February 11, 2016

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Group asks Fair Board to ban Confederate flag sale

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Fair Board decided last year to continue to allow the sale of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds, but a group calling itself the Fair Minded Coalition of Lorain County has renewed a push to ban the flag. “To some Americans, the Confederate flag is merely a historical artifact of Read More…

Firearms expert: Accidental discharge ‘absolutely’ possible in fatal Avon shooting

ELYRIA — A defense firearms expert testified Tuesday that the semiautomatic pistol Ryan Raider was carrying when he shot his roommate in 2013 could discharge accidentally. “Absolutely,” Jason Thomason replied when defense attorney J. Ross Haffey asked him if the gun would fire if it was dropped. That was a far different answer than was Read More…

New use sought for schools

ELYRIA — An Elyria couple wants to build facilities that help people with autism and Down syndrome at two closed Elyria Schools buildings. Farai Mvere was the sole bidder to buy the old Jefferson School with an offer of $1,000, and he offered $100 to buy the old Edison School, according to district officials. Mvere Read More…

Homeowner tax changes

Changes in annual property taxes for 2015-16 tax bills for the owner of a home valued at $100,000: Amherst Township/Firelands Schools -$38.69 Amherst Township/Elyria Schools +$20.04 Amherst Township/Oberlin Schools -$42.10 Amherst Township/Amherst Schools -$10.12 Amherst/Firelands Schools -$37.39 Amherst/Amherst Schools -$8.82 Amherst Township/South Amherst/Firelands Schools -$35.30 Avon/Avon Schools +$17.02 Avon Lake/Avon Lake Schools -$105.80 Brighton Township/Wellington Read More…

Property tax rates adjusted

ELYRIA — Tax rates for some homeowners will change this year as new levies go into effect and property values change, Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass said Friday. The biggest increases will come in taxing districts that include Keystone Schools and Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools, where voters approved new levies last year. Other districts will see Read More…

Former juvenile magistrate gets 8-year sentence

A former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate was sentenced Friday to eight years and one month in federal prison for possessing child pornography. James Paterson, 49, pleaded guilty in August to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach’s office has said that Paterson had more than 90,000 images Read More…

Medical experts disagree on distance in fatal shooting as murder trial continues

ELYRIA — The distance that Ryan Raider was standing away from his roommate when he allegedly shot Brandon Smith in the head was the subject of dueling experts Thursday during Raider’s murder trial. Defense attorneys haven’t denied that Raider was holding the gun just before it went off Oct. 12, 2013, but they have insisted Read More…

California man cleared of 2010 marijuana charge

ELYRIA — More than five years after he was arrested along with two other men during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike, a jury has cleared a California man of a marijuana possession charge. Defense attorney Brent English said his client, 41-year-old Tung Kha, was acquitted of the single charge against him on Tuesday. Read More…

Police: Avon slaying shown in the details

ELYRIA — The death of Brandon Smith originally was investigated as an accident, but the more police looked into the fatal shooting, the more the evidence didn’t match that scenario, Avon Police Sgt. Bryan Rado testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Ryan Raider. When police arrived at the French Creek Road home Smith, 29, Read More…

Metro Parks ranger put on leave while under investigation

CARLISLE TWP. — A Lorain County Metro Parks ranger has been placed on paid administrative leave as part of an investigation into his handling of park district property. Metro Parks Executive Director Jim Ziemnik said ranger Capt. Michael Goodrich was put on leave Monday while an outside law enforcement agency conducts an investigation. “There were Read More…