April 20, 2014

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Man pleads guilty to trying to smuggle pot into jail

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ELYRIA — A Lorain man who tried to pay a Lorain County Jail guard $250 to smuggle marijuana into the jail for an inmate who was in the midst of a murder trial has pleaded guilty. Maurice Palmer, 24, entered guilty pleas Monday to charges of bribery, attempted illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds Read More…

Accused child molester says he’s being targeted in jail

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ELYRIA — James Osborne has repeatedly refused to enter protective custody despite multiple disputes with his fellow inmates at the Lorain County Jail. The most recent incident came Friday when another inmate, Bahlial Davis, allegedly threw “liquid feces” on the door of the cell Osborne was sharing with Luis Sanchez. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said Read More…

Lorain bondsman tracks fugitive drug smuggler to Fla.

Lorain bondsman Tony Horn with fugitive John Davis in Plant City, Fla. on Thursday morning.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  A drug smuggler who skipped his June 2013 sentencing hearing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court was arrested Thursday in Plant City, Fla. Bondsman Tony Horn, of Lorain-based T-Bonds, said he tracked John Davis to a trailer park outside of Tampa after flying to Florida earlier this week to search for the 54-year-old who Read More…

Lorain police shut down meth operation on Seventh Court

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LORAIN — Police shut down one of the largest meth labs they’ve ever encountered in Lorain County on Wednesday. Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said a caller reported a chemical smell wafting out of 903 W. Seventh Court around 3:45 p.m. Police arrived, smelled the chemicals and eventually determined that there was a methamphetamine “cooking” Read More…

More evidence revealed against suspects in fatal shooting

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ELYRIA — One of the two men facing murder and felonious assault charges for the Jan. 5 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins broke the window of Spraggins’ Chevrolet Equinox before opening fire, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday. When police interviewed Jordan Williams after he was arrested a few days after the shooting, officers observed Read More…

Avon man indicted on federal charges in bank robberies, bomb threat

Police take into custody the man suspected of robbing Dollar Bank on Monday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

An Avon man has been indicted in federal court on charges he robbed two Lorain County banks, including one incident when he allegedly called in a fake bomb threat to Elyria High School before the robbery. Brett Benson, 40, faces two counts of bank robbery and a single count of making a bomb threat. The Read More…

Convicted heroin dealer faces federal charges

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Federal prosecutors have charged an Elyria man with selling fentanyl to an Elyria woman who later died from a drug overdose after using the powerful painkiller. Siarres “Sizzle” Noble, 29, already had pleaded guilty in state court to drug trafficking, drug possession and other charges in the same November timeframe that is covered in the Read More…

UPDATED: Three-judge panel sentences Vincent Jackson Jr. to life in prison

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ELYRIA — Vincent Jackson Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down Qiana Walton during a 2008 robbery, a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday. Jackson, 33, who could have received a death sentence in the case, appeared relieved by the decision. He will not be eligible for parole. Walton’s family was Read More…

Judges deliberate fate of Gas USA clerk’s killer (Video)

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ELYRIA — Vincent Jackson Jr.’s head hung down as the video of him killing Qiana Walton played in court Tuesday. He jerked upright when the fatal gunshot rang out.
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Inmate wants conviction in Lorain murder overturned

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CLEVELAND — Alfred Cleveland’s attorney told a federal judge Monday that his client’s murder conviction in the 1991 slaying of Marsha Blakely in Lorain should not stand. “The conviction of petitioner Alfred Cleveland stands on weak legs,” defense attorney J. Philip Calabrese said during closing arguments of proceedings that could lead to Cleveland’s case being Read More…