February 9, 2016

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Jury selection begins in Avon roommate shooting case

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ELYRIA — The trial of an Avon man accused of shooting his roommate in the head in 2013 began Monday with jury selection. Ryan Raider, 27, faces life in prison if convicted of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault for the shooting death of 29-year-old Brandon Smith. Smith’s girlfriend, Emily Markel, told Avon police after Read More…

Juvenile enters plea in Carlisle Township beating death

ELYRIA — A 14-year-old boy who was involved in the beating death of a 61-year-old Carlisle Township man last year has admitted to murder and other charges in the case. The boy, whom the Chronicle-Telegram is not identifying because of his age, was sentenced to two years in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility Read More…

U.S. Steel also taking a hit

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LORAIN — U.S. Steel is planning to lay off 261 employees at its Lorain steel mill over the next few weeks, union officials said. United Steelworkers Local 1104 President Dennis Hamilton said Thursday he was only recently told by U.S. Steel officials that layoffs will start next week when 43 people are expected to be Read More…

Republic Steel to idle Lorain plant

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

View a timeline of events for Republic Steel HERE. LORAIN — Republic Steel will indefinitely idle its Lorain plant by the end of March, the company announced Thursday. The Canton-based company plans to stagger what it described as roughly 200 layoffs over the next few months and will continue to employ about 900 workers at Read More…

Republic to idle Lorain plant indefinitely in March

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

LORAIN – Republic Steel will idle its Lorain plant for an indefinite period of time starting in March. United Steelworkers Local 1104 President Dennis Hamilton said union officials learned of the plans at a meeting with management earlier today. “For an indefinite amount of time they’re going to have everybody out of the plant,” he Read More…

Former auxiliary firefighter sentenced to jail for fake fire call

OBERLIN — A former South Amherst auxiliary firefighter was sentenced Wednesday to four months in the Lorain County Jail for calling in a fake fire at New Russia Township Hall. Dean Evans, 27, will be allowed work release to continue at Ford Motor Co. and will have two additional months of jail time suspended, Oberlin Read More…

Food stamp fraud case tossed

ELYRIA — A county judge has thrown out the case against the owner of Cakes, Candy and Flowers, who had been accused of food stamp fraud. The theft charge against Kitty Meszes and her Elyria store was dismissed by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi after the prosecution rested its case against her during Read More…

Case against Cakes, Candy and Flowers owner Meszes thrown out

ELYRIA – A county judge has thrown out the case against the owner of Cakes, Candy and Flowers, who had been accused of food stamp fraud. The theft charge against Kitty Meszes and her Elyria store were dismissed by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi after the prosecution rested its case against her during Read More…

Man seeks dismissal of charges after his cooperation; investigators say he violated deal

ELYRIA — A Lorain man accused of helping move the body of a slain teenager has asked a county judge to dismiss the charges against him based on a deal he reached with prosecutors that they contend he violated when he failed a lie detector test. But Adam Ortiz Jr.’s attorney, Kenneth Ortner, said he Read More…

Dog said to have been tossed from cliff hasn’t been found

ELYRIA — Despite a search along the banks of the Black River, authorities haven’t been able to find a dog that an Elyria man is accused of throwing twice off a rocky cliff in Cascade Park last week. Friendship Animal Protective League Executive Director Greg Willey said several days of searching after the Dec. 29 Read More…