February 10, 2016

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Wellington woman injured in Pitts Road crash Sunday

WELLINGTON — A woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries following a single-car crash Sunday night on Pitts Road. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Elyse Kurianowicz, 25, of Wellington, was driving northbound on Pitts Road north of Peck Wadsworth Road when her car, a 2002 Ford Focus, swerved off the left side Read More…

BREAKING: Elyria police investigating 3rd Street shooting

ELYRIA – Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday at a 3rd Street residence. Capt. Chris Costantino said police were called to the 416 3rd Street around 1:51 a.m. after residents reported shots had been fired. Costantino said Jeremy Brown, 31, was shot once in the left leg and once in the chest. Read More…

North Ridgeville crash probe continues

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police are continuing their investigation into an accident early Thursday that left a Lakewood man trapped behind the wheel of a mangled car for several hours before rescuers freed him. Investigating officers are waiting to talk with Moussa Saliba, 24, of Lakewood, to learn more details of what led to the crash, Read More…

Police: Woman’s identity stolen; cell phones bought

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WESTLAKE – Police are investigating how a suspect obtained a woman’s personal information and then purchased four cell phones using her name. According to police, the woman received a $639 bill in the mail on Jan. 30 documenting the purchase of the cell phones through a fake Verizon account opened in her name. The phones Read More…

Police organizations squabble over proposed use-of-force guidelines

WASHINGTON — A dispute is erupting among police organizations over new proposals that would govern when officers should use force during violent arrests, amid national outrage over questionable shootings. Groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers are pushing back against proposals announced last week by the Police Executive Research Forum, a leading Washington-based research group, Read More…

UPDATED: Raider receives mandatory 18-to-life prison sentence in fatal shooting of roommate

A picture of Brandon Smith and his son Ryder Smith is shown during the sentencing of Ryan Raider, background. Raider was sentenced to 18 years to life for killing Smith.

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider sat with his eyes downcast as the family of Brandon Smith, the man he fatally shot in the head in 2013, called him a coward and a traitor just before he was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Raider, 27, declined to make a statement before Lorain County Common Read More…

UPDATED: Lakewood man taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth after North Ridgeville crash

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, it was barely light outside when tow truck driver Matt Smith said he saw mud tracks through a wooded field along state Route 10. They stood out so much, Smith, who frequently travels the road, said it piqued his interest. Smith, who works for Don’s Auto and Truck Read More…

Elyria Police: Double shooting likely wasn’t random

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ELYRIA — Police suspect the Elyria couple killed in a double shooting Sunday was targeted. “I don’t think this was just a random act,” Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said. Police were called to 128 Fox Hill Lane about 10 p.m. Sunday for a report of gunshots in the area and found Michael L. Lewis, Read More…

Virginia Tech student now accused of greater role in teen’s fatal stabbing

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A Virginia Tech student who was initially accused of helping dispose of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body is now believed by authorities to have played a bigger role in the girl’s stabbing death. Just exactly what Natalie Keepers is accused of doing still hasn’t been explained. She faces a bail hearing Wednesday, a Read More…

‘Serial’ podcast subject seeks new trial

BALTIMORE — A convicted murderer who was the focus of a popular podcast is returning to court to argue he deserves another trial and a new chance at freedom. The podcast “Serial” revolved around the story of Adnan Syed, now 35 and serving a life sentence. At 19, he was convicted of strangling his high Read More…