October 2, 2014

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Coroner: Homicide victim was shot with two guns

Matthew Stinson

ELYRIA — Matthew Stinson was shot multiple times with two weapons, Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said Tuesday. Stinson, 25, was shot and killed Sept. 17 in a hallway at the Wesley Avenue apartment building where he lived. Evans said that Stinson appears to have been shot with both a rifle and a handgun, although Read More…

Blotter: Son charged with violating protection order against mother

Lorain police Sunday, Sept. 21 12:27 a.m. — 1300 block Meister Road, police arrived at a house on a domestic violence call to find one man pinning another against a window. The men told police they were just drunk and it was a “family squabble,” according to the report. 1:30 p.m. — 400 block W. Read More…

Five escape after minivan catches fire

SHEFFIELD — Five people narrowly escaped serious injuries when the minivan they were in on East River Road caught fire about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday. The 2003 Dodge Caravan was southbound on East River near James Day Park and the Colorado Avenue intersection when the fire began. The two men, two women and a small child Read More…

Former Westlake teacher receives life sentence in rape

Joseph Scherma

CLEVELAND — A former Westlake High School English teacher was sentenced to life in prison for the rape of two boys, ages 9 and 12, who are his relatives. Joseph Scherma, 67, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to two counts each of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition and to three counts of disseminating material harmful Read More…

Woman hits parked car, flips SUV

LORAIN – A woman told police she couldn’t see part of the road Tuesday morning when she hit a parked car and flipped her car over in the road. Ganeene McCall, 22, was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on the 1300 block of West 11th Street around 8 a.m. Tuesday when she told police a Read More…

Wellington football coach resigns amid investigation

WELLINGTON — A high school assistant football coach resigned last week following an unspecified incident. Police are investigating former Wellington High School football coach Kenneth Rochester, said Wellington Police Chief Mike Barrett. Police are not releasing information on the incident that sparked it, but Barrett said Rochester has not been charged. Wellington Schools Superintendent John Read More…

Man gets 8 years for shooting in Medina

Greg Prince

MEDINA — A Cleveland Heights man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for shooting a Wellington man at Union Square apartments in Medina. Gregory Prince, 22, was found guilty last month after pleading no contest following a day of testimony at his trial. Prince was accused of shooting Jose Algarin in the head Read More…

Grand jury to review accused murderer’s case

Jeremy Diestler at a preliminary hearing on murder charges at Elyria Municipal Court on Sep. 22.   Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Jeremy Diestler agreed Monday to have aggravated murder and other charges against him forwarded to a grand jury for review during a brief appearance in Elyria Municipal Court. Diestler, 30, also is charged with murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and improper discharge of a Read More…

Lorain blotter: Teen charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct

Lorain Police

Lorain police 5:45 p.m. Sept. 20 — 2200 block Oakdale Ave., 16-year-old boy, 2600 block Reid Ave., arrested and charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and cited for underage tobacco possession. Police said they responded to neighbors saying a teenaged boy kept loitering on their porch and threatened to burn Read More…

Lorain man accused of attacking girlfriend, running from police

Otis Slaughter

LORAIN – A Lorain man, who may have forced his way into his girlfriend’s house and assaulted her, fled from police early Sunday morning, according to a police report. Otis Slaughter, 46, was charged with aggravated burglary, domestic violence, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and escape around 4 a.m. Sunday after police say he forced Read More…