September 3, 2015

Elyria
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12-year-old admits to crimes during disappearance with toddler

ELYRIA — A 12-year-old girl has admitted to committing several crimes when she vanished with a 2-year-old she was baby-sitting earlier this summer to have sexual relations with an Elyria man. The girl made the admissions to inducing panic, unlawful restraint and violating the terms of her probation in an earlier case during an appearance Read More…

Cleveland man guilty in wife’s death

A Cuyahoga County jury has found a Cleveland man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife in Cleveland before setting himself on fire on a Lorain County road guilty of aggravated murder and other charges. Joe Frolik, a spokesman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, said 29-year-old Hugo Ramos will face a life prison term when he Read More…

Old Vermilion case leads to lawsuit

ELYRIA — A Put-in-Bay businessman is suing a former island police officer for defamation for allegedly disclosing the details of a long-sealed criminal case from Vermilion on the Internet. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Mark Mathys, accuses former Officer Steven Korossy of improperly gaining access to an Read More…

Prosecutor’s former legal secretary indicted

Shauna Flint

ELYRIA — A former legal secretary in Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office has been indicted on a felony count of theft by deception for allegedly bilking a co-worker and her significant other out of roughly $23,000. Shauna Flint, 46, allegedly convinced the couple to take out several loans between March and August 2013 to Read More…

Witness says Robles was playing with gun before fatal shooting

ELYRIA — Antonio Robles was waving his arms up and down just before the silver handgun he was holding went off and DeAndre McDowell fell to the floor with a gunshot wound to his head, a key prosecution witness testified Tuesday in the second day of Roble’s murder trial. Sharlisa Thompson gave sometimes contradictory accounts Read More…

Intent at issue as Robles’ murder trial opens

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Antonio Robles’ murder trial began Monday at Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria.

ELYRIA — DeAndre McDowell died from a bullet fired from a gun in the hands of Antonio Robles, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed at the start of Robles’ murder trial Monday. But the question at the heart of the bench trial before Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny is whether Robles meant to kill the 17-year-old McDowell, Read More…

Supreme Court accepts resignation of attorney accused of hypnotizing female clients

ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted Michael W. Fine’s resignation from the practice of law. Fine had worked as an attorney out of Sheffield before his office was raided in November as part of an investigation into whether he had hypnotized female clients for his own sexual gratification. Fine has not been charged Read More…

Former prison worker cleared in sex case

ELYRIA — A Lorain County jury cleared a former prison dietitian Wednesday of a sexual battery charge that had accused him of having a sexual relationship with an inmate in 2011. Richard Rodgers went on voluntary leave in August 2012 after a Lorain Correctional Institution inmate accused him of trading oral sex for smuggling alcohol Read More…

Lorain County 911 dispatchers face discipline

ELYRIA — A Lorain County 911 dispatcher will be suspended for falling asleep on the job, county Administrator Jim Cordes said. Michelle Ramsey will receive a 30-day suspension, but will only serve five days off without pay as part of an agreement reached with United Steelworks Local 8845, Cordes said. The remaining 25 days of Read More…

Police decry prisoner’s early release

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ELYRIA — The Lorain police union Tuesday condemned Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski for his decision Monday to grant early release from prison to a man who shot at Lorain police officers in 2004. Officer Tim Thompson, vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, warned that Betleski would be responsible Read More…