June 29, 2015

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Elyria man indicted on rape charge

ELYRIA — The 25-year-old Elyria man who confessed to having sexual relations with a missing 12-year-old Avon girl earlier this month has been indicted on a single count of rape. Demetrius Richardson Jr. was arrested after police traced the girl and the 2-year-old she was babysitting to his Elyria apartment. Richardson told police he had Read More…

Thirsty worker held at gunpoint

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WESTLAKE — A Sheffield Lake man never thought he’d be held at gunpoint for taking a drink from a water spigot, but that’s what he told police happened Monday. As a result, Michael Testa, 67, of Walden Drive, was arrested on charges accusing him of abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated. He posted Read More…

Westlake man points gun at worker

WESTLAKE — A Sheffield Lake man never thought he’d be held at gunpoint for taking a drink from a water spigot, but that’s what he told police happened Monday. As a result, Michael Testa, 67, of Walden Drive, was arrested on charges accusing him of abduction, aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated. He posted Read More…

Items recovered from cabin as search for escaped New York inmates continues

BELLMONT, N.Y. — Items recovered from a remote hunting cabin have been sent to labs for DNA testing to determine if they are linked to a pair of convicted killers who escaped from a nearby prison more than two weeks ago, authorities said as searchers converged on a wooded area in the hamlet in far Read More…

Elyria man charged after Harwood Street standoff

ELYRIA – A man got into a fight with his wife and son before locking himself and his four children in the house and refusing to leave Monday evening. Leo Walker, 45, was charged with domestic violence, inducing panic and tampering with evidence around 8:45 p.m. Friday after an approximately 75-minute standoff with police at Read More…

Former judge Burge appealing corruption conviction

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge is appealing his criminal conviction. The court documents filed Monday announcing Burge’s decision to appeal don’t explain what grounds Burge and his lawyers will use in their efforts to overturn a jury’s decision to find him guilty of falsification and tampering with records charges. Attorney Read More…

Suspect sought in swiping of donation jar from Elyria bar

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ELYRIA — Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a charity jar from The Train Station, 424 East River St., on Friday morning. The Elyria Police Department said they are looking for Christopher Ian Parker, 46, also known as Christopher Johnson, who has pending theft charges. His last known address was on 11th Read More…

Sheffield Lake man facing terrorism charges

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Sheffield Lake man was arrested Friday for allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and discussing his wish to launch a terrorist attack on the United States. Amir Said Abdul Rahman al-Ghazi, 38, was arrested in North Olmsted on federal terrorism charges as well as possessing a firearm as a convicted Read More…

Police officer, suspect dead after Cincinnati shootout

CINCINNATI — Police responding to a report of an erratic man armed with a firearm got into a shootout with him Friday that ended with the death of a 27-year veteran officer, a police chief said. Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said 48-year-old officer Sonny Kim and the suspect died after the shooting in the Madisonville neighborhood. Read More…

Lakewood mother indicted in daughter’s death

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ELYRIA — A jailed Lakewood mother accused of killing her adult daughter and dumping the body in North Ridgeville has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges. Janet Tyburski, 46, also is charged with murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the March 13 slaying of 26-year-old Rachele Tyburski. Read More…