May 29, 2015

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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…

Browser security to tighten at clerk’s office

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando has ordered tighter restrictions placed on computers accessible to the public after his employees discovered evidence a man with a lengthy criminal history was looking at suspected child pornography on a public terminal earlier this month. The man, who is the subject of an ongoing criminal Read More…

Avon Lake firefighter, suspended after conviction, resigns

AVON LAKE — An Avon Lake firefighter who had been suspended following an assault conviction resigned after the city questioned receipts he submitted on an expense report. Mark McGuire, who was an Avon Lake firefighter for 13 years, resigned Tuesday citing personal reasons. McGuire, reached by phone Wednesday, declined to elaborate on the reasons for Read More…

Elyria man charged after toddler hospitalized

ELYRIA — A toddler was hospitalized with a head injury after police said her mother’s boyfriend hit the girl and knocked her to the ground. Terrance Card, 24, was charged with felonious assault, domestic violence and endangering a child Tuesday night after he brought his girlfriend’s 22-month-old daughter to the hospital with suspicious injuries, police Read More…

Suspect in Elyria ambush caught (VIDEO)

beating surveillance film

ELYRIA — A third suspect and the one police labeled the “primary aggressor” in an assault last month was taken into custody early Wednesday, police said. Michael Nichols, 27, was charged with felonious assault about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after he called Elyria police and told them he was there. Read More…

Use of video visits for inmates rise — as do concerns

RICHMOND, Texas — Four-year-old William Cole saw his father’s face and reached out to touch it during a jail visit. But he could only feel a video screen. The facility in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston, is among a growing number of jails and prison systems across the U.S. in which video visitation has Read More…

Fatal wreck closes Sugar Ridge Road

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Sugar Ridge Road between State Route 83 (Avon Belden Road) and Race Road is closed until further notice as police investigate a fatal one-car wreck. Police say the car went off the north side of the road and struck a guardrail around 3:20 a.m. The driver, the only person in the car, was Read More…