July 1, 2016

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Former Brown Davone Bess arrested after police standoff at his home

GILBERT, Ariz. — Former NFL player Davone Bess has been arrested after a standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home. Gilbert police say Bess fled a traffic stop in Gilbert early Monday. Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Bess barricaded himself in his car and then his home. Sanger says a SWAT team entered after Read More…

Former doctor sentenced again to probation

ELYRIA — A former doctor who was convicted of groping women in his office received probation again during a second sentencing hearing. Somnath Roy, 51, already has completed probation, so the hearing Monday before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski was simply a housekeeping matter to clean up the paperwork in the case, defense Read More…

Rape trial starts for man accused of having sex with 12-year-old girl

ELYRIA — The sexual encounter between Demetrius Richardson and a 12-year-old girl last year may have been consensual on the girl’s part, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t rape, prosecutors said during the first day of Richardson’s trial. “Whether or not he knew her age, if she’s under 13 and they had sex, he’s guilty Read More…

Police: Cleveland man breaks into same Westlake apartment twice

WESTLAKE — A Cleveland man is in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $100,000 bond after police say he broke into the home of a former girlfriend twice within 36 hours. Thomas Eaddie, 30, was charged with burglary and possession of criminal tools for the second break-in, around 2:49 a.m. today. He also had pending charges of Read More…

Lorain’s annual police report shows crime levels down in 2015

LORAIN — The city’s crime levels were down in 2015, according to the Lorain Police Department’s annual report. “A review of series, Part 1 Crime (Murder, Rape, Robbery, Felonious Assault, Burglary, Theft, Arson and Motor Vehicle Theft) reported to the Lorain Police Department in 2015 indicates 255 fewer crimes reported this calendar year than in Read More…

Inmate’s death said not to be criminal act

ELYRIA — A 35-year-old inmate at the Lorain County Jail died Thursday after being found unresponsive in his cell. Jail Administrator Andy Laubenthal said that the death of Jonathan Collins, who was booked into the jail Monday for contempt of court in a felonious assault case, doesn’t appear suspicious. The emergency room doctor who examined Read More…

Police: Drug trafficker with long history charged again

LORAIN — A man who police said has a history of drug trafficking is facing new charges. Branden Phillips, 30, was arrested and charged Tuesday with trafficking in heroin following an investigation by the Lorain police narcotics division. “He has a long history with the Lorain Police Department for dealing drugs and narcotics,” Detective Chris Read More…

Lorain man charged with threatening women with gun

LORAIN — A Lorain man is facing charges for allegedly threatening two women with a gun last Saturday. Police were called to West 22nd Street about 10:30 p.m. after a man police later identified as Tyreece Taylor confronted the women as they were leaving the parking lot at Hometown Market. Alycia and Alyah Geiger told Read More…

VIDEO: FBI, Elyria police seek help in identifying man involved in kidnapping attempt

CLEVELAND — The FBI is once again asking the public for help trying to identify a man who kidnapped a 6-year-old in Cleveland in May and tried to snatch a 10-year-old girl from her Elyria home in February. “This guy’s a dangerous predator, and he needs to be found, and he needs to be found Read More…

Tax levies proposed to fight opioid epidemic

ELYRIA — The scourge of opiate addiction and overdoses is expensive to combat and Lorain County officials are considering two property tax levies to help cover those costs. The county commissioners on Wednesday approved measures to see how much levies to support the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the county’s Read More…