Services Board is in negotiations with a candidate for the agency’s executive director position. The position has been offered to Scott Ferris, who is executive director at Allen County Children Services in Lima. LCCS board chairman Bill Harper met with Ferris during a two-hour executive session Wednesday, but Ferris Read More…

Suspect in shooting at Kent State in custody

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A person suspected of firing a gunshot on the campus of Kent State University on Wednesday was captured later that night and was in custody at a hospital, campus officials said. Campus police said the male suspect was in custody at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. They did not say why Read More…

North Ridgeville man charged with rape of child under 13

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A North Ridgeville man has been charged with rape stemming from a 2013 incident involving a girl under the age of 13. Police Capt. Marti Garrow confirmed the charge against Luis Sanchez, 38, who was arraigned Monday in Elyria Municipal Court. Sanchez did not enter a plea before Judge Gary C. Bennett, Read More…