July 31, 2015

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Parole board denies killer mom’s release request

The Ohio Parole Board has denied a request to release an Elyria woman who killed her 2-year-old son 25 years ago. The decision is the second time the board has rejected a parole attempt from Renee Patterson, 53, who is serving 20 years to life in prison for the killing after she was convicted of Read More…

Auditor issues finding for recovery against indicted former North Ridgeville employee

ELYRIA — Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has issued a finding for recovery against a former North Ridgeville city worker who is facing criminal charges for allegedly running personal errands while on the job. The finding, released Tuesday as part of the city’s annual audit report, requires Doug Edwards to repay North Ridgeville $1,632. Edwards was Read More…

Online vampire game obsession leads to county employee’s resignation

Jeffrey Neal

ELYRIA — A department manager at the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities resigned last week while under investigation for allegedly accessing a graphic sexual role-playing game and other inappropriate content on his personal computer while on county time. Jeffrey Neal, who served as director of the agency’s service and support administration, was asked to Read More…

911 call: Carlisle Township homicide victim’s house was torn apart

CARLISLE TWP. — The woman who called 911 to report the death of 61-year-old Farris Jones on Friday said his Midvale Drive house was ransacked, and he was lying dead in the living room. “Something’s wrong,” the woman said in a recording of the call released Tuesday. The woman said she had accompanied her mother Read More…

Former Lorain service director pleads guilty to felony drug charge

ELYRIA — Former Lorain Service Director Robert Gilchrist entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a felony possession of marijuana charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping a drug trafficking charge. Gilchrist, 45, declined to comment after entering the plea before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, who said there is a presumption that Gilchrist will Read More…

Wells withdraws plea; murder trial scheduled

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has withdrawn his guilty plea to reduced charges for his alleged role in the July 2014 slaying of Davion Strupe. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Laura Dezort didn’t object Monday to Todd Wells’ request because she said the 22-year-old wasn’t living up to his end of the bargain to cooperate with Read More…

North Ridgeville fugitive finally located in Pennsylvania — four years after his death

John Elmer Woodards

A North Ridgeville man wanted for violating the terms of his parole in a murder case more than 20 years ago has been tracked to a small town in Pennsylvania, but law enforcement was too late to put handcuffs on John Elmer Woodards. He died in February 2011. U.S. Marshal for Northern Ohio Pete Elliott Read More…

Convicted killer receives 18 years to life in prison

Jordan Williams, left, talks to defense attorney Michael Stepanik during Williams’ sentencing Friday.
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ELYRIA — Jordan Williams was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life in prison for fatally shooting Antonio Spraggins in January 2014. Neither Williams, 26, nor Spraggins’ family spoke in court before Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny handed down the mandatory sentence on the murder and reckless homicide charges that a jury convicted Williams of earlier Read More…

Republic to idle arc furnace, 125 workers

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LORAIN — Republic Steel announced Friday that it will idle the electric arc furnace at its Lorain mill and lay off about 125 employees. The company blamed the shutdown on reduced customer demand for its products because of an ongoing decline in oil and gas markets, which is the same reason it gave when 200 Read More…

Republic Steel idles furnace, lays off workers

LORAIN – Republic Steel will idle its electric arc furnace, the company told city officials and union members Friday. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the company told him up to 150 workers will lose their jobs as part of the shutdown. “From what I’ve gathered, it’s going to be temporary until the market improves,” Ritenauer Read More…