April 25, 2014

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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…

Donors pay to add Commissioner Tom Williams’ name to county buildings

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  ELYRIA — When he ran for election in 2010, Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams promised he wouldn’t spend county money to put his name on county buildings, but he’s not standing in the way of a group of citizens raising money to put his name up. The group has collected enough money to get Read More…

Lorain County prosecutor wants diversion program ended

ELYRIA — Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to shut down a diversion program run by the county’s six general division judges. The complaint, filed Friday, accuses the judges of violating the constitutional separation of powers and ignoring Ohio laws that Will’s office contends gives the power to run a Read More…

Sister: Admitted killer tortured animals, came from ‘dysfunctional’ home

Vincent Jackson Jr. sits with attorney J. Anthony Rich as evidence is presented in his trial for killing Qiana Jackson in 2008.

ELYRIA — Admitted killer Vincent Jackson Jr. tortured animals when he was in his youth, his older sister testified Thursday. Tiffany Sterling said she recalled one incident in which her brother and others stuck a firecracker inside of a cat and lit it. In another incident, she said, he poured gasoline on a cat and Read More…

Judge withdraws from becoming certified for death penalty cases

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther has scrapped his plan to become certified to work on death penalty cases. Walther, who was scheduled to take the Ohio Supreme Court training next week, said Wednesday that once he became certified he planned to put his name in the pool of county judges eligible to Read More…

Lorain man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

A Lorain man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and other charges for a 2013 crash that claimed the life of Elyrian William Fekete. Ryan Fye, 21, will be sentenced in the case May 15, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office. Fye was Read More…

UPDATED: Valor Home receives two grants totaling over $100,000

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LORAIN — The Valor Home of Lorain County has received two grants totaling more than $100,000 this week. The announcement Thursday that the still-under-construction project had received an $85,000 grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office came a day after the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District awarded a $20,374 grant to use for Read More…

Psychologist says Gas USA shooter’s circumstances led to life of crime

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ELYRIA — A forensic psychologist testified Wednesday that admitted killer Vincent Jackson Jr. suffers from a number of mental health ailments created in some cases by circumstances beyond his control that led him down a path of crime. “There’s no question this youth was at risk for violence and homicidal behavior,” Dr. John Fabian said Read More…

Judge orders commissioners to renovate probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge issued an ultimatum to the county commissioners Wednesday before storming out of their meeting Wednesday. Either the commissioners agree to build out the empty fifth floor of the Lorain County Justice Center for the county’s Adult Probation Department or Burge said he will issue a court Read More…