July 1, 2015

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Co-conspirator describes shooting at trial

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ELYRIA — Jordan Williams smashed out the driver’s side window of Antonio Spraggins’ borrowed Chevrolet Equinox and fired three shots, two men who were with Williams the night Spraggins died testified Tuesday in Williams’ murder trial. But Andre Jackson, who took a plea deal in the case and is serving 18 years in prison, and Read More…

Westlake detective indicted

WESTLAKE — A Westlake police detective was indicted last week for using excessive force on a suspect and then trying to cover up the incident, according to a press release from the state attorney’s office. Robert Toth, 48, a 23-year-veteran of the Westlake Police Department, was placed on unpaid administrative leave from the position after Read More…

After Supreme Court ruling, Oklahoma, Florida act quickly to resume executions

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions. Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed, just hours after the high court voted 5-4 in a Read More…

Jury seated in Elyria murder trial

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ELYRIA — The murder trial of the alleged gunman in the 2014 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins began Monday with the jury selection. Jordan Williams, 26, could get life in prison if convicted of firing the fatal shots that claimed Spraggins’ life. Elyria police have said Spraggins was last seen Jan. 5, 2014, playing pool Read More…

New York prison escape shows flaws, inner workings of system

NEW YORK — It was dawn in the cellblocks of Dannemora, time for a round of bed checks on the convicted killers, rapists and other criminals held behind stark 19th-century walls. Guards went along the lattice of light-green bars in “A” Block, where well-behaved prisoners are held. At first glance, it seemed David Sweat and Read More…

South Amherst man dead in apparent suicide after standoff with police

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SOUTH AMHERST — A man was found dead in his bedroom Friday after barricading himself inside his house during a standoff with police. Members of the Lorain County SWAT team entered the home of Paul Busick, 36, about 5:30 p.m. Friday after a six-hour standoff to find Busick dead with a weapon nearby. The cause Read More…

Two hospitalized after Lorain shooting

LORAIN — Two men were hospitalized early Thursday after they were shot at an after-hours liquor establishment hidden in a house. Police received a call at 3:11 a.m. Thursday about shots fired at a house on 123 E. 19th St. When they arrived, officers found 15 to 20 people, all of whom claimed to not Read More…

Lawsuit over personal seat licenses refiled against Browns

ELYRIA — A lawsuit against the Cleveland Browns over personal seat licenses that was dropped earlier this year was filed again Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Eric Zagrans, the lawyer representing several fans who owned the licenses, said the lawsuit was dismissed in March a day after it was first filed so he Read More…

Veteran Vermilion policeman disciplined for alcohol-related incident

VERMILION — A police officer who was found with a blood-alcohol content of 0.045 while working at a police shooting range last month was given a 10-day suspension and removed from his position as a student resource officer. Vermilion police Cpl. Dan Shupe underwent a predisciplinary hearing earlier this month regarding an incident in May Read More…

Bribery added to list of charges against parole officer

ELYRIA — A veteran state parole officer accused of trafficking in drugs is facing new charges for allegedly bribing and threatening a victim in the case. Michael Hoover, 50, was arrested Wednesday at his Grafton Township home on charges of intimidation, tampering with evidence and two counts of bribery, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino wrote Read More…