July 4, 2015

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Marijuana legislation backers pledge support of unions

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LORAIN — The company that will grow marijuana at a proposed Lorain facility will allow its workers to organize into a union if voters approve a marijuana legalization constitutional amendment this fall, the company’s leadership announced Tuesday. “This company will be a driver of economic growth in this community and will be an example of Read More…

Supreme Court accepts law practice resignation of ex-magistrate facing child porn charges

The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted the resignation from the practice of law from a former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate accused of accessing child pornography. James Paterson will be barred under the terms of his resignation from ever serving as a lawyer again, according to the decision handed down Tuesday. The resignation is permanent Read More…

Amherst man killed in Indiana crash

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An Amherst man, who a friend said was traveling to a wedding with his family, was killed Friday in a crash on the Indiana Toll Road that also injured an Indiana state trooper. The Indiana State Police reported that Lucas Del Valle, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place Read More…

Brinda outspent Grace three-to-one in primary

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda vastly outspent former Mayor Bill Grace in last month’s Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Lorain County Board of Elections. The reports show that Brinda spent $33,040 to win the primary, compared with the $11,315 that Grace spent on his unsuccessful effort to return Read More…

Attorney: Client in child sex case is not a predator

ELYRIA — Demetrius Richardson Jr., jailed on charges alleging he raped a 12-year-old girl he met online, is not a sexual predator, his lawyer said Thursday. “This is not some sort of child predator,” defense attorney Erin Downs said. “He was not out there preying on kids.” Richardson, 25, was arrested Sunday after admitting to Read More…

Elyria man convicted of lesser charges in fatal wreck

ELYRIA — An Elyria man responsible for a fatal car crash in 2013 was found guilty of misdemeanor charges of vehicular homicide and going left of center following a one-day bench trial Thursday. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi cleared Christopher DeWitt, 22, of a more serious felony vehicular homicide charge and prosecutors dropped Read More…

Rural water authority shelves retirement plan

LAGRANGE — A controversial retirement incentive plan was rejected by the Rural Lorain County Water Authority board Wednesday in a split vote. The final vote of 14-11 ends, for now, months of discussion about whether the program, which expired in 2013, should be resurrected. The plan would have allowed Rural Water to buy up to Read More…

Flores sues to challenge election results

ELYRIA — Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, sued the man who narrowly beat him out in last month’s Democratic primary in the hopes of overturning the election results. The challenge, filed Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court against Ryan Horn, accused Horn’s father, bail bondsman Tony Horn, of rigging the election in Read More…

Suspect faces rape charge

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ELYRIA — Demetrius Richardson Jr. has been charged with rape for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. The 25-year-old isn’t the first to face criminal charges for having an allegedly inappropriate relationship with the girl that began online and spilled over into the real world. Read More…

Elyria man arrested, accused of rape of 12-year-old girl who went missing

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Listen to the audio from Kaylyn Rogers’ 911 call ELYRIA – A 25-year-old Elyria man is facing a rape charge for allegedly having sexual relations with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. Demetrius Richardson told police that on Saturday he picked up Autumn Shreve and a 2-year-old girl she was babysitting, Read More…