May 28, 2015

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Highway Patrol: 14 fatalities in Ohio over holiday weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Highway Patrol says 14 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways over Memorial Day weekend — one more than last year. The patrol says three fatalities were related to impaired driving. Four of the 14 people killed between Friday and Monday weren’t wearing seat belts. The patrol made 544 arrests for Read More…

Consent decree demands more accountability, engagement from Cleveland police

Protesters congregate in front of city hall, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. Members of about 40 churches are protesting the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists with a march through downtown Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — The centerpiece of an agreement between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice on how to reform the city’s troubled police department is creating an organization that is more accountable and engaged with the people it serves. Community policing, improved training and policies concerning the use of force and more Read More…

Cleveland, Justice Department announce agreement

CLEVELAND — Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. The announcement comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths Read More…

Source: Cleveland reaches settlement with Justice Department over police

WASHINGTON — Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by its police department, and it could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the settlement before the Read More…

Brelo acquitted in Cleveland police shooting

CLEVELAND — A patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. Michael Brelo, 31, faced as many as Read More…

Adams gets maximum sentence in Coats killing

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE
Tove Adams (center) exits Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi's court room along side of Defense attorney Kenneth Lieux (left) after his sentencing on Friday morning, May 21.

ELYRIA – Tove Adams was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence, for gunning down Anthony Coats nearly two years ago in Elyria. Adams, 44, didn’t speak during the hearing because his attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said his client plans to appeal. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Donna Freeman asked county Common Read More…

Fear-dot-not: Police departments offer online trade safe zones

TRANSACTION SAFE ZONE

Though rare, some online business transactions at e-commerce sites such as Craigslist have ended in tragedy, which is why the Lorain County Chiefs of Police Association is launching the Transaction Safe Zones project designed to provide safe, neutral sites in which to display, inspect and complete purchases and sales begun online. Sites will include lobbies Read More…

Hearing set for convicted Avon firefighter

AVON — A pre-disciplinary hearing is to be held next week in regards to Avon firefighter Dennis Danczak, who was convicted of violating a temporary protection order last year. The hearing is to include a city labor negotiator, the finance director and a member of the human resources department who will review the court case Read More…

Four arrested for heroin trafficking, characterized as ‘mid-level’ dealers

Luis Ramirez

LORAIN – Four “mid-level” heroin dealers were arrested following a two-month investigation Thursday morning. Luis Ramirez, 26, Luciano Mercado, 31, Quinnton Bray, 26 and Amanda Thomas, 21, were charged in connection with a drug trafficking operation out of a house Thomas rents on the 4300 block of Camden Avenue. Police started the investigation around two Read More…

Trooper from LaGrange honored at police week in Washington D.C.

Paris-SLIDE

Mementos of Mike Paris Sr., sit on shelves inside Jean Paris’s LaGrange home. The photograph of him in his Ohio Highway Patrol trooper uniform, his badge number and the flag that draped his casket are memories of Mike Paris that his wife looks at every day. It’s her way of keeping his memory alive. Mike Read More…