February 11, 2016

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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…

Lawsuit filed against Elyria Police Department

Kristen Fortune

ELYRIA — The Elyria Police Department and city are being sued by a former police officer who contends she was sexually harassed and the victim of gender discrimination by commanding officers. Kristen Fortune filed a suit Monday in county Common Pleas Court that alleged that officers harassed and discriminated against her while also subjecting her Read More…

Police say women traded stolen groceries for crack

Sabine Cooper

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Police arrested a pair of women for allegedly stealing merchandise from a grocery store and then trading it for drugs. Sabine Cooper, 51, of Elyria and Marla Bartolotta, 39, of Elyria, both were charged with theft after police put surveillance photos of them on the Lorain County CSI Facebook page seeking information. Read More…

Elyria police warn of string of catalytic converter thefts

ELYRIA — Police are warning residents to keep an eye on their vehicles while at work or shopping after numerous catalytic converters were stolen from several locations. Most recently, police received a report regarding theft of catalytic converters from four cars at Riddell, 669 Sugar Lane, which occurred Tuesday about noon. Elyria police Capt. Chris Read More…

North Ridgeville man leads police on multi-county high-speed chase

A North Ridgeville man led state troopers and police on a 75- to 80-mile chase overnight Sunday at speeds that reached 100 mph several times before ending in Delaware County when spiked strips disabled his pickup, authorities said. George Tiller, 33, was charged with fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to control Read More…

Details scarce on how Virginia teen crossed paths with college students accused of killing her

BLACKSBURG, Va. — David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers were promising engineering students at Virginia Tech, described by those who knew them as ambitious and focused. Nicole Madison Lovell was an energetic 13-year-old who bore emotional and physical wounds, suffering from bullying over the scars from her liver transplant. How their lives intersected in tragedy remains Read More…

Ferguson residents get say on police settlement; first public meeting tonight

FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say. The first of three public meetings on the proposed consent Read More…

Cosby due in court as lawyers push to get charges dropped

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby’s lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women. The defense will argue that Cosby had a deal with a suburban Philadelphia prosecutor in 2005 that he wouldn’t be prosecuted and should testify freely Read More…

Manager, customer team up to catch theft suspect

Joseph Lane

LORAIN — Police said a man’s attempt at gaining a five-finger discount was thwarted Sunday when a store manager and customer instead captured and detained him until officers arrived. Joseph Lane, 24, of Lorain, was taken to jail on a theft charge for attempting to steal a $2 package of cigarette rolling tubes from Raceway Read More…