July 29, 2014

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Three juveniles held in connection with possible arson

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ELYRIA —Three teenagers are facing charges in connection with a suspected arson Monday that destroyed a vacant house, a car and a motorcycle. Sheriff’s deputies took three boys — ages 13, 14 and 15 — into custody Tuesday. Detective Sgt. Randal Koubeck said deputies were looking for a possible fourth suspect. The vacant house, at 9372 Fowl Road, burst into flames about Read More…

Man allegedly sexually assaulted minor twice in seven years

Timothy Wilson

LORAIN – A 37-year-old Lorain man recently became the subject of an investigation after a teenager told police he sexually assaulted the teen two times over the course of seven years. Timothy Wilson, 37, of the 800 block of West 14th Street in Lorain, was charged with gross sexual imposition at about 8:45 a.m. on Read More…

Police: Couple leaves six children in car to shoot heroin in restaurant bathroom

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ELYRIA — A sunny day at the beach ended in felony charges Sunday when police said a married couple left six children in their parked car while on their way home and shot up heroin in a Burger King bathroom, according to police. Melissa Mitchell, 34, and David Conley, 31, were each charged with six Read More…

Three charged in Elyria during national prostitution crackdown

Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland field office, addresses the media Monday as he reports on local arrests in a nationwide child sex trafficking sweep. Behind him is Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A national FBI-led week dedicated to breaking up prostitution rings made a local link Thursday when police charged two women and a man for soliciting sex online, according to police. Kenneth Williams, 40, of Cleveland — who goes by the street name “Bay-Bay” — was charged with promoting prostitution about 1 p.m. Thursday Read More…

Amherst Council advances amended chicken ordinance

AMHERST — Small changes resulted in a big step forward in a debate that has been plaguing the city of Amherst for almost a year. At a City Council meeting Monday, Council members addressed the issue of owning chickens on fewer than five acres of land. In a 5-1 vote, Council advanced an ordinance to Read More…

Alleged drug dealer charged with assaulting, robbing teen

Forrest Phillips

ELYRIA — A drug dealer allegedly beat up a teenager, robbed him and fractured his jaw over drug money Monday before hiding from officers in his girlfriend’s basement, police said. Forrest Phillips, 21, who goes by the street name “Bubba,” was charged with felonious assault and robbery about 1 p.m. Wednesday at his girlfriend’s house in Read More…

Second drug abuse awareness program coming to Vermilion Schools

VERMILION — After completing the first year of its random drug testing policy, the Vermilion school district has already set up another program to combat the drug abuse epidemic in the district. Josh Budka, a tutor for Vermilion Schools, along with school administrators, is leading a drug abuse awareness program targeting seventh-graders, which starts this Read More…

Amherst drug task force founder to begin similar project in Lorain

LORAIN — A founding member of a community drug task force based in Amherst is turning her attention eastward, in hopes of tackling the drug problem in her hometown. Holly Miller, a Lorain resident who teaches in Amherst, helped put together a community drug task force in Amherst that raises awareness about the heroin epidemic Read More…

Roof pipes source of gas leak at Lorain County Jail

Pipes that are almost 40 years old in the roof of the Lorain County Jail were the site of “numerous” gas leaks at the jail Tuesday evening, according to a jail report. About 6:30 p.m., the Elyria Fire Department found high levels of carbon dioxide in a boiler room in Lorain County Jail. Columbia Gas responded Read More…

Man, 24, charged with raping 17-year-old girl

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A girl who befriended a restaurant employee told police the man sexually assaulted her after she drove him home from work one night. Timothy Blankenship, 24, was charged with rape Tuesday morning at his house in Berea after a 17-year-old North Olmsted girl told police he sexually assaulted her in March. According Read More…