October 23, 2014

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Deceptive text message case against Wellington man settled

ELYRIA – A Wellington man has reached a settlement with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to end a lawsuit accusing him of sending deceptive text messages to people. Darren Sizemore will pay $9,800 in penalties and damages under the terms of the agreement announced Thursday by DeWine’s office. An additional $17,600 in civil penalties was Read More…

Wakeman man facing multiple charges after alleged drunken driving

VERMILION — A man who drove into a pole before leaving the area last Thursday later bit and kicked police officers when he was pulled over, police said. Jason Wacker, 39, of Wakeman, was charged with assaulting a police officer, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, having an open container and operating a vehicle intoxicated about 8:30 p.m. Read More…

Jury acquits man of molesting child

ELYRIA — A county jury has acquitted an Elyria man accused of molesting a neighbor’s 9-year-old daughter. The jury handed down its decision in the case of William Ramos, 45, on Monday following two days of deliberations. Elyria police arrested Ramos after the girl’s parents told officers he had molested their daughter while she was Read More…

Assisted living facility administrator charged with stealing residents’ medication

Melaragno

An assisted living facility executive has been accused of stealing pain medication from elderly residents. Christina Melaragno, 41, of Gates Mills, was arrested Tuesday at the Gardens of Westlake, 27569 Detroit Road, Westlake Police Capt. Guy Turner said. Melaragno is the executive administrator of the facility, and the former director of nursing. Police have received Read More…

Driver crashes into North Ridgeville police car at crash scene

North Ridgeville Cruiser Slide

NORTH OLMSTED – North Ridgeville police who were helping control traffic after a fatal car crash Monday evening were involved in another crash when a 21-year-old man drove into one of the parked police cars. Around 11 p.m., a driver got on the Lorain Road entry ramp to go eastbound on state Route 10. The Read More…

Joseph Allen seeks credit for jail time

Joseph Allen hugs a well-wisher after a 2009 hearing. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Lawyers for Joseph Allen, who was returned to prison last year in the controversial Head Start child molestation case, want to cut the amount of time Allen will remain behind bars by 183 days. In court documents filed Monday, attorneys Paula Brown and Richard Parsons wrote that Allen is entitled to have that Read More…

Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney reaches plea deal

Ken Carney

OBERLIN — Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney pleaded no contest last week to a criminal mischief charge stemming from his May arrest following allegations he had attacked his live-in girlfriend. Carney, 65, had originally been charged with domestic violence in connection with the incident at his Amherst Township home. Sheriff’s deputies went to the house Read More…

Man turns self in for Lorain hit-and-run

LORAIN – A Lorain man who may have hit a 17-year-old girl with his car before fleeing the scene Friday turned himself into police Monday. The man has not been charged and police are still investigating the crash that occurred around 9:30 p.m. Friday. A driver in a red Honda Civic going westbound on East Read More…

Man wanted for escape allegedly attempts to evade police again

Bruce Johnson

ELYRIA – A man with a warrant for escape tried to evade police again Sunday when he ran from officers, jumped into the Black River and swam for a moment before he was caught. Bruce Johnson, 24, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and an escape warrant from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Read More…

Elyria police: Man charged after allegedly knocking out another man’s teeth

Elyria Police

Elyria police 1:27 a.m. Oct. 17 — 400 block Wesley Ave., Daniel Derouchie, 51, was charged with domestic violence after he and another man fought, and he knocked out the other man’s teeth, according to police. Thursday, Oct. 16 8 a.m. — 100 block Courtland St., someone took scrap metal from a woman’s backyard, according Read More…