April 19, 2015

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Northeast Ohio still at risk for floods as ice jams shift

BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE
The Vermilion River rose several feet in minutes Saturday near the Quaker Steak & Lube near downtown Vermilion.

The Vermilion River rose several feet in minutes Saturday afternoon as ice jams shifted and moved up the river. Safety officials monitored the situation and some residents moved their cars to higher ground just to be safe. Lorain County remains under a flood warning until 11:15 a.m. today, according to The National Weather Service. The Read More…

Memorial today for fallen Elyria police officer

  The Elyria Police Department will have a remembrance service for Sgt. Jim Kerstetter at 1 p.m. today. The service will take place on the Kerstetter Way side of the Police Department building. The memorial is open to all who wish to come and participate.   Kerstetter, a 15-year veteran of the Elyria Police Department, was killed Read More…

Avon police called for missing roof

AVON — A man called the Avon Police Department on Wednesday morning because a crew was tearing his cousin’s roof off. The roofers, he told police, were at the wrong house. According to a police log entry, the crew arrived at 3343 Jaycox Road and started their work day, but they quit after police questioned Read More…

Elyria president used county email for board member search

Kathryn Karpus

Lisa Roberson and Brad Dicken ELYRIA — Each Elyria school board member has a district email to use for communications about school matters, but on Feb. 25, school board President Kathryn Karpus used the email account assigned to her as an employee of the Lorain County Auditor’s Office. The emails involved finding a replacement for Read More…

Special Olympics Hoops at LCCC in final day

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE                                
Murray Ridge Raiders' Andrew Donald (35) squares up to make a shot as Royal Knights' Jim Moher (21) and Joe Zichefoose (14) close in on him on Saturday afternoon, March 7.

The Special Olympics are set to wrap up today after a weekend of competition and sportsmanship. Lorain County’s team will play today at the Special Olympics North Sectional Basketball Tournament for a chance at the State Championships. The Murray Ridge Raiders Team 1 plays 3:45 p.m. in the gym at Lorain County Community College, Ewing Center, 1005 Read More…

Release request denied for Bobbie New

Bobbie New, accused of a 1976 slaying, listens to opening statements Tuesday during his trial in county Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi’s court. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Attorneys for Bobbie New, the man found guilty last week of killing his live-in girlfriend in 1976, have asked a county judge to allow their client to be freed from prison while they appeal his conviction. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi denied a request following the jury verdict to allow New, Read More…

Credit union robber receives probation

James Wingard

LYRIA — The Wellington man who robbed the LorMet Community Credit Union in July was sentenced last week to three years of probation, according to court records. James Wingard, 39, pleaded guilty in December to robbery and tampering with evidence charges in the case. Wingard went to the credit union in Wellington twice on July Read More…

Lorain man sentenced to 6 years in rape case

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison on rape and other charges for having sexual relations with a teenager in 2012. Robert Dripcheck, 30, had been expected to receive five years in the case under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors but missed his original sentencing hearing Read More…

Murder suspect faces drug charges

Nicole Villegas

ELYRIA — Homicide suspect Nicole Villegas, accused of shooting Lamar Capers Nov. 24, has been arrested on drug charges while out on bond. A police report was unavailable Tuesday, but police Lt. Lee Frank said Villegas was arrested Monday and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Villegas, 32, said in a Read More…

Court partially overturns conviction in drunken-driving crash

ELYRIA — An appeals court has partially overturned the conviction of a former Lorain man who was behind the wheel when his girlfriend was killed in a drunken-driving crash in 2010. The 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that Wilfredo Osorio Jr. shouldn’t have been found guilty of driving without a license because he wasn’t Read More…